This will likely be my last Gratitude Sunday until the end of March due to my upcoming trip to Italy.  Not to worry, as I have no doubt I’ll return steeped in gratitude.

Quotes on Gratitude

“The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes.  It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches.  It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day.  What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.” — Michael Josephson

“As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world” — Adabella Radici

“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.” — John Henry Jowett

Gratitude List for the week ending March 3

  1. I actually got my submissions for the NAESP children’s book contest and the Barbara Karlin Grant sent out on time. Miraculously, my printer did not act up even once in the process of pulling materials together.  An auspicious sign…
  2. I completed my February 12 x 12 in 2012 PB draft.  Just under the wire, but complete nonetheless
  3. I hired a designer/developer to create my author website and gave them everything they need to get started.  HUGE relief.
  4. Girl’s night out – with my daughter! We went to dinner and a movie – The Lorax.  The movie did not have the emotional impact of the book, but then, I almost never like a movie better than the book.  Especially when it’s Dr. Seuss.  Still, my daughter asked me as I was tucking her in, “What do you think I can do to help the world?”  So it was worth it.
  5. Volunteering to help fit costumes for Em’s upcoming musical.  I’m heartbroken that I won’t be here for the show (the trip to Italy was planned months before the show was scheduled), so I was glad to see all the costumes (including hers) and to share that part of it with her.
  6. David Sedaris. Nuff said.
  7. My mother-in-law had a death on her side of the family, and I’m glad my husband was there with her this week.
  8. My friend Susanna Hill sent me a signed copy of her book in an envelope with Snoopy on it.  What a way to send a smile in the mail!
  9. Even better is the actual book, which is one of my favorites – Punxsutawney Phyllis. She wrote such a sweet note to my kids.
  10. I got a great night’s sleep last night, which almost never happens!

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Ah yes, I am always grateful to David Sedaris — except when I chose to read one of his books in the hosptal after a C-section. Ouch.

    Wonderful news all around, Julie. Have a great trip to my new homeland!

    • Oh yes, I can imagine reading him in that situation would be quite painful! 🙂 Always glad to find another David Sedaris fan.

  2. Grateful for some upcoming appointments this week and the possibility of a random visit from a Georgia friend. Surprises are always nice. And, grateful you are getting to work in Italy.

  3. Wow…you had a productive week. It sounds like the Lorax was definitely worth it. Sorry you’re going to miss Em’s musical, but glad you are involved with preparations. Have a nice trip.

    • Yes, it was nice to be able to share at least part of the process with her. And we’ll get the DVD so I can see it when I get back…

  4. I absolutely LOVE that Josephson quote! Thanks for the reminder to be grateful, and I wish you a safe trip abroad 🙂

  5. This was a pleasant read. 🙂

  6. I love your gratitude posts and am grateful that I have this computer to read them on…have a safe trip.

  7. I do hope you’ll be able to Skype or email to your family while you are in Italy! They are going to miss you tremendously. As the one who stays home while my husband travels, I am always grateful for the opportunity to cyber-connect as a family.

    I imagine we 12 X 12 ers will somehow hold ourselves together in your absence as we have strength in number!

  8. What a lovely gratitude list, as always. Envious of your trip to Italy. Love your quotes, too :). Have a good week!

  9. I am grateful for our family coming over this weekend to help us paint. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without them!

  10. So glad the book arrived – glad you liked it and the Snoopy envelope! 🙂 And I LOVE David Sedaris! Two of my favorites are probably offensive to many people as they joke about Christmas and Easter, but every single time I hear them I laugh until I can’t breathe! 🙂

  11. lots to be grateful for this week 🙂 i had the same reaction to the lorax (went to a screening for work) – the kids in the audience loved it, though. i think it was a bit more for them, unlike all these other animated flicks that are also inclined toward adults.

    have an amazing time in italia! i tasted 25 flavors of gelato when i was there last year. i dare you to hit that number!!

  12. Wow. Have a glorious time in Italy! Love those girls nights out… At the moment I’m grateful for my girl’s night (well, girl dog and me ;)) in.

  13. I hope you have a wonderful time in Italy! I hope you post a lot of pictures. 🙂

  14. Thank you, Julie, for sharing your gratitude list with us.
    I miss the “girl’s night out” times I had when our daughter was young and lived at home.
    I’m grateful for the amazing technology that enables me to Skype with my grown children…and see pictures of my grandchildren on FB, uploaded from a cell phone. I may be a back-to-basics kind of person, but I do appreciate those advances. 🙂
    I know these next few weeks will be stressful and wonderful…please make sure you take a step back and breathe every once in a while. 🙂

  15. Since I’m on my own with the boys for a couple of weeks, I’m grateful Cooper’s itchy rash isn’t chicken pox. And I’m grateful for my neighbor who let me drop off the kids so I could run to Trader Joe’s and Target in peace. And ditto, David Sedaris, Julie. He is one author who literally makes me laugh out loud.

  16. Have a FAB trip, Julie! Enjoy the gelato. And the pasta. And the wine. And the . . . you name it! 😀

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