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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energy {day 360}

After a few pretty bad days (fibro and otherwise) I am thankful for a day full of people and things I love that ended with me still feeling good and full of energy. Although fibro sucks, I am so thankful that I actually have some days that I feel good now. A year ago I couldn’t have said that.


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margin {day 284}

today I have tons to be grateful for.

for a successful and fun planning meeting for hugs for Harlow, visited by none other than sweet miss Harlow herself. if you think of it, please pray for them over the next couple of days. Harlow had a scan Friday that appeared to show the tumor has not shrunk much (if at all). Please pray for peace for Jamie and Ben, for Harlow, and wisdom for the doctors as they do more tests and talk over the next steps.

I am also super grateful for a birthday dinner with my family. I’ve been amazingly well celebrated this week.

And last, but certainly not least, I am grateful for a new job that allows me to have margin in my life. I read a book about margin my freshman year of college and have consistently had none since then. I am grateful for time to see friends, to snuggle with my hubby, and to be able to go to see friends who need cheering. it feels good to be able to just go when I need to go.


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sweet Harlow {bonus post}

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yesterday was the day we’ve known would come, Harlow lost the last of her hair. how heartbreaking and hard it must have been for Jamie and Ben to have to try to explain to their five year old daughter that hair is not what makes you beautiful as she cries at her own reflection. this little lady is brave and strong, and absolutely beautiful inside and out. If you think of Harlow and her family today, please say an extra prayer for them as they all cope with the newest (and most visible) reminder of how shitty cancer is.
Love you, beautiful, brave girl!!


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sad {day 237}

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Harlow’s mom posted this picture this evening. It is among the most heartbreaking pictures I’ve ever seen. That face. Don’t you just want to squeeze her?
Sweet Harlow had her surgery today. They took a sample of the tumor for biopsy, but it was too large to remove completely. Even without having the pathology back, the surgeon confirms that the tumor is cancerous. There will be chemo, more surgery and radiation. My heart aches for this sweet girl, for her parents, and for how scared they all must be.
But I am grateful for my friends and family, both near and far, who are praying for her, sharing words of encouragement, and donating to the hospital. You hope and pray that you’ll never need your community to rally around someone you love because of a sad, scary situation, but I am thankful for the ways my community looks and feels a little like Jesus.

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I am also grateful for a dog who snuggled all day and for a husband who loves to snuggle us both.


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case of the Mondays {day 185}

I don’t know about you, but we’ve got a pretty serious case of the Mondays over here. Sweet hubs came home sick and my stomach was being crazy today.

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I spent the evening resting and covered in puppies. nothing cuter than puppies snuggling each other and you.

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also got to spend some time with my sweet friend claire at chick-fil-a. (maybe not the world’s wisest choice considering how crappy I was feeling, but definitely good for the soul).

so tonight I’m grateful for waffle fries, giggles, and being covered in puppies.

what are YOU grateful for today?

p.s. I’ve got an awesome giveaway coming up soon…hopefully the end of this week or beginning of next. stay tuned, you won’t want to miss it!!

success! {day 171}

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today I bravely made gf brownies from scratch and baked a new loaf of gf bread. both turned out really well!! finally, success in the gf kitchen!

I am also so grateful for a day off, snuggles with the pup, tons of laundry washed, folded and put away, and dinner with a sweet friend. so thankful.

hopeful {day 164}

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grateful for tea with this sweet friend this morning, and grateful for the huge, brave changes she’s making in her life. God is working.

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very grateful for the Martin Luther King, Jr. and for the impossible dreams that he bravely dreamed, shared and made possible. grateful that his words still challenge and inspire. one of my favorites today: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden for anyone to bear.” MLK was a man with a heart like God’s. Jesus, let me love more like you.

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also grateful that we live in a country that has peaceful changes in leadership, that was founded on the belief that all are created equal, that allows us to have and speak opinions on our leaders, religion, and whatever other topics we have opinions on. so many around the world have fought and even died for the right to worship and to speak freely, and I was blessed to be born in a country that protects those rights so that I can exercise them freely.
These words made me feel hopeful: “We recall that what binds us together is not the colors if our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional-what makes us American-is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'”
“Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.”
“We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.”
“We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsible we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a sudden storm. The commitments we make to each other…they do not make us a nation of takers, they free us to take the risks that make this country great…We must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice– not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice.”
“We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully–not because we are naive about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.”

hopeful and grateful.