November 30, 2009

Giving Thanks Challenge Finale.

This is the last day in November and thus, the last day of the Giving Thanks Challenge hosted by Leah at South Breeze Farm. Participating was a wonderful experience and I look forward to join again next year.

Although I did not participated with a post of thanks every day, some of you might have noticed a single, new sentence posted on my sidebar each day. In it I expressed my gratitude towards subjects, people and situations in my life and my surroundings, directly (or indirectly) linked to the post of that day.
Thank you Leah for a wonderful sentiment and for the privilege of letting me become part of a beautiful movement.

Below, a summary of my subtle participation in text and pictures.

•I am thankful for the beautiful nature that surrounds me...
•I am thankful to be living in a free country ...
•I am thankful to have met so many kind *blog friends*...
•I am thankful for all the beautiful songs and compilations...
•I am thankful for the magic of seasons...
•I am thankful for relaxing Sundays...
•I am thankful for my parents, the most brave people I know...
•I am thankful for the beautiful views out of my windows...
•I am thankful for Batcat and the way he makes me smile everyday...
•I am thankful for my memories of a life lived...
•I am thankful for lazy Saturdays in front of my fireplace…
•I am thankful for the sun and it's vital rays...
•I am thankful for the privilege to be alive in a great century…
•I am thankful for the proximity to a magnificent sea...
•I am thankful for Holidays and Celebrations…
•I am thankful for cosy evenings by candlelight...
•I am thankful for works of art...
•I am thankful for my lovely home...
•I am thankful for beauty of simple pleasures...
•I am thankful for my perfect little car...
•I am thankful for each day that was and for the magic of each new day...
•I am thankful for unforgettable moments…
•I am thankful for the few very good friends...
•I am thankful for my sister and the memories of childhood Christmases that we share…
•I am thankful for the magic of the Holiday Season...
•I am thankful for the many traditions in my home...
•I am thankful for being who I am and for all the privileges that life has bestowed upon me...

28 comments :

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

What a great list! We have much for which to be thankful--big things and those small, everyday things which make life what it is. C

Jill said...

What a wonderful list! And, the photo collage too!
Enjoy your Monday Dear!!
XO
Jill

Cottage Garden said...

Such a wonderful list and lovely photo collage too! That must have been great fun to put together ...

Jeanne x

Claus said...

It was a great challenge, and a wonderful opportunity to get to know more of your friends who participated. Thank you to Leah and thank you for sharing.
I too hope to participate next year! :-)

Keith said...

That's a great list. I do think we all have so much to be thankful for. Thanks for your comment on my Telly Savalas post. I'm glad you understand my new position about leaving comments at my blog. It's already making a world of difference today.

Hilary said...

Bravo! You did a fine job of illustrating your gratitude. :)

Brian Miller said...

your collage is a nice wrap up leading into the holidays as well. we have so much to be thankful for...and you are one of them. smiles.

Zuzu said...

You have a very wonderful life, Zuzana. Thank you for sharing it with us - you put a smile on my face.
:)
Zuzu

Rosezilla said...

Very meaningful list, thanks for sharing it. I am thankful to have met you this year! You sharing your life in such beautiful prose and pictures has enriched my own. When I began blogging I never dreamed I would meet new friends all over the world!

Helen McGinn said...

A really lovely list and I had a closer look at the photographs...how great they are; is that you and your sis in the picture at the bottom, smiling away and oh how happy you look!

Kathryn Magendie said...

What a fine and wonderful challenge to be a part of... I am visiting from Doreen's place and stopped to say hello.

Sumandebray said...

What a beautiful thought. We indeed have to be thankful as we are very fortunate as compared to many others!
Gave a great day

Michael Mattison said...

Hi there. I'm glad you found my blog -- glad to have found yours now, too. I like your overall message as well as the individual topics you choose. Looking forward to reading much more!
All the best from "south of the border". :-)
Michael

GYPSYWOMAN said...

beautiful thoughts and photos - a wonderful post! and one which touches each of us in so many ways!

staceyjwarner said...

wonderful post and pictures...there is so much to be thankful for and you have shared your grace so beautifully!

much love

Michael Manning said...

In reviewing your list, I see that it is a Life Well Lived. You are still young, and you have much to contribute to our world. I am Grateful for discovering your Blog and the positive and refreshing outlook you share with each of us who stop by for a visit, Zuzana. I was very fortunate to participate in Leah's Gratitude Challenge too. Be well and keep smiling!

xo
Michael

Donna said...

What a wonderful list, Zuzana. I enjoyed reading it.

Lovely photos too!

Hugs,
Donna

Shelly's Style Shop said...

Love your list! There is so many things to be thankful for. ;-) I am thankful to have meet such a nice blog friend like you!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday. ;) Love all the pictures!

xoxo, Shelly

jeannette stgermain said...

It adds up isn't it, all the good things we almost daily experience! Good to have a list like that hanging above our bed (for you: on your fridge:) ) to look at on a day when things go wrong!

sprinkles said...

What a great list!

Wen I'm getting ready to go to sleep each night I try to come up with at least 3 things I'm thankful for that are specific to that day in additon to things like my house, my family and pets. It makes me feel better, especially if I've had a particularly bad day.

I'd like to join Leah's challenge next year.

I'm thankful to have you as a blog friend! :)

Bachelor said...

Zuzana,
Your inner beauty is shown through your list of thankfulness. You are setting an example to all who visit your blog of how we need to take hold of this life and enjoy what is given us and share it with others. Thanks for being YOU !!
The Bach

Diane said...

I love this post!! I'm thankful for you! xo

Protege said...

=C,
I agree, it is important to remember that so much is good in our lives. Thank you so much for stopping by, your visits are always appreciated.;) xo

=Jill,
thank you so much dear friend and likewise.;) xo

=Jeanne,
thank you so much for your always kind words.;) xo

=Claudia,
I agree and you did so well too.;)) Your visits means the world to me.;) xoxo

=Keith,
I completely understand , no worries. Always so happy for your kind words and daily visits.;)

=Hilary
thank you dear friend., your comments mean so much;) xoxo

=Brian,
thank you, that was very kind of you – and right back at you.;) Your visits are so appreciated.;)

=Zuzu,
thank you and thank you for always being so generous and kind in your comments on your visits here.;) xoxo

=Rosezilla,
thank you dear friend, what a wonderful thing to say, I appreciate your visits and am returning the sentiment.; ) xoxo

=Helen,
thank you and thank you for taking a closer look; yes that is indeed me and my sister about twenty years ago.;) Always happy when you visit.;) xo

=Kathryn,
welcome - so glad to have you over, thank you for your kind words.;) xoxo

=Sumandebray,
thank you, so happy you enjoyed this and likewise.;) Always happy when you stop by.;)

=Michael,
welcome and thank you for that wonderful comment.;) It is always interesting to get acquainted with people that have lived in several countries.;) All the best back.;)

=GYPSYWOMAN,
thank you, glad you liked this post.;) xoxo

=Stacey,
thank you, you always leave the kindest comments.;) xo

=Michael,
ah, you are always so eloquent and generous with your compliments to me, I appreciated your visit and your time. I loved your take on the challenge; you did very well too.;)

=Donna,
thank you very much, always so happy when you stop by.;) xoxo

=Shelly,
thank you and right back at you, you are so very kind.;) I cherish your visits.;) xoxo

=jeannette,
so right you are, you put it also eloquently.;) And so glad you remembered the magnets, I am impressed.;) Thank you for taking the time to stop by.;) xo

=sprinkles.
I love this comment, what a beautiful tradition and a beautiful end to a day; you will do so well at the challenge next year I am sure.;) So happy when you visit, dear friend.;) xoxo

=Bachelor,
thank you so much for your very kind and generous words, which warm my heart. I am so happy you stopped by.;))

=Diane,
thank you my dear friend, I am so glad you do.;)) xoxo

Gal Friday said...

You have lived a good and rich life, indeed(especially since you got to drive a red THunderbird!). Your list made me happy to read it(and had me nodding in agreement with many of the sentences)

Noelle Chantal said...

awww.. i esp like your thanks to your brave parents. i know what they have gone through because of your previous stories you shared here, very inspiring.

and for the Irishman, that i know who really really love you so much because of the sweet stories you told about here also.

and for Batcat, who always gives you joy, right?

and for the beautiful simple pleasure -which is very Protege. :)

Protege said...

=Tina,
yes, driving the Thunderbird was a lot of fun.;) Thank you for your kind words, your visits always warm my heart.;) xo

=Noelle,
thank you, you are a never ending source of joy and optimism, so glad you are back;)xo

steviewren said...

That's a wonderful list of things. It always does my heart good to think of all the good things in my life. As the Bible says."think on these things..whatever is good, lovely, honest, pure.."

Protege said...

=stevie,
thank you and so right you are.;) Your visits are always appreciated.;)xo