Well, I have not been overly successful in my endeavor to share a weekly post of gratitude — but it’s not for a lack of it. Rather, some weeks I’ve just found myself too busy living in the gratitude to stop and write about it. Not a bad problem to have. 

This time last week, we were just getting settled into our Airbnb for a long weekend in Vegas. For Kade’s 40th birthday (back in August) I surprised him with 8 tickets to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. #BucketList y’all.

So…what I’m thankful for this week is the world’s best friends and family who took the time (and spent the money) to come to Vegas with us and celebrate four decades of this guy being awesome. You guys are cooler than a ride on the New York-New York roller coaster at night. And that is seriously cool. 


You might (or might not) have noticed I missed last week’s #ThankfulThursday post. And that, incidentally, is the very thing I am thankful for this week — an electronically unplugged  holiday. Where being a little more disconnected from the world allowed a little more space for connection with the people around me.

No internet (i.e., no work), erratic cell service (i.e., no mobile apps) and in fact, we became so disconnected that we even forgot to take pictures the entire four days we were together.

That’s a lie…we took one.

And Lexi wasn’t even in it because she was napping. (Also, she spent the entirety of Thanksgiving day in her PJs. #momwin or #momfail …I’ll let you decide.)

So, yeah. Totally, completely thankful.



This week, I am thankful for the opportunity to teach my daughter the value of love, compassion and generosity. Guys…it is h.a.r.d. for a toddler to shop for things they like just to give them to someone else.

We chose a 2-4 year-old girl for our OCC box for a reason. To make it relatable.

As we made our way through the aisles, each item that was placed in the cart was followed by an exuberant “For me?!” from the front seat. Each time, I explained that we were picking out things to send to a little girl who didn’t have very much so we could share the love of Jesus with her at Christmas.

By the end of our little shopping excursion, my sweet babe’s questions had changed. Instead of asking insisting that each new thing was for her, she began asking questions about the little girl who would be receiving these treasures. What’s her name? Where’s her house? Who is she?

While I wish I had the answers to all her questions, today, seeing the budding spirit of compassion in my little girl was enough.

What have you been thankful for this week?


I’m not sure how, but my calendar says it’s November.


Halloween is over and the “holiday crazies” can officially come out of hiding. Though I’m still in a state of sadness shock that time is passing so quickly, I’ve decided this holiday season to share a few things each Thursday that I am grateful for from the week. I hope in doing this I will not only become more aware of the ABUNDANT blessings in my life, but hopefully also encourage you to think about the blessings in yours.

So, here you have it.

This week I am thankful for progress on our barn renovation.

For ice cream dates on long road trips with my little.

For Papa’s who make their little girl’s world go ’round.

For the first snow of the season!!

For the first fire of the season (the up-side to snow!)

For new growth and new life.

And for gorgeous sunrises and simple living.

What are some of the things you’re grateful for this week?

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.        – Melody Beattie