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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sweet little buster {day 364}

Today this sweet baby boy turns 4 years old. I am, I think, still in denial. How could this possibly be true?
I am grateful for Riley, for his crazy silly little self that makes me laugh until I cry, and for his sweet and tender spirit that loves to snuggle and “writes letters” to his friend Harlow and tells his auntie that he misses her and wants to sleep over.
Happy birthday, little buster (even though you’re not that little anymore)! Auntie Beana and Uncle Drew love you tons!!






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LB {day 361}



I am so grateful today for this sweet birthday boy. We had tons of fun at Riley )aka LB or little buster)’s birthday party, and then he decided he wanted to have a sleepover with Mojo. We went for a long walk, played outside and ate our favorite meal…macaroni and cheese. But best of all, we got some great snuggles and lots of hugs and kisses. Blessed.

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happy birthday, dad! {day 299}










today is my day’s birthday, and I am reminded just how grateful I am for him. my dad is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and has always gone above and beyond at every job he’s done, often without any recognition or compensation for his extra time and work. my dad is also loyal, loving, and taught me to love reading and laughing, to never let anyone leave hungry (if food is a love language, it is definitely his!), and to apologize when I’ve hurt someone. dad, thanks for being such an amazing example of what I wanted in a husband (and someday father for my kids.) I’m so glad you’re my dad! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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birthday girl {day 290}


today I am grateful for this girl, who also happens to be 30 today! I’m thankful for her friendship, her heart, and for her support through the best and the hardest days of my life. I don’t know what I would do without her. Happy birthday, Jen, I’m so glad you were born!!

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margin {day 284}

today I have tons to be grateful for.

for a successful and fun planning meeting for hugs for Harlow, visited by none other than sweet miss Harlow herself. if you think of it, please pray for them over the next couple of days. Harlow had a scan Friday that appeared to show the tumor has not shrunk much (if at all). Please pray for peace for Jamie and Ben, for Harlow, and wisdom for the doctors as they do more tests and talk over the next steps.

I am also super grateful for a birthday dinner with my family. I’ve been amazingly well celebrated this week.

And last, but certainly not least, I am grateful for a new job that allows me to have margin in my life. I read a book about margin my freshman year of college and have consistently had none since then. I am grateful for time to see friends, to snuggle with my hubby, and to be able to go to see friends who need cheering. it feels good to be able to just go when I need to go.

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celebrate {day 282} (late)



today was my first day on the job as a floral designer. it was fun and relaxing, and I am surrounded all day by beautiful things. it’s going to be wonderful.

then I spent the night celebrating thirty with some of my favorite people in the world. we had dinner and then went to an improv show. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much and so hard. I’m so grateful to have been celebrated so well. As I looked around that table last night, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with gratitude for the people I love who I’ve met in all different stages of life who support me, love me, pray for and with me, and laugh with me. I am so blessed.

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thirty! {day 279}




from breakfast and (awesome) presents in bed,
to awesome texts and phone calls and messages from amazing friends and family,
to homemade cards and an afternoon spent like this:

to Ollie’s and gf birthday brownies

(that picture is a little creeptastic)
I felt so blessed and loved today.
thirty is feeling pretty good so far. 🙂

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tradition {day 278}


I am grateful for my last night of my twenties, which was spent snuggling my loves. I am also grateful for silly but wonderful traditions like the sweet hubs getting feel better chocolate when I’m sick and anxiously awaiting midnight so he can officially wish me a happy (30th–yikes!) birthday. such a cute hubs.


happy birthday, sweet hubs! {day 228} (late)








I am beyond grateful for my best friend and an extra chance to celebrate him. he had to work, but we still made a pretty good day of it. I found a gluten free bakery near his office, so I grabbed some cupcakes and lunch and visited him at the office. after he got home we had some wine, made dinner, ate our first gluten free cake, opened presents and hung out together. it was wonderful to have a day set aside to remind sweet hubs how special he is and how glad I am to have him!

do you have any birthday traditions? I want to hear them!