1. Liz Gwynn

    Love these thank you notes! Happy anniversary to you and Larry. I’m so excited for the things to come for you two!
    I’m so very thankful for you and our family. Losing someone so important to us all has been so hard, but it’s amazing how it’s also made me feel extra grateful for our whole family.
    Getting enough sleep is making me smile today. Kevin and I are working on mini goals, and getting to bed at a better time is one of them.
    January was not my favorite. It’s usually not. But this year was extra tough. I’m grateful to be approaching February… And eventually… Springtime.
    That being said, I’m thankful that this January has had somewhat cleaner air, and that we’ve recently had some days we can get outside with Elsie.
    Love you!

    • Thank you Liz. I can relate to so much of what you are saying. I am deeply grateful for our family. I too am looking forward to spring, but was just saying how nice it is that we haven’t had the long stretches of inversion that we often get. Good for you guys focusing on getting more sleep. That really is vital to every other aspect of your life and any other goals you may set. I love you guys bunches!

  2. Thank you Christie, for reminding us all to take the time to be grateful! It makes for a much happier life. I am grateful that we now have a home in Chiatura, Georgia, in order that we can continue the new phase of our travel lifestyle.

  3. So much to be thankful for, Christie… Glad you had a lovely anniversary celebration. Those running shoes look great and they’re calling you to run in them. It’s exciting to see progress on the construction of your new winter home. #MLSTL

    • Thank you Natalie. It’s nice having our anniversary in January–a built-in celebration to cheer up what is the dreariest month for me. And it is starting to warm up a bit. I’m sure I’ll be hitting the running trail soon. I hope all is well with you!

  4. Hi Christie your Thank Ypu Notes are always a lovely way to wrap up your month. Even though Jan was bittersweet for you this is a lovely positive post. Very exciting that your house jade started #MLSTL Sharing

  5. I love these posts of gratitude! Shoes, roses, new house, granddaughters (not necessarily in that order, mind you) are definitely things to be grateful for… actually not “things” – they represent joy, love, health, and sweet anticipation. January was good for me… but that’s true for just about every month. Looking forward to February!

    • You bring up a good point, Janis. These “things” I share with you represent much more than just the objects themselves. It’s more about what they represent. I am so grateful for good health, loving family, the beauty that surrounds me, all my senses, which allow me to enjoy life in so many ways… Life is good. Here’s to February!

  6. Always so positive Christie – we all have so much to be thankful for don’t we? Happy Anniversary (we’re up to 37 years at the end of Feb) and I loved all the family photos – a great tribute to your Mum and the legacy she leaves behind – family is such a comfort.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM ?

    • Thank you Leanne, and congratulations on 37 years next month. That is pretty impressive. I bet there is much to be grateful for looking back on your life together. Sorrow too, I’m sure, but you navigated it together. I’m still in that stage where I’m having a hard time comprehending that my Mom is really gone from this earth, but as you mentioned, the family is truly a comfort. Always so much to be grateful for, even in the more challenging phases of our lives. Let’s see what February has in store for us. 🙂

  7. I do my “I am grateful for” every night when I get into bed. But I had a special one this week: our son flew down (an hour’s flight ) for his dad’s birthday. The dad was almost in tears at the thoughtfulness. I was besides myself for the joy our son brought and for having a son who is so caring. Little things mean a lot. Important to remember to be grateful for them.

    • That is lovely–the caring and respect that your son showed for his father. Something to be grateful for indeed. I do a nightly gratitude list as well. Besides ending the evening on a high note, it causes me to pay more attention during the day, thinking oh this will be on my list. 🙂

  8. I always enjoy your thank you notes, Christie, because it makes me stop and think what I’ve been grateful for this week. I’m thankful a skin cancer which was removed from my arm was benign, I thankful that our renovations are coming along nicely on our apartment, I’m thankful that I spent time with my daughter and grandsons this week and thankful for the many blogging friends, including you who I have met over the last five years. I hope you are feeling okay after the loss of your Mum, but she will always be with you. #MLSTL xx

    • So much to be grateful for, Sue. I’m happy to hear that things are going well and that your health is good. I too am grateful for blogging friends like you and for the #MLSTL link-up. Of course, I do miss my Mom and think of her every day, but as you said, I carry her with me always.

  9. I have always loved your Thank You Notes, Christie. The family photo is amazing. A great testament to the legacy your Mom created. You made me smile on the granddaughters “indulging” you with the photo. I can relate. A future winter home? Wow! Happy Anniversary! Thank you for making me smile, too. #MLSTL and sharing SM

    • Thank you for your kind words, Erica. Family is everything and I am truly blessed in that department! I’m excited for our new home–the first we’ve ever built from the ground up. I hope you are having a great week.

  10. Oh Christie, you are such a beautiful soul, with all you’ve been through lately you still manage to have so many things to share and be thankful for. Co grats on your 21 anniversary and your new home being built. Such exciting things to look forward to! #mlstl

  11. Happy Anniversary! 21 years is nothing to sneeze at in this day and age.It will be 9 years in May for me, although almost 12 years together. It took him a while to convince me that getting married again would be ok! It must be so exciting to see your new house coming together.

    • It’s crazy to think that 21 years have gone by; yet at the same time, it seems like we’ve always been together. It is exciting to be building a house. That’s a new experience for us. I understand what you are saying about hesitating to marry again, but it sounds like you made the right choice. I’m glad he persisted. 🙂

  12. What a great idea for a post! So exciting you are building a new house too! We finished our build last year and it’s so good having everything just the way we want it! 🙂

    Congrats on your anniversary as well!

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

    • Hello Mica and welcome! It is exciting building a house. We’ve each owned a home before, even one together, but neither of us has ever built one from the ground up. Thanks for stopping by. I’m on my way over to visit your site now.

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