April 5, 2012

I was standing at the kitchen sink today, washing dishes and watching the sky grow darker with rain clouds out the window, when my eyes settled on the tree in our front yard.

It’s bright green right now–filled with huge, vibrant leaves that have changed its outline from bare branches to an enormous globe that hides our front porch and door. I’ve watched that tree change from green to golden to bare and back again over the last three seasons in this house, and today it hit me how much I love seeing it happen.

I love looking outside and seeing the world change with sun and rain and snow and cold. I love seeing the faithfulness of creation, of the earth’s seasons that parallel our own. It makes me feel thankful.

This, as simple of an example as it may be, is the kind of thing I’ve heard Ann Voskamp talks about in her best-selling book, “One Thousand Gifts.” After I watched her interviews on YouTube the other day (View them here: Part 1, Part 2), I haven’t been able to shake her idea to name the things we love–from our families to the way the sun looks when it hits the front porch–and give thanks for them.

We’ve had a busy few days around here, we’re off to Ohio tomorrow to spend the Easter weekend with family and I don’t have a new recipe to post, but I wanted to post this simple thought anyway–because sometimes it’s in the sharing of these kinds of things that we taste the most joy.

What are you loving today?

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

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  2. Lan

    i am loving that it is Good Friday. for these past 40 days i gave up something very important to me, albeit silly, and it gave me a very small idea of what Jesus went thru in the desert. God gave up his only son for us and i love that i am given the opportunity every year to be humbly reminded of this.
    i also love that my hair is long enough to braid, instagrams for Android and my darling sweet who packs my lunch for me every day.

  3. kale @ tastes good to me!

    I am loving the sense of accomplish I have after an exhausting week of activity. I am loving the speakers that are blasting The Beatles as I drink my second coffee, which I am also loving. I am loving that the sun is shining and making my little world warmer.

  4. Jacqui

    loving the weekend to come, filled with friends and family and good food and house hunting (!!!). a new nephew who will come into the world on Monday. and dreaming of a kitchen with a window just like yours. Happy Friday, friend. xo

    1. Shannalee

      !!!! house hunting !!!! a new nephew! Jacqui, such exciting things ahead for you. I can’t wait to hear all about them!

  5. Anna Bee

    This is so nice to read. I’ve been following your blog for a while now and you are doing a great job but this post made me realize that it is indeed everyone’s wish to live and co-exist with nature and that we should be thankful for each day because even with the difficulties rolled ahead in front of us we’ll just get one more task solved that make us better. I’ve been writing a tiny “journal’ for over a year now where I put one or two things down that was fun, good, interesting or educating during the day and it makes me realize that it’s more often the small things that really count like sunshine in the morning, a nice chat with a stranger, a hug from a friend or a nice cup of tea at the end of the day… Happy Holidays!

    1. Shannalee

      Love the journal idea, Anna Bee. I’ve been thinking about doing the same kind of thing, if only to make a habit of giving thanks.

      1. Anna Bee

        It does help through the hard days and makes me smile again after a nice day. I didn’t know whether I was gonna keep doing it but it’s been over a year now and I enjoy writing short notes in my little journal. I’m guessing it will be nice to read back years later…:-) But again, just giving thanks at the end of the day is already uplifting and makes you appreciate what you have. Have a nice spring!

  6. Jennifer T

    The circle of life comes back to when you and I met in the church nursery: what I am loving right now is my precious baby girl, seven days old today! What a beautiful gift from God.

  7. Jill~a SaucyCook

    I have been loving the scent of spring, the boisterous chatter of the birds on my morning walk, the way my dog, having been freed from his heavy winter coat, has a spring in his step and the pervasive feeling of hope renewed by the abundance of flowers and greenery appearing everywhere I look.

  8. Kelsey

    Such an important practice. Shaun and I share a ritual like this on the weekend, naming the things we love, the things that filled us with gratitude. Yesterday I was sitting on campus, outside, in the sun, reading a book — it really was a perfect day. I looked up as a crowd of young teenagers and their parents passed en masse holding shiny folders with the school emblem on it. College tours. I looked at them and saw myself, younger, so eager. I saw myself then, and now. Four, five, maybe even six years older, about to graduate from the school with that shiny emblem. Oh, how much I’ve learned about myself… how much I’ve grown as an individual, in relationship with others, in relationship with the world. It was a beautiful moment, one of those “hey, look how far you’ve come, look at you, look how brave you were.” I said a prayer for those young folks, knowing that their stories are just beginning to unfold.

    1. Shannalee

      What a good idea to have this as a ritual!

  9. Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    I’m a little late in responding… but I love this idea of sharing what you love and giving thanks for it. Especially around this time of year. (But, really, it’s wonderful ANY time of year.)

    Right now, I’m loving lazy Sundays spent with my husband and dog. I’m loving that my work gives me flexibility and the ability to pursue many avenues. I’m loving that it’s the weekend, which means I am not rushing around. And I’m loving thinking about all the things I love.

    Thanks for sharing this! I hope y’all had a wonderful Easter weekend with family!

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