Gratitude Journal Challenge


What piece of art are you grateful for?

I don’t have enough room on this blog post to give a full answer on this one. I will start with The Calling of St. Matthew by Caravaggio.

The Calling of Saint Matthew-Caravaggo (1599-1600)

Caravaggio [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

And for The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo.


Michelangelo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Click here to see full image.

But, I am most grateful for two paintings that were a big part of my childhood. One hung over the heater in our living room and the other was in our foyer, greeting people as they came in.

In the living room was The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.


Leonardo da Vinci [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In the foyer was The Good Shepherd. I do not know the artists’ name. There are several versions of this painting. I can’t get a good picture of the one that is hanging in the foyer here at McClendon Villa, but it is like the one I grew up with. Here is a version that is similar:

The Lord is my Good Shepherd

Bernhard Plockhorst [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for bringing great, inspirational artwork into my life from a very young age.

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Congress vs Unicorns


Congress vs Unicorns

Today, the House will vote on a bipartisan provision included in the 2018 Interior budget which will seek to change historic language forbidding the slaughter of healthy and adoptable mustangs’ and authorizing their slaughter. This is the biggest threat America’s wild horses have faced in 20+ years, and if passed, private oil and meat companies will profit by utilizing the land and selling American horse meat in China and Russia.

Save America’s Unicorns, is helping bring awareness to this issue​ through creative means, breaking through the noise by reimagining these wild horses as unicorns — because, if this bill passes, America’s wild horses will be slaughtered to extinction levels, making them about as mythical as unicorns.

How you can help protect the wild horses:

Visit and watch the 90-second video.

Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your legislators. Then say: “Hi, I am ___________ and I will not accept the killing of our nation’s wild horses. Please continue to support the ban on horse slaughter and oppose any provisions that allow the bureau of land management to kill wild horses or sell them to someone who will.

Share the GIF attached here on social media with a link to the site and the hashtag #SaveAmericasUnicorns


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Gratitude Journal Challenge

Gratitude_ChallengeWhat knowledge are you grateful for?

I am grateful for knowing how to read. Because I know how to read, I can learn about many things. I can visit many places without having to deal with security measures or worrying about catching diseases or jet lag. I can know about different places and cultures and most anything that I’d like to know about because I can read.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for allowing me the aptitude to learn how to read.


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Gratitude Journal Challenge


What about your body are you grateful for?

Oh boy, this is a hard one.  Pretty much I am full of self-loathing when it comes to my body. Ok, I am grateful that I can still walk, talk, and see. I am grateful, most of the time, that my heart still beats like it is supposed to. I am grateful for the functionality that my brain has still. And my hair…I am grateful that I got much of it back, and with better body, after a serious bout of anemia.

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for all of the things that work together to keep our bodies going.


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Ten Things of Thankful

Ten Things of Thankful

I learned about Ten Things of Thankful from Ellen over at 15 and Meowing, who learned about it from Messymimi’s Meanderings.  It originally came from the Lizzi Lewis at Considerings and is now maintained by Josie2Shoes over at Ten Things of Thankful blog.

I am thankful for:

  1. The birds that I hear tweeting in the backyard right now.
  2. The opportunity that our daughter has this morning, even though it isn’t exactly as she had hoped for.
  3. Now being reasonably sure of our Vivaldi’s gender (female).
  4. That I will soon get to take a nap.
  5. Groceries in the house and food for the birds.
  6. Quiet time with my Bible and Heavenly Father.
  7. Pushing through fear of ‘not good enough’ and doing the thing anyway.
  8. A working car with enough gas to get by.
  9. Antibiotics.
  10. Compassionate friends.

Have a blessed day, y’all!

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