Filled with Love

This has been a year permeated with personal growth, tremendous loss, endless joy, and true beauty.

This has been a year filled with love.

I have a list a mile long of things for which I am grateful.  This life that I have been gifted is more wonderful than I could have ever dreamed.

In no particular order, this year I am grateful for…

…Starbucks Peppermint Mochas.

…a baby boy who points at his daddy and squeals “Da Da!”

…a daughter who, when asked what she is thankful for this year, replied, “my brother.”

…my mother, who told me that she loved me every single day while I was growing up.

…my wonderful family.

…our home, a warm and lovely place where we can raise our children and offer them a true sense of stability.

…that Craig and I were able to spend his mother’s final days at her bedside.  Those moments with her were a gift that I will treasure for my entire life.

…each and every person who comes here and reads my words.

…the comments that you all leave for me, each one is a little gift.

…miniature pumpkin cheesecakes.

…a techie husband who recognizes that the best writing occurs on a new MacBook Pro.

…a daughter who finds delight in the smallest of things.


…a handful of amazing friends who have stood by me through the years.

…the lovely friends that I’ve made this year (you and you and you).  I am blessed beyond compare.

…my baby boy who has recently learned how to give slobbery kisses.

…a husband who encourages me, who laughs with me, and who treats me with tenderness and respect.

…this blog, a place that affords me space to think, grow, and change.

…and lastly, the relief that I feel for having finished NaNoWriMo and the knowledge that I never, ever have to do that again!

This post is linked up with the Red Writing Hood’s prompt this week to write about

the things for which we are grateful.


  1. Megan-Best of Fates

    We're all grateful for you and your beautiful words.

  2. CDG

    A beautiful list, and thoughtful as always!

    You are a treasure, and I am grateful to have found you this last year.

    And congrats on NaNo, you rock star!

  3. Alex@LateEnouvh

    You finished!!! Congrats. And happy thanksgiving :)

  4. Christine Marie

    As we are grateful for you, my dear. I really do enjoy visiting your blog. You and Craig are a wonderful couple, both kind and genuine.

  5. Miss_Scarlett99

    Awww, come on! You know you will be sucked in NaNoWriMo next year ;)

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

  6. Peggy

    Katie is thankful for her baby brother?! It doesn't get any better than that. Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. ksluiter

    i love this list. I love that you included cheese. but most of all, i love how much love is going on over there in your world. that makes my heart happy. very much so. happiest thanksgiving to you, my dear friend.

  8. @squashedmom

    What a lovely list, thank you for sharing that. And hoping you had a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Cheryl @ Mommypants

    A beautiful list from a beautiful person. So thankful you are in my life. Love you! xo

  10. businesslorelei

    In the grand cosmic scales where thankfulness for mini pumpkin cheesecakes is on one side, and thankfulness for you is one the other side…

    Even with as thankful as I am for mini pumpkin cheesecakes, you win hands down.

  11. Ratz

    Whoo Hoo for the slobbery kisses and the NaNoWriMo… I must say i felt like tearing up reading that your little girl is thankful for her brother. It is just so beautiful, couldn't have been a better Thanksgiving.

  12. Alli_n_Son

    What a wonderful list. You have oh so much to be thankful for. Happy (late) Thanksgiving!

  13. Oh, congrats on completing NaNo. I'm slogging along. You have such a wonderful list here too. I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!

  14. Nancy C

    What an accomplishment! Kudos! Your daughter has her priorities straight—cheese=joy.

  15. Kim

    Nice list and mini pumpkin cheesecake???? Sounds divine!

  16. kris

    Late to this party.

    But as always?

    I love how you are able to stop and think and truly appreciate the loveliness in your life.

    Love that so very much.

  17. congrats on your book!
    & what a lovely list. made me smile!

  18. ~*Jess*~

    losing a parent is one of the hardest things in life. EVER. And I've sat at that bedside and it hurts so bad. I'm glad you had each other to get through it.

    As for the big sister grateful for the little brother? That is precious!

  19. What a beautiful list! And congratulations on completing your novel. :)

  20. du hoc

    I love your list. Did you complete your novel? I do not know…so, congratulation !!!!

  21. du hoc

    Congrats for your book !!!

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