Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

Two weeks ago I could tell you what was happening every day from that point on until today. I might have had to pause to remember which family members would be working or in this state or traveling, but I had it all figured out. Other than feeling a little tired in anticipation of the jam-packed two weeks, I was ready. 

I’m not sure when things began to unravel, but unravel they did. The days got away from me and I felt like I was always behind, trying to keep up. I held on to some strands longer than others. I was able to keep up with my writing until last Wednesday when I slipped down the side of the mountain and now that I’m nearly at the bottom and the Friday deadline is looming, I’m not quite sure how this will play out. Oddly enough, other than total exhaustion on Thanksgiving day and a volatile three year old who spent the day sharing his many mood swings smack dab in the middle of the kitchen during food prep, the meal was prepared, edible, and somewhat on time. We are wrapping up a busy two weeks and preparing to pick up the pieces of everyday life until the next holiday hits!

I am thankful, grateful, and blessed for- 


writing space

A quiet and spacious writing space during my weekend away

chicago river

Not too cold weather during my conference weekend


amtrak train arrival

Whether they were delayed by hours or showed up early, the safe arrivals and departures of our loved ones



Sharing a meal with as many of my people as we could gather

birthday balloon


Celebrating our youngest family member’s birthday as only a preschooler can! 

The pictures might be slightly blurry with wonky colors, but the memories are sharp and in focus. 


Sunday Stills- Thankful

Ragtag Daily Prompt- Grateful

Wishing you a belated and blessed Thanksgiving!


Thankful Thursday

dandelion on patio 7.2.17When I sat down in front of my computer today, my mind skittered around in an attempt to decide on a post. I wasn’t prepared for any of the photo challenges- at least not quite yet. A quick scroll through pins on my “In the works” board on Pinterest didn’t spark anything. I felt my spirits droop and an unwelcome thought entered my mind. “Why does everything suck?”

This made me sit up in my chair and do a quick examination of my life at that exact minute. As my thoughts darted around my head touching on this issue or that area, I quickly realized that I could only think of one thing that could be categorized as sucking.

As I ran down my laundry list of usual problem areas, it dawned on me that things were pretty darn good and truthfully, I had so much to be thankful for. I gave that “sucky” thought a kick in the pants and settled down to share my thankful list with you:

  • My two college kids are in good places- both of them! They are both finishing up their last year of undergrad studies. Despite a little adversity, both are facing these obstacles in a more mature manner. And they are thinking past graduation! Score!!!
  • My dear friend, Hugh, who writes Hugh’s Views & News so kindly shared a post of mine that he enjoyed- Yesterday Once More. What makes this act so special to me is that I was feeling a bit vulnerable writing it. I’ve been playing it safe for awhile now and when Hugh’s own post inspired me to write mine, I was hesitant to hit that “Publish” button. Every insecurity I have as a writer rose to the surface. Hugh sharing that post was the gentle nudge I desperately needed and I’m eternally thankful to him for this.
  • I met new people through my blog at a time when I’ve been feeling quite cut off from the world both behind the keyboard and out. It’s been so much fun!
  • The infernal heat broke and it’s a breezy 70 degrees here in the Midwest- absolutely perfect!
  • I’m feeling more pulled together than I have in a long time. Being in limbo can be draining and scary and frustrating but today I don’t feel so disconnected.
  • I chose (and purchased) a paint color for my front door that was referred to as a “bold” choice by the cashier and although she said it in a way that implied it was over the top, it only confirmed to me that I had, indeed, picked the perfect color!

What are you thankful for today?

“I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved.” -Reba McEntire

Happy Friday Thursday!




The Great Book of Lists: Chapters 5.2- Elements of My Day

The idea for this list comes from Brandon Burchard’s day planner. As a snapshot of your current life, it will allow you to leave a trace of what your days are made of, what you truly enjoy and what you’re really looking for.

So, just this once here are the instructions to build your list :

  • quickly jolt you to do list
  • what are the 3 things you are excited about today
  • what are the 3 things you are truly thankful for today

To Do-

  • Straighten up home office
  • Baby-sit the little guys
  • Update calendar
  • Work on blog

I am excited about-

  • Spending time with the little guys
  • Hopefully discovering goodies I purchased for my new “hideaway/retreat/mom cave” and packed away and forgot- while cleaning my office
  • Seeing a dear friend

I am thankful for-

  • My family
  • The beautiful sunshiny day
  • Quiet time

This is another chapter in The Great Book of Lists.

Couldn’t Do it Without Him

As I begin my year of focusing on gratitude, I would be remiss if I did not begin with expressing how thankful I am for my husband, who is also the father of our children.

While helping set up for a meeting yesterday, we were moving folding chairs to form a circle. In order to fit all of the chairs, they had to be half on/half off of the square carpet that was on the floor of the meeting room. I took one look at this and said, “We need to move these all the way onto the carpet. It’s going to drive me crazy with all of them with two legs on the carpet and two legs on the tile floor.”

My husband patiently went around, moving the chairs onto the carpet. I stared at the set up and shook my head.

“Now they’re too close together. People aren’t going to want to sit that close to each other. Let’s move ’em back.”

A friend walked in as we began doing this and she asked what we were doing. When I explained, she turned to my husband with a smirk and said, “You have to be a saint. She’s just slightly high maintenance, huh?”

He laughed and said, “Actually, she’s the easiest one to deal with in the family.”

I know you are probably thinking that any smart husband would have said the same thing. (And you are correct!) But there’s a difference in the way he could have said it and I realize that. His sincerity rang true. I haven’t always been the easiest person to be around but lately….

The truth is we are experiencing a very trying time in our family right now with physical and mental health issues, and our parenting skills and patience are being put to the test.

He is a patient and loving husband, as well as a dedicated and kind father.

I am so blessed to share my life with him. I can’t imagine doing it with anyone else.

And I am grateful.

The Nick of Time

We have ongoing plumbing issues with our house. We have had them since we moved in. Since plumbing is my husband’s department, I’m at his mercy. For years now if I push my shower off or wait a day too long to do laundry, that will be the time the plumbing will act up. It never fails!

Well, today I am thankful that I got my laundry done yesterday, BEFORE my husband declared a ban on laundry until the latest plumbing issue is fixed. Phew!