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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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. 🙂

fundraiser {day 199}

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tonight I am exhausted, but grateful. We did a fundraiser today at the theater I manage for Lurie Children’s Hospital (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital). I am grateful for the kindness and generosity of strangers and loved ones, who donated, helped and encouraged. I am also grateful for the owner of our company, who is extremely generous, for my awesome friends who donated raffle prizes, and for my sweet hubs who stayed there with me all day to help set up, take donations and give information. I am so lucky to have a husband who is so supportive.
I am also so thankful for Harlow, who is a living, giggling, dancing little miracle (and who gives really good hugs). Loved visits from her and her family, mom and Riley and a few other friends. I am blessed.

also, don’t forget to get entered in our giveaway. it’s a really good one! it will end at 11:59 pm cst tomorrow (Monday the 25th). you have up to 4 chances to win!

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generous {day 186}

today I am full of gratitude that I am surrounded by so many amazingly generous people. Three years ago I dreamed up this idea where the theater I work for would do a fundraiser for Children’s Memorial. I suggested that, on a certain day, we donate 10% of the proceeds from a transaction to Children’s if the customer mentioned they were there for the fundraiser. I emailed the owner and asked him his thoughts, and he said “of course! but lets do 50% of the transaction!” so cool.
That first year was a little rough (I was still very new and we were still pretty slow), but last year we were able to donate a little over $500-more than 5 times what we had raised the year before. I also had some amazing prizes donated which we were able to raffle.
I am truly blessed to know so many generous people who encourage me to dream bigger!
This girl, one of my students when I taught, is the reason that I realized how important Children’s (now Lurie’s) is:

if you’d like to read more of her amazing story, check out my dance marathon page.

also great (though far less meaningful), today is my favorite day in February!

summer please come faster!

this girl {day 27}

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today as I drove all over creation for various things, I couldn’t help but be thankful for Harlow as I listened to eric and kathy’s 36 hour radiothon. harlow’s story had a very scary beginning, but as I look at this crazy fun, loving, spirited four year old, I can’t help but be filled with hope. so thankful that I have the opportunity (honor, really) of being part of her life, and so, so grateful that she’s healthy and her story has really just begun. love you, miss h!