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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oops {day 327} (really late)

apparently all it takes to break a 300-something day habit (GOOD HABIT) is a five day vacation. yikes. sorry I’ve been failing so miserably. I will try to get back on board.


I am beyond grateful for my sweet husband, who works really hard to make me feel loved and cherished and valued. even on my most irritable days, I know that I am blessed beyond belief to be loved so well.

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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…


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.


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

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.


sweet friends {day 151}

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feeling super blessed today. went to bed last night to find this:

so lucky to have a husband who goes out of his way to make me feel loved.

also so grateful for an unexpected visit from my sweet friends jen and ben, and their little cutie.


loved visiting with them, snuggling maya and enjoying her throw-back-her-head belly laugh. such a sweet and unexpected blessing today.

what’s the best surprise you’ve had lately?

blessed. {day 146}

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I’m grateful for creative (delicious) meals we are dreaming up now that we are gluten free. I am also very, very grateful for how much better sweet hubby is feeling since we switched.




I am also very grateful for how well my hubs loves me, and how he cares for me in both big and little ways (journaling to me, caring for me and the house when I’m not feeling well, starting dinner so I don’t have to do it all when I get home). I’m so grateful for him and often feel challenged by his generous and kind spirit. (I’m also grateful for our crazy dog who felt like he needed to read the journal with me.)

I also got to spend some time talking to my dear friend jen tonight and got to listen to her daughter say “hi brina” over and over. it was so precious.

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dalmatians {day 101}



just kidding about the dalmatians.

tonight I am grateful for a hot meal (that my hubby sweetly prepared–we’re real adults, we made a ham!) and for his constant words of encouragement. I am so blessed to have a hubs who serves me practically and who encourages me in everything I do, even if it’s 100 days of blogging. 🙂

letters and bravery {day 74}

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today I am crazy grateful for this journal, one of my hubby’s anniversary gifts (inspired by this blog) and the anticipation of knowing there is a letter from my sweet hubby waiting for me. I already love this journal and we’ve only had it three days.

I am also grateful for my husband’s willingness and ability to make a difficult decision to leave a job he’s comfortable at for a new adventure. change is scary, huh?!


I also loved my morning snuggles from my cute pup. I missed him while I was gone.

what do you admire about your spouse or significant other?