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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thorny {day 192}

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” -Abraham Lincoln

I had never heard this quote before today, but I kind of love it (and it has even more meaning after a Valentine’s day spent at a florist arranging roses like there’s no tomorrow). I sort of think it describes my goal with this gratefulness project. This world is far short of what our souls and hearts were created for (communion with God), but I think we definitely miss something- growth, learning opportunities , even brokeness -when we focus on the thorns instead of the roses. I think we miss something when we only look at the roses and pretend the thorns aren’t there. All of those things shape us, teach us to be more compassionate, to be more dependent on others and on The Lord, and remind us that we were created for perfect union with Him. This life, it’s a thorn bush.

but in His infinite love and wisdom, God decided to put roses on this thorn bush- love, moments of kindness and beauty, babies, laughter, families. even with all the thorns, we get glimpses of the beauty our hearts long for, and for that, I will continue to be grateful.

Today felt pretty prickly for me. The past two weeks have been rough. I’ve had a lot of bad fibro days, I’ve been tired and frustrated, and had some family stuff going on. Today the pain was worse than it has been in a long time, and I feel discouraged, frustrated and angry. but even still, I will find the roses because there are always things to be grateful for. today these are mine: a husband who takes good care of me when I feel crappy, good gluten free pizza, when my sweet hubs calls me his bestie, and best of all today, early morning cuddles in the biscuit with moj and the hubs. family snuggles are the very best.

was today more rosy or thorny for you? why?

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sickies {day 184}



sweet hubs and I were both feeling crappy today. grateful for a day spent snuggling on the couch with each other and lots of dogs, hanging out and continuing our er marathon. being sick is no fun, but being sick with your bestie isn’t quite as bad.

what do you watch when you’re sick?

Sunday! {day 170}

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grateful for a lazy day hanging out with sweet hubs and moj

while outside freezing rain turned to ice

which turned back to rain in time for us to go to justin and keeley’s for the first night of our new tradition…family sunday dinners. I’m grateful that keeley thought this up and that we get to regularly spend time with the people we love! good, blessed day of rest.

why Friday is my new favorite (and least favorite) {day 90!}

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Friday is my favorite day of the week now.
but also my least favorite.
with hubby’s new job he gets to work from home on Fridays. awesome sauce, especially since I normally work nights on Friday, so I’m home during the day too. this effectively doubles our days at home together! and better yet, he hasn’t started his new job yet, so today was full of snuggles, a law and order marathon, and dinner out at 3:30, making us the world’s youngest super old couple.

BUT going to work is tough after a lazy day of snuggles and coziness. that’s going to take a little getting used to.

anyway, today I’m grateful for downtime with my sweet little fam.

happy Friday, friends!!

lazy morning and bears win! {day 85}

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today I am thankful for a lazy morning with the pup and the hubs (we never get lazy mornings!), for a dad who keeps bears game days open for family time and even calls to make sure we’re coming, for a big bears win and for a day with no plans!

how’d you spend your Sunday?