221 Things That Make Me Happy

For several years now I've maintained my own personal Happy List, first to acknowledge and affirm and then to remind myself of life's beauty, richness, and blessings. I hope that by sharing some of the items on my list I will inspire you to slow down for a few minutes and think about the things in your life that bring you joy and contentment... and perhaps even create and maintain a "Happy List" of your own! 221 Things That Make Me Happy rustic sourdough bread, toasted crisp and served hot spread with melting butter and blackberry jam ...more

Today's Gratitude List - Linkup No. 10 (Holiday Edition!), Week 2 of 3

Welcome back to the Gratitude Linkup, Holiday Edition! This linkup has been open for one week and will continue to be available over the next two weeks for you to share your gratitude posts (and yes, you may certainly add more than one if you are so inclined!). ...more

Gratitude Linkup - Week of 12/15/13

Participation in Laurel Regan's Gratitude linkup over at Alphabet Salad, is a great place for me to spend some time each week. Nothing can keep you in the moment like a dose of gratitude every so often. But, participation in the linkup is more than that to me, right now. Participation gives me a place to be accountable to my gratitude. It's a way for me to publicly share my gratitude. With the gratitude linkup, I can take a moment, any moment in time, and really stop....more

Today's Gratitude List - Linkup No. 10 (Holiday Edition!)

Welcome to the holiday edition of the Gratitude Linkup, which will be open for three full weeks of gratitude sharing goodness! Though the festive season is a busy time for many of us, we have so much for which to be thankful... so I encourage you to find a few quiet moments during the holidays to write and share your gratitude lists. ...more

Teaching Our Children Gratitude

As parents, teaching our children to be thankful is not always an easy task to do.  This time of year, especially, when there is often an expectation of gifts and over-indulgence it can be even more difficult....more

Day 9: Less Whining. More Perspective.

Some days I have to admit that I have a definite toddler side. It isn’t attractive, and I would prefer to keep it to myself, but as I so often say, if it goes without saying I will almost certainly say it someday....more
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Finding Gratitude in Cold Places

These things make for a raw start to the day. Going to bed wondering if the puddle forming beneath the boiler in the basement might turn out to be more troublesome than we think. ...more

Today's Gratitude List - Linkup No. 9

Today is one of those days... one of those days where it's utterly natural and EASY to express gratitude, because my life is crammed full to bursting with blessings. In fact, it's SO full that it's spilling over the top and making a huge mess! A lovely, delightful, joyful mess. Perfect timing for the Gratitude Linkup! I hope you'll join me! ...more

Christmas Cards As Meditation

Yup, it's that time of year again. Did I buy enough cards? Do I have current addresses for everyone? Can I get enough holiday theme stamps? ...more
Celeste Conner There is something really satisfying about slowing down and doing the work, isn't ...more

These are my glasses, this is my book...

3:45 am Really? My daughter, the girl twin, started proclaiming that she had already done her business in her diaper and, in the process or insisting that her diaper got changed, woke up her brother. And so began my morning. With a high in the lower teens, a snow storm in the forecast, and not so friendly road conditions, I had been hoping for just a tad bit more sleep. Was hoping to wake up some time AFTER 4 or 4:30 am, not before. Too bad. ...more