The Thankful Project… Day 23 (2013)

11/23 Prompt: something you’ve seen

I just thought of something that could be both something I have seen and something easily taken for granted… depending on where you live.

Say what?

Well, I am so glad to grow up near Mount Rushmore and am glad I have had the opportunity to see it on more than one occasion.  What strikes me as odd in this world, is that, quite often, people who live near something do not take the time to go see it.

I am thrilled to have made the loop in Yellowstone National Park as well.  I saw Old Faithful with my own eyes and fed the little gophers that you aren’t supposed to feed. 

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is my backyard and I don’t know if I appreciated it as much as a young person as I do now.  The beauty of The Badlands is something that is an awesome wonder and it is just an hour away.  Lucky me!

Another place I have seen and am so glad is Washington, DC.  I went to DC when I was in high school and have every intention of going again.  Trevor went on his own, but I want him, me and Chad to go sometime.  And again with the girls when they are older.  I saw it, I am glad I had the chance, but I want to see it again.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Washington Monument
Jefferson Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
The Wall

All places I saw and hope to see again.  The history of the city and surrounding areas is incredible. 

This summer, we did the tourist trip to Medora.

We rode the ‘trail ride’ with the girls. 

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Olivia and her horse… that she held on tight to while he had a little moment of discontent.  She was scared but she did not fall off!

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This is just a small piece of The Badlands.  Come to ND and visit and I will take you to see ALL of the beauty.

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And of course… Mini Golf!

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Taken by one of the girls.  A wild mustang in Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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The photographer…

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The real deal… Buffalo in the park. 

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And… The Pitchfork Fondue.  HUNDREDS of ribeye steak placed on pitchforks and placed in the vat of boiling oil in the background.  You can see two handles sticking out of the vat as the steaks cook.

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Mmmmm…. Yummy!

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And cooked to perfection!

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Take the time to go see what you can right in your backyard.  You won’t regret it!

The Thankful Project… Day 24 (2013)

As a reminder of what I am doing with all these posts… I am following along on at Chasing Happy.  Kenzie has some really cool posts and I have only brushed the surface reading over on her blog.  Jodi over at Touching Your Heart is the one who got me started on this project.  So, go check out her posts as she follows through each day.  She’s getting pretty deep most days.  Much to learn from her… she is an amazing soul with so much to give.

11/24 Prompt: a physical trait

Lately… there isn’t much I like about my physical self which is messing with my mental self quite a lot.  So, the best I can come up with on a part of me I don’t hate would be my freckles.  Sometimes I have looked in the mirror and thought, “Uffda, that’s a lot of freckles,” but in general, I like them and here is why…

Long ago, someone told me they are not just freckles.  They are angel kisses.  These angel kisses come from those in heaven above who are looking after us and want us to be safe and feel loved at all times.

A much better concept than a bird shit on your nose… wouldn’t you agree?

So, based on the concept of them being angel kisses… I am certainly a loved person and I know deep in my heart that I am never without an angel watching over me.

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The Thankful Project… Day 18 (2013)

As a reminder of what I am doing with all these posts… I am following along on at Chasing Happy.  Kenzie has some really cool posts and I have only brushed the surface reading over on her blog.  Jodi over at Touching Your Heart is the one who got me started on this project.  So, go check out her posts as she follows through each day.  She’s getting pretty deep most days.  Much to learn from her… she is an amazing soul with so much to give.

11/18 Prompt: a choice

Wow… all I can say is I have never really run across a challenge that has made me work so hard and made me want to keep going like this one with Kenzie from Chasing Happy and Jodi @touchingyourheart.net.  Instead of quitting and not catching up… I keep going.  Instead of taking the easy way out every day… I work at finding something that is meaningful and truly worth the time and energy to read and in my case… to write.

There are a million and one choices I could write about.  There are a million in a week… but man oh live… a lifetime of choices… now that is an incredible amount to choose from.

As I sit here at 11:11 writing… I think the choice that I want to write very briefly about is the choice to workout.  I signed up sometime in October (I think)… or mid-September to workout at Prairie Fitness in Bowman.  I go at 4:45 IN THE FLIPPIN’ MORNING!!!  I am not a morning person and I have tried to talk myself into changing the time over and over again… but when it boils down to it.  I am choosing 4:45 IN THE FLIPPIN’ MORNING on purpose.  It is a choice!

The choice to get up, get dressed, go out in the cold and go lift some weights, do some stretching and do some time on the treadmill (although I am considering just going outside and running there)…  The choice to do this all before I should even consider getting out of bed is one that I have gone over and over and over and over in my head and here is the reason I am doing it…

Most mornings… my kids are all asleep.  If they aren’t I end up cancelling.  It happens more than I would like, but it is getting better. 

Every morning when I get back home I have something I can cross off my list and off my mind… I already worked out.  I don’t have to think about it for another moment.  And that is an incredible feeling.

The choice to workout was the first one I made and the choice to do it at the butt-crack of dawn is one that didn’t come lightly. 

Now… I just need to make the choice to eat better food and take better care of myself with the nourishment going into my body.  Baby steps… baby steps.

And with that… my random image of the day…

I captured the moment she made her wish… and it melts my heart.

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The Thankful Project… Day 21 (2013)

I have not linked lately… so as a reminder of what I am doing with all these posts… I am following along on at Chasing Happy.  Kenzie has some really cool posts and I have only brushed the surface reading over on her blog.  Jodi over at Touching Your Heart is the one who got me started on this project.  So, go check out her posts as she follows through each day.  She’s getting pretty deep most days.  Much to learn from her… she is an amazing soul with so much to give.

11/21 Prompt: something easy to take for granted

Going to go with the obvious but not going to go deep into details…

Freedom is something I take for granted and I do it without a thought.

The freedom to write on this blog.
The freedom to read The Bible.
The freedom to pray anytime and anyplace.
The freedom to stand up for what I believe is right and the freedom others have to do the same.

There are so many freedoms we enjoy in our country and I for one do not even think about it all that often. 

I am grateful to God for the men and women of our Armed Forces who have for so many years fought for the freedoms in our country. 

A flashback picture from a post about the best Easter

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The Thankful Project… Day 21 (2013)

I have not linked lately… so as a reminder of what I am doing with all these posts… I am following along on at Chasing Happy.  Kenzie has some really cool posts and I have only brushed the surface reading over on her blog.  Jodi over at Touching Your Heart is the one who got me started on this project.  So, go check out her posts as she follows through each day.  She’s getting pretty deep most days.  Much to learn from her… she is an amazing soul with so much to give.

11/21 Prompt: something easy to take for granted

Going to go with the obvious but not going to go deep into details…

Freedom is something I take for granted and I do it without a thought.

The freedom to write on this blog.
The freedom to read The Bible.
The freedom to pray anytime and anyplace.
The freedom to stand up for what I believe is right and the freedom others have to do the same.

There are so many freedoms we enjoy in our country and I for one do not even think about it all that often. 

I am grateful to God for the men and women of our Armed Forces who have for so many years fought for the freedoms in our country. 

A flashback picture from a post about the best Easter

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The Thankful Project… Day 20 (2013)

11/20 Prompt: something about my significant other or best friend

It is no secret to the people who know me IRL (in real life)… I do not like to cook. 

I can cook and would improve if I tried… but the truth of the matter is I do not like doing it, I suck at it, and I am messy as all hell when doing it.  So…

Chad cooks more often than I do.

He’s good at it, seems to enjoy it, and while some days he is messy… most of the time he really has it together.

So… I am super grateful to God that I found a man who tolerates so many things about me that he shouldn’t have to AND… he cooks!

And this boy… since I am writing on Nov 24… is only 6 months away from 21!!!

Trev

The Thankful Project… Day 20 (2013)

11/20 Prompt: something about my significant other or best friend

It is no secret to the people who know me IRL (in real life)… I do not like to cook. 

I can cook and would improve if I tried… but the truth of the matter is I do not like doing it, I suck at it, and I am messy as all hell when doing it.  So…

Chad cooks more often than I do.

He’s good at it, seems to enjoy it, and while some days he is messy… most of the time he really has it together.

So… I am super grateful to God that I found a man who tolerates so many things about me that he shouldn’t have to AND… he cooks!

And this boy… since I am writing on Nov 24… is only 6 months away from 21!!!

Trev

The Thankful Project… Day 14 (2013)

Uffda… I am quite behind in my posts. 

I just went over the entire list to see what I need to catch up on and I realized I skipped the prompt for 11/14.  I have no idea what my original thoughts on that post were and not sure I have any grand plans for what I am going to write at this point.

The truth of the matter is… after reading Jodi’s post… there really isn’t much more to say on my end.  So, if you have not read her post… you absolutely MUST.  Here is the link.  Jodi’s Thankful Project Post… Day 14 (A blessing)

I am going to choose something that I hope and pray will be the blessing that I think it will lead to in the end…

I stumbled across a place on the internet called “The Brave Girls’ Club” while reading a blog post by my friend Amanda (one of my Breck girls from my life changing trip to Colorado. Click her name and you can check out her travel and life blog.

Anyway, I stumbled across The Brave Girls and as it turns out, they have online courses you can take that are supposed to be life changing.  So far, I have tried to complete the course “Soul Restoration” once with little success… but I signed up again and am working hard to get through the videos at the very minimum.  Watching and learning from Melody is amazing.  I am committed to getting through all the content before the course closes but that does not mean I will have all the work done. 

So… where is the blessing in this?  A couple things. 

First, I am changed by the posts and emails I get from The Brave Girls almost every single day.  They somehow know what to write the day I need to hear it. 

Next, the class has changed me… even if just a slight little margin of a change and that is a blessing and a very good thing.

Third… I am not eating as much Cool Whip as I did before and that is a true blessing all by itself.  Read this post and watch the video…  and maybe you will be changed too!

A quick pic from this summer… iPhone selfie with police spotlight ‘flare’ in the back.  Pulled over for speeding and the best part… I had not been drinking and I know full well they were looking for drunk drivers that night.  Baam… I was the DD~

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The Thankful Project… Day 19 (2013)

11/18 Prompt: a book

I have a lot of books. 

What book do I offer the most thanks for…

Chrissy Swanke’s Bible.

What?  Who?

If you have been reading the post from Day 12: an opportunity, you know my life was a bit out of order for a bit.  I was flailing about not really sure of what to do, where to go, who to turn to.

A girl I didn’t know offered to take me to supper (dinner to some).  She was married to a friend of my brother and had moved to ND from Arizona.  I am really uncertain of how or why she was reaching out to me, but she did. 

While we were at supper, she talked about The Bible.  She talked about how she felt comfort in many of the passages.  She talked about how when she was having a rough day, she would open her Bible and find comfort and peace no matter the situation. 

When we were finished with supper and I was dropping her off at home, she ran inside and grabbed her Bible.  She opened it and shared some of the passages that got her through some rocky times. 

It may seem strange that someone raised in a home with a strong belief in God didn’t know this already, but the truth of the matter is, I don’t remember doing a lot with The Bible at home as I was growing up.  I am not being critical of my upbringing and my faith in God is based on my roots.  However, the simple fact is… I just don’t recall digging into The Bible a great deal.

Anyway….

Chrissy and I talked a bit more and she told me to take her Bible with me and dig in.  She had others.  So, I did.  In the end, I returned it to her, but for the present time… I needed that Bible more than I knew.

I learned so much and did find comfort in the words, the ideas, and the renewed sense that I was going to be okay because no matter what God had my back.

How did I know where to begin looking for the right words in a book with so much to give?  Chrissy had highlighted and written in her Bible.  Something I had never seen before.  She marked some pages for me and told me what sections she found the most comfort in when she was going through some really rotten times. 

The pen marks, the highlighted passages, the cover, and all the pages in between… The book I am grateful to God for is Chrissy’s Bible for being a part of my life when I needed it the most.

The Thankful Project… Day 19 (2013)

11/18 Prompt: a book

I have a lot of books. 

What book do I offer the most thanks for…

Chrissy Swanke’s Bible.

What?  Who?

If you have been reading the post from Day 12: an opportunity, you know my life was a bit out of order for a bit.  I was flailing about not really sure of what to do, where to go, who to turn to.

A girl I didn’t know offered to take me to supper (dinner to some).  She was married to a friend of my brother and had moved to ND from Arizona.  I am really uncertain of how or why she was reaching out to me, but she did. 

While we were at supper, she talked about The Bible.  She talked about how she felt comfort in many of the passages.  She talked about how when she was having a rough day, she would open her Bible and find comfort and peace no matter the situation. 

When we were finished with supper and I was dropping her off at home, she ran inside and grabbed her Bible.  She opened it and shared some of the passages that got her through some rocky times. 

It may seem strange that someone raised in a home with a strong belief in God didn’t know this already, but the truth of the matter is, I don’t remember doing a lot with The Bible at home as I was growing up.  I am not being critical of my upbringing and my faith in God is based on my roots.  However, the simple fact is… I just don’t recall digging into The Bible a great deal.

Anyway….

Chrissy and I talked a bit more and she told me to take her Bible with me and dig in.  She had others.  So, I did.  In the end, I returned it to her, but for the present time… I needed that Bible more than I knew.

I learned so much and did find comfort in the words, the ideas, and the renewed sense that I was going to be okay because no matter what God had my back.

How did I know where to begin looking for the right words in a book with so much to give?  Chrissy had highlighted and written in her Bible.  Something I had never seen before.  She marked some pages for me and told me what sections she found the most comfort in when she was going through some really rotten times. 

The pen marks, the highlighted passages, the cover, and all the pages in between… The book I am grateful to God for is Chrissy’s Bible for being a part of my life when I needed it the most.