Saturday, November 1, 2014

Day 1 - The Gratitude Diary

I know, it's been awhile and while I have every intention of keeping up this blog somehow I let it take a back burner to everything else.  I so enjoyed the summer and we had a glorious Fall and honestly I just wanted to spend as much time as possible outdoors because I knew the day would come when the indoors would be the place where I would pass most of my day.  So long to my screen porch, so long to my garden, so long to windows wide open and flip flops....but I know they will all return next year.

So anyhoo, it is now November 1st, and btw can you honestly believe this year is coming to a close so quickly, July was yesterday. So I plan (that's the operative word....plan) on doing a blog post a day on something that I am grateful for.  I did this last year, and it was very fulfilling.  Typically this is the month where we focus on gratitude, I should probably do this in March when life around here is pretty boring and my chin is usually dragging about that time of year, but I'm stickin' to November.

I am totally grateful for the seasons of the year and especially the Fall, it is the most glorious, colorful time of the year here in these parts.  It would be hard not to see the glory of God when you gaze upon the colored leaves and blue skies, it literally takes my breath away.


But I am starting off this month of gratefulness with the most precious little person in my life right now, Matilda Mae, my great-granddaughter.  I visited her (and her parents of course) today and I am awestruck at how beautiful she is.  Probably, no certainly, the most beautiful great-grandchild ever. She is about 6 weeks old and so dear.  Hilary, the Mom, loves being a Mom, and Brandon, the Dad, loves being a Dad.  And Charley, the dog, is very protective of her.  So not only am I grateful for this bundle of joy, but also for her loving parents.  There is truly something special about a young family, blessed with love for each other and now blessed with the miracle of birth.  So I am beginning my month of gratefulness with Matilda Mae.



Now, surely you agree that she is indeed the most beautiful child ever!  A great-grandmother gets to state this loud and clear.  (PS I am sure all of us feel their child-grandchild-great-grandchild is the most beautiful and ofcourse we are absolutely justified to proclaim that, that's what we do)

Until next time.....


20 comments:

  1. Matilda Mae is the best possible way to start your gratefulness for the month! Those eyes are all-knowing. I also like the huge, old-growth trees decked out in fall. Time goes by way too fast, that's for sure. It's good to see you posting again.

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  2. Matilda Mae IS beautiful and I'm sure she has those Swauger baby blues. This is going to be a good month with gratitude everywhere; here, FOL, Camper. I'm so excited to share this journey with you, my friend.

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  3. I have missed your wonderful photophraphy and chat but glad you are back again. Now you are absolutely right. She is SO BEAUTIFUL. Her eyes are stunning,

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  4. She certainly is a little beauty.

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  5. Congratulations on becoming a Great Grandmother at such a young age! She indeed is beautiful. So good to see you on IG. Rebecca

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  6. Most beautiful ever, no doubt about it . . . Look at her perfectly porcelain skin her eyes, her "touching" . . . Knowing it is her momma.
    Beautiful . . .
    Love that you are spending time and feeling grateful too . . .
    (I revel in identical marvel over my great granddaughter of six months . . .)
    Her daddy said the other day, "isn't she the most beautiful EVER . . ." and I replied "oh yes . . ."

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  7. How special to have that adorable little sweet heart to be grateful for!

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  8. Look at those eyes. She stole my heart away!!

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  9. She is indeed most beautiful and I am always blown-away with the clarity in a child's eyes. Brilliant pictures, wonderful to visit with you again.

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  10. She is beautiful. How wonderful, to have a great-grandchild. And, to get to visit her.
    Blessing, for sure.

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  11. I just ADORE that name....Matilda Mae. So precious!

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  12. Deanna, she is indeed so precious!

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  13. She definitely is the most beautiful great-grandchild! (Until I have one that is) Love, love those beautiful blue eyes.

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  14. Matilda Mae is adorable and gorgeous, Deanna! In Italian we'd say "e` una bambola", she is a doll! :))

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  15. She sure is a cutey! I look forward to reading your DAILY musings. Does that make you feel an more accountable to writing every day?

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  16. Matilda Mae is a beautiful baby and these photos are wonderful!

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  17. Matilda Mae is such a wonderful way to begin your month of gratitude. She is just beautiful, and so innocent looking. You just reminded me that last year, I also did a month of gratitude, and I am thinking that this is a great idea to do again, so although I am already behind, i may do this too, as I have been feeling a bit cranky with various old age items Perhaps you will inspire me. i know you are so enjoying this precious new baby, and only a few more days, and I will be having a new baby in my life too. My daughter is due the 11th, and we are thinking the baby, Little Genevieve Grace is going to come early. Big hugs to you ! God has made you shine Deana in ways that you would never have done had it not been for the pain in your life with your husband.

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  18. She is so extremely beautiful, Deanna! and your photography is nothing short of stunning. People should just blog when they feel like it and make no apologies... I guess unless they are supporting a family with proceeds from it. Your autumn foliage is also glorious!

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  19. She IS very beautiful! Yes, blog when you feel like it! I try to make my blog a gratitude journal, with pictures instead of words. I feel that in your posts too!

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  20. I've been absent commenting so I'm catching up today. - You do have some lovely fall color there but may I just say that Matilda Mae steals the show. She is gorgeous.

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