arianna-huffington-gratitude-gateway-graceAs I re-imagine or reinvent what this blog is, I want it to be more of a love letter to my children and grandchildren, as well as more of a gratitude journal.  I have so many things to be grateful for, and I need to do a better job of recording what they are, and living in that state of gratitude.  I like the sounds of that.

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my magical house

Many of my childhood memories live in my house, as do the beautiful memories of raising my own children.  And now I am blessed to be building new memories here with my grandchildren.  And even though it is so old that something is always broken, even though the roof and the basement both leak when it rains, even though the paint is peeling and the walls are crumbling, to me, my home is a place of beauty and peace.
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simple reminders

I feel like I have begun a journey to become happier, more spiritual, more grateful, and more fulfilled.  I am going out of my way more than ever not only to seek out beauty, but to recognize the beauty that lies around me.  I’m going to be sharing some of the discoveries I have made along the way, and I’m going to start with this one: Simple Reminders.  Their website includes beautiful original photography, art, and stories with inspirational reminders that can help you live a better life.  I also signed up for a daily email reminder, so each day, along with all of the emails urging me to send money on things I don’t need, I also get a beautiful reminder of the things in life that are really important.  Here is today’s Simple Reminder:
joy attracts joy

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happy st. patrick’s day!

St. Patrick's Day

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a love of reading

Love of Reading

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buy handmade

When you buy

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Sometimes my lack of knowledge amazes even me.  Last night I was up late finishing Moloka’i, one of the best books I have read in a long time.  It is a fictional story, interwoven with real characters and history, of a girl in Hawaii in the late 1800′s who is arrested because she has leprosy, and is sent to a leper colony.  Not only did this book touch my heart, as the main character, Rachel, goes through the trials of growing up absent from her family, but I learned a piece of history that I had never known.  Read Moloka’i.  You will enrich your mind and your heart.

Here’s the link to the Amazon information and review.

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can’t wait for the return of the hornets!

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As we brace for record cold temperatures, here’s a picture of April on her latest frozen adventure!

ice castle

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extra yarn

Perhaps the Christmas present that I was the most excited to give this year was the book Extra Yarn, which I gave to my two-and-a-half year-old granddaughter Mylah.  This wonderful book was written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen.  This is the story of Annabelle, who lives in a town which is devoid of color until she finds a box of magical yarn and starts knitting sweaters, first for people, then for animals, and houses, and trees, and more, transforming her town.  I love this Caldecott Honor book on many levels.  The heroine is creative, kind-hearted, and generous- what more could you wish any child to be?  And Mylah knows that I love yarn, so I know that this book and the story of magical yarn will always make her think of me.

If you love yarn, or even if you don’t, you will love this book.  Share it with a creative, kind-hearted child.

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