Update || Gratitude Tree


Last week I created a gratitude tree in our front yard and asked neighbors and friends to stop by and hang a note of thanks from my tree.  Many came and left sweet notes of thanksgiving.

I am THANKFUL for living in a place that still values community.


I loved seeing all the notes fluttering in the wind with the leaves still hanging on.  Too bad we have to take them all down.  

Gratitude Party || Day 5


I'm participating in Michelle's gratitude party this week.  Will you join us?

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I'm very thankful for our home.  My roots are digging in deep this fall.  Thankful that our home will be filled with my family this Christmas.  Home is definitely where my heart and soul can be found. 
“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

Gratitude Party || Day 4


I'm participating in Michelle's gratitude party this week.  Will you join us?

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An important lesson to remember with gratitude is to pass it on, or pay it forward, or give it back. November's 4(for) green acres challenge is about volunteering. Many wonderful organizations need your help this time of year. Share your gratitude by donating your time, your home, or your dollars.
A wonderful resource to find a place that suits you is greatnonprofits.org.

I am very thankful for the YMCA. Pictured above is one of my favorite camp counselors, Caleb. I worked for the YMCA of Metro Dallas for 8+ years running outdoor education, summer camps, and after school programs. I hired Caleb while he was still in high school and he stayed with me through his college years. 

The YMCA raises money every year to send kiddos through programs that could not otherwise afford it. Caleb and I have worked with many of those children, and hopefully, impacted their lives for the better. I continue to volunteer for the YMCA as a board member for Collin County Adventure Camp. I am thankful for the opportunities I was given as a child and I'm passionate about exposing young minds to nature and community by helping in any way I am able. 
 
Thanks, Caleb, for reminding me how important our job was and still is as a volunteer.  My wish is that you are still out there passing it on.
“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

Gratitude Party || Day 3


I'm participating in Michelle's gratitude party this week.  Will you join us?

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Three elements that bring me gratitude for living in America.

“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

Gratitude Party || Day 2


I'm participating in Michelle's gratitude party this week.  Will you join us?

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I am incredibly thankful for my family.  They are supportive, caring, and love me just as I am.  These are a few of my favorite shots I captured this year of a few of them.  I see joy in all of them.  Joy to genuinely be together...as family.  

brother || sister
captain dad
grams' sister & husband || grams
cousin || grams
sister
nephew || sister
nephew
“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