happiness doubled by wonder

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~G.K. Chesterton

Every day is a day to give thanks

and I do


Monday is for writing it down – and I haven’t been doing so well on that.

One of these Mondays, the practice will become habit,

and I will be a better giver of thanks for it.

Ann V does it consistently and beautifully


has inspired a whole community to join in.

Today I’m giving thanks for:

51. friends who pray with you and for you.

52. these powerful words:

I strongly suspect that if we saw all the difference
even the tiniest of our prayers to God make,
and all the people those little prayers were destined to affect,
and all the consequences of those effects down through the centuries,
we would be so paralyzed with awe at the power of prayer
that we would be unable to get up off our knees
for the rest of our lives.

~Peter Kreeft

(ht Donna)

53.  a kiss at the bird feeder

54. Chatting books on Skype with oldest boy in London.

55. Having raised 5 readers.

56. Books – happiness doubled by wonder – don’t get me started.

57. Libraries – books for free – who could believe it?

58. Wonder-filled words – I’ve been meditating on them for a month and a half – and I’m not ready to move on yet.

59. Learning Mother Gartan’s Lullaby on the harp. Here’s a version with piano and flute. Hauntingly beautiful. (Pause music in the sidebar for a listen)

60. Our Sunday School children leading in worship in yesterday’s service. Such sweet faces.

61. Dedicated teachers and helpers who share the love of God with them every week.

62.  Heart-shaped cap on  downy woodpecker

63. Sunday brunch with family and friends

64. Deep heat for a sore hip

65. Creamy rice pudding – childhood comfort. I’d share some with you but I think I ate the whole pot.

66. Shaggy winter horses

67. a daughter who loves the Lord

68. and babies

69. and reading

70. and music

71. and baking

72. bread dough beneath  my hands

73. cold spring rain washing away dirty winter snow

74. a whistling husband

75. cheery chickadee dee dee songs.

Note to self – keep counting!


with love,


13 thoughts on “happiness doubled by wonder

  1. What a wonderful gratitude list! My favorite is that your daughter loves the Lord, truly a blessing! I love the pictures, especially of you kneading the dough. Making bread can be so comforting … and yummy!


  2. Just saying "chickadee dee dee" makes me happy…that’s why my favorite morning coffee mug has a picture of a chickadee on it!The heart hatted woodpecker picture is fabulous! I hope you can sell it somewhere, or at the very least, send it to the magazine Birds and Blooms, or post it on the Weather Channel’s webpage. Just an awesome shot.Thanks for inspiring me to start writing down the good things too. I tend to photograph now instead of write, but some of the best things can be captured in pictures. Like having an All Clear result on a mammogram exam call back today!Maybe you and your husband would be interested in building icicle castles like we had here?


  3. That downy woodpecker cap is amazing!And hey, congrats to the Canadian hockey team! I was quietly (in a room full of boys cheering for team USA) hoping Canada would win!


  4. Lynn says:

    I’m thankful for your blog, I mean this very sincerely. I took a moment from a busy day to read my list of blogs and after reading yours,I am very peaceful, and happy to think about all I am thankful for. Thank you for sharing.


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