Ava Grace's Closet: Giving Thanks
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Giving Thanks

I admit I am one of those.
The kind that doesn't always appreciate what I have.
How blessed we are.
The kind who gets caught up in the day to day hustle and bustle and sometimes forgets what's truly important.
I have recognized this. I have seen it in others.
And I am trying to change it.
Starting with appreciating the little things.
 A warm the.kind.you.can.still.hang.out.at.the.park.in September day.
Family movie night. Even when it's BabyMama you are watching for the tenth time. Eleventh maybe. 
Organic chicken instead of turkey for Thanksgiving. 
An evening wood burning fire in the back yard. 
A pumpkin latte and a neighborhood walk with a close friend after dinner.
An afternoon nap.
Crossing organizing closets for the fall off my to-do list.
Family that is healthy. And happy.
Blog friends who have become like I.R.L. friends to me.
one two three four five six seven eight nine ten
And little red coats.

What are you thankful for? 
Even if it's just for today.
Happy Thanksgiving.


  1. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Susan. I am most thankful for friends and family to share all the little moments with, and the good health of those most important to us.

    Adorable shot of Ava - the perfect Canadian fall picture :)
    xo K

  2. I am thankful for friends like you :) Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.

  3. Dearest Susan,

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you!
    Being appreciative of all the little things in our lives is THE secret to happiness. For understanding that best, we figured it out while living and working for about three years in Indonesia. That was like going back in time, making do with a lot less. Mind you, not city life I'm talking about but high in the mountains in the rural area. We were still happy and our trips home after a two month period were a BLESSING. We even did appreciate things more by seeing and feeling the contrast. Material things don't add to happiness. It is HEALTH, FAMILY and FRIENDS.
    Hugs to you,

  4. its all about those small moments. love this post.

  5. great list!

    I was on a rant yesterday about how is it that I spend all day cleaning and the house is trashed in 5 mins/// I took a moment to be thankful for that mess b/c it means my house is filled with little children :) !

    p.s. love the Canada hat!

  6. I'm so thankful for the family I created. My beautiful son, daughter and husband and for the kids that came along with this relationship - my 2 stepkids. I'm that although we live on two different coasts, my brother and I still remain just as close as if he were nearby.

  7. So thankful for my health and my family. My husband who is amazing and the life we have.

  8. It truly is the small things and moments in life - that make life the amazing brilliance that it is. I have so much to be thankful for (and like most humans ... sometimes the the to day stuff makes it difficult to see the brilliance). Today I am Thankful for the extended family God has brought into my life; I don't think I could have chosen any better than HE did. Each day I'm thankful for the people HE brings into my life these new friends (and you are one)teach me and remind that a door in life does not close without a window being left open .. it's up to us to make that window a new door!! Wonderful post ...and you know I'm smiling at that gorgeous angel in the red coat and hat ...she is tres adorable!!xo C. (HHL)..

    P.S. the chickens in our area have been given full description of you... lol...xo

  9. I love Baby Mama! Great post and a great reminder to be thankful always.

  10. I'm thankful for good posts to read! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ava has gotten so big! She is just gorgeous.

    I'm thankful for my family and friends on and off line!! Be well!!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    It's funny isn't it? I do feel just like I already know you so well, and yet we've never seen each other in person. It's one of my favorite things about blogging - getting to know friends like you.:)

  12. I am thankful for your reminder. I forget sometimes to slow down & appreciate all that there is in my life. Thank you for this post!

  13. Those are all beautiful blessings.
    I'm thankful for all of my friend and family who have stuck it out with me through very troublesome times. Without them....gah...I'd really be lost.

  14. I'm thankful to have gotten to know you! I'm trying my best to slow down a bit and enjoy the moments big and small!

  15. Such a beautiful post...I too have been trying to fill my days more with gratitude...to find the sacred in the ordinary... Thank you for such a lovely and gentle reminder!

  16. Happy belated Thanksgiving, Susan. Yes, it is always good to remember the simple things and be thankful for them. Thanks for the reminder. I am always thankful for wonderful posts from amazing bloggy friends who help to remind me the simple things in life... and to enjoy each day. Thank you for all that you are, my friend!

  17. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! It is so important to try and appreciate each other more. I don't do this nearly enough.

  18. Amen, sister! I'm like you - not always thankful for all the incredible things I have to be grateful for. Blogging is one way to remind ourselves - putting that positivity and gratitude out into the universe - and being inspired by others' gratitude.

  19. Awww! I forget to take time and be thankful too! I'm glad to call you one of my bloggy buddies!

  20. What a lovely post... and I'm thankful for the reminder! It's easy to get caught up in everything and forget how very blessed we are.

  21. Good for you! When you start appreciating all the little things in your life your life becomes truly beautiful! Thanks for visiting my blog I love yours!


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