As a lead-in to this week of Thanksgiving, here’s Gratitude Sunday.  The above is a little video of Jay’s Kindergarten class singing a song called Thanks a Lot.  The video is not much to look at, but if the sound of those little voices singing doesn’t melt your heart, I don’t know what will.  I’m sure you can guess which one is Jay…

Quotes on Gratitude

“I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!” — Louise Bogan

“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” — Edward Sandford Martin

“Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths.  At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.”  — J. Robert Moskin

Gratitude List for the week ending November 19

  1. My blogiversary! I was so touched by all of your amazing comments and I’m ever grateful to you for taking your valuable time to read this blog.
  2. We had a rough start to the evening, but we took the kids to see The Lion King at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, and they loved it.
  3. Visiting Jay to celebrate Thanksgiving with his Kindergarten class on Friday (see video).
  4. Meeting with my new in-person picture book critique group for the first time.
  5. Watching Em in a musical performance of Pigs Over Colorado, a book written by local author Kerry Lee MacLean.  The new music teacher at the kids’ school has done a fantastic job of revitalizing the music curriculum.
  6. Both kids got excellent first trimester report cards.
  7. Stacy Jensen, for having me guest post on her blog.
  8. The School Food Project hosted a “Make a Rainbow on Your Plate” day at the kids’ school where they eat all the colors of the rainbow off the salad bar.  A great response to the “pizza is a vegetable” debacle our government has inflicted on the school lunch program.
  9. I got to read on throughout the entire flight on the way to Virginia because the kids watched a movie.
  10. We arrived in Virginia in one piece yesterday and had a fun and relaxing dinner that Phil’s parents had prepared for us.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. This week, I’m grateful for all the new friends I’ve made on the WANA1011 team. I feel like I came in late because I was sidetracked with the flu, but I’ve been enveloped by the group as though I’d been part of it from the beginning. It’s been wonderful getting to know new friends through their posts and discovering inspiring blogs like this one. Thank you, Julie. 🙂

  2. 1. Tara Lazer and the PiBoIdMo family that keeps me motivated and the creative juices flowing!
    2. Jean Reidy and the Light Up The Library so that I could have a chance to have the winning bid on a PB critique with Nancy Coffelt!
    3. Suzanna Hill and her Thanksgiving Contest to produce flash fiction about a November blizzard. What a fun challenge!
    $. And YOU, Julie Hedlund, for helping to remind us that every day is a gift that is not promised to us so we should remember to be thankful!

    Have a great Thanksgiving!


  3. Very sweet video. Glad you are safe and having fun in Virginia.

    I am thankful for

    1. An awesome PB evaluation from an amazing editor.

    2. Some great critique group feedback.

    3. Excellent work conference and meeting up with international colleagues in Lisbon.

    4. Making lovely new writing friends through the Write Campaign and PiBoIdMo.

    5. Warm, sunny weather.

  4. Have a GREAT time in Virginia with Phil’s parents. The video was darling. 😀

  5. There’s nothing like childish voices raised in song, is there? Just makes you tear up – doesn’t even matter what they’re singing 🙂

    I have so many things to be grateful for all the time, but this week I’m especially grateful that I will have all 5 of my kids home for Thanksgiving (having all 5 home at once is a rare event, let me tell you :)), for the fact that I’ve gotten to babysit for my 3 1/2 month old granddaughter twice this week (so delicious to have that little bundle of joy!), for the amazing enthusiasm people are showing for my new blog idea, and for this whole lovely, supportive writing community.

    Happy happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone reading here!

  6. What a very thoughtful blog. Such a cute video. I also enjoyed your post on Stacy’s blog this week. Hope I get to know you better. Saw the Lion King on stage and

    I am thankful for:
    1. My healthy family.
    2. My spiritual, peacemaking and writing friends worldwide.
    3. Metropolitan Opera live HD performances
    4. Life

  7. That was lovely Julie. I love that song anyway, but kids singing too, so cute.

    I’m thankful 4 times for you 🙂

  8. I am thankful for the PiBoIdMo community, for the privilege to inspire others with my writing, and, as I say every year: thankful that God doesn’t always give me what want…but, knows and gives me what I need!

  9. I loved hearing the kids singing in the video. I’m thankful that I got to see both grandkids yesterday at a family get-together. And I’m thankful the book signing at B&H went well and that I don’t think I sound too stupid/weird in the surprise interview by a local TV station. I’m thankful I held it together and was able to read an excerpt on the children’s stage. It was a really great day. I’m also thankful I’m taking Kristen’s class and have learned so much and have a better grip on what to blog about. And boy oh boy am I thankful for such a great group of people in WAMA1011!

  10. I have two young children so this video naturally makes me smile 🙂 Thank you for sharing it.

    I am blessed with so many wonderful people, and all these fantastic things in my life that I don’t even know where to start. But I definitely am thankful for both, my Polish and my American families, and for all the friends — those who live close by, and those who I know through social media. You guys make me smile every single day.

  11. Loved the video. I’m grateful you guest blogged. Sunday I was grateful to be MIA on the blogosphere and spent the day with the family (well, forced Hubby and son to participate in an effort to create a Christmas card photo). Plus, son did so well out at a restaurant for a late lunch. Hope your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  12. I’m thankful I got to spend Sunday morning with my sister, sipping lattes and watching Breaking Dawn. Even if the much anticipated sex scene was really a lot of shots of Bella & Edward playing chess.
    Love your gratitude day posts!!

    • I’m so confused about this chess thing! Guess I’ll have to wait until I see it next weekend. However, sounds like awesome girl time!

  13. In addition to all the usual (family, health, etc.), I’m thankful for all my new WANA friends! Also, for some awesome coworkers – one of whom accosted me as soon as I walked in this morning and wanted to know when my next book will be out! (She’d finished the first last night.) What a great compliment to start off the week with. Great post, Julie!

  14. It sounds like you’ve had a wonderful year.

    My daughter started high school this year and is the happiest she’s been since we moved to Iowa. It’s a huge blessing! My husband and I are so thankful. 😀

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. I’m thankful the chaos that invaded my life has subsided. Today I woke up feeling so much better and ready to spend the day hanging out in the moment and nothing more. 🙂

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