Have you noticed any friends posting everyday this month….about thanks? What a great idea – to spend at least a few moments each day this month journaling a few sentences of gratitude. So far this month I’ve seen a lot of ‘thankful’ posts regarding spouse, kids, education, creation and a few crazy random words of thanks!

All of it got me to thinking how we can get so focused on ourselves that we fail to be thankful and grateful. After all I am sure I would not be who I am without the presence of my Mom, my siblings, my close friends and co-workers. And I know I have thanked them….but probably not enough. So I’m going to try to say thanks more often, but not just this month. I’m hoping to make it a habit. Who doesn’t want to hear a heartfelt thanks? And I find myself enjoying the company of others who share their feelings of gratitude. Don’t you?

I thought about a few ways I’m going to incorporate thanks in my life this month and beyond!

1. Mean it when I say it! Have you ever said thank-you as a form of good-bye? In the grocery store, at the bank, etc. I want to be genuine when I say it.

2. Write a note. Yes, real mail…45 cents and all! I’m making a list of people who have blessed my life this year and I’m thanking them before Christmas.

3. Tag them in a post. I love social media and use it a lot to communicate with those far and near! I know the reactions I get when I tag a person, post a fun picture with them as my profile pic or write a comment on their instagram pic! I want the world to know my grateful heart!

My final thought-my thankful heart comes from the Lord – everyday is a gift from Him and I am thankful!

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This is a very cool art piece from RedLetterWords. If you haven’t discovered this wonderful site, please go check it out. I am a big fan and own several pieces and have a few tucked away to give as gifts this year. I don’t have any connections to Dee Kasberger, the creator and designer of Red Letter Words–I just really like her pieces!

 

 

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Disney Music!! It just gets stuck in your head. It’s sing-along ready! It evokes such great memories. I can’t forget “M- I- C See ya real soon!” It takes me back to black and white TV and many fun memories! How about you? What’s your favorite Disney musical memory???? No matter what it is, you are in luck! Walt Disney Records are releasing an amazing collection of classic Disney songs. There are songs from their movies, TV shows and theme parks. There are 94 songs on 4 discs – original songs! Discs include Disney Modern Classics, Disney Theme Park Classics, Disney Timeless Classics and Disney Television Classics.

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Check out this Medley of a cappella Disney Hits on youtube. Box set purchasers get this medley of Disney hits too!

Come along and sing a song and join our family!!!

You can pre-order the set before 11/12.

The suggest retail price is $49.98. It will be available at all major music retailers after 11/12.

I work with teenagers, so I am always fascinated by life stories that give a glimmer of hope to those who are worried about the next generation. This is a great story of teen who gets the reality – life is bigger than me! Lillian Pravda received sight-saving surgeries when she was 9 weeks old. Out of her misfortune comes a great opportunity for many to receive the help they need in getting eye surgery. At the age of 8 she founded Vision for and from Children. They raised over $100,000 and providing care for over 24,000 children. Quite impressive. But she has taken it a step further!

Lillian, who is now 13 years old, has founded a global campaign One Million $1to provide the gift of sight to children, through surgeries, support, outreach and other services. Her hope is to use the funds to build state-of-the art ophthalmology centers in regions in the US and beyond!

What an incredible vision…from someone who actually has received her vision through the skilled hands of surgeons. At this time of the year, when we are being thankful and grateful, perhaps you can send some money her way!

A One Million Dollar Campaign is a HUGE amount to raise, but saving sight is sooo important! I gave $10..if all my readers gave…Care to join me in the CAUSE? (and there is a super easy PayPal link!)vision

 

 

 

I have a birthday this week. I’m not dreading it, but I do wonder, ‘at what point are birthdays redundant’? Cake, candles, gifts, cards, friends and family. Repeat. I could live without the cake, I could forgo the candles and maybe even the gifts (I did say maybe!). BUT, I would be very sad if cards were not in the mail this week. I might even cry if there were no Facebook posts. I would hate a silent phone on my birthday.  I love hearing from old friends! I love the birthday song voice mail from my nephew–every year! I’m having a small family party and I’m very excited about a day for ME!

How about you? Is it a big family celebration? A night out on the town? A quiet moment with the ones you love? Do you embrace growing old, gracefully? Are you young enough to just love everything about the day?

So, it’s my birthday on Friday. Feel free to send a card, a gift, a cake 🙂 or just leave a post or comment. I am more sentimental then I want to admit!moms cake