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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riviera maya {days 300-306}

For those of you who read regularly, sorry again for the unexplained absence. I don’t know about you, but leaving on vacation is always a (great) whirlwind for us making sure all the pieces are in place. I also didn’t realize there’d be no wifi, so when we discovered there wasn’t, I took it as a sign that I should spend our trip being in the moment and grateful, and update you all when I got back. 🙂 So here it is:


for this (^) amazing guy who planned this amazing trip so that I would feel celebrated and have a chance to relax. I am so blessed.


for two of my favorite places to have my feet…in the sand and in the ocean.


for dinners (and breakfasts and lunches) together and hot weather (that made my hair crazy but my soul happy).


for dolphin kisses and dances, which were AMAZING.



for the opportunity to visit and learn about Tulum, Mayan ruins situated on a cliff overlooking the ocean, in the middle of a jungle. So cool.


I’m super grateful for days spent in beautiful places like these exploring and relaxing, for the beauty of God’s creation and for amazing little things like snails.

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And last, but definitely not least, I am grateful that I am lucky enough to be married to my best friend in the whole world. I am so thankful for the time we got to spend together exploring, relaxing, reading, talking, holding hands, laughing, and just being together. There is no one in the world who knows me as well as he does and gives me the freedom to be more and more like the person I am meant to be. It is an amazing gift to be loved so well, to have a husband who works hard to make me feel loved, and who continues to get to know me better and better. He is a gift and I am so very grateful to have had this restful time in this beautiful place with my favorite.

What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on?

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My sweet hubby took me to Mexico to celebrate my 30th, so if you were wondering, that’s where I’ve been. We thought we had wifi and didn’t, so updating was not an (easy) option. Believe me though, I found plenty to be thankful for. Tomorrow I will do a post about the trip and the many things I have been thankful for, but tonight I am grateful for my best friend, for time to relax together, and that we get to snuggle up in our own biscuit tonight.

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Saturday {day 283}

today I am thankful for the first Saturday in forever that I didn’t have to work most of the day and i didn’t have plans. I did a flower delivery this afternoon, but otherwise the rest of the day was spent hanging out with my sweet fam. already loving this new job & schedule.

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no plans {day 217}

tonight I am grateful that, somehow, this whole week I ended up with no evening plans (except for a Minecraft date night with the sweet hubs tomorrow night). don’t get me wrong, I love the things I normally do…young life, small group, visiting friends, ect, but there is something wonderful about having a week of rest. I honestly can’t remember a time that I had no extra plans for a week. it’s kind of nice.
other things I’m grateful for tonight: my mom hearing from someone we were worrying about, snuggly family time, and good news for another family member.

sick day 2 {day 150}

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today I am grateful for my crockpot and bread maker which allowed sweet hubs to have hot soup and fresh (gluten-free) bread for dinner, instead of the canned soup of the last two days, without me having to spend hours in the kitchen. I’ve thankfully avoided hubby’s illness, but I’m not feeling super either, so rest was nice.

rest {day 148}

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I am grateful for two days off with no plans at all. I don’t know about you, but this past month and a half has been go, go, go! days off blend into work days, all very busy. hoping to get some cleaning and laundry done, but I might abandon that plan and snuggle my sweet family and rest. either way, it will feel good.

what’s your favorite way to spend a day off?

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rest, refreshment, kay {day 127}

today was a day of no news. a much needed breath of fresh air for my heavy heart. we went to church (the pulpit hymn was o come, o come Emmanuel) and then drove downstate to visit my friend Kay for her birthday. no tv, no Internet, just time to be together. so good. so, so needed. we ate, played games, laughed, watched her church’s Sunday school program, spent time with her family. they are literally some of the most genuinely kind people you could ever hope to meet. refreshing, after such a dark, heavy feeling week. it was encouraging to my spirit to spend my day with people who love deeply, laugh a lot, and are filled with Jesus and joy.
some pictures of kay I dug up in celebration of her friendship and her birthday. 🙂