Monday, July 09, 2018

Simple Gratitude | 130

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful
"There's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times its sent away." - Sarah Kay

Happy Monday, fam. I'm feeling under the weather today, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Enjoy the start of the week and make it a great one, yeah?

This week, I'm grateful for:
  • Productive weeks. Last week, I checked off all but two items on my giant to-do list. Feels so good to see that list shrinking every day.
  • Books that speak to my aching soul. I read a book this weekend that absolutely wrecked me, but it was a book that provided a lot of closure in both my mind and my heart. It's been on my TBR for over a year, but I didn't feel ready for it until recently and I know that I made the right decision by holding off until now.
  • Baking treats for my grandfather. Since my grandmother went into the nursing home last month, my grandfather has been home without her. My aunt, who lives with and cares for him, is at the beach this week, so I made some of his favorite treats - lemon bars - that he can enjoy while she is away. They always used to be his preferred alternative to birthday cake, so I know he'll enjoy them.
  • Stories from my childhood. I've been feeling nostalgic lately, so this weekend, I sat down and watched the remakes of two of my favorite childhood stories, Pete's Dragon and Bridge to Terabithia. Even though I sobbed through both of them, they were just the warm fuzzy feeling I was looking for.
  • Gorgeous weather. The weather this weekend was amazing. Cool mornings and warm afternoons with very low humidity. I couldn't ask for more.

What are you grateful for today? 

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17 comments:

  1. Wow, I love this list! I am thankful that my husband made it through pre-academy and is starting the actual police academy today, that my kids are healthy and that I had a wonderful 9 days off of work.

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  2. I'm sorry to hear you aren't feeling well today, I hope you feel better! I am glad you read a book that gave you some closure on things, and that it was the right time to read it. It is so sweet of you to bring treats to your grandfather. Lemon bars are delicious!

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  3. Oh no! Sorry to hear you aren't feeling so great. Its a gloomy day here and my body is aching. Way to go on that checklist girl! Boom!! I need to find a good book like that. Summers always bring me chic lit and romance stuff. Easy to read and put down. I have been craving a book that just really pulls me in. Your Grandpa has great taste because lemon bars are delish! I still haven't brought myself to watch Petes Dragon. The music alone makes my eyes water! Hope you are feeling better soon! XOXO

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  4. It's been lovely out there lately... such a respite from those humid, life-sucking days that we just put behind us, eh? Hope you had a nice weekend, and so very sorry to hear you are feeling under the weather :( Hope this passes quickly, love.

    So sweet that you made your grandpa lemon bars as a treat. I'm sure he'll love them--especially since they came from you :)

    And sometimes books find us when we are ready <3 XOXO

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  5. Thank you. I hope tomorrow is a better day. :)

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  6. I hope you are feeling better soon too! Those gloomy days are not fun when you battle with arthritis or joint problems. Pete's Dragon was so good and the remake was a little different than the original story. I think I enjoyed this one more than the old.

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  7. Thank you, friend. You're right - it is nice to get a break from the humidity. I couldn't agree more that there are some books that find us. :)

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  8. I hope you are feeling better soon! I bet your grandfather really appreciated the lemon bars, as well as your aunt. I'm glad she is able to have a little time to herself too.

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  9. shootingstarsmagJuly 9, 2018 at 9:31 PM

    I hope you start feeling better! I had a rough week last week, but I'm starting to get back to normal. Still a bit iffy on what I can eat though. Oh, I love Bridge to Terabithia - the book and the movie (I thought the movie was really well done). That's really nice of you to bake some treats for your grandpa - I'm sure he'll appreciate the gesture (and eating the lemon bars!!)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  10. I loved Pete's Dragon and Bridge to Terabithia! This is a great list. That is so sweet that you baked for your Grandfather too :)

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  11. I'm glad that you are feeling better. I love all of the old stories from when I was a kid. Although I joke that the film industry is stealing all our content from the 70s and 80s and remaking it because they are out of fresh ideas, I love getting to re-live some of the happy moments I remember from years gone by.

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  12. They were such great movies! Thanks for coming by, Natalie!

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  13. I am also thankful for productivity! I managed to get an essay done in a matter of hours, after I stressed for days thinking I wouldn't be able to write it. What book did you read that affected you so much? I'd love to look it up!

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  14. Productive weeks feel awesome. And gorgeous weather helps with the mood as well :)

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  15. Great work! The book was A Beautiful, Terrible Thing by Jen Waite. It pretty much paralleled the dissolution of my marriage and gave me some peace about some of the things that happened to me at that point in my life.

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