Sunday

My One Thousand Gifts - It Takes Each Of Us

"It takes each of us to make the difference for us all."...a saying that inspired me a year ago while sitting in a hammock among the brilliant fall colors, writing a few "just because notes". 

It Takes Each Of Us

I finished and framed this stitch a month ago and have had it in my living room waiting to be shipped...which means I've had some time to look at it and think about why I designed it more than I get to with my other projects.  I have reflected on the people who have made a difference in my life and feel very blessed.  It's amazing what you have time to think about when there is a quiet house!  


I have also found some time to read a book called One Thousand Gifts writtne by Ann Voskamp.   I have loved this book!  She challenges  you to find one thousand gifts in your life...one thousand things that bring you joy.  I have taken the challenge and have discovered that I can find a measure of gratitude in the oddest things.  Ann's writing is so poetic and visual...it is a treat for the soul.  I love the imagery of her life on the farm, her family, and the search for joy in the simple everyday life of a wife and mother. 

 Having grown up on a farm...I can see what she writes and have thoroughly enjoyed every page.  I keep it in my purse and pull it out while I am waiting for kids to pile into the car, or when the house is still.  It is so uplifting and has helped me to breathe a little deeper, enjoy my life and family more, feel more peace and less stress...which is a big deal for me :), and simply see good more clearly.  

With the new time I have on my hands I found a new social media treasure,  Happy Rambles.  It is a online gratitude journal that is set up through your email.  It sends you a message each day (at your choice of time) with a request for you to write  the things that you were grateful for that day.  You can upload pictures... journal a little...send it in, and you create a online private journal.  You can review your previous entries and print it out as you desire...and the best thing is it's free!

One of the features that I love is that you can forward a "mention" in your Happy Rambles to someone who you have written about or expressed gratitude for...sort of a online thank you.  I LOVE my Happy Rambles and how it is helping me to make my list of One Thousand Gifts so easy to write.  

I hope you take the time to check out these two great "finds" and "find" a little more joy!  The pattern for It Takes Each of Us can be found on my Etsy Page.  I will post a tutorial for making the fabric flowers before the weekend ends....super easy and cute.  

Have a great holiday weekend!!!  

All Joy,

Abby



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