My Brave Girl

My Brave Girl

Well the big drama this week was my 10 year-old daughter having surgery on a broken toe. But I was glad to be able to help calm and comfort her.

Quotes on Gratitude

“Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.” — Richard Wilkins

“Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings.” — Marianne Williamson

“He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have.” — Socrates

Gratitude list for the week ending May 4

  1. Em’s surgery on her broken toe went very well, so now she is on her way to healing!
  2. The fact that Em was couch-bound for a couple of days gave me a chance to catch up on some favorite movies with her, including The Princess Diaries 1 and 2 and Harry Potter 1 and 2.
  3. A snowy beginning of the week has given way yet again to spring.
  4. The melting snow has made the grass green. The contrast between the green down here and the mountains caked with snow in the distance is nothing short of breathtaking.
  5. I made a recipe I learned at the Writer’s Renaissance cooking class at Badia a Coltibuono — Fagioli all’ucelletto con salsiccia. Not only was it delicious but BOTH of my kids liked it. Now THAT is a miracle!
  6. Peace and quiet this weekend
  7. My mom’s generosity
  8. The ability to make a video testimonial to thank Katie Davis for all of the skills I have acquired by taking her Video Idiot Boot Camp course. I am truly grateful to be able to make videos as an additional creative outlet.
  9. To the folks who answered my plea to like my Facebook Author Page so I could get to 500 “Likes.” 🙂
  10. The iPhone app Viber, which allows free texts and calls internationally.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. So glad your daughter’s surgery went well. Also glad that two of the movies you watched while she was couch-bound were Princess Diaries 1 and 2!

    Today I’m grateful for a beautiful day for a walk outside (without a jacket!). I’m also grateful for inspiration and those who inspire (had a good week of both).

  2. Great list of things to be thankful for! I’m glad the surgery on your daughter’s toe went well.

    ~Becky Fyfe

  3. Sharalyn Edgeberg

    Glad that you daughter’s surgery went well. I am very thankful as well. Breast cancer stage IV survivor–continue to be. (had my 2nd cancer surgery last Oct.– So very thankful to be alive)

    • Wow Sharalyn! I had no idea! What a fighter and an inspiration you are! I’ll wear your name in honor the next time I run a Race for the Cure!

  4. Glad the surgery went well and silver lining of movie watching together. Love Italian food!

  5. Glad your daughter’s surgery went well!

    I went to the SCBWI Writer’s Retreat in Temecula, CA this weekend (an excellent conference, by the way). I’m very grateful that my mystery won Honorable Mention in their middle grade (manuscript) contest. What an honor!

  6. Yes…also grateful here in southeast Arkansas for another (probably our 13th) spring…this will be remembered as the year of “Yet-again-Springs.” Aptly described, Julie.
    Glad your daughter’s toe-repair went well.

  7. Glad the surgery went well. It sounds like she’s got a great mom to hang out with for recovery time!

  8. You have a LOT to be grateful for! 🙂

  9. Melanie Ellsworth

    Glad to read that your daughter’s healing well!

  10. Good to hear your daughter is on the way to recovery.

    My 2-year old had a hard fall this week – end up with a huge bruise from forehead down the nose about 2 milimetres from his eye and broke a toenail along with that- it’s dead and will be completely out soon. I’m thankful that he is fine overall even as he runs without brakes in this season of his life!

    I’m also grateful for 12×12 and this writing community that you have laboured to start – your Gratitude Sunday after all inspired my Thank God Friday blogposts 🙂

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