Time for this week’s Gratitude Sunday post.

Quotes on Gratitude

“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.” — Julia Alvarez

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” — John Milton

“I have had friends who have acted kindly towards me, and it has been my good fortune to have it in my power to give them substantial proofs of my gratitude.” — Giacomo Casanova

Gratitude List for the week ending November 5

  1. Phil helped me create a complex (at least to me) spreadsheet for a business plan.
  2. Watching Rocky romp around in the virgin snow in the field near our house.  I doubt there is a creature on earth who loves the snow as much as he does.
  3. Likewise, watching two dogs at the dog park play tug of war with a rope.  It is hard not to smile while watching dogs play.
  4. A Happy Halloween with perfect weather.  It was the warmest Halloween evening since we moved to Colorado.  No coats and long underwear underneath the costumes this year!
  5. The blogging/writing community – friends from PiBoIdMo, Writer’s Platform-Building Campaign, WANA 1011, Creative Leap Club, my critique group partners, etc.
  6. The kids enjoyed their first week of basketball season.
  7. I was the “Mystery Reader” in Em’s class on Friday. How I love reading to a group of eager kids. Can’t wait to do that with one of my own books one day.  I read, Blackie, The Horse Who Stood Still – one of our favorites.  None of the other kids had ever heard the (true!) story before, so that made it even more fun.
  8. Reading in front of the first fire of the season.
  9. Flannel pajamas
  10. Getting a few more queries sent out.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. A lovely list 🙂 And as a horse lover I’m going to have to search out Blackie!

  2. 1. That I’m alive as the alternative would really stink!
    2. That I was given the gift of a great imagination.
    3. That I write stories that friends and family enjoy reading…now if I could just find the right strangers (i.e. agents, editors, publishers) to like them as well…lol
    4. That I have a cat who supports my writing efforts by quietly laying by my side in our recliner as I work on the laptop and who reminds me to take a break every once in a while by throwing himself across the keyboard to play.
    5. That after a 20+ year hiatus from writing, I have finally given myself permission to pursue my love of the written word.

    There are many more things I am grateful for at this point in my life, but these will do for now…;0)


  3. Yay, Donna, so glad that your back with your passion.

    @Julie, love the dog pic! I need to check out Blackie, as I love true animal stories. I too am feeling very grateful for the writing community, especially some heavy critique this week from a multi-published author, hard but good 😉 Have a great week.

    • The critiques that are the toughest to take almost always turn out to be the best ones for moving our work forward. Sad but true.

  4. Love these posts Julie!! This weekend I’m thankful for our Friday night dinner with family, especially all the laughter. 🙂

  5. Lots of family meals together this week. Yummy and a few church events. Hubby made it safely to work one snowy morning and then the Colorado sun dried it all up. The receipt of one special Colorado picture book (Thank you!) along with another PB surprise. Very grateful.

  6. Sounds like a grand week, Julie. Next time you’re the Mystery Reader, maybe you should read one of your stories . . . published, or not.

  7. What a fabulous post! It really makes you take a look at the simple pleasures of life and what brings gratitude. I’m going to incorporate this into my life more, because really, who doesn’t benefit from more gratitude?

    Lovely, lovely post. I’m so glad I stopped by!

  8. I’m looking forward to the first time I’ll get to read in front of a fire. We got a little chill this weekend, but it’s supposed to warm up again in a few days! I hope the cold snaps will return soon.

    Wishing you luck on your queries! 🙂

  9. Lovely gratitude list. Queries too, good luck. I should be trying to write one of those one of these days.

  10. Lovely list Julie! I can’t wait till I have a book I can read by the fire with my kids. I have one stewing, but it’s a long process. I am thankful for my family and the love and support we have between us.

  11. Hi Julie! Your blog is wonderful, I’ve been perusing and really enjoy all of the great writing info you have here. Your family is beautiful – you are one lucky mama. 😉
    I am thankful for your blog, and I love your gratitude sundays… I might have to try a post like this as well. It will sure make me pay more attention to the lovely things that happen all week long. Thank you!

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