Me (channeling Cruella) and my French Poodle

It was a big week in the Hedlund house.  Em performed in her very first musical – 101 Dalmations.  She was amazing in her role and most importantly, had a blast!  Her enthusiasm was infectious, and we are so proud of her.  Not only that, but after the show I had just enough time to take off her makeup, get her changed and take her to play in her first basketball game of the season.  Even though she must have been tired, she played her little heart out.  Yes, kids can definitely teach us something about joy and commitment.  She loved every minute of both, and to say that I am grateful to have her as my daughter would be an epic understatement.  Without further adieu, here’s the list for the week.

Quotes on Gratitude

“Even after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe me.”
Look what happens with
A love like that.
It lights the whole sky.” — Hafiz of Persia

“The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.” — William James

“The easiest way I have found to humble myself back into a state of peaceful grace is through the act of gratitude.” — Jill Bolte Taylor

Gratitude list for the week ending November 12

  1. Em in her play! Such a treat to see all their hard work come together in an amazing performance.
  2. Jay coming up behind Em after the play, giving her a big hug and saying, “You were so great!”
  3. The Girls Leadership Institute, which is running a month-long program at Em’s school for 2nd and 3rd graders, teaching them how to be strong, stand up and speak up for themselves and others.  It’s a mother-daughter program, and I’m learning as much as she is!
  4. My oldest nephew won first place in the Varsity debate tournament and he’s only a freshman!  He’s a chip off the old block (my brother) and his old block (my father)
  5. Is there anything as precious as a newborn baby's feet?

    There isn’t much good news coming out of Greece these days, but a close friend of mine became an uncle last Sunday when his sister gave birth to a little boy – Kostakis.  There is nothing like a brand new life to remind you of what really matters.

  6. Warm enough weather to take two outdoor runs this week.
  7. Take-out food – it’s what kept us alive during this very busy week!
  8. The Margareaders (my book club). We had a great discussion about Unbroken at our meeting this week. I’ve never failed to have a blast at our meetings.
  9. Watching the gorgeous full moon rising on the horizon.
  10. Rocky made friends with two of the sheep that live behind our yard.  It’s so fun to watch them interact.  Now he is trying to dig a hole underneath the fence to reach his new friends.  The llamas, however, are still the mortal enemy. 🙂

    The presence of a fence and a difference in species poses no barrier to true friendship

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. I have just spent the day at a chestnut festival in a small village high in the mountains. It was crowded with people having fun, we ate wonderful local food, watched chestnuts being roasted and then ate them and walked back to our car along an old mule track. I think that is reason enough to be grateful.

  2. I love seeing Rocky and his new buddies! What a wonderful week for Em 🙂
    I am grateful for sun after so much rain and lots of good critique of my manuscripts.

  3. Musical and a basketball game? Bravo. Grateful today for smaller wind gusts and technology for my family to see my son in action.

  4. Your daughter is truly amazing . . . her enthusiasm is infectious all the way across the internet!

    The full moon truly was something beautiful to behold. 🙂

  5. Sounds wonderful, Julie! Glad you had such an inspiring week. 😀

  6. Well Julie, I would say that your life is full of beautiful things! That which makes us all feel grateful.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a wonderful list, Julie. I’m grateful for my family who support me no matter what. 🙂

  8. Wonderful list as always 🙂 Be careful of the llamas. People use them to guard the sheep and they can be fierce. I’ve seen what a large male llama did to a coyote on my friend’s sheep farm…!

  9. I am also grateful for a supportive family and all their love. I am grateful for my health and the opportunity to have diagnostic tests and that I am strong enough for them.

    Thanks for sharing what wonderful Em and Jay did. I know they make you proud. 🙂

  10. What a great list and lovely photos. I feel like I’ve been round for a cup of tea it’s so real. Em looks awesome as a dalmation and good on her for doing basketball straight afterward.

  11. You know, I had a pretty darn good weekend, but this is just the topper to it all. I love your gratitude Sundays and am going to incorporate something like this into my life/blog. It just fills my soul to read all the simple pleasures you experience.

    Congrats to Em on both the play and the basketball game! And no, there is nothing as precious as baby feet. Awwwww.

    Rocky and those sheep crack me up.

  12. Love Em in her costume and Rocky’s new friends :). Today’s my husband’s birthday, and I gave him a copy of Unbroken. Can’t wait to hear how he likes it. I was staring at the moon last night — so big, so close, magical! And congrats to your nephew!

  13. How cool, a gratitude post. That Girls Leadership Institute sounds awesome. Your little girl is a doll!

  14. Your daughter is adorable in that costume. And baby feet are awesome!!! What a great list you have! Thanks for sharing.

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