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This week’s Gratitude Sunday really started last Sunday when we got together with my mom, my Aunt and my cousin and her family and we shared an Easter dinner that included the best prime rib I’ve ever eaten. That set the tone for a very good week.

Quotes on Gratitude

A week or so ago, Orna Ross blogged about a retreat she attended with Thich Nhat Hahn and shared these quotes.

“Don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy. Smile, breathe and go slowly… Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

“The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth… Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.”

Gratitude list for the week ending April 14

  1. A hyacinth in a vase next to my bed, such that I fell asleep and woke up to its lovely scent.
  2. Attending a fascinating talk by Jonah Lehrer, author of Imagine: How Creativity Works
  3. Making plans to see Les Mis with a college friend this summer, which has special significance for us
  4. Outdoor runs
  5. Lilacs in bloom
  6. Tulips blooming on Pearl Street
  7. Getting to see the movie Titanic on the big screen again – and in 3-D!
  8. Reading my book with the sound of rain on the roof
  9. Another helpful and supportive meeting with my in-person critique group
  10. Laura Backes helped me solve a problem in one of my manuscripts – a problem I’ve been trying to fix for TWO YEARS!

What are you grateful for this week?


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You know, I am so swamped with getting the house ready for sale, volunteer stuff at my daughter’s school, etc., etc. etc. that I considered not doing a Gratitude Sunday post this week.  But you guys have really upped the ante with your lovely comments on last week’s, and for some reason, I’ve had more people tell me this week that they look forward to this series than I ever have.  So, here is this week’s post, and I’m grateful to those of you who not only find inspiration in it, but take the time to tell me…

Quotes on Gratitude

In preparation for our trip to Italy, I’m reading any and all books I can find with an Italian theme.  My current book is La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales.  In the second chapter, she provides a brief history of the development of modern-day Italian from Latin and considers this poem, by non other than St. Francis of Assisi, to be a turning point in the development of la bella lingua.  It seemed more than appropriate as a quote on gratitude for this series as well.

Be praised, My Lord, for Sister Moon and stars

in heaven you formed them–lovely, precious, clear.

Be praised, My Lord, for Brother Wind and air,

and every kind of weather, cloudy, and fair,

by which you give your creatures what they need.

Be praised, My Lord, be praised for Sister Water–

she is so useful, precious, chaste, and humble.

Gratitude List for the week ending April 16

  1. YOU! The readers of this blog. You keep me going with your comments, support, encouragement and friendship.
  2. Watching my cousin’s daughter (alas, my second cousin) ROCK the role of the Wicked Witch of the West in her high school production of the Wizard of Oz. My daughter was so inspired she made me promise to sign her up for a theater group next year.
  3. Meeting with Renegade Lunch Lady Ann Cooper about a plan to increase the number of school lunches eaten at my daughter’s elementary school. Read all about what Ann is doing here. We are fortunate to have her revamping the school lunch program in Boulder Valley School District.
  4. Getting carpets cleaned – they look brand new!
  5. The fact that my mom let us spend the night at her house so they could dry properly before we inflicted ourselves back on them.
  6. A great Margareaders meeting!!
  7. Hiking with Rocky
  8. We’re getting a tax refund! First time that’s happened in a long time.
  9. Beginning one day with three inches of snow on the ground and ending it with sunshine and 60 degrees.
  10. The trees are beginning to turn green – little baby leaves.

What are you grateful for this week?

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This week’s Gratitude Sunday…

Quotes on Gratitude

“Do not be content with showing friendship in words alone, let your heart burn with loving kindness for all who may cross your path.” — Abdul Baha

“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls” — Aesop

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.” — Epictetus

Gratitude list for the week ending April 2

  1. The night before our last day of skiing for the season, the weather gods saw fit to drop a foot of snow on the ground.
  2. Eating the best Shepherd’s Pie I’ve had outside of the U.K. at an Irish Pub in Dillon, CO.
  3. Dinner out with Phil
  4. The kids playing in the mud, building fairy houses, and romping outside.

    Signs of Spring

  5. Hyacinths in bloom
  6. The smell of brownies baking in the oven
  7. Eating said brownies
  8. Running outdoors in shorts and short-sleeves
  9. Finding out I will have a poem published (and get paid for it!)
  10. Watching PBS specials on Pompeii and Herculaneum with the kids and getting excited for our trip to Italy

What are you grateful this week?

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Happy Easter to those who celebrate and welcome to another Gratitude Sunday.  We had a very nice morning here with very happy kids.  I’m looking forward to my Mom’s traditional dinner of prime rib roast, roasted potatoes and asparagus with tarragon sauce.  I’m not going to eat between now and then to save room.  Oh, and my Aunt is bringing her famous deviled eggs, which are so good you can eat two dozen in one sitting if you aren’t careful.  But for now, let’s take a pause and focus on thankfulness.

Quotes on Gratitude:

“As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily.  The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.” — Terri Guillemets

“When eating bamboo sprouts, remember the man who planted them.” — Chinese Proverb

“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” — Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude List for the week ending April 4th

  • I am grateful that the Easter Bunny got his act together in time to deliver the baskets and hide the eggs.  🙂
  • The wonders of the universe, which I appreciate so much more after seeing the IMAX movie Hubble.
  • A full moon.
  • Getting the closest I have yet to meeting my weekly writing goal.
  • Getting a clean bill of health at the dentist – and getting the appointment over with!
  • Random shoulder massages from Phil.
  • Meeting this 11 week-old Puggle puppy at the dog park

  • April!
  • Taking a yoga class from a friend who just got her teaching certificate.
  • The hippo head hanging over this same friend’s front door.  It just made me happy.  Turns out it was a housewarming present from a friend of her husband’s.  The fact that she agreed to hang it over the front door is a sign of a strong marriage, I’d say.  And no, it is not a real hippo head (I asked).

What are you grateful for this week?

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Time for Week 3 in the Gratitude Sunday series.

Quotes on Gratitude:

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”Cynthia Ozick

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.” — Gerald Good

Gratitude List for the week ending March 13th

  1. Cashing in on the spa day that Phil got me for Christmas
  2. Phil taking care of the kids the evening after the spa day so I could go stay with my Mom
  3. My mom for cooking for me and watching two episodes of Grey’s with me.
  4. SLEEPING IN the next morning.
  5. Jay saying to me, “Mommy when I grow up, I’m going to marry you.”
  6. Em’s fantastic report card and even better parent-teacher conference
  7. One extra hour of daylight each day!!  Spring Forward!
  8. Joining an online critique group – I need one!
  9. Finding an awesome dog trainer for Rocky – He needs one!
  10. Another great meeting of the Margareaders

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