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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prayers {day 358}

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grateful for ice cream from my sweet hubs

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and reminders of who Jesus is and who I am on a day that I just felt overwhelmed and sad. I am blessed to be surrounded by people who love me, pray for and with me, and who feed my spirit (and my Ollie’s cravings).


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young life camp at castaway {days 346-353}

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I am sorry for my absence (which I, again, forgot to warn you about…oops), but I was at Young Life camp with my sweet high school friends having an amazing time and not spending time on my phone (and therefore, not updating the blog…)

A week at young life camp is chock-full of things to be grateful for, so I’ll give you some highlights.
Just some of the things I am grateful for:
getting to know a cabin of high school girls I didn’t know very well,
lots and lots and lots of laughter,
tears of joy,
sweet friends realizing how precious they are,
Jesus changing hearts and lives,
incredible sunsets,
hugs,
friends being real about hard things,
beachfront & parasailing,
and being reminded of who I was created to be.

Castaway is my favorite Young Life camp and I love the way God seems to use that specific place to meet my high school friends (and me). I feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing ministry.


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little things {day 295}

tonight I am grateful for:
the dream job. I cannot believe that I get to arrange flowers. for a job. even when things are not coming together as easily as I’d like, I know this job is a blessing.

for dinner and friends and ice cream and signs that make us laugh and wonder.

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for a hubby and puppy who always greet me at the door when I get home,
and for ceramics that are in one piece and actually look kind of cool. 🙂

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also for falling asleep to the sound of rain and a cool breeze.

what are you grateful for today, brave friends?


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so much {286} (late)

I am grateful for a death toll that decreased instead of increasing in tornado ravaged OK. I am thankful for the hundreds of people who dug through the rubble, after having just lost everything themselves, to rescue those trapped in schools and homes, and even to reunite people with their beloved pets. In the face of every tragedy there are people who are selfless and helpful. Thank you, Jesus, for those who remind us that all is not lost, even when much is.

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I am SO grateful for good news about Harlow’s tumor after a scary few days. Fridays scan showed the tumor virtually unchanged. Monday the doctors said that they were afraid that the tumor was drug resistant. Yesterday they did a more accurate scan and found that the tumor has shrunk by about 35%. Yes!!

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After a whirlwind (no pun intended) trip to Bradford to visit my sweet friend, I am especially grateful for safety, for laughter, for crazy answers to prayers, and that God shows up when it feels like He isn’t listening.


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safe {day 285} (late)

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yesterday I set off for downstate to visit my sweet friend kay, and ended up with an impromptu sleepover at her parents’. I am grateful for their generosity and care. As I watch the video and news from Oklahoma, and even as we drove around a little here after the storm subsided, finding tree branches everywhere, downed power lines and some destroyed sheds and barns, I can’t help but be grateful for safety in the midst of a storm much worse than we realized, for a husband who loves and cares for me by watching the weather and keeping in touch with me about it, making sure I was safe, and a sweet family that gave me a place to sleep and loves me well.
I am also grateful for good talks, ice cream, laughter and adventure before the storm hit.


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celebrate {day 282} (late)

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today was my first day on the job as a floral designer. it was fun and relaxing, and I am surrounded all day by beautiful things. it’s going to be wonderful.

then I spent the night celebrating thirty with some of my favorite people in the world. we had dinner and then went to an improv show. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much and so hard. I’m so grateful to have been celebrated so well. As I looked around that table last night, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with gratitude for the people I love who I’ve met in all different stages of life who support me, love me, pray for and with me, and laugh with me. I am so blessed.


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thirty! {day 279}

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from breakfast and (awesome) presents in bed,
to awesome texts and phone calls and messages from amazing friends and family,
to homemade cards and an afternoon spent like this:

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to Ollie’s and gf birthday brownies

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(that picture is a little creeptastic)
I felt so blessed and loved today.
thirty is feeling pretty good so far. 🙂