Gratitude Week 2015 :: Friday

One special week of focusing on daily gratitudes…with you.

For the lessons (so many) my children teach me.
For the quiet of the house, in the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep. There is something for me, in that silence.
For the freshness of a just-cleaned house and the satisfaction felt afterward, even though the doing was drudgery.
For a broken washing machine which invites consideration of the luxuries in our life.
For difficult conversations which eventually open hearts.

Sending a little love your way, m


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21 thoughts on “Gratitude Week 2015 :: Friday

  1. Oh, the satisfaction after a day spent doing drudgery…how I love a clean house but hate the work that needs to be done to achieve it.

    Paris…I am so often filled with despair that our world will never know peace. I want to believe so badly that light will drive out the darkness, but then another act of terror occurs and I worry that not enough of us are believing in the power of light anymore. It is a frightening time that we live in, isn’t it?

    My daughter spent the last two years in Paris, getting her master’s degree. I never worried about her safety while she was there. Now she works in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan; I never dreamed that I would be happy that she is in Mafraq rather than in her beloved city of light.

    Your beautiful offering of a week of gratitude drives home how important it is for us to pause throughout the day and give thanks for both the small and large blessings in our lives. Thank you, Michelle. xx

  2. I love your photos of shoes and soccer balls at the door.
    I’m at a bit of a loss after hearing of the events in Paris and thinking about how I was just a few minutes from those areas just a few months ago. Not so much for my safety (because I am here) but for the people I met, walked by, sat next to who are there.
    I wish it were different and there wasn’t such suffering but in that I’m grateful for the reminder and awareness contrast provides, for the security and ease in my life right now. In the day to day, those little moments of contrast, like hearing birdsong after a night of poor sleep, are little reminders and a flash of perspective.

    1. nellie, i went to bed last night with a heavy heart. all i can come up with is the same feeling/sentiment of what you’ve expressed so well here…the reminder and awareness that contrast provides.

  3. For an especially bright and sunny morning here in New Jersey. So bright that the leaves on the ground looked like they had been polished overnight.
    A walk in the woods today.
    When one of my ideas “click’ with others in my group.

  4. Another beautiful post Michelle. Isn’t it amazing how much we can take for granted kitchen appliances. How did people ever manage without them? I guess they just did, but it must have been so much harder. Hoping it is fixed soon! xx

  5. These posts of your are like a nice, deep breath. Ahhhh.

    I spent the evening puttering around, cleaning the kitchen just to keep the conversation with my guy going. But then awoke this morning to a clean stove and was blessed all over again.

    Peace keep you, dear one.

  6. Michelle,
    I want to thank you for this beautiful week. It has been a joy to read and see your pictures in this space. I follow on Instagram and that is such a blessing to see your squares in my feed. So thank you for all of it!!
    Today I am grateful for:
    A day off of work
    Instrumental Christmas music on Pandora
    Eventual walk
    Eventual candlelight
    Mostly for a slow day that will unfold exactly as it was meant to be

    GodSpeed Lovelies!!

    1. well, thank you, janet! this week is what it is because people like you join in. i’m so glad to be doing this week with you!
      enjoy your day off…it sounds like it’s going to be a good one! xo

  7. Grateful that my friend was able to fly out of Chicago yesterday after wind advisory cancelled flights. Grateful that all of these details of time, space, place, meaning, purpose, place land in their providential place, too. Grateful to you, Michelle, for inviting all to look with love at the details that make up the fabric of our lives, the rhythm of our days, and sigh “thank you.”


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