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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It has been nearly 3 weeks since I finished my year of (nearly) daily blogging, and I think I can safely say that this year of learning to be grateful, even in the midst of some difficult circumstances, was preparation for the past two weeks, which have been the most difficult and painful that I’ve ever experienced. There have been days that, honestly, all I feel thankful for is that the day is over and I get to crawl, totally exhausted, into the biscuit with mojo and my sweet hubs. Some days are just that tough. But we have also had people reach out to us, pray for us, laugh and cry with us, and send encouraging words at the right moment without even knowing how desperately we needed them. I’m grateful for verses of the day that are what my heart needs, for friends who point me towards Jesus even when I feel hurt, and for those who aren’t afraid to walk into the mess to come beside us instead of offering platitudes from a safe distance. We are blessed to be so well loved. I am also extremely grateful for this weekend, which was restful and completely lacking in busy-ness. I am thankful for moments with my dear husband that felt like we were back to our normal, goofy selves, even if the moments were fleeting.

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I am also so grateful for Harlow’s big milestone today-her first day of Kindergarten!

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In March, when Harlow was diagnosed again, this day seemed only a vague possibility, as we knew Harlow would likely still be in treatment. While that is still true (she’s about halfway done with both her chemo and her 5 weeks of daily radiation), she is well enough to start school with the rest of her class and attend school for half days (at least). She is so strong. Happy first day of Kindergarten, sweet girl!

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weary & thankful {day 172}

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today I got some pretty bad news about someone I love. I am sad and weary and angry.
but I am also blessed, held, and grateful. I am grateful that I have people around me that support me, pray for me and my loved ones, and let me vent. I wish there was less to need support for, but I’m grateful that along with the trials, God gives me just enough to make it through the day.

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also thankful for sweet friends who let me snuggle their tiny and beautiful new baby girl. it helps me remember that, even on the most frustrating day, there are beautiful reminders that God is at work.


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messy {day 96}

today I am grateful for messy relationships– you know, those people who love you just as much when you’re a complete mess as when you’ve got it all together. those friends who aren’t phased when they call to check on you and you just start crying. the sweet hubs who just holds me when I cry. I need those people in my life because, well, life is messy.
I am also so grateful for a God who can handle my frustrations, my lack of understanding, my fears. I trust and believe that He loves me and that He is good, but my perspective is limited and sometimes I don’t like what I see. I’m grateful for the people He gives me to encourage and support me.