Wednesday, December 31, 2008

52 Blessings Project: Completed! (Weeks # 47- 52)

Some more things I feel blessed to have in my life:

#47 Visiting Teaching
I've been thinking about what a great program Visiting Teaching is- obviously an inspired idea. At Church we ladies are paired up and assigned a list of other ladies from Church to visit once a month. We (ideally) visit, build friendships, share a spiritual message, and basically just check up on each other. Since we are all daughters of God, we are sisters, and sisters take care of each other. I love the fact that over the years I've been blessed to visit with people I don't know very well, and may have never gotten to know, but have come to love them. I have especially enjoyed visiting with elderly women who have shared the stories of their lives and given advice to me about motherhood. It is a blessing to be a visiting teacher and to be visit taught.

#48 Sisters
I hope it is obvious in my blog posts how much I love my sisters. They are the best and I am blessed to be so close to them. I only wish we lived much closer to each other. :) They love me despite my flaws. They understand me. We share a history that no one else fully knows but us. That's special. (I really should be grouping my aunt Tami into that whole description too since we grew up together more as sisters than as aunt and niece!!!) I have also been blessed to have 4 great sisters-in-law. While we don't share a lifetime of memories, I still feel like they are my sisters- and I hope that over the years we can become closer even though we don't live near them.
"In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips."

#49 My Education

I have a degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University. While I really haven't had too much time to use it professionally, I have certainly used it in my life- within our family, in my kids schools, and in my church responsibilities. I'm glad to have the knowledge I have acquired, the satisfaction that I accomplished that goal, and the security that I could use it professionally if the need arises.

#50The ability to cook and clean

I don't like doing them-although I probably prefer the cleaning to the cooking- but I am glad I know how. I am no expert... especially with the cooking. I feel blessed to know how to do these things though so that I can in turn bless my family.

#51 Lotion

This is my hand after a day of cooking and cleaning, etc.,etc., etc. Especially during the winter months not much is more appreciated than a good lotion for my dry, itchy, cracking-open-and-bleeding skin. (Sorry about the nastiness of the picture!) My kids have pretty dry skin too. How miserable would life be if I couldn't soothe this simple pain for them and me. A blessing in my life? Yes.

#52 52 Blessings Project

This project has been a good experience for me. I looked for the blessings around me in my daily life- and there are truly so many. Certainly more than 52! I appreciate more the simple things I'd taken for granted. I thought more about how blessed I am. I appreciate whoever's brain child this was. (I learned of through Cara's blog) And I'm glad I did all 52, even if it took me couple of extra weeks to get them all recorded! ;)


Shan said...

Great things Nik! I too am grateful for lotion - especially in the winter! I am always on the look out for one that will really work. Congrats on finishing your blessings project!

Dad said...

I am grateful for your Blessings Project, too. It has helped me to remember so many blessings in my life. Among the choicest of them is a daughter like you. Thank you for all that you are and all that you do to help others be the best they can be, especially your family.

Andrea said...

Thanks for doing this project. It has helped me remember the multitude of blessings in my life as well. Thank goodness for chocolate chips, both literally and figuratively.

Jill said...

It's great that you did all 52 blessings! I love the variety of things you covered and think it's wonderful that you have all of those things documented.

Angie said...

That was a fast 52 weeks. I swear you just started that project! I have appreciated everything you expressed and agree with all of your blessings. Thank you for doing this and making me look around my own life for things I'm thankful for! PS. I really like the new background!!