Well, I have another birthday under my belt. A perfect reason to be grateful!

Quotes on Gratitude

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” — Dr. Robert Holden

“No gesture is too small when done with gratitude.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” — Randy Pausch

Gratitude list for the week ending May 26

  1. My husband and family gave me very inspired birthday gifts. A gorgeous necklace (which I am wearing in the photo), and the book SHOW ME A STORY: Why Picture Books Matter (also in the photo).
  2. A yummy birthday dinner at Radda’s Trattoria
  3. Eileen Spinelli sent me another of her books, WHEN YOU ARE HAPPY, signed to me and my kiddos, just because she thought I would like it, which OF COURSE I do. How sweet is that?
  4. The loads of birthday wishes that came in from friends and family. It’s worth it to be on Facebook just for the birthday messages! 🙂
  5. Both kids got excellent end-of-school-year report cards
  6. Weather cool enough for outdoor runs
  7. A productive week for both writing and submitting
  8. Hearing frogs croaking by the creek in the evening
  9. Getting my first manuscript critique customers – exciting!
  10. Two bottles of red wine (rated 90+ by Wine Spectator) arrived in the mail from my brother

What are you grateful for this week?

Categories: Birthdays, Books, Children's Books, Family, Friendship, Gratitude Sunday, Picture Books, Writing



  1. Happy birthday Julie! What a great birthday week. Lots to be thankful for.

  2. Just got the book out from the library -it’s goooood. Hope your B-day dinner was delish! I am grateful for our amazing daughter and her accomplishments on the weekend of her HS graduation, and for the 7 wonderful families we ‘partied’ with!

  3. Glad you had a good birthday!

  4. It sounds like you couldn’t have had a better birthday week!

  5. So glad you had such a wonderful birthday!!

  6. Sounds like a wonderful birthday week. Congrats on the manuscript service work. I need to get out my drafts and begin revisions. I’m grateful for my son’s birthday gathering that I promised would not be perfect. It was delightful. He refused to wear pants and I didn’t care. 🙂

  7. Glad to hear you had a great birthday, Julie. And a very productive week, too!
    I’m grateful for so much–mostly all the little things that add up… finishing a draft for the 12X12; nice conversations with friends; all those good moments with my daughter and yes, finally some decent weather around here!

  8. Well, I almost thing your brother’s gift is the coolest, but heck, no you had some super presents. What fun! And so glad that your editorial services are off to a great start! Go Julie!

  9. It sounds like a glorious week, Julie! I’m grateful for four day weekends, weather warm enough to swim in the pool, and time to work on a draft I feel good about.

  10. Happy belated birthday! Love your Gratitude Sunday posts!

  11. So glad you had a nice b-day week! I’m grateful for the family time I got to have this long weekend 🙂

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