Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My | 2 O 1 3 .


What a year it has been . 


2 0 1 3 was a year to remember on more than one account . 
And our Christmas cards gave a few updates to readers .
And I would love to share our updates with you now . Read on .









A year of :
C H A N G E S   I N   P L A N S
S A M E   C I T Y
N  E W   A D V E N T U R E S
S O L D   H O M E
B O U G H T   H O M E
N E I G H B O R H O O D   T O   L O V E
W O R K   T O   M O V E   O N   F R O M
W O R K   T O   M O V E   O N   T O
V A C A T I O N S
F A M I L Y   T O   S E E   +   L O V E
N E W   F A M I L Y   M E M B E R S
N E W   F E E L I N G S
N E W   E M O T I O N S
N E W   R O L E S
B O O K S   R E A D 
N E W   B A B Y
T R A D I T I O N S  M A D E 
G R A T E F U L   H E A R T 
 S O N G S   S U N G
L O V E .

For another glimpse into this year, take a look : 


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May looking back on 2 O 1 3 bring a smile to your face + joy to your heart . 
And may 2 O 1 4 bring hope to you + all . 
X O X O

Friday, December 13, 2013

A | M O S T | G R A T E F U L | D A Y

So it's been thirteen days since the Grateful 3 0 project +
W H O A
could I be any more grateful than I am now ?

I was grateful here :



A healthy pregnancy .
I felt great . We were so excited . We had a nursery ready to be filled ,

But on the twenty ninth day of the Grateful30 project,
my
Sullivan
Roscoe
Swenson
made my G R A T E F U L heart
burst .


11 : 45 in the morning my heart burst . 
For all 7 pounds + 3 ounces + 20 inches of my Sully boy . 


Grateful for his kissable cheeks . 


Grateful for baby leg warmers .


Grateful for snuggly nap times .


Grateful for baby bed heads .

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And I could N O T be more grateful for my Sully boy .
Both of my boys now . Our family of three .

And I have never been more in love with this life .

This W I L D + P R E C I O U S life .
A wild
+ precious
+ very
G R A T E F U L  life .

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T H I R T Y


A grateful heart requires an awareness .
A grateful heart is open to being grateful about all things .
A grateful heart sits at a continuous feast .
A grateful heart is not of great foolishness .
A grateful heart takes less credit + gives more gratitude .
Gratitude is like math + is in proportion to our ability to see beauty + possibility .
Gratitude colors our world .
Be grateful for A L L things, as they have contributed to our advancement in some way .
That thorns have roses is lovely .
Gratitude for joy + suffering, alike, is in equal degree in a pure heart of love .
It's the hurt that sometimes reminds us of what we have to be grateful for .
Gratitude changes our perspective not our circumstances .
Gratitude is perspective .
Gratitude delivers a message in the mess .
Gratitude and plentitude align .
Gratitude is beyond M E .
Gratitude requires welcoming all blessings while adjusting my heart to express openly admiration for them .
What I truly believe about gratitude lies in my reaction to all things .
Gratitude fosters community .
Gratitude is no one - step process . From heart to mind to vitals + body to all we have + are is a sea of it .
Gratitude is comprised of more than uttering words .
Gratitude is expressed by living by the words as well .
Gratitude is neither silent or unexpressed .
Gratitude should be produced / discharged / used up in order to exist at all .
Gratitude is like electricity .
Gratitude is transforming .
Gratitude C H A N G I N G   F O R E V E R  each of us + the world .


Here is to a  F O R E V E R    C H A N G E D  +  G R A T E F U L   heart . 
Thanks for joining me in this Grateful30 . 
It doesn't need to end here . 

A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others C O N T I N U E making note of their grateful hearts each day, even beyond these 30 days . Contact me if you would still like to receive a notepad . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 3 0 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T W E N T Y N I N E


Yes, gratitude transforms .
It transforms our attitudes .
How we respond .
How we make sense of this thing called life .
The peace we have .
The visions we create .

But a grateful heart is not cultivated from a transformation of circumstances .
Better days . Brighter opportunities .

It simply allows you to see what I S there + see it for more than you may have seen it before .
See it in the better LI G H T that gratitude generates .
See it in the brighter C O L O R S shining .


A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 2 9 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T W E N T Y E I G H T


More transformation on account of gratitude in my life . 

I have always been on the look out for change . 
Always seeking ways to improve . To revise . To consolidate . To beautify . 
Always trying to make sense . 
Always desiring peace . 
And  A L W A Y S  creating a vision . 

Enough A N D more . 
Love these words . 


A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 2 8 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T W E N T Y S E V E N


Common + routine jobs + ordinary are not always the words we would like to describe 
the  W I L D  +  P R E C I O U S   life we are living right now . 

However, 
T H A N K S G I V I N G 
+ J O Y 
+ B L E S S I N G S 
sound wild + precious to me . 

Gratitude transforms . 


A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 2 7 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T W E N T Y S I X


I've always been a fan of similes .
A figure of speech that uses the words L I K E or A S to describe someone or something by comparing it with someone or something else that is similar . 

Gratitude is L I K E electricity . 

And like electricity, it does not stay in one place . 
It is a current that runs + gives light to darkness . 
Not only expressing gratitude, but  L I V I N G  out your gratitude 
certainly brings light to others in terms of what they are grateful for . 

More gratitude --> more beams of light t be spread . 


A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 2 6 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T W E N T Y F I V E

A recap for this mind of mine :

A grateful heart requires an awareness .
A grateful heart is open to being grateful about all things .
A grateful heart sits at a continuous feast .
A grateful heart is not of great foolishness .
A grateful heart takes less credit + gives more gratitude .
Gratitude is like math + is in proportion to our ability to see beauty + possibility .
Gratitude colors our world .
Be grateful for A L L things, as they have contributed to our advancement in some way .
That thorns have roses is lovely .
Gratitude for joy + suffering, alike, is in equal degree in a pure heart of love .
It's the hurt that sometimes reminds us of what we have to be grateful for .
Gratitude changes our perspective not our circumstances .
Gratitude is perspective .
Gratitude delivers a message in the mess .
Gratitude and plentitude align .
Gratitude is beyond M E .
Gratitude requires welcoming all blessings while adjusting my heart to express openly admiration for them .
What I truly believe about gratitude lies in my reaction to all things .
Gratitude fosters community .
Gratitude is no one - step process . From heart to mind to vitals + body to all we have + are is a sea of it .
Gratitude is comprised of more than uttering words .
Gratitude is expressed by living by the words as well .
Gratitude is neither silent or unexpressed .
And :
Gratitude is a G I F T to be G I V E N + U N W R A P P E D .



In this season of gifts, may I remember to not only to purchase or create a gift + to wrap a gift beautifully for someone I love, but give it as well + let the unwrapping of it bring joy . 

A perfectly wrapped gift may look beautiful under the tree for a time, but in the end, what is inside is so much more beautiful .

A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 2 5 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T W E N T Y F O U R



Seems simple enough . 
If gratitude isn't E X P R E S S E D in some way | shape | form,
is it genuine ?
Or is it just 
P L A I N 
O L D  F A S H I O N E D 
ingratitude ?


And I have a father.in.law deserving of my gratitude today on his birthday .
Off to express it now .

A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 2 4 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T W E N T Y T H R E E


Say it loud . 
Say it clear . 
Let your gratitude S P E A K  U P .

A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 2 3 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T W E N T Y T W O

Today I will tuck a little postcard I printed last November into my Grateful30 notepad . 

Because today, 50 years ago, a man's life was taken . 
But I love what this man, J F K, had to say about gratitude before November 22nd, 1963 .


I was thinking about these words last November + am thinking about them again this year . 
Words can be so powerful, can they not ?
And yet, words can be limited if they are not backed up by actions . 
They only go so far . 
To say and not to do . May as well just not say . 

I am wondering, today, if I sometimes resemble the boy who cried W O L F . 
But - me - the girl who cried G R A T I T U D E .
I say I want awareness . 
I say I want community . 
I say I want to tune my heart . 
To sing Thy praise . 
And yet, do my actions always back it up ?

If I say words, I need to live by them . 
Words alone are just words . Powerless .
Uttered words and a life lived to reflect them .
Limitless . 
Those are my thoughts today . Thanks J F K .

A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And thankful mind was in the same place last 1 1 . 2 2 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T W E N T Y O N E


Gratitude is no one - step process . 
And as much as I long to tune my heart in, gratitude - I know - is not always a preset station . 
It isn't one click and walaa . Grateful heart . 

Sri Chinmoy says gratitude "has to flow from the heart" --> be M O V I N G . A C T I V E . F E L T .
He says gratitude T H E N goes to the mind . 
I don't think "I want to be grateful" and gratitude just happens . 
No, there is a process .
And with the mind, gratitude can be experienced + expressed in T H O U G H T .
And gratitude moves to the vitals + body where it can be 
experienced + expressed in W O R D S + A C T I O N S .

Until E V E R Y T H I N G that we H A V E + A R E 
is a sea of gratitude . 

There is something remarkable in the imagery behind a S E A of gratitude . 
I've always been drawn to the sea . Captivated by it, I guess . 
It never seems to end . 
It's depth is too great to know . 
There is so much mystery + wonder in a sea . 
Like, I don't completely understand or K N O W it, but I am left in awe .

And that, it seems, is the same conclusion a grateful heart would leave . 
In which all that I 
H A V E + A M
is endless gratitude . 


A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 2 1 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | T W E N T Y

I N
T W E N T Y
D A Y S
I
H A V E
R E C O G N I Z E D  :
A grateful heart requires an awareness .
A grateful heart is open to being grateful about all things .
A grateful heart sits at a continuous feast .
A grateful heart is not of great foolishness .
A grateful heart takes less credit + gives more gratitude .
Gratitude is like math + is in proportion to our ability to see beauty + possibility .
Gratitude colors our world .
Be grateful for A L L things, as they have contributed to our advancement in some way .
That thorns have roses is lovely .
Gratitude for joy + suffering, alike, is in equal degree in a pure heart of love .
It's the hurt that sometimes reminds us of what we have to be grateful for .
Gratitude changes our perspective not our circumstances .
Gratitude is perspective .
Gratitude delivers a message in the mess .
Gratitude and plentitude align .
Gratitude is beyond M E .
Gratitude requires welcoming all blessings while adjusting my heart to express openly admiration for them .
What I truly believe about gratitude lies not in the circumstances but the reaction .
Gratitude fosters C O M M U N I T Y .


We've all heard these words before .
Most likely, at a wedding celebration . A community of people gathered around a couple who have decided to join their lives to become one .
Gathering together with hearts that are grateful for two people who have found a love that will last .
Grateful hearts create community .
Grateful hearts bring forth connections between individuals who otherwise may not be connected .
Grateful hearts gather with one another + can relate to one another + can SING THY PRAISE with one another .
Gratitude fosters C O M M U N I T Y .

Yet another reason to  T U N E  this  H E A R T . 

A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 2 0 . 2 0 1 2  : 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Grateful 3 0 | N I N E T E E N


Beyond my circumstances . 
Is an awareness . 
An attitude . 
A tuning of my heart . 
That triggers . 
A response . 

Will my response be in alignment to the awareness I believe to have of gratitude ? 
Will my response be in alignment to the attitudes I believe to have of gratitude ?
Will my response be in alignment to the thoughts I believe to have of gratitude ?
Will my response be in alignment to the tuning in of gratitude that I believe I desire in my heart ?

Because if that response / action / expression doesn't align, what I S gratitude to me , really ?

A   F E W   R E M A I N : :

I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for .  Already sent out several notepads, but a few remain . . . so join in the goodness, you . 


And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 1 9 . 2 0 1 2  :