I can see the backdoor (our frontdoor) and the backyard from my kitchen window.
of the way the sun falls on the end of my kitchen counter in the late afternoon, making a perfect place to set my bowl of rising pizza dough every Friday afternoon.
our washer and dryer is on the first floor (which is preferable if you hang your clothes outside to dry).
of the sound of both the rain and the large flocks of starlings that land on our metal roof.
of the shade trees.
of the beautiful breeze that blows into my kitchen and across the house almost every summer day.
of neighbors I trust who care about and look out for us.
of the circle downstairs which allows children (and grown-ups) to run laps, chase each other, stilt, roller skate and roller blade since our driveway is gravel.
of the old barns and outbuildings which require little to no upkeep because they are so far gone!
there are few closets which keep me from accumulating too much and help me pass along that which we aren't using (an attic with terrible access and a crude cellar also help with this).
it has plenty of windows (some of which are very old, caulked and painted shut) that make it almost impossible to miss the snow falling no matter where I look.
of being able to see both the driveway and into the wood stove door from my seat at the school table.
of it's lived-in qualities all around which help me worry less about the (often) vigorous "living-in" that we do.
I know that all three children toddled around these corners when they were small, looking for mama, jibber-jabbering and singing their little songs.
When I think on such wonderful things, I never want to leave!
Now it's your turn. What is it about your current living situation that you are thankful for? As you leave comments and read others' comments, please be careful- this is an exercise to help us feel thankful and contented, not to produce additional home-envy. Let's be happy for each other with each other :-). Pin It