Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Through Love & Loss I Am Grateful

I realize more and more how much I don’t step back and appreciate the life I’ve been given. It’s too easy for me to focus on the negative, focus on what I don’t have, how far I still have to go. So easy to focus on my shortcomings, and not my resilience. So my first step in appreciating what I have in my life is taking count of all the things I’m grateful for.


This year, I’m thankful for being aware that I need to work on being more grateful.

I’m grateful for the ability to give life – for my amazing daughter who I love more and more every day.

 I’m grateful for experiencing loss and heartbreak this year, these experiences initially crumbled me, but they have also humbled me as well.

 I’m grateful for my ability to love deeply and completely and without question. For some don’t have the capacity to do so.

 I’m grateful for my Mother not being more of a presence in my life.

 I’m grateful for a Sister and Brother-in-Law who have been my #1 supporters. They love my daughter and me unconditionally, and we are so lucky.

 I’m grateful for the home I live in, the memories on the walls, and the warm beds my daughter and I climb into bed every night.

 I’m grateful for my true genuine friends who love me when I don’t feel very lovable, who don’t judge when I need space, who motivate me, and who have welcomed me into their homes, hearts, and families.

 I’m grateful for my ability so smile – even through pain and depression.

 I’m grateful for new opportunities I’ve been afforded this year which have helped me grow as a person, writer, and woman.

 I’m grateful for this space in the blogosphere that has allowed me to connect with so many amazing people and form new budding friendships.

 I’m grateful to spend Thanksgiving with my 93-year-old Grandma and my sister and her family this Thanksgiving.

 I am grateful.

I am grateful.

I am grateful.

 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


{Season of Giving} $25 Walmart Giftcard Giveaway



This year I put a limit on the amount of gifts I would get my daughter. More often than not I get her extra stuff that she doesn’t need! Case and point: her birthday was almost 3 months ago and she has about 6 gifts she hasn’t opened yet!! So this year I focused in on a handful of items I know she needs and has talked about multiple times. I have cut myself off from buying her more presents and I can’t afford any more!

Soooo in the giving season (and to avoid me buying more) I am giving away a $25 Walmart gift card for you to spend on your loved ones…. or yourself!!

Entering is a breeze, use the widget below!

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Be sure to enter my other giveaway for a $50 Pear Tree Greetings credit!