This week, it really is the simple stuff I’m thankful for.  We’ve had a fantastic summer, and I think I met my objective of focusing on the kids and providing lots of traditional summer fun.  Now I’m looking forward to the routine of the school year and having more time to write.  To every season turn, turn…

Quotes on Gratitude

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.— Oprah Winfrey

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” — Author Unknown

“Gratitude is a two-fold love – love coming to visit us, and love running out to greet a welcome guest” — Henry Van Dyke

Gratitude List for the week ending August 21

  1. The kids went back to school (cue the *It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year* ad that comes on around this time).
  2. Em got a great teacher.
  3. My sister-in-law sent us two boxes of great hand-me-down clothes.
  4. I got a haircut for the first time since May.
  5. Pizza made with homemade sauce with garden tomatoes.
  6. Sipping red wine with a friend on the patio while the kids played and actually let us have a conversation.
  7. Grilled fish tacos with homemade salsa for dinner.
  8. Spending a whole day at home with family and doing nothing in particular.
  9. Crickets chirping at night.
  10. An hour on the phone with a long-distance friend.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Just read your tagline. I stopped teaching to write full time, without a prospect in sight. It worked for me. I hope the same for you!

    • Caroline,

      You can’t imagine how good it makes me feel to know that there are others out there who’ve made it work. Thanks for the boost!

  2. I’ve been studying happiness for, oh, two years and gratitude is apparently near the top of the list for Things That Promote Happiness.

    • debnance, I think it’s one of those Jedi mind tricks. If you’re grateful, then you’re already happy for what you have. Hence, more happiness.

      I just checked out your blog – love your reviews!

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