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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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. 🙂


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baby steps {day 266}

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before I got fibro, I had become a runner (something I would have never thought possible). I wasn’t fast or great, but I ran several times a week and even finished a half marathon. when they’ll fibro symptoms started, I pretty much stopped doing anything that might make the pain worse, including running. I’ve been on one run in the past year and a half or so, and it lasted about 1 minute before the pain got terrible and I was in tears. tonight I wanted to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, so sweet hubs and I went for a run. it wasn’t fast, but it was a run. grateful for his support, and for the feelings of accomplishing something and life getting a little closer to normal.
I am also grateful that Harlow had a good day today, and blessed and thankful for my young life girls who asked about how Harlow is doing. some of them even told me they’ve asked other people to pray for her too.
exhausted and grateful.


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weary {day 243}

Today was tough. I am weary and heavy-hearted. There are a lot if people I care deeply for who are sick, scared or hurting.

I am grateful for ceramics class tonight. It’s cheaper than therapy and my clay covered hands are soothing for my soul. Even when my first pinch pot cracks…

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I am so grateful to come home to a thoughtful and precious journal entry from my sweet hubby (who also gives great hugs, so needed by the time I got home) and for a puppy snuggled up while I read it.

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And for encouraging words from sweet friends that point me towards Jesus.

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Even in the midst of darkness and hurt, I know Jesus is near. For that, I could never fully express my gratitude.

Please continue to pray for my sweet friend Harlow. She received her first chemo treatment tonight following a very rough 24 hours.

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smile {day 239}

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I am grateful for this guy, who snuggled me all day.

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and for this guy, who takes good care if me and can make me smile even when I’m sick and tired and frustrated.

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and for a smile and some words from my brave, sweet friend. (For those looking for an update, they are still in the hospital right now waiting for her to get back to eating normally. Say a prayer that she’s feeling well tomorrow so they can go home for a few days.)

What made you smile today, brave friends?


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early bird {day 230}

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for those of you who know me, you may know that I’m not really a morning person. and by “not really” I mean”not at all.”
this morning I woke up early. this would usually be followed by an immediate retreat back into dreamland, but this morning I got up and spent some quality time snuggling with the moj.
So today I am grateful for good snuggles. I didn’t know it yet, but I needed those snuggles to get me through the news I was about to get.
please pray for a sweet friend of mine who has some very important medical tests in the morning. Jesus, heal my friend and be very near to them.