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

surprise visitor {day 116}

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grateful for my cute little surprise visitor today. we had an exciting day of “monkey the george” (curious george), cars, long naps for both of us, and some Charlie Brown Christmas.



also thankful for my young life friends and for laughter and gentle hugs and silly games. 🙂

care {day 114}

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today I am grateful for a care package from my best friend, jen. mail is fun, and care packages are even more fun! it’s nice to know that I am being though of, prayed for, and cared for from afar. I also was blessed with a visit from aubree, who hung out and brought us a delicious dinner. we watched a movie, talked and laughed, and dreamed together about the future. I feel very blessed.

rest {day 113}

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today I am grateful for rest. I know I’ve spent almost all week in bed, but it hasn’t been what I would call restful-physically, emotionally, spiritually. so today I am grateful for peace, and for some quality restful time hanging out in the biscuit with my sweet hubby and our pup. we very rarely have actual downtime together-so I’m grateful.

psalm 4:8 “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.”

birthday and books {day 112}

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first and most importantly, today is my mom’s 50th birthday! there are millions of reasons to be thankful for my mom, but among them are these: she gives 100% to every person in her life and then she gives some more, she hangs out with me when I feel like crap and even does amazingly kind things like clean our fridge when I just had surgery and can’t, and she loves people so much. she is amazing, and I’m so thankful to have her.


I’m thankful for this book which reminds me that some days it doesn’t always make sense and some days even the sweet feels a little bit difficult. also grateful for my sweet husband who understands when I cry after good biopsy results because I’m relieved and because sometimes the good and bad are so intermingled that it’s hard to not feel both emotions deeply and together.


and I’m thankful for this stuff, which is pretty dang good.

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results {day 111}

today I am thankful for good biopsy results. The tumor that was removed was a benign fibroadenoma. This means it was not cancerous and does not require a second surgery. Thank you, Jesus! I am also grateful for my mom who has been hanging out with me all day every day since the surgery in case I need something, for my sweet hubs who is working hard and then taking care of me and the house, and for my sweet friend who drove 2 hours to bring me dinner and flowers. we are very blessed.

recovery day 2 {day 110}

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today I am thankful for long, restful naps, a card of encouragement, texts reminding me I’m being prayed for, dinner delivered from jenni (which was awesome), and dark chocolate sea salt popcorn. I don’t know if I could describe to you how much these things encourage my spirit.

recovery day 1 {day 109}

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as I expected, I am in quite a bit more pain today than I was last night. to add insult to injury, I’ve learned (the hard way) that I have developed an allergy to iodine, so I have a fairly nice rash and some welts on my neck, chest, shoulders, back and under one of my arms. soooo pleasant.

all that aside, my mom and my oldest friend Scott came to visit today. he moved to the UAE this spring and only had 2 days that we could get together…yesterday and today. I am thankful that he was willing to spend the day watching movies and letting me rest. also grateful for continued prayers, chocolate, and super gentle snuggles from my puppy and hubs.


happy {day 100}, little blog! and my FIRST EVER GIVEAWAY!

my little blog is 100 days old! Holy cow!!
To celebrate, we’re going to have a little contest!
Okay, here’s the back story: the last few times that I had surgery I had a friend that would “kidnap” me towards the end of my recovery and take me out to help combat the stir craziness that overwhelms me by day 8 (or sometimes 2) of recovery. We usually went to a movie but now that I work at a theater, that seems a little bit less appealing. So I need your help!
You folks get to help pick what my sweet hubs will take me to do when I need to get out the house! Keep in mind, I will have just had surgery on my chest, so keep it calm (and pg…), folks.
I will let sweet hubs pick the winner, and then I will send that person 3 of my favorite recovery comforts….my fave aromatherapy scent from bath and body works, a starbucks gift card, and some delicious chocolate (a recovery essential for every ailment)!
The contest will run through noon on Friday, November 23. The winner will be announced by noon Saturday.
So, friends, get creative! I need a jailbreak date! 🙂