Wednesday, April 21, 2010

counting our blessings

Counting your blessings isn't just about mentally listing the things that you are thankful for. It is about recognizing and appreciating all that you have, even and perhaps especially the little things you overlook and take for granted.

"I murmured that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet." -- Persian Proverb

We fall so easily into a trap of complaining about what we don't have or what we've lost. Last week, I got a big dose of that when we wrote a check for our entire savings, savings that took 10 years to build, all to go to the IRS. Easily I could get wrapped up in a cycle of worry and complaint about that, right? But look at how an attitude of gratitude changes that...1. We had the money to pay it. 2. We can save it again. 3. We are proud to contribute money to the government. 4. My husband's company made a lot of money last year in a time when lots of folks are struggling. 5. We are all healthy and happy.

"I have been blessed, with so much more than I deserve, to be here with the ones who love me, to love them so much it hurts." -- Martina McBride

When we complain and worry and stress, we can be blind to the blessings in our life. Counting your blessings helps you to not only recognize what is beautiful and wonderful in your life, it helps you reconfigure your life. You no longer see the glass as half empty or even half just see how much you have in the glass and you are completely grateful for it all.

"Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings each morning, thank-you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf." -- prayer

I am so excited about this stitchalong project for myself because it will help me in a tangible way show how grateful I am for everything. As I stitch these grid samplers, I almost always lose myself in thought a little bit. With this sampler I imagine that as I stitch each square, I can reflect deeply about each blessing. In that way each square will become a prayer of thanksgiving. When I'm done, I'll be able to look at the entire piece and appreciate how blessed I am, perhaps remembering specific thoughts of gratitude.

"The world can be a horrible, cruel place -- at the same time it can be an abundant, wonderful place. These are both truths." --Lee Ross

I hope this project helps you in the same way focus on the good in your life. When you are at a loss for what to stitch, just look around again with eyes of gratitude and you'll see clearly the abundance of blessings all around. This is a personal project designed to help you focus your life on the good in it.

"Now I know we had no money, but I was rich as I could be, in that coat of many colors, my Momma made for me." -- Dolly Parton

If you would like to participate in this project, please send me an email with your blog address. I will post the blogs participating by name alphabetically. Please consider creating a separate blog for the project. Dedicated project blogs will have a separate featured listing.

You may stitch as many squares as you'd like, as often as you'd like. I'm going to shoot for stitching 100 squares on a 10" x 10" grid. I wanted to make it a challenge and 100 squares seems pretty challenging.

I like to stitch on a type of fabric called "Osnaburg". It is an unbleached linen that is fairly easy to find and inexpensive. I use a large hoop when I helps me keep the fabric taut. I also love to embroider with embellishments including beads, buttons and charms. Don't be too hard on yourself. Allow yourself to have fun. This project is less about beautiful stitches than it is about your beautiful life. 

When I post each of my squares on this blog, I'll write a bit about each blessing. I encourage you to do the same, especially if you've created a dedicated separate blog for the project.

If you apply to participate but don't hear back from me or see your project's blog on the blogroll, please just send another email. Don't take it personally and please don't think for a moment that I've snubbed you. Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate. I'm not always the best at keeping up with these things. I appreciate your understanding and patience in advance.

Thank you for encouraging me to host this project. I know it will be a meaningful one for all of us.


  1. I am sooo excited! I missed the last one, and was hoping very much that there would another one soon. Thanks so very much for hosting for us!

  2. Amy, I'm sooooo glad that you're hosting another stitch-along. I LOVED the last one! And this one is something I can really use right now. Thank you.
    I'm off to create a special blog for it, and then will send my e-mail.
    Hugs, Debi

  3. The "here" button for your email won't work for me. I do want to be included.

    Mary Beth Burrell

    Email me at if you need more info. Thanks!

  4. I love this! I am off now, to find some blank fabric!

    The Craftaholic
    (always original, sometimes imitated)

  5. Grrr, really wishing I had my 39squares project finished so that I could join in with this - maybe I will do a few nights of stitching and see if I can get it done.

  6. Hi! I'd like to be included too, please.
    Amanda Cowell
    Can't wait!! Thanks!!

  7. Amy, I would love to join in!! I also missed the last one, so this will be perfect! There are so many things to be thankful for.
    Margaret B

  8. Amy,
    I want to stich along with you! I'm excited!

  9. hi amy ~
    i'd love to join in!
    xo heidi

  10. Amy,
    That is a lovely idea, it is always amazing to look at our life from the gratitude side and realize how lucky we truly are. I haven't stitched for years but count me in :-)

  11. Hi Amy! I was so sorry to hear so late about the 39-Squares project, but am SO-ooo happy to hear about THIS one!.. Even BETTER!! This will be not only be fun, but also like very good chicken soup for the soul for me! Please do count me in, but I will have to give some thought as to starting another blog for this project. I think I just might do that, so I will let you know soon!... Off to look for fabric, or maybe aida cloth specifically?? I am thinking aida cloth might be best?? Is anyone else going that route too?
    Really looking forward to getting started! ~tina

  12. I was wondering if you all wash your linen before you embroider it? Since it will be a wall hanging is there any need to? Sure is nice all new and crisp.

  13. I would like to join too! I made another blog - not sure how much I'll use it though. (wink)

    or you can just add my regular blog.

    Either way - I want to play too. Thanks - Denise

  14. hi ,
    i came across your bolg while browsing and i just loved the inspiring ...and reminder words of the blessing we actually have and more so often we fail to acknowledge them.
    bless you
    luv from India

  15. hi Amy.
    i have gone thru the count your blessings thing and i love to do it too ,but i am not sure about the shipping from India for the swap thing .i have an account in blogspot and in flikr too ,though i am new into the net networking but old enough woth needles.
    please let me know what i should i do as i want to be the part of count your blessing group as wel .
    please let me know .my blog -
    love from India

  16. How long are you making this? Everyday?

  17. I've just finished my 39 squares, can I sign up for this too?? thanks so much.

  18. hi,
    you are really an inspiration.
    i have alredy started working on counting my blessings and i will be very glad to join this group.
    please let me know how.
    greetings fron india

  19. I cannot wait to become a part of the group and start my sampler squares. Please put me on the list:

    This project will be a wonderful addition to my “Simple Abundance” readings and the pillowcase dresses I am making to donate to the Little Dresses for Africa organization.


  20. hi ,
    please add me to the group.
    i am completely inspired and even started singing "count your blessings ,name them one by one ,count your blessing ,see what God had done"