At the top of my list for this week’s Gratitude Sunday post is a story that’s too long for a bullet point.  When we were in Italy this summer, on our last night in Camogli, I took the kids to a notebook/paper shop and got them each a little journal.  Last night, when I told Jay it was time for bed he said, “Hang on a minute, I’m writing a book.”  The ‘book’ was his journal, which he had taken to bed with him. “Do you want to read my book?”  Of course I did.

“It’s a book about everything I love,” he said.

Chapter 1:





Chapter 2:

Family — He then clarified, “That’s the WHOLE family – like all THIRTY of them.”

Chapter 1000:

F A M I L Y !!!!

I told him, honestly, that it was the best book I ever read!

Quotes on Gratitude

“Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.” — Ovid

“Desire, ask, believe, receive.” — Stella Terrill Mann

“A person however learned and qualified in his life’s work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan

Gratitude List for the week ending December 3

  1. I am so grateful for EVERYONE who has voted so far for my entry in the MeeGenius Children’s Author contest.  Your support means so much to me, regardless of the outcome.
  2. Finishing PiBoIdMo as a Winner – woo hoo!  Wrap-up post coming soon!
  3. The incredible response to the launch of the 12 x 12 in 2012 Picture Book Writing Challenge. As of this writing, we’re up to 82 participants!!
  4. My homemade lasagna, even though the kids didn’t like it
  5. The gorgeous field I get to walk Rocky in each day.  It’s beautiful in every season (see video above).
  6. Em had her second audition for a new play and thinks she did very well.
  7. Speaking with a long-distance friend on the phone
  8. Despite the hassle it brings, I’m grateful for the snow.  We want a White Christmas AND a great ski season!!
  9. I am trying to be grateful for the fact that I can’t read this week.  I am assuming that I will learn a great deal and the experience will be worthwhile.  I also appreciate the words of support and sympathy from friends. 🙂
  10. Flannel sheets

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. I am grateful for our farm where I receive daily bits of inspiration. I am grateful for my love of writing and reading. Best job in the world. I am thankful for our blogging circle. These people, their comments and blogging love makes me feel so good and is so swweeett!

    And I’m grateful for 12 x 12 in 2012. *waving*

  2. What a wonderful book!

    I am so grateful that my daughter got a part in the spring play and is so very happy. I’m grateful that my husband let me get a kitten in August, she makes me so happy. I’m grateful for all my writing friends, they truly bless my life.

  3. I am grateful
    for my husband’s unconditional love
    for family – of birth and of choice
    that we have enough money to meet our needs
    for modern medicine that helps so many
    for my dogs
    for the morning’s aches and pains that tell me I’m alive
    for the stopped up drain because I have one to unstop
    for glasses – they remind me to value my sight
    for lessons learned
    for the opportunity to meet, through blogs, all of my WANA1011 friends
    Thank you, Julie, for the reminder to be grateful every day. I hope you have a terrific week (even if you’re not reading)!

  4. Love your post on Gratitude Julie! And we all have so much to be grateful for.

    I am grateful to just wake up each day and take one day at a time.
    For a roof over my head, for the food that sustains us, my wonderful husband, children and supportive friends. 🙂

    Awe, your children are adorable and your son’s book-cute! I wish for you lots of snow. Happy winter!

  5. LOVE Jay’s book! How awesome is that? And I too, got to talk long distance on the phone this week with a dear friend – my college roommate – and I got to babysit for my adorable granddaughter 🙂 – it’s the little things 🙂

  6. I’m grateful for my two boys who, like Jay, treasure family and are not afraid to show it. They light up my life. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the video of Rocky. That’s one happy dog. Thanks, too, for the peek into Jay’s book. I’d blurb it in an instant.

    I’m grateful for the park in which I walk most days. I never get tired of certain vistas: bridges over streams, the detention basin that’s a big, beautiful bowl of grass, the bayou.

    Like Lynette, I’m also grateful for my WANA1011 friends.

    Enjoy your writing-only week, Julie.

  8. Your lists always make me smile. 🙂

    This week I’m grateful that the weather has finally turned a little chilly. Those 80 degree days were making it difficult to get into the spirit of Christmas. I’m thankful that I finally get to pull out all my sweaters!!

  9. Love Jay’s entry — great that he is so eager! Lovely gratitude list. I am grateful for a conversation with an ill friend I haven’t talked with for a while, and my always supportive husband.

  10. Great list. Sorry the kids didn’t like your homemade lasagna ~ did you put something in it that didn’t appeal?

    Or do they {{gasp}} not like Italian food after spending the summer in Italy? 😉

    • Nancy, I never know what makes my kids like or not like a dish. I could make the same exact thing two nights in a row and they’ll love it one night and hate it the next.

      But no, ordinarily they love Italian food. Who knows?

  11. I’m grateful you shared Jay’s book. I’m grateful for my family. I’m behind on my to do list, but grateful to have a long list of things to keep me busy.

  12. Love your list (and that field!) My five year old recently wrote a “book” too and did the same thing, wrote all the things he loved. Of course, I had to have him translate some of the spelling 🙂 but it does warm a mom’s heart. Especially a writer mom! I hope you gain something insightful from your no reading week.

  13. I am grateful for a trip to Silver Diner with my teen son last night. We had fun food, talked and even put money in the jukebox–he picked the Beatles Let it Be. 🙂

  14. Love Jay’s book! I am grateful for some amazing conversations this week on FaceBook and Twitter.. so uplifting!

  15. What an awesome grandson I have!! And I love the video of Rocky.

  16. #4 made me LOL! I love the fact that you prepare a dish you enjoy, putting your taste buds first on occasion.

    This week I’m especially grateful for electricity and romantic nights without, medication that’s helping my dog’s arthritis, my hubby who serves dually as my best bud, soon-coming Christmas and holiday smells…cinnamon, pine, plum…

    • Having a picky eater has taken a lot of the joy out of cooking for me, but you’re right. Every now and then it’s good to lovingly prepare a delicious meal and enjoy it, regardless of what they think.

      We’ll soon have the smell of pine in our house too – getting the Christmas tree today – YAY!

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