Gratitude Challenge Day #3

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Pumpkins in rustic basket / Gratitude Challenge Day #4

Happy to see you are all hanging in there for Day #3 of our gratitude challenge! I’ve really enjoyed getting up each morning early and cultivating some gratefulness to start the day. I’ve been writing in my gratitude journal in the evenings, but this morning routine may be come my new habit!

Here’s what we are grateful for today. Looking forward to reading your grateful thoughts in the comments below.


I am so very grateful and thankful for my health. I’ve struggle with anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) issues over the past year and a half, but I am happy to report with some supplements and major diet changes I seem to be getting back to normal. I recently read that IBS has been linked to anxiety. Who knew?! Both are now under control and I’ve been one month symptom free. So, so grateful for this!

I’ve had several friends and family members battling cancer, some have won the war and others have not. I am thankful every day that I am free from this disease and pray for all who are fighting it now. We should never take our good health for granted.


There’s a quote attributed to Desmond Tutu that says, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

Dawn's familyI could not be more thankful for my family. I love this picture that includes my parents, sister, brother, nephew, mother-, father-, sister- and brother-in law and husband. It’s missing my nieces and nephew on Larry’s side, but otherwise it is perfect. There’s a whole lot of love in this picture, and I am grateful for each one of them.

I’m so grateful that Larry and I both grew up in families that loved us and taught us to love the Lord. I’m thankful that we have family members who are also friends, that they are the people we most want to spend time with. I am thankful that I grew up in a home (and can still go there) where it is perfectly acceptable for everyone to sit around and read. I am thankful my parents and older siblings took time to read to me and to teach me things. I am thankful that we have great extended families that include aunts, uncles, and cousins who we love very much even if we don’t get to see them all that often. I am also thankful for our wonderful grandparents who aren’t with us any more but who helped shape the people we are.

Thank you, God, for the gift of our family.

8 thoughts on “Gratitude Challenge Day #3

  1. Teresa M

    Dana, you stole my topic! But, grateful that you are enjoying improved health! My DIL texted R yesterday, stating that she had been to Urgent Care and had tested negative for the flu and strip. I did not realize she had been sick so I immediately responded to ask what her problem was. She said she basically had a bad cold. That caused me to refect how fortunate my family is, that a bad cold is a huge topic to us. I began to wonder if she would be willing to come to Birmingham for Thanksgiving. Then I thought would she be able to make the food and we all not catch your cold ha ha.that’s, then I realized how blessed we are that a cold is our biggest problem. While my mom does have several health issues, she never lets it get her down or stops her from being active in our activities. There are so many whose daily activities begin with doses of medication or treatments. There are many who can’t even feel good enough to get out of bed. So I never want to take a single day that I feel well enough to actively enjoy life forgranted.

      1. Dana Thompson Post author

        Sorry Teresa! But it’s a good one so I think it should be repeated anyway! Lately when I have a bad tennis match, I remind myself how lucky I am to be out there, healthy enough to run around and enjoy a wonderful sport with friends. Even when I lose I try to remember how blessed I am to be healthy enough to play and get that exercise in. 🙂

  2. Nancy Mount

    Day three. Today I am thankful for living in a first world country. I normally refer to Wednesdays as “Kroger crazy old ladies day,” and today was no exception. I don’t mean this disrespectfully, as I are a old lady, too, but Wednesday is the day that I am reminded, fondly, of my mother touching every thing she saw in the grocery, even if she had no interest in buying it. I, on the other hand, am a list person. I coordinate my list with the coupons and the e-deals and then arrange it in the order of the aisles of the store. In and out, no worries, unless is it crazy old ladies Wednesday. So, with that said, today I was overwhelmed in the grocery store with the crowd of old ladies, sure, but I became intensely aware of the CHOICES we have. Organic? Store Brand? National Brand? Flavor? Variety Pack? Pre-packaged? Fresh? Frozen? From the Bakery or the Freezer? From the deli or the meat case? From the cheese kiosk or the dairy department? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? And all these choices are similar in electronics, clothes, toys, cars, books, bikes – you name it.

    Dawn’s post on day one made me think about how fortunate we are, with regard to fresh water. That really holds true in so many areas of our lives. I think about all the leftovers all over the US that will be thrown away by Sunday, and I am ashamed. I am ashamed that I am not grateful every day for the bounty available to me. I am ashamed that sometimes I’m not a good steward of the many gifts I have. I am ashamed to live in a town that has hungry people living on the street and the fact that I’m not doing anything about it.

    Yes, I am ashamed, but I also serve the God of second chances who, through grace, allows me to promise to do better. So, on day three I am grateful for all the abundance available to me, for the opportunity to become more mindful about others around me, and promise to be more intentional about reaching out to those who don’t have as much as I do.

    1. Jennifer Chandler

      Some people may not understand this, but I am so very thankful for my dog, Charlotte. She isn’t the friendliest of animals to strangers or even several of my friends. Lol! My veterinarian says she is high strung and the kind of dog who strikes first before others can hurt her! Lol. She protects me because I am her world. Every morning I wake up to her and every evening she is the last one I say goodnight to. She sleeps at the foot of my bed and can’t wait to snuggle up close. I can’t imagine my life without her because during these last four years of pain and discouragement, she has been my constant. She loves me and is always happy to be with me on my good and not so good days. Pure love is an undeniable need for each of us as human beings. And my wonderful sweet cocker spaniel is filled with that!

    2. Dana Thompson

      So true Nancy! It’s so easy to forget how wealthy we truly are here in the U.S. While others are wondering where their next meal or fresh drink of water is coming from, we are worrying over whether we can get the latest iPhone or trendy fashion. First world problems seem so important to us when they are indeed somewhat trivial when compared with most of the world is facing on a daily basis. Survival at the most basic level. Thanks for the great reminder!

  3. Dana Thompson

    I totally get that Jennifer! My husband and I are huge dog lovers with 5 rescues. They are the apple of my eye! They keep me company when I’m home alone, protect me when I go out at night, comfort me when I’m sick, and snuggle me when I’m sad (and when I’m not!) Dogs love you unconditionally and are always there for you. Totally understand!! 🙂


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