This week’s Gratitude Sunday post…

Quotes on Gratitude

“The grateful heart that springs forth in joy is not acquired in a moment; it is the fruit of a thousand choices.” — Nancy Leigh DeMoss

“Every single day do something that makes your heart sing.” — Marcia Wieder

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Khalil Gibran

Gratitude List for the week ending January 21

  1. Jay’s teacher said about him, “His face tells thousands of stories that he would never be able to express in words.”
  2. I volunteered for the School Food Project in the kids’ cafeteria this week, as a chef came in to demo cooking stir-fry.  Watching the kids gobble up that food, veggies and all, was a delight.
  3. I FINALLY got my business bank account open.  So much hassle and such a relief to get it done.  So you can all start sending me money now! 🙂
  4. Having movie night with the kids, watching Mr. Popper’s Penguins (and eating pizza and popcorn).
  5. My mom had the kids for a sleepover on Friday, giving me the night “off,” which I used to take a long hot bath and read my book.
  6. I got to spend a whole afternoon skiing with a girlfriend while our kiddos had a lesson.  Amazing how many runs you can get in when you’re not constantly stopping for bathroom breaks, hot chocolate or to warm up little fingers and toes!
  7. I am grateful for the 12 x 12 in 2012 community.  I’m in awe of the response to this challenge and how much the group members are already helping and supporting each other.  It’s an inspiration!  Don’t forget the deadline to sign up is January 29th – one week from today!
  8. I received and accepted a Top Secret opportunity this week that won’t be Top Secret for much longer.  And no, it’s not that I got an agent, but I am SO excited about it!! 🙂
  9. I got to go for a run outside on a rare 60-degree day.  Doesn’t happen much in Boulder in January.
  10. Listening to Em’s classmates all tell her what they appreciate about her during her “birthday circle” at the school.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. 1. I’m not feeling well this week. I’m grateful that my son came over to put together my new treadmill and that my sister did my laundry so I could rest.

    2. I’m grateful that I woke up this morning with about 6 new blog post ideas because my antibiotics are making me a little foggy headed so it’s nice to be ahead for the upcoming week.

    3. I’m grateful that the phone hasn’t rang for the past 2 hours so I can just sit here and enjoy the silence.

    4. I’m grateful my cat, Tommy, knows when I’m not feeling well and will either leave me alone in peace or will curl up quietly beside me to let me know he cares.

    5. I’m grateful that I have finally found a contractor willing to fight with my insurance company. Freak storms back in June of 2011 threw a tree on my house and I’m still waiting for the broken thing to get fixed.

  2. 1–I’m most grateful for my health. For years I have had a bad back and now it seems like it has taken a back burner. When it does bother me I have a solution for it. And it’s been months since it really made me curtail activities.
    2–I’m so grateful for my husbands support on my projects. And that we are able to talk about things, even if they mean compromises.
    3–We are talking about downsizing for our retirement and possibly moving and I have started cleaning up my office.
    4–My husbands and mine anniversary is coming up and we are planning a weekend away in a bed and breakfast.
    5–I am grateful for old friends.

  3. Lots of lovely things in your week, Julie. Can’t wait to hear about your top secret project!

    1. I am grateful for the internet and how so much less isolating being a writer is in our day!

    2. Hearing that a friend’s cat has cancer, I am grateful for the health of my animals.

    3. We have to tell our school director now, if we plan on leaving in the summer!! (crazy I know). I have done this with no job offer yet, but am grateful I feel something will work out!.

    4. Am grateful I have hardly any allergy symptoms at the moment as Jan-April is normally my bad season.

  4. Ooh I’m every so excited to hear your news Julie. Your lists have so much going on in them every week, it’s fun to read 🙂

  5. Great list and a lovely reminder to stop and reflect. Our summer holidays are drawing to an end here in Australia and I am so grateful that over the last five weeks, I have had the chance to hang out with my daughters and reconnect with friends and family. And time to set up my office here at home. 12x12x12 is just fantastic. This is my year to write and I know I was meant to stumble upon it. I’m enjoying every post.

  6. This week (EVERY WEEK) I am grateful for my loving husband who supports me, no matter what writing project I have going on. I’m thankful for his patience and understand when he sees me spending countless hours on the computer and when I interrupt his sunday afternoon football and basketball games to listen to a new story.

  7. Sounds like another GREAT week, Julie. Congrats on the business account and on your Top Secret opportunity!

  8. I’m grateful for the many loads of laundry that my husband folded while I got some writing done.
    Grateful the my son’s teacher will help steer him toward the next level of books and help him keep progressing.
    Grateful for the phone call from the doctor that I’m in great health.
    Grateful for a warm home, a fridge full of food and snuggly blankets on a cold winter’s night.

  9. I’m actually grateful for the freezing cold weather because it kept me home, in the house, and in front of my computer. 🙂

    Can’t wait to hear about your opportunity, Julie. 🙂

  10. I’m grateful for too many things to list here, since this is your blog not mine 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about your opportunity!

  11. I’m grateful for a fun family brunch this weekend–to celebrate my son turning 16. 🙂
    Hope you have a great week Julie!

  12. Ooo, I can’t wait to hear more about #8. 🙂

  13. I have a lot to be grateful in my life that my list would be endless. To simiplify it, I am grateful for the life I have and almost lost it 7 years ago. Each day is one of gratitude. Want to hear about your opportunity! Love your excitement!

  14. I really love your gratitude Sunday posts! It makes me pause and take note of all I am thankful for. Thank YOU for sharing!

  15. I think I am most grateful for my faith and for the precious people in my life.

    Julie, I have given you The Versatile Blogger award which you can get the details about in my January 22’12 post on my blog.

    You sound as if you fully enjoy your life, and that is so great! 🙂

  16. I can’t wait to hear about your top secret news!!!!!

    I loved Mr. Popper’s Penguins too. Such a funny and sweet story.

    Have a great week, Julie!

  17. Julie, I am also grateful for this awesome running weather we have been having. My running buddy just moved here from North Carolina, and I keep warning her that this is not the norm. However, I’ll enjoy it while it’s here! I also love Mr. Popper’s Penguins. My son read the book last year, and said it was different than the movie. But, I still loved the movie anyways.

  18. Great list Julie! I am grateful for the fresh powder. It is a good start…

  19. Lovely – I adore the idea of Gratitude Sunday, and I just planned to use that Kahlil Gibran quote in an upcoming newsletter! I also really liked the quote: “Every single day do something that makes your heart sing.” — Marcia Wieder
    excellent stuff! Thanks as well for being part of the 2012 Comment Challenge!
    Keep on commenting,

  20. Can’t wait to hear your exciting news! This week I’m grateful for my family for supporting me, especially when I get stressed out and frazzled, and I’m also grateful for my wonderful writing friends (most of whom I’ve found online) who are sharing the wonderful journey of writing with me – joys and all.

  21. Looking foward to the Penguin Movie…I saw3 Jim Carey’s daughter trying out for American Idol the other night…She has a nice voice.
    Bless You

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