1185004_10202034632526327_412508624_n1. snow in the south on November 1st!

2. snow melting

3. Two Annas, an Elsa, An Olaf & Sven

4. Restaurants handing out cups of hot pie at the town trick or treating

5. The candy tax

6. The fact that my children like the suckers best and I don’t. That makes the candy tax much less painful for all involved.

7. Halloween Donuts

8. Cake offers

9. 4.62 miles at a 12 minute mile

10. Friends willing to take your kids while you attempt to clean

11. cool air

12. friends to run with

13. Running friends to drink coffee with

14. volunteering at your children’s Halloween party

15. a school raising funds and awareness on behalf of your child

16. a work place raising funds and awareness on behalf of your child

17. V8 & cottage cheese after a week of too many sugary indulgences

18. Vest season

19. your kid’s friends

20. Trick or Treating

21. Good report cards!

31 for 21: Day 25 gratitude

  1. 10458733_10205073406333773_3032605953960587604_nListening to audiobooks on youtube
  2. Seth Myers doing the late show- it’s like getting the best part of SNL 5 nights a week
  3. A snack of popcorn with parmesan on it
  4. unexpected time with family
  5. grapes
  6. time to read
  7. kisses & hugs
  8. an uneventful flight
  9. a chance to say good-bye
  10. a long layover
  11. Jerry’s Donuts
  12. Texas BBQ brought home
  13. three little voices over the phone
  14. a husband who is all in
  15. a moment to wish a soldier well on his first deployment
  16. stories to tell
  17. youtube
  18. going to the movies
  19. decaffeinated coffee
  20. babies
  21. my family

31 for 21: Day 18: gratitude


  1. For having a lot to be grateful for these days and wanting to start documenting it again.
  2. Lovey joining the Down syndrome Family Alliance Board of Directors.
  3. Zuzu’s loving her Jumprope Team.
  4. A Daisy/Brownie leader being willing to step in and pick up Zuzu so she can join in.
  5. The way Sugarplum narrates her way around her day.
  6. The Quail’s teacher noticing the difference between when she is being obstinate and when she truly just needs help.
  7. The way the Quail says gua-nana for Iguana.
  8. Listening to the Quail read her weekly alphabet books to her Grandma over the phone.
  9. Zuzu riding up front in the car.
  10. Sugarplum announcing that she needs to do her homework too and then following along on Starfall as we click through the color red.
  11. Offers of cake, donuts, egg biscuits, pumpkin chili and candy.
  12. New friends to run with.
  13. Running for 30 minutes straight at a 12 minute mile pace.
  14. A compromise reached with Zuzu of leggings under shorts for the fall clothes.
  15. The Quail’s teacher deciding to do a fundraiser and awareness campaign around Down syndrome in the month of October in honor of the Quail and another student.
  16. Netflix
  17. The Quail being invited to birthday parties by classmates.
  18. Zuzu’s continued exuberance over being 8.
  19. 110 crunches in a day.
  20. Three little girls sleeping in beds and all the cribs taken down.
  21. Eeking semi-regular writing time into my day and how glad I am after I’ve done it.


DSC_38931. watching the baby treat the glowworm like her own baby

2. Sugarplum’s pulling down a boppy and blankie and dragging it over to me to nurse just about anytime I sit down at the computer.

3. realizing Zuzu and I have the same eyes down to the hazel mixed in with the blue

4. bad mood’s passing

5. Zuzu’s request to go surprise Daddy with a breakfast treat

6. Dinners with Lovey

7. back to school night for 2!

8, a VSD almost closed

9. a doctor’s reassurance that we are out of the risk of need for open heart surgery

10. a gallon of figs!

11. dinner reservations

12. a salad of avocado, bacon, egg, mozzerella & arugala

13. a  nursing toddler

14. a nursing toddler sleeping through the night

15. kind words

16. new teachers

17. homework binders

18. a 6 year old’s excitement to get started on their homework before school even starts

19. non-disability families getting involved and learning about the disability community

20. end of summer swim lessons

21.  Welcome to the new class letters in the mail


DSC_49151. The Happy Berry

2. pictures of blueberries

3. fresh corn

4. sauce of avocado, sour cream, lime, milk and S&P to taste

5. a busy weekend

6. children playing in splashing water

7. Zuzu making a new friend

8. school supply shopping

9. DSFA- Greenville

10. work lunches!

11. work birthday cakes!

12. editing time

13. Lovey

14. fresh blueberry cobbler, the next day

15. Netflix

16. thin liquids and the ability to swallow them!

17. cafeteria food dates with Lovey & the Quail

18. a 6 year old’s excitement at a birthday party invitation

19. the morning light in Panera

20. strangers stopping to comment on our girls in a kind way

21. hand-me-downs!


DSC_43491. coffee

2. a night with the baby sleeping on through

3. anniversary plans

4. salads with avocado, blue and raspberries, mozzerella pearls and champagne grapes

5. photo editing time

6. too much to read

7. the mental space to read

8. waking up with some energy

9. new people to talk too

10. kindness

11. FB as a way to keep up with people

12. renewed interest in cooking

13. places to splash

14. homedays

15. inclusion

16. places to talk about inclusion

17. questions from others

18. people outside the disability world having an interest in it

19. Pappas

20. speech practice

21. Lisa-jo Baker

Gratitude Journal

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2. insurance

3. too much milk

4. mental health

5. travel coffee mugs

6. spontaneous trips

7. last-minute lunches

8. new friends & groups of friends

9. too many pastries

10. missing teeth smiles

11. trying out a new camera lens

12. too many books to read

13. recipe, magazine & blog hoarding for a rainy day

14. morning editing over a cup of coffee

15. new car and booster seats

16. clean bill of teeth health

17. Vitamin C

18. a baby sleeping through the night for the first time

19. summer fruit & veggies filling my lunch bowl

20. weight loss

21. a house safe from flood damage