Friday, March 23, 2018

A Grateful Heart


Happy Friday to you, friends. It has been a lovely week for me... I spent every moment with seven of our eight children. How wonderful! Even though at times we were busy about our own activities, just having most of our family under one roof is a blessing I do not take for granted.

Our snow is quickly melting, the barnyard mud situation is a *bit* less extreme {smile}, the sky is a beautiful shade of blue with nary a cloud to be seen at this moment. And every single egg in my refrigerator was produced right here on our farm. All three of them. Ha!

Here are a few more things from my ongoing gratitude list today ~

:: Conversations. I am truly thankful that my children talk to me about whatever is on their minds. It has always been my priority to keep the lines of communication open with them... even if the topic is something that we may not view the same way or even agree on.

:: Doing hard things. Reaching out to people is hard for me... and I spent many years coddling that shortcoming of mine. But God has really nudged my heart to be more outgoing. And it is exhausting and draining and overwhelming, but also so rewarding and encouraging and fun! I'm glad to be pushing myself in this area, and making new friends and reconnecting with old ones.

:: Jack. I *love* that dog of mine... I have become something I never before understood until I got a puppy of my own. The proud parent of a fur baby. Ha!

:: Discovering something new. I love making kombucha - I showed you one of my thriving SCOBYs here - and this week I read that one can make kombucha with coffee rather than tea! I'm excited to learn more about that and give it a go!


Thank you for coming by my blog this week, friends. Things were a bit quiet on Run Hoop Julie these past few days, but I have been praying about a way to share more of my {ed} recovery thoughts over there... I kind of want to just in case it is an encouragement to someone, but I'm not sure how to go about it. For now, I invite you to hop on over there to see my weekly bit of happiness. {smile}

Wishing you much gratitude and a wonderful day ~