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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snuggles {day 357}

today I hurt my back somehow trying to hold moj down while I cut his hair (which apparently really needs to be a 2 person job). but then he cuddled me non-stop while I was lying on the couch icing and heating my poor back.

so today I am grateful for a sweet pup who loves us enough to comfort us when we are hurting.

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home again {day 354}



I had an amazing time at camp but I am SO thankful to be home and snuggling with my sweet hubs and pup. I am also grateful for my welcome home gift which I am excited to read and am told is meant to encourage me to “stay on the couch (reading) and never leave.” love my hubby.

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snuggly day {day 314}

I am thankful for a day spent like this




playing and snuggling sweet friends and littles (don’t those teeny tiny toes just kill you?!? so stinking cute!)

and for a day that ended safely back at home like this

snuggling with the hubs

and, of course, our pup.

what was your best part today?

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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.


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. 🙂


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 cuteness {day 264} (late)


my mom and dad are awesome and were willing to watch moj for us while we were out of town this weekend, even though they have 3 dogs of their own. so yesterday (because I fell asleep before writing this…oops), after drew’s procedure (not fun), we went to pick up our pup. next thing I know, moj and sweet hubs are both snoring away next to me on the couch. it was the sweetest thing.

what are YOU grateful for today?

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sick day #742 {day 240}

okay, the title may be a *slight* exaggeration, but man, being sick is BORING.
So today I’m grateful for these things that either comforted or amused me.

get well notes from sweet hubs on the bathroom mirror.

this guy who loves snuggling more than life itself, and who spent a good amount of time chasing the light from a laser pointer around our backyard at very high speeds. it was pretty funn

and for my hubby’s willingness to feed my marker addiction so I could make these




they aren’t masterpieces or anything, but I enjoyed working on them while under (doctor, not judge, ordered) house arrest.

also in HUGE and exciting news, Miss Harlow got to go home today!! She has been really anxious to be home, so I am grateful that she’s snuggled up in her own cozy bed tonight. Right now it’s sounding like they’ll be home for a few-several days while waiting on pathology results, and then for the tumor board to meet and come up with a plan. Once those things happen, the next steps (beginning treatment) will likely happen very quickly. Please keep praying for all those pieces for Harlow and her sweet family.

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family {day 224}



tonight I’m grateful for family, in all it’s forms. I have been blessed to be born into an amazing (slightly crazy) family with parents who love each other and us. I love the sweet little family that drew and I chose, and the ways that God has made us feel more and more like a family over the last 17 months of marriage. I am also so grateful for the friends from all different places that become family…students and their families, young life kids and leaders, college friends, high school friends and their families, work friends. I am feeling blessed.