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Grat·i·tude

1 Corinthians 1:4

The Message (MSG)

4-6 “Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives…”

Fall officially started today!  Woo hoo…I think this is my favorite season.  I love the crisp air, the breeze, the changing leaves, and the holidays!  My favorite holiday, ever since I was little, has been Thanksgiving.  It was, and still is, the only holiday where both sides of my family gets together in one place.  We have always held Thanksgiving at my parent’s house and it is a time of food, family, and a lot of gratitude.

There is always SO much to be thankful for.  People to be thankful for, blessings to be thankful for, and a God full of love and grace to be thankful for.  Even in our most darkest hours, there is something we can always be thankful for, but how often do we really tell those that we are thankful for them, for something they did, or for simply who they are.  God has really been placing this on my heart lately.  I have SO much, and SO many, that I owe gratitude to and for.

I have decided to embark on a personal challenge…a 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge.  I got the idea from here.  It’s simple, your goal is to express gratitude to one person a day, anywhere in the world, for any reason,  for 30 consecutive days by sending a heartfelt card.  Who doesn’t like to get mail {real mail}.  I am going to be using SendOutCards.  The are many reasons I am using SendOutCards, but the main reason is  because I don’t have to leave the comfort of my own home to try and pick out a card with a squirmy 16 month old…and I am lazy ;)!  With the economy the way it is, you don’t even have to send a card if.  It could be a phone call, a hug, or a personal Thank You!  Just let someone know, everyday, that you are thankful for them.

I can’t wait to see God work through me in this challenge and I am excited to share my experiences with you.  I would also love to have you join me and see how God works through all of you.  October 1st is my official start date.  Start with me or chose your own start date, but be sure to comment and share your experiences!!

XOXO,

Kristie

Up All Night {Literally}

So, I am sure if you are a parent you may have tuned in to the new series, Up All Night, with Christina Applegate.  Let’s just say my husband wasn’t too thrilled with my excitement for this sitcom.  He thought it would hit too close to home with a newborn.  However, we began watching it and absolutely love it and can totally relate and I am pretty sure the other night it saved our marriage.

So this is how it all went down…

It had been a rough day with Baby E.  He had been very fussy and cranky and needy.  Let’s just say mommy didn’t get any “me” time.  I love my baby to death…but mommy goes a little  insane without any me time.  So, needless to say I was looking forward to the run my husband and I had planned post workday.  It was a beautiful 80 degree Colorado day and the last day for a nice run before we were supposed to get pounded with snow.  Slowly as the day went on, the more cranky the baby got, the more tired and cranky mommy got.  By the time runnin’ time got around I was exhausted and about as cranky as the baby. Since Baby E hadn’t napped well I figured what a perfect opportunity to get him to take a little cat nap…our RUN!  He loves the stroller and will usually fall asleep on our runs.  Perfect Plan!

Or So I Thought…

We head out the door around 530pm to run about 6 miles.  We first decided to do a 1.5 mile loop around the neighborhood to get the dog out.  Here is where it all falls apart.  To recap…grumpy baby = grumpy and tired wife.  Husband takes off…without looking back…with the dog.  I have grumpy baby, stroller and grumpy self.  I am thinking “we are supposed to be running together…this is going to be a long 6 miles.”  So, we get around the 1.5 mile loop and back to the house to put the dog back in and head out for our last 4.5 mile loop.  Husband takes the baby and we head out…we run together (thank God) and get about 1.5 miles into our loop…and Baby E starts howling!  So, I stop, take him out of the carseat and start to walk with him and he is happy as a clam.  I tell my husband that I am just going to head back since he seems to be unhappy. He knew how much I needed a run so he suggested we go a little further and then could cut in at the bridge if Baby E started to lose it again.  So, we pack baby back in the carseat and head back out.  So far, so good I am thinking…until another 1/2 mile or so and the screaming returns.  So, what did we do…take him out again and start walking…and walking…and walking…a whole mile home.  By this time it is getting dark, cold, and I am just grumpier than ever.  All of a sudden my husband goes…”this is totally something you would see on Up All Night…two adults…one carrying a baby…one pushing the stroller…in the pitch black.” I couldn’t help but laugh…it was such a “parenthood” situation.  Something that we will always be able to look back and laugh at.