We spent the last week in Florida, first to celebrate my brother’s wedding and then in Disney World. A great time was had by all, and I got to cross an item off my Bucket List. I was reminded again of how nice it is to break out of routine every once in a while. My friends Katie Davis and Renee LaTulippe talked about this very thing in a beautiful Brain Burps podcast this week – how travel activates the senses and adds richness to our lives and as a result, to our writing. (Shameless plug – They talked about this in the context of the Writer’s Renaissance retreat coming up in April, which both of them will attend all or in part.)

Quotes on Gratitude

“Eucharisteo — thanksgiving — always precedes the miracle.” — Ann Voskamp

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” — Maya Angelou

“Whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will increase in your life.” — Sanaya Roman

Gratitude list for the week ending October 12

  1. My brother’s wedding went off WITH a hitch! Wishing nothing but love and happiness to Jeff and Ashley
  2. My children handled their roles as flower girl and ring bearer with aplomb.
  3. Visiting with family and friends all in one place is always a great thing.
  4. PERFECT weather in Orlando for our visit to Disney World
  5. Reliving my childhood through the eyes of my kids
  6. It’s A Small World ride. My brother and I used to give my mother endless amounts of grief over how she would get teary at the finale when all the cultures come together. Wouldn’t you know I found myself doing the same thing. Because it IS a small world, after all…
  7. Looking straight into the soulful eyes of a tiger sitting just two feet away from me at the Animal Kingdom. I would swear the whole universe was contained in those eyes.
  8. Likewise, seeing rhinos, gorillas, elephants, giraffes, lions and hippos all roaming by – AND knowing their collective nouns. 🙂
  9. Returning to stay at the Polynesian Village, which I last saw when I was 10 years old – and attending the luau. We especially loved the fire-throwing dancer, which restored my faith that six-pack abs still exist on men outside of Hollywood. 😉
  10. Returning home and sleeping in my own bed!!

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. What gorgeous photos, Julie! I’m glad you had a wonderful time. I’m so thankful for my church family. They are loving and caring, and encourage me in my writing pursuits. There continues to be opportunities to use my gifts within the church body…it’s been a blessing!

  2. I loved seeing one of the old veterans at the nursing home on Saturday. He was in the parking lot in his wheel chair waiting for the therapy pets to arrive. Cupcake and I were the only ones who could make it. I asked him if he wanted her on his lap. He did. He sat there smiling and then took a deep breath and gave her the biggest, warmest bear hug I ever saw, rocking her and burying his face in her neck. What a moment. Ugh!

  3. Julie,
    I’m grateful for you and your sharing the beautiful wedding pictures with me. What a beautiful bride. The ring bearer and flower girl are adorable. Lucky you to have such good looking children. I did listen to the podcast and it made the Writer’s Renaissance this summer sound like so much fun.
    I’m grateful that the weather in Tucson is finally cooling off a little–we may get fall yet.
    Have a great week.

  4. Pretty photos Julie!
    I’m grateful I finished another round of edits and I get some free time this week. Yay!.

  5. Lovely post and charming photos of your kids. I’m happy you had some great family time — so precious. I’m about to leave for my annual 8-day spiritual retreat and conference. It is always an opportunity to recharge.

  6. The pictures make it look like a beautiful ceremony! What a wonderful moment to be there with your brother.

  7. LUCKY! I want to go to Florida for three reasons – Disney World, The Beach, and LEGOLand! I am glad you had fun!

  8. Small world rocks! My kids love to ride it and talk about all the cool places they are going to live when they grow up. On our most recent trip, they were keeping an eye out for Japan and Egypt.

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