Thursday Thanksgiving

It has been so long since I’ve written a gratitude list. This used to be a regular part of my blog. But then “life” happened, and I made some changes, and.  . . . 

Excuses, excuses.

So, today, I’m starting over. On Thursdays, I will post a list of things for which I am thankful. Ann Voskamp calls them “gifts” in her book One Thousand Gifts. In her book, she lists some of the ways that keeping a gratitude list helps: being thankful actually can make us healthier. It relieves depression, and certainly, not being depressed leads to better health. Being thankful and grateful makes us more pleasant to be around, for sure, and it leads to better performance all around.

So, here is my list for this week:

  • cherry blossoms. Several years ago, my darling husband decided that the blooming cherry tree in the back yard was taking up too much space, so he cut it. It was definitely a “George Washington” moment around the Fulmer household. I was heartbroken and devastated beyond belief. I looked forward to that cherry tree coming into bloom every spring. I knew that when that tree was in bloom, it would be warming up soon. DH (darling husband) told me that it would come back, that it would sprout from the stump. And it did, and finally, there were cherry blossoms on the tree this year!


  • camellias. I’ve told the story so often about Grandma’s camellias and how she brought some seedlings with her when she left her home in Georgia after she married my granddaddy. This year, we had some deep freezes in February, the kind of freeze that goes to into the low tens and teens. One morning, it was 12 degrees here by the ponds! That kind of freeze! The camellia was budding, and I knew for sure that the buds had frozen, and I would have no bloom this year. God amazes me time after time. The camellia is in full bloom!
  • piano lessons. Okay, I know how to play the piano. I took lessons from the time I was eight or nine until I finished college. I could, at one time—the end of my junior year in high school, play Chopin’s “Military” Polonaise! I can’t now, but still. . . .  This year, I decided I wanted to take lessons again. I am studying with Wanda Neese, instructor of piano at Newberry College. I have rediscovered my love for the piano and for music in general.
  • blue skies. Not only have we had cold weather, we have had rain. I think one weather reporter said that in February, there were only six consecutive days of sun. March didn’t start out any better. We’ve had rain and clouds for seemingly days on end. But today, the skies were blue, the clouds were white, and the wind was just a gentle breeze.


Share your gratitude in the comments below, or link up with me!

By Olivia Fulmer

I am the OliviaIrene of OliviaIrene Photography. I am a photographer, a teacher, a story teller. I use this space to tell stories of life, family, and faith through words and images. I'd love to share your stories as well. Join me in this journey.

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