Monday, February 21, 2011

Gratitude Journal

This has been a week.

A week of travel.

A week of sorrow.

A week of sorting out.

A week of dear friendships.

A week of thankfulness.

I've been in Florida for a few days. Just arrived home last night to the arms of my family whom I love. I hated to leave all that warm sunshine (it really did me a world of good), but it just doesn't sit right with me to be away from them all for too long.

I went with my mom to sort through my grandmother's things. Grandma Nell, whom I visited last November, passed away a couple of weeks ago. She had obviously lived a good, long life, but she couldn't hold on any more. She would have been 100 years old on May 16 this year.

Our time there was bittersweet, but mostly sweet thanks to my dear friend, K, who opened her home to my mom and I. Mom was able to rest and gain some strength while we were there, and I will be forever thankful for K's hospitality.

My list continues . . .

77. Warm sunshine kisses on my back.

78. Palm trees
79. Crazy-cawing birds
80. Long, loud laughter
81. Generous friends
82. A family heritage worth sharing
83. Bonds broken and the grace that breaks them
84. Safe travels
85. A family to come home to
86. Kate, who made the effort to come see me when I got home.
87. Fun family times around the table.
88. Girls who actually WANT to go shopping with their mom.

89. Red shoes (they make me smile)

Tell me, how was your week?


P.S. I'm posting over at MODsquad today about How to Really Love our Daughters. Come check it out!


  1. I'm so sorry for the loss of your grandmother. Almost 100 years! That is an accomplishment. I'm glad you could get away for a little bit and spend time with your Mom. Bittersweet tasks are best accompanied by sunshine and mothers. I speak as an experienced daughter:)

  2. We all had the stomach flu. YUCK but so much to be grateful for none the less.

  3. Welcome back. Did you bring home any treasures of your Grandmas for memories sake? I have my Grandmas recipe box and recipes, which I love. We will always miss our Grandmas.

    Check out my blog on Wednesday, I am sending some blog awards your way.