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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happy birthday, little blog! {day 365}

Today is day 365…holy cow, little bloggy is a year old! We celebrated with a candle in a scoop of ice cream-yum! I am grateful for my hubby who celebrates my accomplishments-even if its something random and silly like blogging every day for a year. He also planned a sweet fondue date night tonight, which was wonderful. I am so blessed.
What are you grateful for today, sweet friends?



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long walk date night {day 337}


Tonight sweet hubs and I decided to go for a walk. Our leisurely stroll turned into a 5 mile walk with dinner somewhere in the middle and an absolutely stunning view of the setting sun from the courthouse lawn. I am grateful for a short walk that turned into hours of holding hands, laughing and talking, exploring our little town and just being together with no distractions.

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Sunday {day 319}

Sundays in the summer are my favorite. We have this farmer’s market downtown that I love.

Today we got these strawberries, which I honestly think may be the best I’ve ever eaten. So good.

Today was a pretty bad fibro day. We laid low most of the day (after our morning trip to the market) but tonight I was feeling antsy so we went for a walk. While we were out walking we passed this place downtown

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(Just in case you were wondering, I was supposed to leave yesterday on my trip but it got cancelled last minute. I’m frustrated about the reason it was cancelled but grateful for the extra time at home.)

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sunset and froyo {day 315}

Today was a tough day. We have to fight with my new insurance to get them to cover the only medicine that has made my fibro even somewhat bearable. I am frustrated and scared that they will make me try a bunch of other meds (not more effective and not specifically for fibro, and with more & worse side effects) so they can save a few bucks. The thought of being in moderate to severe pain every day again is enough to make me cry. Additionally, we have been trying to get a family member into treatment for an illness that they have struggled with for nearly 20 years, and today the program that was suggested as the best option turned down the request for this family member to be admitted into the program. No discussion, no real reasons, just flat out denial. Talk about discouraging. I love this person and desperately want them to have the opportunity to turn their life around. Please say a prayer for those helping this person find a treatment that will work for them.

But despite the frustration and tears today, I am thankful for beautiful sunset that reminded me that even in this crazy world, the Creator gives us glimpses of amazing beauty.

I am also grateful for frozen yogurt dates with my sweet hubby, and that he doesn’t judge me when I can’t decide on a flavor so I just get two.


Hope your Wednesday was more encouraging. What was your best part?

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silly & new {day 246}

Today the thing I’m most grateful for is this sweet text from Harlow and her mama. I love to see Harlow’s silly spirit shining through.

I’m also grateful for a hubby who sends me pictures of my veggies sprouting and who invites me to kill zombies with him and his friends. 🙂

*If you’re interested, this is the page where you can donate to help Harlow’s family with the already rising costs for Harlow’s medical treatments. If you aren’t able to donate, please consider sharing the link with your social circles. Thank you!*

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double date {day 225}

go figure, we had dinner with two pro photographers tonight and I don’t have a single picture to post. I am grateful for dinner with my best friend (sweet hubs), an old friend and his girlfriend, a new friend. we talked and laughed and cried from laughter. so good.