The biggest event of this week was sending the kids off to school, including my baby to kindergarten.  That is about the only thing that could be bigger than WriteOnCon – the amazing online conference dedicated to writing for children, provided for free! by its organizers.

Quotes on Gratitude

“Giving thanks for abundance is sweeter than the abundance itself.” — Rumi

“Saying thank you is more than good manners.  It is good spirituality.” — Alfred Painte

“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.” — The Hausa of Nigeria

Gratitude List for the week ending August 20

  1. Both Em and Jay had excellent first days of school.
  2. Jay LOVES school, and his teacher.
  3. The passel of hot air balloons that greeted them as they walked down to the bus stop
  4. The fact that Jay has Em to help him as he adjusts
  5. Claudia, our friendly and helpful bus driver
  6. The delicious and nutritious hot lunches available at school, courtesy of chef Ann Cooper and her team with the School Food Project
  7. Now that the kids are both in school at the same time and in the same place, I can work predictable, regular hours for the first time in five years.
  8. What a way to start a work week! WriteOnCon – packed to the gills, once again, with inspiration and solid tips that can be put into action NOW.
  9. The organizers of WriteOnCon, who, out of the goodness of their hearts, take the time to provide this conference at no charge.  Check them out: Elana Johnson, Shannon Whitney Messenger, Jamie Harrington, Casey McCormick, and Lisa and Laura Roecker.  Follow them, thank them, BUY THEIR BOOKS!
  10. My friend Corey Schwartz, who is always there to bounce around ideas and provide writing encouragement.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. I too benefited from Writoncon and wrote a blog post about it not realizing that the info would be up on their page for years to come till I tried my own link to it, too late to un-publish the post. *I’m embarrassed* she says.
    One hint I would give in this paranoia rich field of internet is not to post photos of your kids online where predators might lurk. I hope you read and take this in the right way.
    I was very careful not to use photos of my grand child that could identify him when I posted photos. yes it takes the fun out of it but this is what I learned from others who said you need to be careful.
    Let me know if I’m out of line.
    How ever I’m just being careful

    • Clar – I appreciate your concern. I use aliases for my kids’ names and I am careful – no addresses, birth dates, etc. For now, this is more of a personal than a professional blog, so I don’t worry so much. If I were to become well-known (lucky problem to have), I would probably discontinue posting family photos. Also, as my kids get older, I might have to stop writing about them altogether to protect their privacy. For now, it’s all innocent, and I enjoy sharing their (and my) stories.

  2. Aw, I made it into a Gratitude Sunday. That would have put a huge smile on my face if I didn’t already have one on (for other reasons 9that you already know about 🙂

    • Of course you made it! You have been such an inspiration, a help and a confidante. I’m glad I was recently able to be the same for you. 🙂

  3. Great list, Julie!

    So glad that Jay likes his teacher, his bus driver, his new school and that you’ll have some scheduled writing time now.

    I hear what Clar is saying about posting photos of your kids but I expect that it’s more of an issue if you’re a local celebrity so people know where you live, etc.. Maybe I’m missing something,

    I had a good week. No real reason. Just happy. 😀

  4. Although, I’m new to your blog I am quite a fan of your Gratitude Sundays. Giving thanks for the little things in life truly creates a more positive and optimistic atmosphere.

    This week I’m grateful for:
    A family that can pull together when it counts the most.
    Wonderful students who try so hard
    A muse who is speaking to me on a daily basis
    The fact that it rained more than once


  5. Hi Julie,
    Predictable working days are a bit nearer for me too. When my oldest goes every day (which will be sad) my youngest will be so much better to write around. I think once they are four plus you can’t just write while they are playing, they have to come first. I can’t wait for the moments when Miss H will be running around with the dog and I’ll be running away with my muse. No more scrabbling around for titbits of time 🙂 And I’m very grateful for all that.
    Glad your kids are enjoying school, makes it that much easier on you saying goodbye. Have a great week!

    • Catherine,

      How old are your kiddos? It is hard to write while they are in the house, isn’t it? For one thing, I feel guilty. For another thing, they either disturb me or they go too quiet. You know that when things go quiet you’re in for some big trouble! 🙂

  6. Julie,

    I remember feeling wonderful when my youngest son went to Kindergarten. I felt wonderful with some free time. Don’t feel guilty. We all need time for ourselves.

  7. Hi Julie,
    It’s great to visit your blog again. Thank you for sharing your gratitudes. I’m going to write my own list today! I managed to much up my goggle connect followers so I’d love you to come visit and follow my blog, Books for Little Hands, again 🙂


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