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To be grateful, feel thankful
To give thanks


I wrote about Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts: A Dare  to Live Fully Right Where You Are HEREin Swedish, and you can read about it HERE in English. 






Ok, why all this “noise” about a book? 
It speaks to me. Ann’s use of big religious words sometimes makes me uneasy, but I have to look behind them and take notice of what the feeling their meaning in her writing tells me.  
It is a book, but it describes a lifestyle. That life is a life I long for, a living now, with meaning, giving thanks.

“She dares me, and I don’t even blink. Could I write a list of a thousand things I love? … To name one thousand blessings – one thousand gifts … Not gifts I want but gifts I already have.
… Living joy in every situation, the full life of eucharisteo …
Naming …  A dare to an emptier, fuller life.“

Here is my list, slowly growing:

1 … Wise challenges
2 … Sunny afternoon coffee-time in the kitchen with good people
3 … Sharing the small and the big stories in our lives
4 … A long missed voice over the phone
5 … Painting, making things clean and reflecting the light … and safe
6 … Wise words, shared
7 … Sleep, restful sleep
8 … The moment between dream and awake – when it is all light
9 … Sharing a meal with friends, young and old
10 … 50 seconds of good phone conversation
11 … Quiet evening time in  the sofa, sharing a word now and again
12 … Realization in the need of change
13 … Discovering the gift of 1000 gifts
14 … My “daily ritual” to help me remember the important stuff like quiet time
15 … Packing for the future
16 … Friend on the phone
17 … Mending torn jeans, with love
18 … The washing machine, washing the last needed for the future
19 … An office with a door and chosen solitude
 possible
20 … Churches, for breaks in the daily hassle
21 … Life’s changing ways, making us live consciously
22 … A good backrub – dozing off in the process
23 … The joy of planning
24 … Student living quarters – young men’s god choice in room-mate
25 … filling the freezer with ready lunchboxes
26 … Plums, heavenly sweet, from own tree
27 … Blogging
28 … selling the car –at last
29 … Good people wanting to buy the car – nice!
30 … Old wallpaper coming down – preparing for a change
31 … Licensed wolf-hunt of for this winter. Go wolfs!
32 … Warm compassionate hand on my arm when feelings overflow
33 … Plums! Plums! Plums!
34 … Money in the bank. Thank you, car-buyers!
35 … hearing, from my corner in the sofa, cars rushing past in the distance,
           telling me the world is out there if I need it
36 … Wise, thinking, blogging, women
37 … color pencils, brightening my word
38 … Really cold milk – a taste of heaven
39 … Umbrellas in the car … forgotten … bringing laughter
40 … Invitation to confirmation (Lutherans)

41 … Stew, food that is autumn
42 … Good company making lunchtime all the better
43 … Dreary chores DONE
44 …People to love
45 … Ability to love
46 … Being able to make a phone call
47 …Life partner putting time and effort in to caring for my son
48 … quiet moments … side by side
49 … Being alone at home … when you know it is just for a while
50 … People that understand me AND argue with me
51 … The man in my life quietly caring
52 … autumn winds
53 … Tree full of ruby red apples
54 … Getting in to bed early evening, with Journal, Bible and IKEA catalogue.
 Bliss!
55 … Seminars that make me think
56 … coherence
57 … adult children knowing they can call home if needed (and other times too)
58 … Sunny, dry roads all the way
59 … seeing son
60 … Being a couple
61 … Hugging Dad
62 … Being on nr 62
63 … concluding my day in my “One line a day”-journal
64 … Spending sons birthday together
65 … “Frapé” with a friend
66 … Friendly bantering
67 … Insider jokes
68 …Dozing in the car
69 … My cozy bed

70 … Lazy Sundays … Life’s parentheses
71 … Rain pouring down in the dark outside whilst I’m snuggled up, all warm and cozy in the sofa
72 … Not being able to attend the course I applied for(and got in to) due to work schedule and relieving me from making the decision.
73 … REALY cold milk and biscuits
74 … When eyes start to close watching TV … and I have a bed to go to
75 … The morning chill promising autumn
76 … The every-day trot – telling us everything is ok
77 …coming home to the everyday live – love that holds, that knows, that cares
78 … Majestic, enormous, fluffy clouds making shapes for my imagination
79 … Wise young people giving hope for the future
80 … Parents being there for their children, no matter what
81 … Shared quiet time with strangers. Waiting. Smiling.
82 … the crisp solitude of the early morning
83 …New wallpaper – making everything fresh
84 … Homemade apple pie – made from apples in our own tree
85 … Custard – smooth and sweet-smelling
86 … dozing, daydreaming
87 … Worried parent calling to check for facts – bothering to look for answers
88 … Days that just are – afternoon nap and all
89 … insights/knowledge – God put a word in
90 … Nature programs on TV – showing me things I would never have been able to imagine
91 … Young adults in youth groups
92 … Shoulder touching shoulder – making mass significant sharing it is
93 … Rain – Pouring – making people laugh and talk
94 … Silence raising questions
95 … Birthday party invitation – making my heart smile
96 … Shared life stories
97 … Acceptance
98 … Finding new meaning in many times read bible verses
99 … Discipleship
100 … Realizing my “too-much-ness” – so I can do something about it
101 ... Fun country roads, car, loud music
102 … The late summer sun
103 … cranberry juice
104 … Chat function on pc – bringing loved ones closer
105 … A good stretch, still under the warm covers in bed, nose feeling the fresh morning air making it's way in from the open window

106 … Already clean floors for the little ones when I come work
107 … Feeling of job well done
108 … Raindrops in a tired face
109 … Quiet moment concentrating on NOW
110 … Laughing at forgetfulness
111 … Discovering the word abibliophobia … (fearing to run out of books to read)
112 … experiencing the feeling of attending a speech … by myself … enjoying it!
113 … Feeling melancholy happy that I have windows and doors to close when the weather changes to cold autumn
114 … Cramp in my shoulder … resulting in  a massage
115 … Remembering learned prayers – when woken by nightmares
116 … Homegrown apples with the most red color red I know

117 … Reminiscing – finding  photos of times past
118 … Wonderful, heartbreaking, strong written words to illustrate historic woman’s fate
119 … Driving, apple-eating, open window - solitary moments between places – catching my breath
120 … Unexpected joy in being found by friend from the past - trying to count years … never mind!
121 … For many different reasons and stories being grateful for the fantastic possibilities of internet!
122 … Cooking. Together!
123 … Wordless understanding
124 … Spontaneous conversations with strangers
125 … Bedroom slowly being redecorated. .. smelling of NEW
126 … quick moments of joy
127 … Sharing dry humor … my kind

128 … The way the camera lens makes me focus
129 … Talking, sharing – finding out I’m not crazy in experiencing oddness nearby
130 … A child’s honesty
131 ... Homely aroma of bread baking
132 … Knowing some days is peace
133 … The challenge in new courses at uni
134 … Peaches … taste and texture
135 … Sadness … knowing it is momentarily
136 … Peach-juice dripping prom chin, tickling sweet
137 … Being accepted
138 … Knowing to keep an emotional distance … grace
139 … coming home safe
140 … Exchanging ideas and coming up with new ones together
141 … The sound a books make when u open it for the first time
142 … Purring of a cat
143 … Friends when age doesn’t matter
144 … pep talks
145 … Tears of compassion lit by wondrous words of others
146 … The respect of grief
147 … People talking about grief, sharing – bringing hearts closer
148 … photo-blogging – comments cheering on
149 … Lunchboxes, ready in the freezer for tired (lazy?) us
150 … The New Bed – like sleeping on clouds
151 … Landslide happening when no one was around
152 … New backpack arriving day before trip - timing
153 … The opportunity to help
154 … Love of my life tagging along across the country
155 … Youngest, helping out – giving me moments to cherish
156 … Soft fleece
157 … Farmers market – the colors, the fresh produce, the cheerful people
158 … To be close – souls resting
159 … The occasional moments in life when Nothing is on the agenda
160 … Missing someone … Having people in my life to miss when they are far away
161 … Good books showing me new angles
162 … People daring to show the way by normalizing the worlds “Odd” and showing how odd it is to be “normal”
163 … Photography … showing the way outside the box
164 … Young people filling my day with joy
165 … Filling this list becoming my new habit
166 … Wheel not coming off
167 … A group of young women showing me what hope shines like
168 … Hugs
169 … The amazing “toilet frog” – a survivor
170 … Bloggers – connecting with people online
171 … The sweet smell of my favorite handmade soap
172 … Midmorning nap
173 … Knitting my own first pair of socks 
174 … the silence in an empty house … just before company arrives
175 … Gratefulness in Gods belief in me
176 … Early bedtime - coz I can
177 … Planning – keeping stress at bay
178 … Reflecting on God, faith, belief … together with others
179 … Sharing, life’s ups AND downs
180 … Seeing the strength in others – weakness being it
181 … Touching shoulders
182 … Joining the “Anonymous club” – club of doing for other
183 … One son coming home for the weekend
184 … Receiving cornflowers, in frosty October – making my day, week AND month
185 … The gift of old books - beautiful old books
186 … Warm sun in the cold winds
187 … Anonymous club result – what it should always be about
188 … Son and friend in the house – food being made- cookies eaten = life
189 … Happy churchtime with lovely people, tasty cakes and cookies

190 … Good conversations – in the quiet
191 … Children - teaching us to live in our NOW
192 … The joy in handcraft
193 … Days that just pass – letting it be ok
194 … My sofa – the calm corner of the world
195 … Busy knitting hands calming whirling thoughts
196 … Discovering the sisterhood of women
197 … The night before a day to be spent doing nothing – enjoying the thought of it!
198 … Prayer! The power of…
199 … Exchanging memories of lives apart
200 … Being openly welcomed into someone’s home
201 … Telephones, making distances almost disappear
202 … Being able to pay my bills
203 … Love – always love
204 … Long road trip without a hitch
205 … “Getting to know”
206 … Sweetly prepared dinner
207 … Yarn – waiting to be lovingly made into something
208 … Sms – keeping you in my pocket
209 … Time to reflect
210 … Wise input
211 … Ability to listen
212 … Another book – always books
213 … Talking in the car
214 … Sunny autumn weather bringing the rich autumn colors of nature closer
215 … Simple everyday breakfast at home
216 … Goodbyes – bringing words of the heart to the mouth217 … Quiet days nursing a cold – Time to think
218 … putting time right – going from summer- to wintertime
219 … Discovering Tove Jansson as a writer not writing about Mumin
220 … Soothing cream on sore nose
221 … Wonderful photo-bloggers
222 … coffee after mass with unique, inspiring people I have the fortune to get to know
223 … A moose- 4 meters away. Impressive animal!
224 … The total pleasure of having to do absolutely nothing
225 … the smile and total concentration of a 1 year old
226 … Head massage until I fall asleep
227 … Knitting for Christmas
228 … Reading everywhere (that’s what It feels like) about how we need to slow down so we can live our lives fully – getting the message

229 … Going to bed early –ish, talking in bed
230 … Realizing I have come a long way when I can take half a day off in the beginning of a busy week knowing I have time to take care of things as from tomorrow. Go, me!
231 … Changing tactics – no more looking at blog-statistics
232 … The challenge of doing some new things alone at work
233 … Inspiring youth – teaching me loads
234 … Starting work late morning!
235 … Getting to help out with a few things and thereby feel part of sons everyday life
236 … Reading in bed - light book in hand just in case … zZzZzZz

237 …Beautiful scenery on the road going home – took photo with mobile phone camera. Best picture still in my heart!
238 … Monday morning with sweet mums and kids
239 … Afternoon nap on a weekday afternoon – almost felt naughty
240 … Mist – making everything look soft
241 … Winter tires on the car – thanks to Best. Man. In. The. World.
242 … Clean sheets – the crisp feeling
243 … Sweet anniversary x3 (10, 9 and 8 years)

244 … Finding “Baiconnaise” for a lover of bacon
245 … Advent, the grey and warm winter became bearable
246 … Sharing the burden of bad news
247 … Confiding
248 … Being trusted
249 … Settling in bed with a book, cozy and warm – after a while, not remembering a read word… sleep
250 … The tiniest flicker of a flame in a candle when talking about just that …
251 … Great storm making it ok to stay indoors and feel like the world is just inside this house
252 … keeping secrets … knowing they are good
253 … working late and then having a sleep-in the day after
254 … Planning – making the future a calm possibility
255 … Being tired of opinions – others and my  own – realizing I have to work on my attitude
256 … The “Christmas-feeling” sneaking up on me
257 .. Having no stress over Christmas coming – just enjoying the time of year
258 … Best time of year for music in the car: Third Day’s “Christmas offerings” playing! 
259 … Nice sunny drive in compensation for traveling alone
260 … Remembering to buy THE sweets for my sweet 
261 … Being able to afford … for once
262 … Wonderful company – One of the sons and friends
263 … Telephone-“lines” – talking to my Mr. Right
264 … Remembering to bring the warm shoes …
265 … … and my own pillow!
266 … Days rolling by – me being, still, in a weekend mood
267 … Talking to oldest son – feeling a calm tone … at long last
268 … Looking forward to a three day long weekend at home with Mr. Right
269 … “So what”
270 … Friend calling news reporting stations/papers protesting when their reporting sucks!
271 … “Things” outside work taking more brainpower, bringing more joy to life, than at work
272 … Thumbprints

273 … Writing Christmas-cards and having a good time doing it
274 … Christmas porridge … also known as “Ris a’la Malta”
275 … Getting in touch with so many nice people through blogging
276 … Burning candles – loving the soft light on all the familiar things in our home
277 … Tiny glimpses of NOW shining through the mundane every-day drudge
278 … No stress hiding my Christmas joy
279 … The toothless smile of a young child in his pram
280 … The deep-inside-almost-hidden feeling of just knowing
281 … Realizing that NOT feeling stressed about Christmas does NOT mean being perfunctory
282 … Bone-tired work-satisfaction
283 … Prayer … working so much better than counting to 10. It is hard to stay angry at someone you just prayed for
284 … Nearing the date when days will start to be longer, and longer, and … take us towards spring

285 … Sharing
286 … Loads of dishes … family in town
287 … A full fridge
288 … Snoring … Mr. Right letting me know he is next to me
289 … Queuing for the bathroom … desperate but grateful
290 … Company in the sofa late at night
291 … Christmas … and the reason for the season

292 … Reading that to be inspiring is not to have perfectly worded façade but to show it as it is and get across the genuine feeling that ”I am here with you” – Write “naked”
293 … Finding out that trying beyond strength darkens not only the horizon of the trying 
294 … Simplicity
295 … Every-day-philosophy
296 … Every day being a New Year’s Day
297 … Engaging bloggers
298 … Vegetables
299 … Walks, camera in hand,, with Mr. Right
300 … Being on 300
301 … The quiet of New Year’s Eve slowing the thoughts for the new year
302 … The gift of someone else receiving
303 … Red, warm, happy, home knitted socks
304 … The First day of 2012 being filled with wings – in poetry, song lyrics, quotes …
305 … Being able to buy a new camera lens, making the macro-world “mine”
306 … Being able to get the Honeymooners to the airport in spite of the storm
307 … Coffee break in an old-fashioned coffee shop – enjoying coffee and atmosphere
308 … The feeling of knowing you got a message (no, not a text ;-))
309 … Trust
310 … Greeting the feeling of longing like an old friend
311 … Cold clean water when I’m thirsty
312 … Late night phone call – family just wanting to get in touch – wonderful
313 … Companionship
314 … Wings - still
315 … Art, stirring up emotions

316 … The sweet feeling of being in love
317 … Photography giving a new perspective
318 … Fragmental moments of NOW
319 … slow-falling snow
320 … Watching a beautiful fox outside our kitchen window
321 … The safe warmth of home
322 … Secondhand stores … beautiful china
323 … New perspective … looking for it everywhere
324 … Snow
325 … made time for photographing in the snow (before it melted the same day)
326 … This year’s first bouquet of tulips
327 … Slowly waking up to a day off from work
328 … Fresh air
329 … The grace of being asked to help in prayer
330 … Grief – the healing tears
331 … Sun warming my face on an otherwise cold day

332 … The hard rime making the world a beautiful place
333 … Listening
334 … Receiving the Holy Family from Willow Tree – beautiful
335 … The ready meals in the freezer – loving all the work we did when time wasn’t short
336 … The sun through an autumn leaf
337 … Reading in bed – again and always
338 … Freshly brushed teeth (my own)
339 … My orange-smelling soap that smells nothing like orange?
340 … My cute sneezing text message tone – smiles all around
341 … pen against paper
342 … Five Minute Fridays at Gipsy Mamas
343 … Challenges 
344 … The feeling of a new fluffy quilt – like sleeping under a cloud

345 … Sharing a moment in the every-day
346 … storytelling
347 … “What are your dreams?”
348 … Places to try new thoughts
349 … Hospitability
350 … The serenity in advice-giving
351 … The rare moments when  a thought stops time for a millisecond
352 … Taking a stand and feeling sure about it
353 … Meeting God, in others
354 … Coming home - again - always
355 … understanding – even when it hurts
356 … Limitations
357 … Things coming together
358 … Coming home- straight in to a comforting hug
359 … Zigzagging
360 … The hard Eὐχαριστέω of not being there fully
361 … “What is you hope?”
362 … “What is your longing?”
363 … Talking about personal faith
364 … Being reminded of the ways the Lord works – plural
366 … The crisp cool air when it is -14 C
367 … The gentle man in my life – listening – sharing
368 … “Seed bread” – no flour, delicious
369 … Tulips – the way they bring hope in February, and the way they sound!
370 … Knowing when stress is getting at me
371 … You, telling me to slow down
372 … Deciding to let some things be less important
373 … Midmorning napping
374 … Afternoon napping (for variation)
375 … Icy cold winds blowing us in to a coffee shop – finding the chocolate cake of dreams
376 … Words on a blog pulling at my heart
377 … “Ordinary Theology”
378 … The slow, all important, real weekend-time with Mr. Right
379 … Egg and caviar on mu breakfast toast, freshly brewed coffee, and the best company
380 … Sitting in the sofa, getting ready for some studying- time, radio playing elsewhere in the house,  Mr. Right tinkering with something in another room. No rush. No stress. HOME!
381 … Home cooked meals. The cooking AND eating, TOGETHER
382 … Leijona Tervalakritsi on the net :-) ordered some!
383 … Having a home … not only a house
384 … Musical memories
385 … Mr. Right turning on the heater in my car every morning when he leaves – leaving me a toasty warm car (an easily started to boot) to get to work in 
386 … Hearing a bird chirping a promise of spring – Maybe he (?) is tired of the winter too
387 … Olives
388 … Young enthusiasm breaking through every border
389 … a longing, making me think
390 … The pure of heart, a toddler, laughing
391 … A familiar voice on the phone – long time “no hear”
392 … Meeting up for lunch – a “lifetime” in an hour of conversation
393 … Photos actually speaking more than a thousand words
394 … The Grace of God – Surprisingly comforting EVERY time, ALL the time!
395 … The blue flower of longing
396 … Change- hard Eὐχαριστέω
397 … Talking about death as an adventure and as an old friend … “Thank You God for sister Death …” (Francis of Assisi)
398 … Helping out
399 … A church filled with the sound of playing children and God laughing
400 … Having enough to pay my bills
401 … Ash Wednesday inviting us to think about fasting
402 … Living to see another birthday
403 … Positively charged thought-provoking questions
404 … A night at the theater
405 … New thoughts on what the bible is! More, not less!
406 … Walking in the sunshine on a clear February day, feeling the warmth of the sun in my face
407 … Restaurant staff going the extra mile for their customers
408 … The smile of a stranger
409 … Finding a glimpse of wisdom in oneself
410 … Understanding the point of taking a step to the side  and be a spectator
411 … “a little suicide of the soul” – a quote of Ben Kingsley on “Skavlan
411,5 … “… death of illusions, an ego-death …”               -“-
412 … Being able to Google
413 … Spring – sensing it around the  corner
414 … Storytelling
415 … Short but “normal” phone-conversation with my “trauma from the past”
416 … Day-long, staying-in-PJ’s, studying-spell … save a break or two
417 … An amazing church service with families GALORE! Grace! Joy!
418 … The feeling of being happily tired!
419 … Picking up where we left off
420 … Goodreads – giving me new ideas
421 … Home-made words
422 … Short days at works – afternoons at home
423 … Fika-time after weekday church service
424 … The phrase “peopled out” explaining it exactly
425  … The comfort of quiet time shoulder to shoulder

426 … In-depth talks
427 … Sharing music – making new discoveries
428 … Sharing parts of my scarred soul - Learning
429 … Reading the word SISTER and realizing it’s about me *smiling*
430 … Hugs full of warmth
431 … Talking movies, talking life
432 … Discovering that old grudges “are no more” … *life begins anew*
433 … Yellow roses
434 … COLOURS
435 … soft children’s (and the “not so old” grown-up’s) toys
436 … Being shown where I can make changes, starting with me
437 … Being questioned ß having to have a good think
438 … Listening to life stories – finding common ground
439 … a good burp
440 … “Vices” uniting across oceans
441 … Gethsemane – my way to faith
442 … Choosing joy
443 … The golden rule
444 … Young heads bent in prayer – an ageless position for mankind
445 … Rocks, symbolically filled with life’s garbage, thrown vigorously in to the deep sea
446 … Moments of giggly silliness
447 … The awesome feeling of trust
448 … The sun reflecting, sparkling, in the sea
449 … Kindness – good ”old fashioned” kindness
450 … Being each other’s angels
451 … Trusting good colleagues – age no matter
452 … Writing – even when never read
453 … Crocus
454 … chaffinches
455 … Unknown cat trusting our neighborhood, getting some well needed meals
456 … Confiding
457 … movie night
458 …  Stone oven baked bread  (baked with flour of durum)
459 … buying a ticket for someone – because I can
460 … Seeing the engagement ring on the finger of Mr. Right (most of the time not there because of work)
461 ... worrying friends making sure
462 … wonderful people on the other end of a worried phone call
463 … Dry roads – especially when in  a hurry
464 … A cup of coffee all alone – much needed quiet time
465 … Gong THROUGH bad times- heading for the other side
466 … “My” bearded two on a weekend at work
467 … laughing until stomach hurts
468 … 1st of April-pranksters
469 … Hearing the calm in a voice over the phone
470 … Sunny but cool hour at the seaside – seashell treasures and granite
471 … tears of sorrow – every tear talking of love
472 … Coming home - always
473 … Knowing when enough is enough
474 … The hard lesson of stress
475 … Ticking things off the to-do-list
476 … Easter – thinking about what is important
477 … Pie Jesu
478 … Sneezing
479 … Cooking for three (longing for four)
480 … 4 days off work
481 … Alarm-free mornings
482 … Easter
483 … Gethsemane – the part that made me believe
484 … Knowing I cannot understand the magnitude of what Jesus did … for me … and it is still ok
485 … Shared stories of faith
486 … Chocolate (Anthon Berg) eggs
487 … The washing machine
488 … Books (always books). This time “I wrote this for you”
489 … Talking, listening and …listening
490 … Songs of worship
491 … Storytelling – real and made up
492 … Midnight chat
493  … Moving towards new times (always, I know, but still)
494 … discovering new ways of communicating (with photos)just started
495 … Seeing the plank*sigh*
496 … Feeling that I really know what to do next (still struggling with trusting the feeling though *hopeless case*)
497 … Birds singing of spring
498 … Days getting longer – wonderful light coming back
499 … summer break – a carrot in the distance
500 … <--reaching this point
501 … appreciation
502 … Photography – again – break from routines
503 … Summer-tires on the car
504 … Wild yeast – soon to be delicious bread
505 … a week away from work … widening the horizons
506 … Being part of a group that knows how to be different together
507 … Finding, buying and delivering a secondhand tail coat to one of the sons
508 … Lost things turning up
509 … Long drive, sun all the way, thoughts getting time and space
510 … Film-night with colleagues and friends
511 … Breakfast buffet
512 … Coffee – the tasty way to stay awake
513 … Friends being blessed with a pregnancy
514 … Studies all done for this term
515 … The joy of now having the choice to read ANYTHING
516 … the grace of prayer
517 … Singing praise, with friends, in church

518 … 2 days at Nordens Ark – wonderful guides! Rain leaving us alone!
519 ...  All the wonderful opportunities to photograph the wildlife at Nordens Ark. Like This and This!
520 … Young enthusiastic and joyful persons enriching both days just by their presence
521 … Aching feet telling me about endurance
522 … Flashlights
523 … Welcome-home-hugs!
524 … “Becoming the answer to our prayers” by Clairborn and Wilson-Hartgrove
“When we pray to God asking, *why don’t you do something?’ we hear a gentle whisper respond, ‘I did do something. I made you.’ Prayer is important. Just as important is the call to become the answers to our prayers.”

525 … Receiving my paper on finished course on university
526 … My cellphone – It does everything … except laundry and vacuum cleaning… or dishes … or… Well, it’s FUN!
527 … Water
528 … Chores done!
529 … “Midsomer murders
530 … A girls night out in the making
531 … Enjoying a glass of wine with Mr. Right!
532 … Sorting among my tribizilion books – finding the sense to get rid of some!
533 … Leftovers!
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No cooking!
534 … New wallpaper
535 … finding a book that was lost (…well…) like forever!

536 … Anger – making unfairness difficult
537 … Cherry tree-blossoms
538 … Ice-cream and apple-pie
539 … Laughter – hearts becoming lighter
540 … The gift of giving
541 … Solidarity
542 … Showing a glimpse of my soul – being met by others, showing theirs
543 … Painful memories… being just memories
544 … Tears –emotions spilling over – no sadness
545 … saying no
546 … standing firm
547 … Meeting a new, undiscovered, friend – internet at it’s best
548  … the wonderful smell of spring after a May-rain
549 … Rhubarb – growing so you can hear it
550 … Again, a book: I hope for the flowers by Trina Paulus
551 … Ice-cream-jumbo-prize after letting everyone get better points at miniature golf
552 … Kyrie Eleison keeping spooks away after a nightmare
553 … Blue skies- sometimes resting behind the clouds
554 … Rain cleaning my car
555 … The evening before a day off
556 … Princesstårta – cake for any moment
557 … Generosity
558 … New-car-smell
559 … Being able to …
560 … Ironing DONE (never pre-)
561 … a clean cooker … MINE to be more precise
562 … Wash drying in the sun
563 … Trees putting on their spring-dress in soft green shades
564 … People speaking up for human rights
565 … Days of letting the mind wander where it wants … and needs

566 … Clean windows (there is a whole world out there)
567 … Sharing life with loved ones
568 … Mr. Right <3
569 … Holding hands
570 … aday.org  - what their thought is
571 … anticipation
572 … Afternoon nap with Mr. Right – side by side
573 … A glass of wine at dinner-time
574 … Now therefore I bow the knee of mine heart…
575 … Wonderful clouds
576 … Being proud of each other
577 … The pain of slowing down – hard Eὐχαριστέω
578 … A book, again: Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen

“Everybody is a story. When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories. We don't do that so much anymore. Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time. It is the way the wisdom gets passed along. The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering.”
579 … compassion
581 … Precious moments – hardly daring to breath
582 … Constructive Criticism
583 … Finally planting some flowers – instant house makeover
584 … Life slowing down … some
585 … watching others stress through moments of importance – realizing I do that too. A lot!
586 … a sweet just-like-that-kiss from a 3-yearold! Still smiling!

587 … Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel – live and well in the woods behind our humble abode
588 … Photographing Dandelions … again, again, and again 
589 … My new handbag
590 … Picture perfect days
591 … A wonderful midmorning walk at Nordens Ark with my Mr. Right
592 … My boys … missing them
593 … Photoshop on a leisurely afternoon
594 … The gift of an icon and a cross – all the way from Rhodes
595 … A lovely orchid – a parting gift
596 … slow walks in the woods – macrophotography
597 … Walking along Bohusleden on a summers day
598 … Listening to the cuckoo – just a few meters away
599 … Mr. Right blowing at the Dandelions so that I can take photos to my heart’s content
600 … Birdsong early in the morning and late at night
601 … The wonderful feeling of an unspoiled summers vacation lying ahead – not yet started
602 … The feeling of discovering prayer for the first time – every time. Why now?
603 … Cozy sofa-evenings
604 … Rain taking all the must-do’s off the to-do-outside-list – allowing reading
605 … Becoming Real – reading The Velveteen Rabbit

“What is REAL?" asked the Velveteen Rabbit one day... "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When [someone] loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."
"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept.
"Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand... once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always.”
606 … Music – love SPOTIFY
607 … Natures fresh smell after a rainfall
608 … The smell of freshly cut grass

609 … Cloudy days



610 … Good coffee
611 … Swedish crisp bread with egg and Kalles Kaviar
612 … Receiving a photo with a view on MMS
613 … Giving away a blanket
614 … Walking at Ramsvik – close to the ground, camera in hand



615 … Rooibos Blackberry tea and a strawberry cookie


616 … Walking away – and knowing when

617 … planting herbs
618 … Eating out
619 … Just being
620 … Some phone calls
621 … Plans
622 … Days off before vacation
623 … Rhubarb
624 … Watching the elderflowers starting to blossom
625 … chives
626 … Rainstorms clearing the air
627 … Poppy flowers
628 … Endurance
629 … Ponderings
630 ... trees playing with the sun in the garden
631 … Anticipation
632 … Fried rice
633 … Ann’s “Walk With Him” this week! Read it HERE!
634 … Buying baby clothes for expecting friends – tiny, tiny clothes
635 … Good blood pressure
636 … Forget-me-nots
637 … Bacon-sandwich with avocado – scrumptious!
638 … Text messages from Mr. Right
639 … Lunch out in the sun with Mr. Right



640 … Mississippi mud pie- & ice-cream-luxury
641 … Feel-good movies
642 … Evenings with the television OFF
643 … Painkillers
644 … Strawberries – Swedish!
645 … peonies
646 … Good, really good, news via text message – putting a mothers heart at ease!
647 … Brotherly love
648 … Every-day-bravery
649 … Fried Halloumi
650 … Beautiful writing:

“You know why the trees smell the way they do”? Murphy asked looking up from her hammering. “Sap?” Logan guessed. “Chlorophyll?” Murphy shook her head. “Stars. Trees breathe in starlight year after year, and it goes deep into their bones. So when you cut a tree open, you smell a hundred years’ worth of light. Ancient starlight that took millions of years to reach earth. That’s why trees smell so beautiful and old”.”
651 … a sister of the heart
652 … Coffee and cards (I didn’t win)
653 … Sweets for Mr. Right
654 … A wonderfully blue thermos flask
655 … Coming home
656 … Cooking happening in the kitchen – and it isn’t by me
J
657 … Someone cancelling their dentist appointment – leaving an opening
658 … Fruit!
659 … Colors
660 … Someone cancelling their appointment at the optician – another opening
661 … A book
662 … The elderflower-cordial ready and delicious
663 … Slowing down – catching up

664 … Share, quirky, sense of humor
665 … Sandwich for lunch – just right!
666 … Letting the mind wander
667 … Knowing “our” fox is doing fine
668 … Google translate! SO much fun!
669 … Toilet paper
670 … Daisies
671 … Angels
672 … Being bored – lovely contrast
673 … Taking loads of photos
674 … Love
675 … Shyness
676 … New acquaintances
677 … picking strawberries
678 … Kittens
679 … Hospitality
680 … Angus – my new car
681 … The gift of flowers for the garden
682 … Sofa, full … one asleep
683 … Good people over for lunch
684 … The smell of rain, like a blanket, a cup of tea and a good book – a morning to cherish
685 … earplugs
686 … Tweezers
687 … A book – again – for the laughs
688 … Listening to rain
689 … A clean desk! Hallelujah!
690 … Finding a forgotten quote
691 … Saying no for the right reasons
692 … Being understood
693 … My reading-corner in the bedroom
694 … Glasses at a reasonable price
695 … Wild strawberries
696 … Listening to children’s funny comments in the store. Bless the tired parents!
697 … Tickles and giggles
698 … Taking the decision to not take ANY classes in ANY subject coming school-year. Just being a working adult with some spare time! Bliss!
699 … Silly conversations with Mr. Right
700 … Homemade cinnamon rolls

701 … Photoshop and Moderskeppet (best tutorials ever)
702 … mackerel – smoked
703 … Blueberries
704 … Being alone (not lonely)
705 … Homemade pie
706 … Fresh cool winds in the summer
707 … Being brought a cup of coffee
708 … Lunch in good company
709 … knitting in green
710 … Lunch in the sun with Mr. Right
711 … Daytrip - sculptures, sun and good company
712 … Bats – alive and well in the forest at the back of our house
713 … vacation together

714 … old-fashioned VW-buses – hippiebussar ;)
715 … Probably the best raspberry-ice-cream of this summer
716 … New shoes – Ecco rules
717 … New “faces” in  my blogosphere
718 … New take on death … will think  more about this and get back to you
719 … steaming hot showers
720 … Time to think
721 … Watching movies –together
722 … kolakakor … untranslatable
723 … debates
724 … Baby bird, lost and tugging at our heartstrings
725 … The One Year Bible – I like it
726 … Pajama-days
727 … Driving
728 … Short-notice vacation-trip
729 … Odense dessertsås nougat … untranslatable

730 … Grateful to have work to take a vacation from 
731 … Knitting, a form of meditation
732 … Roadside picnic
733 … Sunny day with a Mr. Right and Trudilutti
734 … Time with family
735 … Photo-excursion in “my “ town
736 … Good travel company
737 … Good, ecological, cold, beer
738 … An impressive cathedral – amazing history
739 … Taking my shoes off after a loooong day
740 … Hotel-breakfast
741 … Coming home
742 … Pytt i panna
743 … Getting home to my bible – forgot to bring it on my trip
744 … Fox-visit in the evening of coming home  - wonderful greeting

745 … thoughts started by THIS blog-post – why I complicate things
746 … Newly cleaned, shining, cars
747 … a knitted woolly hat
748 … Picture perfect mushroom
749 … The treasure of a blue prism
750 … A blanket, soft as a cloud – me “hiding” for a nap
751 … Caring
752 … Affording
753 … A bearded “gentle giant”
754 … Skies so blue my soul smiles
755 … Days exploring
756 … My own, personal, pc-support
757 … Butterflies in our garden
758 … Lilies, plenty of lilies
759 … Todays newspaper at breakfast – luxury
760 … Wonderful stone-oven-baked bread from THIS PLACE
761 … Bittersweet nostalgia – vacation all done for this summer
762 … Hot chocolate – sweet and smooth
763 … Sharing quiet times with Mr. Right
764 … Getting in to routines again – hard eucharisto
765 … Looking forward to a haircut
766 … venturing in to the world of different knitting-styles
767 … The story of Maximilian Kolbe – bringing Jesus closer to reality
768 … Mr. Right patiently helping me pic new glasses (growing older is expensive)
769 … Surviving day 1 at work (summer vacation all done)
770 … Short workdays the first week though
771 … nectarines
772 … Rooibos tea with honey and milk
773 … Life stories …amazing courage
774 … Coming home to cooked and served lunch
775 … Gratis
776 … Cries for help <--
 courage
777 … more than eternity
778 … Finding words
779 … Remembering the good things that still are
780 … Steady shoulders nearby
781 … Love that endures
782 … Lavender
783 … Freezer filling up with ready meals
784 …The smell of autumn in the air
785 … All these photo challenges online
786 … being lazy together


787 … Hugo
788 … Being reminded to never forget to be grateful for the everyday things we take for granted
789 … The joy of a new grandparent
790 … Text messages with good news
791 …
Hönökaka
792 … Fluffy white clouds full of magic, following me to work
793 … New glasses
794 … my first terminal glasses (computer glasses) – works better than I thought they would
795 … Autumn winds on a sunny morning
796 … Soap
797 … 3 days off work
798 … THIS picture
799 … Awful meeting that made me realize the problem Is not mine
800 … Café -
 a movie that surprised
801 … The smell of coffee in the morning
802 … Plums – straight from the tree
803 … a clean house
804 … beating the dust out of the carpets – VERY good for getting rid of frustration
805 … this year’s first apple-pie from our homegrown apples …
806 … …with custard!
807 … having no schoolwork/homework
808 … Pillows
809 … Knowing that those who has gone before us will be there to welcome us one day
810 … To be remembered ...
811 … and included!
812 … How things just seem to come together sometimes

813 ...Talking to both sons in one day
814 … a big batch of Korv Stroganoff
815 … honor   
816 … Youngest sons 22nd birthday
817 … courage
818 … Inspiration
819 … pancakes
820 … Two whole days together with Mr. Right
821 … This quote
822 … The UNCRC
823 … heroes and heroines
824 … unexpected postcards
825 … Brago – THE biscuit to dunk ;)
826 … Stubbornness – doses of …
827 … a day without “having to …”
828 … to comfort
829 … notes in old books – the thoughts of other
s

830 … Mysterious mistake (?), a phone call that gave good news from a happy person. Made my day! :)
831 … a mysterious question (see a pattern?) asked on FB making me happy in itself – whatever the outcome!
832 … a glorious “I told u so-moment” (I know, but still, sometimes it DOES feel good)! But I didn’t say it out loud, I promise!
833 … Kexchoklad with my afternoon coffee
834 … Being trusted in confidence
835 … amazing nature
836 … a gifted rose in bloom in my garden
837 … freedom of speech
838 … children
839 … controversial opinions
840 … romance
841 … cool autumn winds
842 … lunch with Mr. Right – outside in the sun
843 … patterns
844 … honey
845 … photo session by the sea – art and texture HERE and HERE
846 … complexity
847 … a bouquet of autumn flowers on my kitchen table
848 … walks in the woods
849 … this weekend

850 … jokes (the innocent, funny, kind)
851 … laughter
852 … young volunteers
853 … Biographies
854 … bedtime, going to sleep knowing there is no alarm going off in the morning
855 … a peaceful evening in my own company
856 … semolina porridge
857 … the amazing way we perceive things in so very different ways
858 … debate
859 … the geese practicing their southern move over our house several times a day
860 … People who dares to confront that which is wrong
861 … apple cake after my mother’s recipe
862 … Black cherry tea!
863 … THIS weekend
864 … letting go of expectations (my own)

865 … cold-medicine
866 … handkerchiefs
867 … pillows
868 … Chat-functions
869 … Tea and honey
870 … New stories
871 … THIS autumn-quote
872 …an evening off-line, totally
873 … Glasses – seeing clearly
874 … familiarity
875 … discovering understanding
876 … Good, old fashioned, coffee shops – perfect for long chats
877 … brisk walks in clear autumn weather
878 … a bacon sandwich for lunch
879 … recycling
880 … the magic of dragons
881 … a special book coming my way at the right time
882 … picking flowers for the kitchen table in late September
883 … cauliflower
884 … time for hobbies
885 … just being – side by side

886 … The chance of a visit
887 … Silence … in moderation, like everything else
888 … “Fisherman’s friend” – also the friend of a person with a sore throat
889 … Scenery so beautiful that you stop and get out of the car just to  enjoy it
890 … Playing
891 … singing
892 … a pat on the back
893 … mental and emotional support
894 … coming home after a  long day
895 … play dough
896 … challenges
897 … the calm of an evening prayer
898 … being able to choose my disposition
899 … Seafood and cider – dinner for kings, and us
900 … sacred
901 … candlelight
902 … a sunny photo excursion by the sea
903 … left-over-dinner
904 … saving money by not going to “bokmässan” – definitely going next year
905 … relaxing weekend

906 … amazingly kind strangers
907 … beautiful autumn colors
908 … observing
909 … amazing cloud formations
910 … the sound of thunder
911 … shy smiles
912 … cracks – letting the light in
913 … pen on paper
914 … music videos like THIS
915 … music like THIS
916 … a kind offer by a blog-friend (making me very happy)
917 … a beautiful bouquet of flowers, just lie that
918 … a raise – small, but still
919 … invitations

920 ... living in a country that allows us (although I feel that we do nothing but complain) to live lives that could help others (operative word, mostly: could)
921 … old friends getting together
922 … eating out …
923 … coffee and news by the kitchen table at home …
924 … followed by a nap!
925 …
The Malala’s of this world
926 … frost making the morning glitter in the sun
927 … High, cold, crisp air
928 … heating in the house
929 … progress
930 … friendly bantering
931 …
chokladbollar
932 … Merci
933 …
Natural watercolors

934 … getting a clue to help ”join the dots” from the past
935 … Finding enough wisdom to keep resentment at bay
936 … Looking prestige in the eye and not feel intimidated
937 … being content
938 … mediating successfully
939 … Worrying about the economy but not feeling defeated
940 … Wise conversations with kids about All Saints Day
941… Playing around with the camera to get THIS
942 … Trusting God, finding the right words
943 … Cooking a big batch of soup to see us through the coming week
944 … A free night’s stay at a hotel chain – booking for a weekend in Linköping
945 … Wild Cherry tea
946 … Listening to the owls in the woods behind the house
947 … seeing tracks in the garden from animals, big AND small
948 … late afternoon sunshine

949 … My first, ever, book club-meeting
950 … The book-club-girls
951 … effective extra lights on my car
952 …late-night shower and straight to bed for a read
953 … avoiding deer on the road to work – inches, in this case making all the difference
954 … liberating anger
955 … the coming home to Mr. Right – always
956 … personal stories
957 … The decision to continue this way of acknowledging the things to be grateful for in Swedish after the 1000th Thanks!
958 … Beautiful architecture
959 … music that moves
960 … the longing to find, in me, the place that keeps all the words t0 paint pictures with
961 … people daring to be all human, faults and all
962 …being economical
963 … THIS message
964 … realizing I need to make place in my life for moments without input – just empty spaces in time and room
965 … playing with words
966 … This special week of All Saints

967 … Eyes opened by hard truths – like THIS (UNICEF-film in Swedish)
968 … planning
969 … packing
970 … Drinking a cup of tea whilst listening to the rain
971 … getting things done
972 … ticking things off the to-do-list, feeling effective
973 … 1Thes 5:16 – 18
974 … Chatting to a friend about everything and nothing
975 … civilized phonecalls (when not expected)
976 … slowing down
977 … wisdom like THIS
978 … strolling down memory  lane
979 … evening tea with family and friends
980 … “OhHiYou” – what I call  everybody nowadays ;) Nämenhej
981 … Rooibos blueberry-tea
982 … Scones and friends
983 … Commandaria and music
984 … Boots and sweet salespersons
985 … Ecologically clever restaurant
986 … Birthday-boy turning two

987 … Kind blog-comments
988 … Bright colours
989 … Rain on my face – cool and calming
990 … Mr. Right, calmest man on earth, bringing me down to normal at-home-mood
991 … Sleeping in my own, soft, lovely bed after nights at a hotel with wooden boards for beds (ok, slight exaggeration)
992 … Sweet dreams
993 … Kura skymning (don’t know how to translate this … Having a cozy moment as the evening grows dark)
994 … Clay
995 … baking
996 … So obvious I haven’t yet mentioned it: Life
997 … Persistence
998 … prunes
999 … Haircuts (relaxing time)
1000 … ß


Writing them all in an old fashioned Journal I used to add them on to this list on mondays!

From now on there will still be blog-entries with my eucharisto on mondays ... just no more sharing on Ann's page or making this page any longer.

I will also, mostly, write in Swedish as from now.

It is now a way of life, this Thanksgiving :) 





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