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Thursday, August 27

Sensing Gratitude

One of the Gratitude Challenge tasks this week was to focus on the five senses, taking note of the gifts that come to us through each port of entry.

To stop, at any given moment, and focus on one sense is not something I often do. It really forced me to observe the world differently, to take notice of small things that are beautiful and miraculous in my life. And it made me oh so grateful for each and very sense that I have, allowing me to appreciate what I have now and not take it for granted.

Sight. Watching my children watching the world.

Taste. What would I do if I couldn’t taste this?

Sound. The best part of fireworks is the feel-it-in-your-bones loudness of it all. I literally squealed with delight when I saw these a few weeks ago. They were so loud, in fact, not a soul knew I was squealing. It doesn’t get better than that.

Smell. The smell of fresh baked cookies. Let’s be honest, the smell of fresh baked ANYTHING.

Touch. Feeling the weight of this tiny child on my lap, this amazing little person that for some reason I am entrusted with. Knowing the time that she fits on my lap will pass in the blink of an eye, and appreciating it even more for that very reason.


  1. The pictures are amazing in this post. I could almost smell those homemade cookies baking in the oven right now… mmmm 😉

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    Jane Maynard

    thanks, robin! 🙂

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    It does indeed – go oh so quickly….

  4. I think I can smell those cookies just by looking at your photo!

  5. Jane,

    This post just made me tear up a little. I need to take stock of the gratitude I have once in a while. I think that’s part of why I love Nie Nie, she’s all gratitude. 🙂


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    oh jane…so poetic..i so cried.. maybe cause its late…ah..
    how are you girl? come out already…and take some beautiful shots of my beckham!

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