Nov 17, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday, the one with the Mai Tais

Every other Monday, I participate in a fabulous link up hosted by Emily from Ember Grey who is hilarious and really cool, you need to visit her blog!  The other Monday, I do a link up Weekly Wishes with The Nectar Collective. I'm really feeling this rotation: one week, a to-do list, and the next week- a list about what I'm grateful for. It's a good combo that's working for me, so why fix something that isn't broken?

So, today is Grateful Heart Monday, let's jump in:

+ I'm grateful for the simple fact that I have a warm home. I've never really lived in a place where poverty and the homeless were visible... until Hawaii. I know, you'd think every home was a million dollar pad and you just sit around in bikinis, drinking Mai Tais all day, but that's just not how it is. When you get out of the touristy spots, and especially when you pass a public park, you see homeless folks set up with tents and carts, and it just breaks your heart. Now, I know the weather there is fabulous, so they don't have much to worry about, but here, in Illinois, even though I am in an area where I don't see a lot of homeless, I know they have to be somewhere; maybe the next city or town. And I know how cold it is just from the few minutes I'm out walking the dog. I just feel so bad for them to try to survive in this, and it makes me incredibly thankful that God gives me a warm home.

+ I'm grateful for a Mr. who really gets me. I have a weird sense of humor, I know this. Some say it is dry, some just flat out don't get my jokes, or how I can say something and crack myself up for at least a solid 10 minutes. Others don't understand how I can be giggling non-stop and just when you think it's going to end, I start up again. I really don't know what to tell the "Others" but I'm so grateful God gave me a man who just flat out gets me, and can laugh along with me. I may seem shy or quiet most of the time, but don't be surprised when I break out something down right hilarious.

Ember Grey

+ I'm so grateful for "Erin" A.K.A. my life planner. I got the idea to name her Erin from Rebecca, (RebeccaChapman blog) and instead of saying "Planner" over and over, she calls hers Erin, (for Erin Condren, the lady who made these) SUCH a great idea! And I'm grateful for my "Erin" and the fact that it allows me to write something down so it can remember things for me and I can free my brain of the details of life.

+ Lastly, I'm so grateful for my God. In all honesty, this year hasn't been the sparkly, happy, simply fabulous year I wished for. It's been gray and gritty. And, at the end of the year, I'm finally OK with it being this way. I finally realized that God must be seasoning me for times to come, and if this year is gray and gritty, then next year HAS to be the sparkly, happy, simply fabulous year, right?

Revelation 21:4

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Amen to that! 

OH! I forgot about this one, 
+ I'm grateful for this little blogging community I have. I never thought that starting a blog would make me some of the sweetest, most loving and encouraging friends! You ladies keep me going when honestly, sometimes I just want to throw in the towel on this blog. I thank you, from the bottom of my heart! 
What are you grateful for on this Monday?


  1. I am so glad you totally understand me and my need to name my planner. It's like having a friend with you always!

  2. I love this idea! It is great to have a post about being grateful and thankfulness. We are all so blessed and great to acknowledge it.

  3. I'm grateful for you and the blogging community, as well! It is so encouraging and inspiring to meet others that live for Christ and enjoy every day! :)

  4. Awesome Post!! I totally get you on the sense of humor thing...and naming your planner actually makes so much sense!!

  5. I love that you named your planner!!

  6. awww thats a lovely post! Aren't husbands just the best - even when our jokes probably aren't haha! I like what you said about God seasoning you for things to come...He really is always working xx

  7. I love gratitude lists! There is always something to be grateful for!

  8. I'd like to meet "Erin" one day! I just Googled Erin Condren :)


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