I’m pausing today to reflect on 2009 and I realize how blessed I’ve been this year.  Many wonderful things have happened and many incredible people have come into my life.  I think there’s something very valuable in stopping regularly to count my blessings.

Here are just a few things that have warmed my heart this year:

  • Watching my oldest daughter graduate #6 in her high school class.
  • Being recognized on the street in New Orleans at the AFP conference in March by someone who reads my blog!
  • Hearing from former client and friend Daniel that they are still using what I taught them and raised more than twice their goal at their annual breakfast this year!
  • Riding my horse in my first cattle roundup.  Such fun!!
  • Watching multiple clients raise astonishing amounts of money through the mail this year.
  • Being in Moscow in October and participating in a brain storming session for a Russian professional fundraising organization.
  • Being asked to speak at the Tennessee State Habitat for Humanity conference – for the 3rd year in a row.
  • Teaching a reluctant client how to write grants; helping him with his first grant; and hearing him 6 months later talk like a seasoned grantwriting pro!  Go Steve go!!
  • Watching my youngest daughter direct the high school marching band on the football field.  She’s so tiny, yet has such a big presence!
  • Hearing multiple clients on multiple occasions thank me for helping them. 
  • Seeing big change happening with these same clients!!  This is what I live for!!

The list could go on and on.  Like I said, I’m very blessed. 🙂

How about you?  What amazing things have happened in your life this year?



  1. Signing our 11-year-old daughter up for her third consecutive season on the wrestling team; hearing the coaches ask her to be one of the team captains; planning my group’s 10th ‘birthday’ celebration as a volunteer appreciation event; using Sandy’s ideas to shape my fundraising efforts and to boldly go where I’ve never gone before; watching our 3-year-old son jump up to hold the door for a group of teenage girls coming into a shop (and knowing that WE taught him that!); looking at nearly 20 years of a beautiful and successful marriage just around the corner; looking at my 40th birthday just around the corner and knowing that I’ve achieved more in the past 5 years than I have in the 30 years that came before ~ my future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!

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