“One Thousand” Day

Although you may not know it–

today is a holiday.

This day–March 31, 2011 marks my 1000th post on Gracious Rain.

That, my friends is a lot of writing.

In the time it has taken to write those 1000 posts we have had 1,391,123 total views.

That, my friends is a lot of reading.

To thank you all for your kind attention over the years—we’ve decided that a giveaway is in order. But not just any giveaway— a One Thousand Day Giveaway!! No, no–not for the thousand dollar bill–but better!  :}

The winner of this sweet little giveaway will receive:

1. “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are” the best selling book by Ann Voskamp

2. “Candy Galore” 1000 piece puzzle by Springbok

3. 1000 pieces of something that I love—and I bet you’ll love them too. Trust me on this.

Now, then– all you have to do to enter this One Thousand Day giveaway is to tell us, in the comment section, something that you are thankful for. We’ll add each one to our Gratitude List and Quote Rotator.

Enter as often as you’d like–no limit! However–each entry must be a separate comment. Winner will be drawn next week on Friday, April 8 at 10:00 am.

Good luck my dah-lings and thanks so much for reading Gracious Rain.

We are grateful for you!


Happy Birthday Jesse!

Happy Birthday Susette!

Happy Birthday Grandma!

177 Replies to ““One Thousand” Day”

  1. thankful for my husband and his Multiple Sclerosis…I don’t want to be thankful, but I am to be thankful in everything. there is a reason for his suffering. I just may not find out what it is on this earth.

  2. I am thankful for each of my sweet children, Ren, Muireann Grace, Reed and Aiden. They are precious to me.

  3. So very very grateful for my hands. They are how I show those around me how much I love them.

  4. I am so grateful for enduring friendships – and for those that still love me, even though they know all about me.

  5. Right now I’m keenly aware of the blessing it is to run up and down the stairs several times to get sleepy girls up, because in a few hours a certain Dr and I will meet in the OR and after he’s through with my ankle I won’t be able to do that for awhile.

  6. Congratulations on 1000 posts! That’s quite the milestone. Hopefully, I’ll get there one of these days.

    I am grateful for my family. They keep my life interesting and make it meaningful.

  7. Congratulations on hitting 1,000!!! That’s AWESOME!

    I’m thankful for events, activities, holidays and celebrations to look forward too!

  8. We watched a documentary last night on polio, and suddenly I’m very, very grateful for my family’s good health and for modern medicine. Funny how I wasn’t thinking about that before.

    Congrats on 1000 posts. That’s a lot of writing!

  9. I’m grateful for good people like you who are willing to share their sad times and their happy times and their talents with all of us.

  10. I’m grateful for comfortable high heels. Some days you just need to get a little dressy, and it’s so much more fun when the shoes are cute AND comfy 🙂

    As for the 1000th post… I am truly impressed and amazed. It really blows my mind at how much effort has gone into that. You’re the best! Keep it up, it’s definitely worth it!

  11. I am grateful for all the blessings that Heavenly Father pours out upon me each day.

  12. I am thankful for a lot of kind and loving children, nieces and nephews for all their assistance in moving us not once, but twice! From our old home to storage, then from Storage to our new home.

  13. I am grateful for a sister who doesn’t know me well, but who does wonderful things for everyone around her. She brightens my day.

  14. Congratulations on 1000 posts! What a journey! I am thankful for HypnoBirthing…that introduced me to YOU!

  15. I am thankful for internet and the ability to reach corners of the world with a mere click.

  16. Grateful for technology that makes my long-distance relationship with my wonderful Swedish wife possible (and actually DOable!).

  17. I am thankful for a vehicle to drive so that I don’t have to ride my bike in city traffic!

  18. I am thankful that I have a backyard to play in. Really, I could type ALL night :c).

  19. When I see my spring daffodils smiling at me each time I walk out my front door, I am so grateful for the beauty of the world God created for us to enjoy! Congrat’s on reaching 1000 posts! You are incredible!!!

  20. Congratulations!! You’ve ALWAYS got such fun posts, and do such fun things. Enjoy your happy day! 😀

  21. Ok, now I read the instructions (I had just wanted to put a happy post, because I was excited for you! :P) … I’m thankful for paint. Whether it’s the HUGE variety of paints and textures one can put on the walls of their house (think back to when there was ONLY ‘white wash’, and then even before when there was nothing!!) or paint that is used to capture moments in time on canvas, paint reminds me of the beauty around us. I look at spring and the buds on the branches and flowers in their beds, or look at the sunsets every night and think of the beauty of the ‘painting’ God has given us–and every one is unique, just like we as individuals are. Paint sure goes a long way in my book! 😀

  22. I’m thankful for the buds that are popping out once again on all the trees and the flowers pushing up through the ground.

  23. I’m thankful every day that my military son made it back safely from dangerous deployments.

  24. Even though I may be too young to be a grandma, or at least that’s what I tell myself 🙂 I am SOOO totally thankful for my 3 super grandkids.

  25. thankful for the sun shining outside my window, making sun light rays across the living room

  26. I am thankful for good friends, who see you through the bad times and share the happy times.A few years ago I met a very special lady who has since become a very special friend and will be forever.Since coming to my life she has been a great tower of strength and every day I am thankful for the blessing of her and my other friends.

  27. I’m thankful for the ability to put food on the table and today I’m thankful that there are leftovers and all I have to do today is warm ’em up and I don’t have to cook. 🙂

  28. I’m so grateful for my amazing husband who puts up with so much from me!!! Love him to bits 🙂

  29. I’m grateful to have three healthy amazing kids that are so patient and forgiving of our mistakes! Spending time with them is the best!

  30. I am very thankful that you have this blog that I can come to on a daily basis because I so enjoy it. I love the photos you post and the comments and/or quotes that you put with them.

  31. Grateful for conference talks about being patient because laying on my back in pain and not being very good with crutches and not being able to take care of my family is no fun.

  32. I’m grateful for good books to take our minds away from our own troubles and teach us to be more grateful. I’m reading the “Silence of God”, to distract me from all the things I can’t do since my ankle surgery. I’m only part way into it but what a thought provoking story.

  33. thankful that we have doctors who can diagnose “came on quickly” ear infections

  34. So grateful for sweet girls to pick up the slack of a mom who doesn’t move very fast right now. They bring joy into my life with beautiful practicing, piles of perfectly folded sweet smelling towels, happy attitudes even when they are under extra pressure, efforts to do their very best in school, and willingness to keep everything going.

  35. How blessed I am for a sweet daughter and her girls who went out of their way for a visit, hugs, and cast signing!

  36. I am thankful for my parents inviting me back into their warm abode and starting life all over again in a new college, a new environment and learning how it’s like being home again after such a long time.

  37. thankful that the dishwasher has been fixed! two weeks without a dishwasher…bleh.

  38. thankful for a ballet teacher who teaches my rascals – all four of them!

  39. so thankful that the bomb scare at my mother’s workplace did not hurt anyone.

  40. thankful for a son with aspergers…I don’t understand him, but I know that God does.

  41. thankful for a husband who wants to take me out for dinner after a really hard day

  42. I’m very thankful that God has let me continue to have my mom here with me. She’s lived longer than anyone in her family and I feel TOTALLY blessed for that. I gave her a plaque that reads “when I count my blessings, I count you twice” though it’s much more than twice!! 🙂

  43. I’m extremely thankful for the years I was able to have my little brother in my life. This Friday marks the 2nd anniversary of his passing at the young age of 41 but in those years he touched many lives. Just shows we never know what God’s plan is, and I’m thankful that He gave us the time we had.

  44. I’m thankful for the weather we had today, though it was raining……beacuse it was helping to sprout all the plants and flowers that are just waiting to burst through!! 🙂

  45. thankful for all the blogs that I read and all the information that people are willing to share about themselves and their struggles!

  46. I am thankful for the “wealthy” lady who no longer smocks for her girls, but decided to pass along her STASH of FAB fabrics to someone else! SCORE!

  47. thankful for the friend of the “wealthly” lady who thought of me when the unused fabric was offered!!!

  48. I’m thankful for being able to warm myself back up with a nice HOT shower. Now I can read all my favorite blogs without shivering. HURRY UP spring!!! 🙂

  49. Every time I take a hot shower, I am grateful for the hot, clean water running over my body and recognize my privileged life.

  50. I am grateful for a roof that doesn’t leak anymore and walls that keep out the worst of the wind and the cold.

  51. I am grateful that the most likely reason I might have to go hungry is my own indecisiveness.

  52. I am grateful for a husband who is hilarious, kind, rational, and my best friend.

  53. I am grateful for the mornings that I wake up at 5 refreshed and ready to work out.

  54. I am grateful for the days when I sleep in WAAAAAY past reasonable and totally skip working out.

  55. I am grateful for friends who probably still like me even though I’m a total homebody.

  56. My beautiful, comfortable, easy-to-drive, Safety Top Pick car protects my little family all around town.

  57. My jade plant cuttings from Arizona are thriving and even growing new leaves in spite of the dismal dark Utah days since they came home in February.

  58. I’m glad that I have a wife who keeps me on the straight and narrow. (She says its wrong to automate contest entries, even though the captcha doesn’t update after each post, and it’d be SO EASY to post 600 times in the next 20 minutes).

    She’s cute too.

  59. Being able to afford adorable sneakers for a baby that will outgrow them all too soon.

  60. Foot rubs from a long-suffering husband that are better than a professional massage.

  61. I am grateful for meeting a random, German stranger on a plane who saved my education.

  62. I am grateful for random bursts of clothes-buying (on clearance!) so I can forget about again.

  63. Each night, just before falling asleep, the warm assurance that my babies are tucked safely in their beds.

  64. I am grateful to live near an excellent food restaurant to appease my addiction.

  65. (Ack, make that: “I am grateful to live near an excellent *Indian* food restaurant to appease my addiction.”)

  66. Finding the perfect fabric for my daughter’s (or niece’s) monthly/holiday pillowcase. On sale.

  67. Libraries that allow you to temporarily revel in acquiring without the burden of perpetual storage.

  68. I am grateful for a six-year-old who thinks I should have a prize for driving her to school and her extracurriculars.

  69. thankful that God alone knows whether or not my womb will ever hold another baby.

  70. thankful for all the homeschool materials and information that are so readily available.

  71. thankful for my precious Saviour who has never forsaken me and has forgiven all my sin!

  72. thankful for a patient, kind husband who puts up with and encourages me through all my fears.

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