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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laughter and journal {day 336}


Tonight I am grateful for a journal entry that greeted me in the cozy biscuit and for a few hours with a brave friend who makes me laugh. Here’s to kind words, laughter, and making brave and healthy choices.

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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}


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}


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.



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.


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

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!!