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


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little things {day 295}

tonight I am grateful for:
the dream job. I cannot believe that I get to arrange flowers. for a job. even when things are not coming together as easily as I’d like, I know this job is a blessing.

for dinner and friends and ice cream and signs that make us laugh and wonder.

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for a hubby and puppy who always greet me at the door when I get home,
and for ceramics that are in one piece and actually look kind of cool. 🙂

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also for falling asleep to the sound of rain and a cool breeze.

what are you grateful for today, brave friends?

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warmth {day 265}

oh my goodness. spring FINALLY came to chicagoland. after what felt like an endless winter, we hit the 80s today. thank you, Jesus. I needed that.

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sweet hubs and I went on a long walk tonight, which was awesome. we walked to a block we had never been to before, found some budding trees, and this awesome building that apparently used to be a hospital. best part, though, was holding hands and chatting as we walked.

tonight I am also grateful that Food For The Hungry goes out of the way to make our sweet friend Abdiel feel cared for, like by sending us a card to send him for his birthday. he is definitely not the only one being blessed.
I am also grateful for a super patient ceramics teacher who helped me find an alternative design to my pots that keep on cracking.

what do you love to do when spring finally shows up?


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surrounded by generosity {day 257}

Today I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity that I am surrounded by. friends, acquaintances and strangers offering to help with the fundraiser we are putting together. an employee offering a place to stay to another employee whose house flooded. I am just so thankful for the willingness of the people around me to serve others. I. am. blessed.

I also made a bowl that actually looks like a bowl in ceramics today. Thankful for small miracles. 🙂


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alright, I’m listening {day 244}

these last few weeks have felt long. I am weary and whatever it is that God is doing, and I truly believe He is always moving, I don’t see the good or the potential good in it.
this morning, though, I woke up to thunder shaking the house, heavy rain, and hail. so as I lay awake in bed, listening to (and feeling) the storm raging, I opened up my Bible app to see the verse for today.
It was this:

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alright God, I hear you. thanks for reminding me that You’re moving when I’m too focused on the storm to see it.


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weary {day 243}

Today was tough. I am weary and heavy-hearted. There are a lot if people I care deeply for who are sick, scared or hurting.

I am grateful for ceramics class tonight. It’s cheaper than therapy and my clay covered hands are soothing for my soul. Even when my first pinch pot cracks…

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I am so grateful to come home to a thoughtful and precious journal entry from my sweet hubby (who also gives great hugs, so needed by the time I got home) and for a puppy snuggled up while I read it.

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And for encouraging words from sweet friends that point me towards Jesus.

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Even in the midst of darkness and hurt, I know Jesus is near. For that, I could never fully express my gratitude.

Please continue to pray for my sweet friend Harlow. She received her first chemo treatment tonight following a very rough 24 hours.

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