Can taking pictures with my phone bring gratitude?

I seriously tend to cringe when I hear about “themed” days for bloggers. I think part of it is because I always struggled finding one I liked and could stick with. And honestly, I’m not even sure “Thankful Thursdays” is a thing but it’s going to be my thing.

I got the idea from Ann Voskamp actually. In her book One Thousand Gifts, she talks about how taking everyday, mundane, nothing new photos changed her perspective on gratitude and opened her eyes to all she had to be grateful for.

Sister turned two months. Oh those toes.

It’s not about sharing it on social media all the time (though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing) but it’s about perspective and focus in my day to day.

I’m not saying every moment needs to be remembered with a photo because I’m a strong believer in being present in the moment. But I also believe that contentment starts with gratitude and my daily attitude can change with being thankful more often.

Plus, I felt the Lord laying this on my heart for my own benefit. Who knows if anyone will be paying attention as this doesn’t seem like a post series that will grab a lot of attention but it’s really about me.

Writing and taking photos just for me.

Speaking of toes, here’s Bubby’s toes at 10 months. Oh my heart.

I wont be doing it every Thursday. I don’t know how many photos will be in each post. I don’t know how long I’ll do it for.

I do know this is a small journey God has called me to and maybe it will encourage someone along the way to open their eyes to the daily mundane that reminds us of what we have and the contentment that only comes from the Lord.

I have some photos for the introduction because I started taking them daily a month ago.

Part of our daily ritual is snack time at Bubby’s table. That photo in the background was from my mom to my husband a few years back. It hung in our kitchen growing up.


Because cooking with Mama is the best.


My mother’s mother, aunt, and grandma grew peonies. They had a big section that was essentially a peony field. I always think of them when I see or smell peonies.


The past, present and future all in one.

We’ll see you next time folks.


10 replies
  1. Rosanna@ExtraordinaryEverydayMom
    Rosanna@ExtraordinaryEverydayMom says:

    This is such a neat idea! God actually asked me to begin a page in my notebook for each of my children and my husband, recently. It is to write what I’m grateful for them. As well, I’ve been writing notes daily to let my family know that I am grateful. It has changed my perspective.

  2. Theresa Bailey
    Theresa Bailey says:

    Aww this is sweet. Any way you can come from gratitude I say! I agree that being present in the moment is the absolute best, but some days just go by so quickly. It is nice to have photos to look back on.

  3. Ayanna
    Ayanna says:

    Love this! Taking time to enjoy the moment and giving yourself the opportunity to remember it later is a great idea. My girls and hubby are always laughing at how many pictures I take of random things. But they always enjoy scrolling through my phone to look at them late. 😉

  4. Jennifer Enoch
    Jennifer Enoch says:

    Being present in the everyday is essential, we’ll never a get a day back. I’m with you on the themed blogging days, mostly because I don’t have the consistency for it. Maybe someday though….
    Thanks for sharing your current journey

  5. Brittany L. Bergman
    Brittany L. Bergman says:

    I love this idea! i definitely think taking photos throughout the day can help with gratitude and being present. It forces me to slow down and notice the little details I would normally miss. Love these sweet snaps of your kiddos!


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