Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thankful Thursday and an AWESOME Giveaway!

Good Morning!  I want to apologize for failing to post last Thursday.  My family was on vacation and, to be honest, I totally forgot! 

This week, the things I am most thankful for are...

371.  ... family vacation...with ALL my children and grandchildren together for the first time in a very long time.

372.  ... the beach.

373.  ... the waves of the vast ocean crashing ever so gently on the sandy shore.

374.  ... the sounds of the ocean and the seagulls.

375.  ... the smells of the salt water.

376.  ... the laughter of my children and grandchildren as they play a game of sand volleyball.

377.  ... the memories my children have of past family vacations.

378.  ... seeing my grandchildren explode with excitement at playing in the ocean.

379.  ... watching my grandchildren play in the sand.

380.  ... not getting a sunburn while on vacation.

381.  ... an amazing photo shoot of my family done on the beach.

382.  ... midnight strolls on the beach with the family.

383.  ... watching my grandchildren collect seashells.

384.  ... the excitement on the faces of my grandbabies when they bring a newly found seashell to me as they ask, "Nana, is this a good one?"

385.  ... my daughter's uninhibited abandon as she freely asks a stranger at the next table if she can take a picture with him because they were having the same dessert.

386.  ... home!  Vacation is always amazing, but it is nice to come back to reality ... ONCE IN A WHILE!  ;-)

What are you thankful for on this amazing day?

Now...about our amazing giveaway.  The past couple of years we have had the privilege to meet Penny.  She is the owner of ArtSmart in Mrytle Beach where we vacation.  She is an amazing photographer and we have purchased many of her pictures/canvases.  If you look below, you will see the canvas pictures my hubby and I bought this year.  They are AMAZING!  They are very high quality pictures!  So...Penny has ever so graciously donated an 11" x 14" canvas of a picture YOU choose.  The winner of the giveaway will send any picture you choose to Penny and she will work her magic and turn your photo into an amazing canvas. 

Check out ArtSmartMB on Facebook.

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  1. Of course I love everything on your list!! But my two favorites are #384, the kids sure love collecting shells and always want Nana to tell them if it's a good one, and #385, she is so fun and outgoing and I love her! Great list!

  2. I love EVERYTHING beach. Beautiful place to recharge. Your pictures look great!

  3. We live right by the beach and I hardly go:( But every time I do, I am blown away by God's power and wonder.

  4. I am thankful for a chance to go on our first real vacation, the beach, family and friends who are willing to help us out when we need help, my kids excitement on the beach, that I didn't get a sunburn when I usually burn at least once a year. there are so many more things I could mention. I would love to win so I can get another canvas that we couldn't get while at the beach!!

  5. Happy you had an awesome Vacation! Thank you for this awesome giveaway! Blessings to you!

  6. I am thankful for my husband. I am thankful for my 5 children. I am thankful for a job. I am thankful for my health and the health of my family. I am thankful for the sunshine!!

  7. 1) I am so grateful for my church family!
    2) I am grateful for my awesome SO and my four amazing children.
    3) I am so thankful for my medical knowledge/experience that enables me to help others.
    4) I am grateful for my homebirth clients who allow me to be a part of the amazing miracle of birth.
    5) I am blessed by my online friends who encourage my heart!

  8. Today I am thankful for health, for my family, for my lawn mowers starting for me, for a good home and most important for a forgiving God.

  9. I am thankful for My Family, My loving God, My Church, Beautiful weather, and for new friends!

  10. I am thankful for God the most! He is my one and only! I'm so thankful my husband, my children, my pets (who keep me relaxed and going), and for the basic needs being met in my life (food, shelter, and clothing). We take advantage of those too often.

  11. Love your family photo! Today I am thankful for my husband, my kiddos, and my precious grandbabies. I am also so grateful for the ministry the Lord has given us and the kids from ministries past who continue to be a part of our lives.

  12. I'm thankful for God, my husband, my children, my pets, and my basic needs being met (food, shelter, and clothing).

  13. I'm thankful for my freedoms of religion and speech, my husband and son, my job, for the ability to see the sun rise another day and for each breath that I take, some are not as fortunate.

  14. I am thankful for the opportunity to stay home with my children, the privilege of teaching them , the blessing of a kind, hard-working husband, the answers to prayer God has so graciously granted this week, and the Word of God- my comfort, teacher, and answer to life's messes.

  15. I am thankful for God's goodness, my husband, my children's good health (don't take this for granted!), Friends, and small daily blessings like a blog reminding me I have way more than 5 things to be thankful for today despite my mid-week blues.


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