Monday, April 9, 2012

1000 gifts

Just a little sneak at my Saturday night.
My father in law had tickets to go to the masters {!!!}, so we were happy to have my mother in law over for dinner.
JB pan fried and smoked mullet he caught off the dock the night before.  
It was such a beautiful night, a little windy, not too hot or cold.  
Can all meals be dined al fresco?  please.
trying to savor these breezy nights.

it is nights like those that make me so thankful.  for everything i have.
i look around and think - how can i ever complain?  about anything. ever.  
so sparked my 1000 gift post.  of course inspired by Ann Voskamp's book.
It has had a profound effect on me.  And I'd like to have a list of 1000 gifts by the end of the year.
i firmly believe gratitude is the key.  happy people are grateful.  grateful people are happy. 
so this post is going to grow.  
to have photos, words... i just want to get it all down.  to savor life.  
it's going to be the longest post ever.  
 i hope to make it to 1000 by New Years (:
And so i'd love to challenge you too, to make your list.  
Send me an email, and i'll compile a list of those who would like to take it on as well, and include a link to your post!  

so we begin.

#1.  Breezy nights on the dock
#2.  husband caught fish for dinner
#3.  the old church pew my neighbor gave me last night
#4. lola sleeping on my lap
#5. breakfast in bed
#6 lola's boyfriends next door.  and watching them play.  and kiss through the fence.  such unrequited love (:
#7. morning walks
#8. salt air
#9. a calm sea
#10.  manatee's swimming in our bayou
#11. a hot cup of coffee
#12. anticipation
#13. ducks swimming in my backyard
#14. hot coffee.
#15. the sound of the rain
#16.  humidity.  yes, i love you.
#17. fresh blooms
#18.  my new lavender plant
#19.  feeling a beautiful pregnant friends belly
#20.  time with girlfriends
#21.  morning hugs
#22. hanging with my mom
#33. snuggling up watching tv with jb
#34. jb coming all the way upstairs to kiss me every morning to say goodbye, when i'm still asleep (:
#35 fresh cut grass
#36. bacon. all that needs to be said.
#37. seeing my sweet dad last night
#38 walks with mom at desoto
#39.  magnolias blooming all down my street
#40.  the rain.
#41.  thunderstorms at night
#42. a husband that rigged up a tv riiiight next to the bed and watched bridesmaids with me when i was feeling ill.
#43.  anticipation
#44.  friends.  that enrich my life.
#45.  roma tomatoes
#46.   the last chill of the spring.
#47.  bright prints
#48.  a new paint job on our kitchen
#49. a weekend in miami with girlfriends
#50.  coming home after a weekend away
#51.  laughing uncontrollably
#52.  heather's late night jig.
#53.  Help me, i need a hamburger.
#54.  the color turquoise
#55.  big surprises.
#56. being featured on the everygirl again!
#57. a cool glass of water
#58.  long sunday drives along our beautiful coastline
#59.  brunch along the seaside
#60.  my sister graduating college!
#61.  picking out the perfect present for her.
#62. fresh oranges
#63. anthropologie.
#64.  the fact that my husband doesn't leave until he kisses me
#65. coffee cups from all over the world reminding us of travels
#66.  perrier.
#67.  Watching my in-law's dance
#68.  cornbread
#69.  flowers from JB
#70. fresh crab meat!
#71.  trip to annapolis
#72.  when the plane trips are surprisingly good.
#73.  snuggling with my college best
#74.  celebrating other college best's impending nuptials!
#75.  yummy seafood all weekend long
#76.  a bright yellow shirt
#77. date nights with jb
#78. popsicles in the summer
#79.  florida rainstorms - a full week of them!
#80. a clean house
#81.  getting into bed to clean sheets
#82.  hugs from friends you haven't seen in too long
#83.  thoughtfulness
#84.  fresh snapper
#85.  mom's chicken noodle soup
#86.  telling people i'm pregnant.  lots of fun (:
#87.  a full heart
#88.  celery.  i'm obsessed with it lately.
#89.  the blue ride mountains.
#90.  lunch at the dillard house
#91.  adorable bed and breakfasts
#92. opportunities
#93.  a new crib for our babe
#94.  a brand new day filled with possibilities
#95.  that my husband never leaves without a kiss
#96.  that my husband always greets me with a kiss
#97. cookbooks.  family ones are the best
#98.  a healthy baby boy
#99.  rent the runway.
#100.  shrimp!  gulf coast to be exact.
#101.  a clean office
#102.  a new dining room set
#103.  light pouring in from the window
#104.  southern sayings.
#105. crumb cake
#106. fall cleaning



  1. Count me in! It was a gorgeous weekend!!!!

  2. I am loving the book too it is so inspiring & I want in on this challenge :)

  3. What a beautiful idea, love your table set up as well!

  4. What a happy post. :) And that look like just the happiest weekend ever!

  5. there is nothing better than dining al fresco! lovely

  6. Such a great idea! I'm in too! ( :

  7. great idea! that dinner is styled to perfection, Lola and all!

  8. This is such a great idea. Your photographs always amaze me - they're beautiful!

  9. YES. I LOVE this. count me in.

  10. beautiful photos as always :) sounds like a lovely weekend.

  11. oh this is a lovely idea!! i would LOVE to participate in this- it's the little things we are grateful for that turn into a happy life we love living (:

    great photos, too! what body of water does your house back up to? lake? river? ocean?

  12. Easter Monday - what a perfect time for this post. So inspiring! I'm in on the challenge as well. xoxo ~L

  13. Done! I am totally doing this. How fun! :)

    Of course I would settle for atleast 200 gifts...but 1000 would be lovely. :)

    Challenge accepted!

  14. Done! I am totally doing this. How fun! :)

    Of course I would settle for atleast 200 gifts...but 1000 would be lovely. :)

    Challenge accepted!

  15. I love that idea! Is that vase from Anthropologie? Very pretty.

  16. How lucky you are indeed! That night looks perfect. And what a great idea to do 1000 gifts I should try the same.

  17. This probably my favorite book at the moment (reading it a second time now!). I started a 1000 gifts list last year and I'm around 400 now! So I'm definitely taking the challenge :) It's such a great way to focus on the blessings the Lord has given us, and focus less on the suffering or hardships in our lives. Beautiful pictures! I can't wait to read more of your list! xo

  18. I am so in on this challenge! I know what my next blog post is going to be about! x

  19. What an amazing idea, Easter was the best reminder to be thankful for everyday gifts!

  20. I love having dinner, or any meal for that matter, outside. It's one of the things I'm most looking forward too this summer.

    1000 gifts is such a nice idea.

  21. Yes count me in!! What a great idea! It is so important to look for the beautiful things in life :)

  22. Ever since I moved back to California I feel like every moment is so special to me. I've totally learned to take advantage of the little things in life; I thought I used to do this but now I see so much more.

  23. I love this idea - I'm definitely going to check out that book!


  24. This is wonderful! It is so important to notice how big of an impact the "small things" have in our lives. Count me in!


  25. I love this! I am a firm believer in being grateful for what I have been blessed with in life.

  26. Love this so much -- the little things are the best :)
    I'm in for the challenge...starting NOW! xoxo

  27. I've recently heard of this book, and I'm so intrigued! I think this is a great idea, to compile a list of things you are so thankful for, being grateful is the best way to live.

  28. I love that book, and it has had such an impact on my life. It is the compilation of those 'little things' and being thankful for those that instill a heart of gratitude -- something I am still working at. I love this idea. It will hold me accountable to tracking that which makes me grateful instead of dismissing it.

  29. Count me in, love. Couldn't agree or love this idea more!

  30. love this, sarah. and love the look of that dinner! i have that vase too. reminds me i need to get it out and use it.

    i'm thankful for: blog friends like you who remind me to cherish the little things. BOOM.

  31. Such a great idea, Sarah! I want to join in, too! :)

  32. You always put together the most beautiful settings Sarah! I love how beautiful you make everyday, you are always such an inspiration to me :)

  33. I loved reading this! That's it, I'm a reader now. Bah, your Boston Terrier looks so similar to ours--really petite with the almost-always-upright-ears...except when she does something she wasn't supposed to, when her ears end up flat against her little head.

  34. I love this! It's such a great idea, and there really is so much in life that we should be grateful for. There are so many little things that are overlooked every day. I will definitely be starting this!


  35. Sarah,

    This is such a a great post, and inspired me to create my own! I just wanted to say thank you for the reminder. Making a list of all the things we are happy and grateful for is such a great way to stay optimistic in life! Hope you have a great day!


  36. I'm joining the party a little late, but I started my own 1000 gifts list on my blog. Thanks for sharing yours, it inspired me to d othe same.

    Lori Dorrington

  37. I couldn't find your email address but I'm messaging you so you can add me to you list of link ups! I just did my first blog post for this challenge on Monday! This is such a terrific idea and I am loving the book so far. Completely life changing! I'm in! Here's my first blog post for 1000 gifts!


  38. Beautiful photos as always :) sounds like a lovely weekend.

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