Healing by Gratitude


Greet the day with a smile and a whisper of thanks.

Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks – I’ve got the sun in the mornin’ and the moon at night.” ― Irving Berlin

“[Gratitude] turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ― Melody Beattie

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

Just an observation: it is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” ― Anthony Robbins

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia\

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

God gave you a gift of 84,600 seconds today. Have you used one of them to say thank you?” ― William Arthur Ward

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” ― G.K. Chesterton

Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always precedes the miracle.” ― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

An attitude of gratitude brings great things.” ― Yogi Bhajan

A grateful mindset can set you free from the prison of disempowerment and the shackles of misery.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Quotes from GoodReads

Extra Resources

Gratitude Journal

Grounded in Gratitude

Gratitude Board

 Bruce Sallan’s Seven Attitudes of Gratitude


Dream a Dream…


Explore Dream Discover Envision Wish Want

Dreams are a way of knowing what will make you happy

*Daydream meditation-let dreams flow onto your paper, using your non-dominant hand

Do what you love

My deep dreams are peace & stillness. Calm amongst the chaos. Deep breathes taken frequently & stretches with my body. Play. Laughter. Tickles with Littles. Feeling my body in the here & now. Grounded. Whole Complete. Move. I want to have my own chickens & bees. My own fabulous vegetable garden full of yummy things to eat. A flower patch for sitting near to dream & gaze into. A moon garden for sleeping under. A fort for the children to conquer & protect. Smiles & Earth. Outside & open. Surrounded by wonderful smells of vanilla & honey. Beeswax & lilac. Blueberry & strawberry. Heaven scent. Teas for sipping. Wine in a tall glass. Delicate. Sucking the richness of life. Leaving this Earthly body empty. Used up. Emptied out. All dreams exhausted & spent. Fulfilled in their own way. Listening to the thoughts of others. Helping them on their path. Seeing the God in each of them. Holding the hands of my boys  & walking together. Running. Filling our hands with dirt & mud. Learning in the world. Leaning into life full tilt. Exploring. To give the messenger an ear-full to send to the Creator.

What does your ideal day look like?

What parts of the day bring you the most joy & fulfillment?

If money, time people or life was no object right now what would you do, what would you start, where would you go?

What steps would you have to take to make your dream a reality?

If I could I could…

Yup. I got a lot to do. Off I go to see & make my dreams come true!

How about YOU?! What are your deep dreams?

Spring Envisioned

Spring Envisioned

Spring is coming so very soon.

The Earth blooms anew.

Is it time for you to do this too?

Purple Roses

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

Play List

I Had a Dream by Pricilla Ahn                       Mamma Mia Soundtrack I Have A Dream

Otis Redding I Got Dreams to Remember     That’s What Makes you Beautiful

Dreams are straining to be born and realized. Remembered and pursued. Like lovers. Embrace them with your whole heart and give in to the desires of your soul.

What are your dreams?

What do you want?

What if…

Throw out the question of how and just let your mind run wild with daydreams.

Affirmations: My dreams have beauty and value. I will treat them, and myself, like precious jewels. Awed by the power my fantasies hold.

I turn my dreams into reality and even if I don’t, there is value in dreaming

What are you waiting for?!

Dreams. Delicious dreams.

 Ones that linger in the mind upon waking. Those that keep you up at night.

Dance with your dreams

Do them!


Present over Perfect

This is on my mind lately…

November 115

I fight against the messy, disastrous chaos of  life. I rage, yell and pound my elbow against the counter to try to silence the voice yelling in my head. I fight to breathe. Tears get stuck in the back of my eyes.

I can’t keep doing this to myself.

I must embrace this mantra. For my family. My soul. For love.

I can do this. I can be here in this messy, beautiful moment.

Right now.

This moment is perfect in its completeness.

I can be in it. Here. Now.

Not perfectly.  Enough

Side note of excitement: Shauna Niequist is writing a book called Present Over Perfect.


February Fun!

reindeer love

Photo Credit

Baking with the Littles:

Make these No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil from FiveHeartHome

Or these 3-ing ones from GracefullLittleHoneyBee:

Healthy Samoa Bars-http://graincrazy.blogspot.com/2014/10/i-havent-often-seen-people-make.html

Just for Me

Watch this fun video with Kimberly Wilson and have fun with my planner

Pour over the beautiful seed catalog from RareSeeds. So pretty!

Roll some Crepe Paper Roses from the IdeaRoom

PlayDough Mania

Basic Play Dough-1 c water, 1 c flour, 1/2 c salt/ 2tbsp cream of tarter and 1 tbsp. vegetable oil. Pink and red are a must. With glitter and perhaps cinnamon to spice it up.

There is a silky & stretchy play dough from LaughingKidsLearn that looks fun: 1 c conditioner, 2 c cornstarch. I have a few opened-long-ago travel-sized bottles of conditioner I am going to use. Glitter optional. Wait, glitter is never an option, it’s a MUST!

Gluten-Free Baking Soda Play Dough from FrugalFarmWife: 2 c baking soda, 1 c cornstarch, 1 1/2 c water & 1 tbsp. oil. Mix ing over a sauce pan over med heat, stirring constantly. Baking soda will fizz before it starts to thicken. Fun! Take it off the heat as soon as it’s thick enough to start wanting to stick together. Let cool, paritally covered until it can be handled. Separate into balls and color. I used wilton icing gel colors left over from my cake decorating days and really loved the results.

Frozen Play Dough from time2saveworkshops.  needed: 1 c flour ¼ c salt 1 ½ Tbsp  cream of tartar 1 Tbsp  vegetable oil 1 c boiling water Blue food coloring 1 tablespoon of fine glitter (white, silver, and blue are perfect)

Bring water to a boil. Combine all ingredients with the exception of the food coloring and glitter into a bowl. Mix until a paste forms. Continue to knead until soft but not tacky. Then, cook on stove for 4-5 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add a few drops of blue food coloring and start kneading so the color distributes.  Just sprinkle the glitter on and knead well. Frosted snow play dough can be stored in an air tight container or zip lock bag for several weeks

Crayon Play Dough from SugarAunts

chop up 2 and a half crayons. I

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients-3 c flour, 1 1/2 c salt, 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar

Heat 2 Tbsp of oil in a pan. Add the chopped crayons. Stir until the crayons are completely melted. Slowly stir in 2 c of water while stirring. Certain types of crayons will either make a clumpy purply goopy looking liquid. Other types will make a smooth liquid once the water is added.  Just keep stirring.

Slowly, stir in the dry ingredients. The dough will pull together in a ball over the heat. Once the dough pulls together, dump it out onto a cutting board or counter. Let the dough cool until you can tolerate kneading. Knead the dough for a few minutes until smooth. Note~ The waxy texture of this dough will create a spa-like experience while kneading.

Sweet Valentine Crafts to Create

Footprint Dump Truck Card from SweetandLovelyCrafts

Love Painting with foot & handprints from Examiner

Sweet Paper Heart Chain from TeachWithMe

Sweet Beast Celebrates his 2nd birthday this week with lots of Dino Party Fun!

Sure to be a fun time!

More ideas on my Winter Dreams Board.

Online Book Club-Captivating

captivating book 2

Every little girl has dreams of being swept up into a great adventure and of being the beautiful princess. Sadly, when women grow up, they are often swept up into a life filled merely with duty and demands. Many Christian women are tired and struggling under the weight of the pressure to be a “good servant,” a nurturing caregiver, or a capable home manager.

 By revealing the core desires every woman shares- to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a grand adventure, and to unveil beauty-John and Stasi Eldredge invite women to recover their feminine hearts, created in the image of an intimate and passionate God.

Join us as we journey into the deep mysteries of our feminine souls in order to recapture our hearts. Let this online book study accompany you through your great adventure of coming alive as a woman . . . God’s captivating woman. -Summary from Amazon

Amazon has it (of course!) and the library system has multiple copies

Each week I will post a video about a chapter

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3 & 4

Chapter 5 & 6

Chapter 7 & 8

Chapter 9 & 10

Chapter 11 & 12

Reminder: to participate in our online book club, simply share your thoughts, challenges, and insights regarding our chosen read in the comments section below.