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Thankful Thursday | A Weekly List of Gratitude

Can we talk about what a collectively rough and crappy week this has been?  From the earthquake in Mexico to the toddler getting hit in the face by a foul ball at that baseball game to several of my friends having deaths in their families.  It just seems like there was no shortage of bad news anywhere.  And to top things off, I have been feeling so blue lately.  Trust me when I say random bouts of depression suck!

If I could ask you guys for one favor this week, it would be to pray and/or send out positive vibes into the universe.  The world as a whole could use a more positive week next week.  I feel like our hope is dwindling a bit.  Let's combat all this negativity and sadness with some positive energy, love, and outpourings of support and compassion!

What I'm Thankful For This Week

Safety |  Hurricane Irma came and went.  Thankfully by the time she reached our area, she had been downgraded to a tropical storm.  While some businesses and neighbors in our area experienced some storm-related damages and power outages, we emerged with just a yard of debris of the loose twigs and fallen leaves variety. 

For a while, I did worry that one of our neighbor's pine tree was going to fall.  That tree was flapping and swaying in the wind almost as bad as one those inflatable dancing men thingies.  Thankfully, it held on for dear life and is still standing.

IKEA |  I was in the Queen City this week and of course, I couldn't pass up the chance to stop by one of my favorite stores - IKEA!  It was just the place I needed to visit to help with inspiration for Moo's room and the kids' bathroom.  Moo's current room isn't very big and her bed eats up most her floor space.

Being in IKEA and seeing all the room setups helped us to come up with a room layout that will up open up her floor space drastically.  This means that she can finally get the desk she's been eyeing.  Also, I got to get an in-person look at what our future kitchen cabinets will look like.  Y'all, I'm so excited!!

Snuggles + Kind Words |  I think the kids picked up on the dip in my mood this week because they've been doing an extra great job of giving me more hugs, snuggles and words of love.  I don't think they fully grasp how much these things mean to me, but I hope they will in the future.  Now if only we can make it to the end of this bickering stage they seem to be stuck in.

Fall |  Can you guys believe the first day of Fall starts tomorrow?!!  😍😍🍂  I'm so excited and thankfully because it's one of my two favorite seasons of the year.   The temps have already started to drop and the bugs have already started to go into hiding (or whatever it is that they do).  I can't wait to squeeze in more grilling time and time out in the yard now that the sun isn't blazing.

I hope everyone has a great first day of Fall tomorrow!  Don't forget to put our positive vibes and show some kindness!

What are you grateful for this week?  Let me know in the comments below. 

I Just Kept Spinning Book Review

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Are you talking to your children about discrimination?  If not, you probably should be.  Chances are your child has already faced discrimination either from a peer or an adult that they come into contact with on a regular basis.  It's crazy, right?!  This week Moo and I revisited our discussion on discrimination when we read I Just Kept Spinning by debut children's book author Destini Bridges. 

Thankful Thursday | A Weekly List of Gratitude

Happy Thankful Thursday Y'all!!  We're in the process of hunkering down as we wait for Hurricane Irma to hit.  The weather reports for our area have been all over the place since there are conflicting reports on the path that she will end up taking.  Either way, I think that we can anticipate some strong winds and heavier than usual rain.  We're a few hours inland and I'm staying optimistic that we won't have any flooding and praying that we don't get any spin-off twisters either.

Muhiima's Quest Book Review

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Raising kids is hard.  Teaching our kids how to love and accept the things that make them different and unique is harder.  From their peers to the media, our children will be bombarded with messages of "This is how you are supposed to look or everyone has to do xyz in order to fit in."

Thankful Thursday | A Weekly List of Gratitude

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Happy Thankful Thursday!  How is July already almost half over?  I feel like June flew by so fast.  I know part of the reason for me is our move.  We've been so absorbed in getting settled in and trying to finalize details for renovations.  It just sucks because school starts earlier here and I feel like our summer break has been eaten up by house stuff.

Finding Wonder With Hillsong United + Giveaway

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I've always been a fan of Hillsong's music ministry and have been looking forward to Wonder, their new album since their last album, Of Dirt And Grace, dropped.  As a teenager and even into my young adult years, "Shout To The Lord" became my anthem of sorts as I struggled to deal with my father's decision to reject his family.  There were so many emotions warring inside of me as a young woman whose heart had been broken time and time again by the most important man in my life.

Thankful Thursday | A Weekly List of Gratitude

So about my two week blog hiatus, let's just say that I under estimated how much energy (mental and physical) one needs to move.  No, this wasn't our first move, but it was definitely our biggest.  It was also probably our most emotional move because we left behind the only place both kids have known as home, friends and our favorite shopping spot - Target.  Nevertheless, we are settling into our new home and here's everything I've been thankful for over these last few weeks.