Troop on my lap

It’s finally here!

I am grateful that this week was far less eventful then last week, and that Colorado is working toward recovery and healing post last-week’s floods.

Quotes on Gratitude

“Each of us is unique. We each possess a special recipe of natural strengths, talents and qualities.  When we recognize and acknowledge our gifts in gratitude, we stand in our truth, strong and confident, and then have the ability to give generously.” — Carol J. Adamski

“Whatever we think about and thank about we bring about.” — Dr. John F. Demartini

“Saying ‘thank you’ creates love.” — Daphne Rose Kingma

Gratitude list for the week ending 9/20

  1. I got my first 20 copies of TROOP. I got to hold one in my hands and sniff ink! Tremendous feeling!
  2. Both my online and in-person critique group partners, who helped me polish a manuscript so I could send it to my agent
  3. Once again, the simple fact of having an agent to send manuscripts to!
  4. Unexpectedly, I wrote a brand new picture book draft. My first one since March.
  5. I discovered a new coffee shop that I love.
  6. Watching Galaxy Quest with the kids
  7. Our local Mathnasium, for helping Em with her homework and taking the pressure off me!
  8. Sunshine, crickets and fall weather at last
  9. The fact that my mother knows how to broil hamburgers so that they still taste good (we had a grill dysfunction)
  10. Facebook haikus

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. I am so glad you’re safe after the horrible flooding in CO. Congratulations on getting the first copies of your book…what a thrill!!

    Oh and Galaxy Quest is one of my family’s favorite movies. We watch it once a year!

    Hope this next week will be a good one for you!

  2. I love the cover art. Makes me want to pick up the book.

  3. I love the first quote!
    Gratitude is a good thing.
    Good luck for this week!

  4. Watched Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, and they talked about having gratitude in your life in order to experience joy. And, joy is a journey.

    Glad things are looking better in Colorado — what a year!

    Will hard copies of your book be available for sale through your publisher or can they be purchased elsewhere. I would love to have a hard copy. Love the app.

  5. Love the gratitude list, as usual. Smelling new books that are yours-all-yours is super-fun. I just sold a story to MeeGenius, so in a few months, I guess I’ll be smelling my iPad! Yay!

  6. Congrats on the boooooks! Has to be so exciting! Love that you guys watched Galaxy Quest. Are you Trekkies then? 🙂

  7. Gratitude list for this week: Good health, good friends, loving family, ideas burning, rain, food on the table and quirky writing pals.

  8. Congrats on the book. Love your gratitude list. Happy you are safe!

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