fostering a grateful spirit

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl

weary & thankful {day 172}

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today I got some pretty bad news about someone I love. I am sad and weary and angry.
but I am also blessed, held, and grateful. I am grateful that I have people around me that support me, pray for me and my loved ones, and let me vent. I wish there was less to need support for, but I’m grateful that along with the trials, God gives me just enough to make it through the day.

also thankful for sweet friends who let me snuggle their tiny and beautiful new baby girl. it helps me remember that, even on the most frustrating day, there are beautiful reminders that God is at work.

success! {day 171}

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today I bravely made gf brownies from scratch and baked a new loaf of gf bread. both turned out really well!! finally, success in the gf kitchen!

I am also so grateful for a day off, snuggles with the pup, tons of laundry washed, folded and put away, and dinner with a sweet friend. so thankful.

Sunday! {day 170}

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grateful for a lazy day hanging out with sweet hubs and moj

while outside freezing rain turned to ice

which turned back to rain in time for us to go to justin and keeley’s for the first night of our new tradition…family sunday dinners. I’m grateful that keeley thought this up and that we get to regularly spend time with the people we love! good, blessed day of rest.

complements and gratefulness {day 168}

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tonight I’m grateful for movements like this one, which encourage people (in this case high school kids) to find ways to encourage each other. I don’t know how connected you are to high school students, but I have spent hours over coffee or in one-on-ones at camp comforting crying girls (or crying with them) because of the absolutely horrific things high school kids do and say to each other. it’s like they spend 8 hours a day (at least) living in the movie Mean Girls…except it’s not funny at all. so when I see things like this, and overhear young life friends talking about compliments they posted, it fills my heart with joy and hope.

I’m also grateful today for early morning picture messages from small group girls who are already using their anthropologie initial mugs (which they got last night). so fun. also grateful for their absolute craziness, “texts” with more emoticons than words, and for my sweet friend katie who overcame a big fear in gymnastics today. 🙂 good job, lady!!


and last but not least, I’m thankful that I somehow managed to get up early this morning to make tea and lunch for the hubs, and oatmeal for myself, and for the several times hubby went out of his way to thank me and tell me he appreciated it. I feel loved.

ladies of young life {day 166}

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tonight I am grateful for the wonderful ladies that I lead alongside of in Young Life. These ladies love our high school friends, pour into them, encourage each other (and me) and try really hard to love like Jesus. I’m challenged by each of them.

promise {day 165}

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grateful for the promise that God is working, and for the reassurance that He knew we wouldn’t get it. I love that it says that you wouldn’t believe it even if you were told. how well did God know (and love us) that He would choose to work in and through us, knowing that even if we knew the plan, we still wouldn’t really get it. This verse is what I cling to when nothing in life makes sense, and on normal days like today it just reminds me to be hopeful and watchful, because God is working and His work is amazing.