January 4, 2011

{one word::2011}

i love the {new year}.
i love the whole clean slate, start over, all-things-are-new feeling of a brand new year.
i am a big fan of alece over at {grit and glory}.
alece has decided, instead of making new year resolutions that will likely be found incomplete or even forgotten, she will choose {one word} to represent each year.
{one word} to focus her life on.
i've given this some thought and have decided to join in the {one word 2011} challenge.

{my one word:::thankful}

[thangk-fuhl]:adjective::feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative.

"gratitude is a magnet attracting filings of goodness out of the expanse of the past"
-ann voskamp

"gratitude is what makes the past a grace, here holy and tomorrow a gift"
-ann voskamp

we always talk about what we are thankful for, but tonight it was different. laying in her bed, snuggled up with minnie mouse and her pillow pet, taggie in hand, i started...

"i'm thankful for our snuggle time. tag you're it!" her turn, "i'm thankful for you mommy! tag you're it!"

back and forth we swelled with gratitude. each itching for our que "tag you're it!" to share what fell on our hearts. gratitude made all the grumpiness from the day disappear, leaving only precious memories and a full heart behind.

i will choose to be {thankful}in 2011.
what is your one word?


  1. Loved catching up on all your posts, Melissa. Glad you had a beautiful Christmas. I think I'm going to do One Word 2011 too. Been thinking and thinking these past few days. Praying that God will reveal that one word to me - right now there's about 4! :D

  2. I love this. You and your daughter are too cute. I have been sitting here for 30 minutes trying to think of my one word... and I can't. I ll need to pray about it! <333

  3. What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing this and your One Word! Mine is Engage.

  4. I've seen several posts about having a word for 2011. I love the idea! I've been thinking for a few days what mine would be, and I think "Intentional" is it :)

  5. this is my first time over here, and i LOVE your digz, melissa. such a great site.

    "thankful" is such a beautiful word. it's also really challenging in the context of trying to live it out everyday. you're aiming for much more than a "thanks God" during grace at dinnertime. you're committing to living thankfully, no matter what comes your way. the choice to lift your eyes and say, with thankful trust, "You are good." that is no small thing, girl! you have a brave and courageous heart.

  6. I chose ABIDE: to remain close and in a fixed state! I want to practice abiding in HIM on a daily basis!



words are like honey, sweet to my soul, so feel free to share yours.