Gratitude Sunday has been on hiatus for a while, thanks to a deadly January.  I knew I was missing it, but I didn’t realize how much until I sat down to write it this morning.  So I’m grateful to have Gratitude Sunday back!  Our past few weekends have been defined by skiing and frolicking up at Keystone.  Talk about lucky!  In my youth, growing up in Michigan, I skied every weekend.  After living in the D.C. area for so long and then having babies and toddlers in tow, I wondered if that lifestyle would ever be a reality again.  With the kids 8 and 5 and loving skiing, it now seems like it might finally work as a regular weekend family activity.  Yay!

Quotes on Gratitude

“A person however learned and qualified in his life’s work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan

“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.” — Sarah Caldwell

“Gratitude… goes beyond the “mine” and “thine” and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift.  In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline.  The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.” — Henri J. M. Nouwen

Gratitude list for the week ending February 5

  1. Another fabulous weekend at Keystone, complete with 2 feet of fresh powder for skiing!
  2. The friends who are sharing their Keystone condo with us for the season.  It has been such a blessing to share skiing and winter adventures with the kids.
  3. Riding a real chairlift and skiing down actual mountain slopes as a whole family (5 year-old finally off the bunny hill).
  4. Watching Rocky run in the snowy field outside the condo.  Such unadulterated joy you have never seen in a dog!
  5. My SCBWI mentor, Linda Arms White, who in offering some final feedback on one of my WIPs, has enabled me to declare it FINISHED.  I begin the query/submission process this week.
  6. A full day of uninterrupted writing at Keystone, which led to the finishing of said WIP.
  7. Frito Pie for dinner after a long, cold day of skiing.
  8. My Padraig Cottage slippers. How cold my feet would be without them
  9. My kids playing endless Kung Fu pretend games after watching Kung Fu Panda
  10. Fresh oranges and grapefruit, sent directly to us from Florida. Nothing like grapefruit juice dripping down your chin in the morning.

Me at the Terrain Park - Just kidding!

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Oh, sounds like was a great week! Hurray, for family fun! And hurray for “submiisson ready!” 🙂

  2. Yesterday, I thought, “Hmm . . . I haven’t seen a Gratitude Sunday post from Julie in awhile.”

    Today, you remedied that situation.

    Thanks, Julie!

  3. That sounds awesome, it’s great that you even live in driving distance to the slopes. And yay for the submission ready, that is exciting!

  4. Oh, I’m excited you are going to start submitting! Go, Julie, go!

  5. Keystone! Powder! Ah man, I miss skiing in Colorado. My 5-year-old has yet to put on skis, yet alone get to the bunny hill. 😛

    Kudos on querying this week! I am in awe as I watch you navigate this whole pre-published to published journey. 🙂

    • Alison don’t you live in Germany? How far are the Alps? My husband grew up skiing in Germany (lived in France) and still has very happy recollections.

      Thanks for the good wishes on the querying front. Very scary but very exciting.

  6. Hey there- stopped by from the crusades list! Glad to meet you.

    This is a wonderful post. What am I grateful for? I’m grateful to have a home and my kids. My kids come home from their dads today- Yay!
    Have a wonderful fairy day!

  7. It’s awesome that you have your kids in the slopes so early! And your skiing adventure sounds amazing.

    I love the quote about learning from everyone. We just never know, right?

    Good luck on the querying process. Fingers crossed for you!

    • You never do know. Especially if we’re receptive to learning from others.

      Please do keep your fingers crossed. I’m going to need all the luck and good karma I can get!

  8. Julie – I gave you a blog award over on my blog today! : )

  9. This is great. Right now, I’m grateful for my kids and that my book is DONE!

  10. Hi Julie, I found your blog through the Writers’ Platform-Building Crusade and also from Megan Bickel, and it’s really great. I will be back frequently to visit 🙂 I am a picture book writer (so far! – still hoping to write an MG or YA one of these days!) Please stop by my blog if you’d like. I love your posts on your children’s birthdays – so emotionally articulate. I feel the same, but my first baby will be 18 in two weeks – talk about time flying!

    • Hi Susanna, welcome to the blog! I stopped by yours too. Always glad to connect with fellow writers. I’m glad you liked the birthday posts. It’s difficult because the kids are so happy and excited, but it’s bittersweet for us parents.

  11. Wow, all of this sounds wonderful, and here in the clutches of winter, that fresh fruit makes me drool!

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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