This week’s installment.

Quotes on Gratitude

“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift — there is nothing small about it.” — Florence Nightingale

“A heart that loves is always young.” — Greek proverb

“The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise mine [or woman].” — Euripides

Gratitude list for the week ending April 9

  1. My sweet daughter, who wanted to do something to help the survivors of the tsunami in Japan. She got three of her friends (and their moms) to help

    My daughter is in the middle

    her hold a bake sale. We made $140 for Save the Children.

  2. That same daughter, who brought homemade beeswax candles into the living room for us to dance by as a family on Saturday night.
  3. The Bugapalooza – free event at the CU Natural History Museum, where both kids got to make said beeswax candles. I love the fact that Boulder has so many amazing and educational (and often FREE) events for children.
  4. Our pediatrician, who is not only a great doctor, she never makes me feel rushed or silly no matter what kinds of questions I ask.
  5. The Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka. It’s similar to The Magic Tree House but HILARIOUS. Any time you get a 5 year-old boy, an 8 year-old girl and an X year-old mother to belly laugh during a story, you’ve struck gold.
  6. Laurie – the amazing woman who is helping me declutter the house and get it ready for sale. She loves my kids and my dogs, is meticulous about cleaning, is fascinating to talk to, and is basically my lifeline right now.
  7. My husband, for understanding without questioning why I needed him to take over with the kids this weekend so I could get a backlog of things accomplished.
  8. My son, for saying to my daughter, “You are not the boss of my masterpiece.” This was in reference to a lego-building session they had this morning. I should also mention that they started playing BEFORE PHIL AND I WOKE UP!!! They didn’t come get us until they were hungry. 🙂
  9. The first daffodils popping up in the landscaping bed.
  10. Receiving the check for the poem I sold (mentioned in last week’s Gratitude Sunday). My first paid piece of freelance writing.

What are you grateful for this week?


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  1. Sounds like a wonderful week!

    Congrats on your first check for writing ~ did you pop the champagne? And write the milestone on the cork?

  2. Another great post. Thanks for sharing this. Spending time with my family is something that truly makes me happy in life. I enjoy reading your blog very much.

    Fun Family Activity Ideas

  3. Congratulations on your first ever paid piece of writing! May there be many more!! There’s nothing like that feeling, and in my limited experience it has yet to get old 🙂

    This week I am grateful for your blog which reminds me to be grateful when I’m in danger of feeling overwhelmed and discouraged, for the fact that my daughter has good choices about where to go to college even though said choice has yet to be made, and for all the very wonderful things in my life that should make the discouragement pale by comparison!

  4. Congratulations on receiving the check! And what a great list of things for which to be grateful. I love reading your Sunday posts, in part because they take me back to a place I really miss! 🙂

  5. Great List! My kids never got into the Time Warp Trio, but who knows, maybe my youngest will. For me, it has been so amazing to see my ten year old get totally sucked into the 100 Cupboards books.

  6. Oh, I’m totally stealing your kid’s quote, “You’re not the boss of my masterpiece!” That is pure gold right there.

    Sounds like you have some amazing kids and a whole lot to be grateful for.

    The Time Warp Trio–I will have to check into that. I’m always looking for good books to read with my 7 and 9 yr old. (The 13 yr old isn’t into mommy time anymore–he’s more into “roll my eyes at mom” ALL THE TIME mode now. Teenagers).

    Consider yourself stalked. You are officially placed in my BEST DARN BLOGS EVER! file and I will be returning often.


  7. Happy to be back in Colorado after a fun week visiting family in Georgia. I worried about traveling with my 10-month-old and found almost a dozen babies on each flight. And, they all did great. Not so grateful for the hundreds of emails in my inbox.

  8. I love the one where the kids play for ages before waking you up, nice! Good luck with the packing and congrats on the check!

  9. Beautiful list. Sounds like you have an amazing daughter. You’re raising her well.

    I need to start a gratitude list again. I did it for a while. It was amazing. Just saw a Ted Talk with Roger Ebert about how he lost his throat and his voice. It made me grateful for my voice. Such a big thing we constantly over look.

    Here’s to being grateful in this coming week!

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