It really IS true, like I always heard. The more we look for wonderful things, the more we find! Thanks, John. God bless you.
Your mom had a great idea John.
Since the early 90's, I have been thanking God in my nightly prayers for all His gifts throughout my day...I can't seem to wait till night however, I also thank Him immediately when I recognize any of His gifts to me. Just yesterday I was so grateful and excited about one of my neighbors showing me how to use my snow blower and today for another neighbor showing me how to drain the oil...most of the yard equipment that my late husband used doesn't have any manuals...I'll have to get them off the Internet.
Ernie and I for a time also would share what we appreciated most in each other in a given day ("Your gift to me today was..."). It is a great help to keep the positive in the forefront.
Also congratulations and prayers to you both.
John I forgot to mention that our parish, plus some neighboring ones, on New Year's Eve, brings in the New Year with Adoration and reflection of not only our sins but the numerous things we are thankful to God for, and then we have the New Year Mass. Our priests from India gifted this practice to us.