Cultivating gratitude.

Cultivating gratitude. [Clean.]

Cultivating gratitude. [Clean.]

Cultivating gratitude. [Clean.]

Cultivating gratitude. [Clean.]

Cultivating gratitude. [Clean.]

Cultivating gratitude. [Clean.]

Cultivating gratitude. [Clean.]

I believe that cultivating
gratitude can transform not only how we view our (beautiful yet deeply
imperfect) lives, but transforms our lives themselves.

Each week I will share with you seven things that I am thankful for.

I'd love to have you join me in your own post or simply here in the comments.

Because taking just a moment to appreciate what we have can change everything.

Cultivating gratitude. [Clean.]

Today I'm thankful for…

1. waking up each morning, here, on this little farm;

2. jars in the pantry and food in the freezer – abundance everywhere I look;

3. fresh elecampane for the first time – and watching my son dig it, clean it, and make his own cough syrup before bed;

4. our strong and swift return to health;

5. the leaves turning color on the hills, and knowing that full color won't slip by unnoticed this year;

6. excitement as I rock out a few LüSa projects during my work day;

7. and the promise of a better day.


Link up to a post of your own in the comments, or simply leave your
list there. I look forward to seeing what ordinary, extraordinary
blessings you're counting today.


18 thoughts on “Cultivating gratitude.

  1. Marie says:

    Today I’m Thankful for…

    1. still having a job after a massive layoff last week.

    2. my beautiful daughter snuggled up like a marsupial against my bare stomach as we slept and snuffled our way through a sweet cuddly night.

    3. my daughter’s waning cold, and mine, forcing (allowing) me to slow down a bit today and take care.

    4.the lovely colorway of the sock yarn I am working with for a sweet little pair of birthday socks for my soon-to-be 3-year-old. (Regia, Garden Effects, Gold)

    5. the half-bushel bag of freshly picked apples in the corner of the kitchen, quickly dwindling, but allowing us to pick a bit of freshness to bring to the Waldorf nursery program this morning.

    6. the tang of cultured BBQ sauce perking on my counter, made with our own roasted tomatoes…yum!

    7. the sunlight just painting the tops of the mexican and native sunflowers as I pulled out of the driveway and onto the highway to go to work this morning.

    Thanks for the moment of reflection and gratitude this allowed.

  2. Lyssa says:

    So happy to link up with you every week! This will give me discipline to write about gratitude and what I am learning along the way:

    ~ A 50% off coupon for a local thrift store, helping us buy cold weather clothes

    ~ Harmony’s first guitar (for $3.50!)

    ~ Musical gathering in a friend’s backyard, instruments everywhere, voices raised in song

    ~ Sister finally gaining new employment at a great workplace

    ~ Writing letters to the Compassion International child that I am co-sponsoring

    ~ The blessing of an all-day rain

    ~ Gently being taught by God how to have patience

    I’m glad your family is feeling healthy again! That change from season to season can be tough for our bodies to handle.

  3. Sharilyn says:

    So thankful that I got through the last of my tomatoes- put up more than enough for winter sauces! I have a pantry full of yummy summer goodness to open up when the days are short- for that I am so thankful!

  4. Julien says:

    Today I am thankful for:
    1) A healthy pregnancy
    2) A comfortable home that I can unwind in
    3) Too many opportunities (better than too few!)
    4) Watching the pick sunrise in my morning quiet hour
    5) Good yogurt and granola
    6) The best dog who is a loyal companion and friend
    7) A loving husband who makes me salad when I’m hungry

    8) And Rachel, who reminds me to be thankful for my blessings. 🙂

  5. Kara D says:

    Today I am thankful for:
    1. A healthy family
    2. Good friends and neighbors
    3. Learning new things
    4. Our home
    5. The autumn season
    6. Good music
    7. A safe and vibrant community

    I was coming to tell you that the library in Viroqua is looking for a Youth Services Director. I am studying for my masters in Library Science and we get updates of places that are hiring. I saw Viroqua on there and thought “I have to tell Rachel!”

  6. holly says:

    Enjoyed reading your post today = )

    Today I’m thankful for:
    Perfect weather for our long walk to the park
    Just enough mayo for french fries at lunch
    giddy..noisy kids since we got up today
    tea came in the mail that i ordered..tastes so good
    my husband went to work again today-and with a smile – so i could stay home and do the unschooling thing
    oddly, our veg garden is still producing..and so we’re still grazing.

    I woke up today and thought about starting a family gratitude journal. i think we’ll do it!

    Thanks for sharing with us again today = )

  7. Emily says:

    I love this. It’s how I use my instagram 😉 Today for me looks like:

    1) Thankful my 1yr old loves to be naked
    2) …for the way he leads with his tongue
    3) …that both boys are happy most of the day, every day.
    4) …for long afternoon naps (unfortunately, not me, but I’ll take what I can get.)
    5) …that it’s finally sweatshirt weather here – in the evenings, at least
    6) …that I’m not in charge of dinner tonight
    and 7)…for the hot bath with a brand new magazine later.


  8. LisaInCT says:

    That totally JOYFUL picture of your daughter on a swing with a WOOD seat! My, how that brought back happy memories. Those wood seats ROCK over the awful rubber ones (that squeeze your butt) that you find on the playgrounds these days.

    As they say, thanks for the memories! 🙂

  9. Rachel Wolf says:

     Thanks, Lisa! The kids and I made the swig out of a thick, rough board we found in the barn. We drilled, sanded, and oiled it. Then Pete cut up or old climbing rope and strung it in the tree. We love it! And its played with every day.

  10. Amy says:

    Oh my goodness…..those picture make me SO happy! A swing in a tree & little bare feet… doesn’t get any better than that!!

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