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

rest {day 206}

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today I am grateful for sore muscles that remind me that the things that matter are worth standing up for. also grateful for rest, for snuggles with my sweet little family, and then for Sunday dinner with my family. I love getting together, sharing good food, and just being together.

what’s your favorite thing that your family regularly does together?


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exhausted {day 205}














as you can see, we had a crazy full day! after 13.1 hours of dancing (and a 4 am wake up–rough!), I am about the most tired I have ever been, but I feel happy and…full. not like with food (although that is also true), but my soul feels full. It is amazing and emotional to hear the stories of families who have faced what seemed to be insurmountable odds and come out on the other side with the child they feared they may lose. it’s amazing to be a part of a group and event that is doing so much good. I am so thankful that, 4 years ago when Jamie told me about the first dance marathon, I got up the guts to ask her if I could join them and to commit to raising $400 in a week, and to show up at a hotel in Chicago only (barely) knowing Jamie. It was, and continues to be, among the most rewarding things I get to do with my time. I am also, in case you can’t tell from all the pictures, so grateful for Harlow, and her health, and for a long but good day hanging out with her awesome family.

goals {day 204} (late)

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Today I am super grateful for the generosity of my amazing friends and family, who helped me blow my fundraising goal out of the water for the dance marathon today. it is not easy for me to ask people for money, especially because I know that most of the people I know don’t have much to give, but I love Harlow and her family and know without Lurie Children’s (formerly Children’s Memorial) I may not have even had the chance to know her. That’s a cause worth supporting, especially since she is just one of the hundreds of thousands of children they see everyday.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out my fundraising page (you’re welcome to donate, of course, but feel no pressure). I want you to hear Harlow’s story and be thankful with me for this hospital who gave her the chance to laugh and dance and hug and LIVE. 🙂