Gratitude in Abundance


I am all about it, lately. 

I was with my mother yesterday as she went to see her surgeon about her recurring leg pain.  Despite the fact that she is physically healed from the horrific accident that almost ended her life, it is over two years later and she is in daily pain.  Yet, for my mother, she rarely complains about it.  It appears that removing the screws that are in her knee may just relieve some of the pain she’s experiencing, so as a family, we may be gearing up for another rally as Mom goes through her 4th surgery.  Luckily, this one will be minor and outpatient compared to the others, but surgery is still surgery and no one knows surgery better than she.  And I. 

In two days it will be 4 months since my own surgery and I have dedicated myself to writing a gratitude list every night before bed.  Some nights as I shift underneath my heating pad I don’t feel like being grateful – especially when ‘heating pad’ is one of the things I’m grateful for, but the more I write, the more grateful I become.  It’s true.  Habits form and it feels like the brain is slowly being rewired to see life differently. 

So, in these days of heating pads and ibuprofen, I cannot tell you how lifted I felt as I read from Teresa’s post that I was on her gratitude list – me!  (I know, right?)  What a beautiful thing to know that you are a presence in someone’s life.  She is certainly a presence in mine. 

You must know this about yourself.  There are people who look to you, believe in you, admire you, feel comforted by you and love you.  Yes, life gets in the way and words go unsaid, but they come when you least expect it and when they do, let me just say, it feeds the soul.   

Of course, to receive we must also give, so today I give my gratitude list to Teresa for her Monthly Gratitude Post instead of leaving it my personal journal:

1.  I am grateful for the fact that I feel my body working hard to recover from my surgery, and to know that soon, I will be in a much better, stronger place than ever before.

2.  I am particularly grateful to see nature in the form of compositions like this around my neighborhood:




3. I am grateful for this blog and for every single one of you who reads it. I realize that it has gone though a series of multiple personality changes over the past few months as I search for a new writing voice, but to those of you who’ve hung in for the long haul, I am beyond humbled.

4. I am grateful that my mother continues to provide the kind of example I want to live by. She carries on despite her pain, and tries to make the most of every single day.

5. I am particularly grateful for my husband, Craig. The unwavering support he’s given me as I attempt to start my own business and work from home has been amazing. His faith in me gives me faith in myself.


Speaking of gratefulness, I’m both grateful and excited for Laura at Laura Lives Life to have generously donated some of her blog space to host a giveaway with one of my art prints being the prize:



The giveaway is still going on by the way, and a winner will be announced on Friday, so head on over to Laura’s blog and if you like this particular print leave a comment so you can be in the running to win it! 


What are you grateful for today?

23 thoughts on “Gratitude in Abundance

  1. teresa

    I can’t believe you did it!!! Thank you! You’re my first linky friend. You’re so good to me. I love you’re post too of course (this isn’t all about me).
    That photograph is amazing. No wonder you’re so inspired with your tree paintings (my dreams come to life).
    And I’m so sorry about your mom. You know I can’t stand to hear she is in pain every day.
    Sending love to her and you. xoxo

    1. Ellen Post author

      Thank you, but you inspired this post, you know ;)
      This last surgery just might be the final one for her. She won’t need to be using a walker for more than a few days on this one, as opposed to months so it’s a good thing.

  2. Brenda

    I kept a gratitude journal for quite awhile. (I don’t know why I stopped.) I found that it really shifted my attitude. Instead of being negative and looking for the worst in every situation, it made me look for things I could write about as I went through my day. I was searching for things to be grateful for and to feel good about. Some days, it was something as small as my knitting needles and yarn or a good book to read, and other days, it was something huge. I have been in a slump lately—maybe I should start journaling again.

    1. Ellen Post author

      Hi, Brenda~
      Believe me, it’s not always an easy thing to do, especially when you don’t feel like you have anything to offer for an entry. But you’re right, it does somehow put a spin on your life and you begin thinking differently. I find this especially helpful during trying or stressful times.

  3. KCLAnderson (Karen)

    Whoa…this post came just in the nick of time! I’m in the midst of lots of positive changes and yet at the same time I find myself paralyzed with fear. And then I remind myself of all the amazing people, events, and things in my life and round and round I go! Right this very moment, I am thankful for you, I am thankful for blogging and the internet (which has brought me so many important people, my amazing husband included), my grandson (again, thanks to Husband and internet), my little office that has a beautiful view, words, the ability to use them effectively, my brain, my kitty cats, life…

    1. Ellen Post author

      And I am grateful to have been a reader of your blog for so long. Your words have changed my outlook in so many areas. Ah, the power of words and the beauty with which they are written.
      Positive changes and fear. That means you are on the verge of a major shift, Karen. Hang in there and hold on, and trust your instincts – fear be damned.

  4. Munchberry

    What a terrific idea. Sometimes you DO have to stretch to find something.

    I am grateful for you and Teresa. I see your mail in my box and I get a little happier because I know you (two) are thinking of me. I am well loved and for that I am grateful!

  5. Ellen Post author

    You already know how grateful I am for you, but I’m going to say it again: super grateful for having such a unique you for so many reasons. xo

  6. LauraJayne

    I’m so grateful for so much in my life – and I’m grateful for you too. You are always thoughtful and know exactly what I need to hear. I’m glad you are taking a break for a visit and I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    I’m grateful to have your posts in my reader and to watch you use this wonderful time in your life to spread your wings!

    Locally, I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend time with friends and engage my creative spirit this week! I’m so fortunate!

    (and obviously, I’m grateful for exclamation points! and smiley faces! :) )

  8. debby

    I am grateful for that wonderful picture you posted. It is just the color inspiration I needed this morning for a new project I am contemplating!!

    1. Ellen Post author

      Debby, I’m grateful that my photo was inspiring to you. I’ll be posting more photos this week. Took some amazing ones while in Northern Michigan this week!

    1. Ellen Post author

      No you don’t, either. I can list tons of stuff that I know you’re grateful for right off the top of my head. Wow. Aren’t you grateful that I’m not full of myself? ;)

  9. Norma

    I think having a supportive, caring partner is key to so much of our happiness and success in life. So I’m grateful for mine as you are of yours. Also grateful, as you are, for realizing (before it was really too late) how important it is to treat my body like the miraculous machine it is rather than like a garbage dump. And grateful for trivial things like egg whites in a carton, dogs with whom to snuggle, Spawn who think I’m cool (for now) and Burt’s Bees mango butter lip balm. :)

  10. goodnuff

    Teresa has inspired many a gratitude posts. I’m grateful that the great bloggers I love are always around when I find myself with enough downtime to read posts.

  11. Hanlie

    Today I’m grateful for new beginnings and new energy. For second and third and fourth chances. For the ability to change and be changed. And I’m grateful for you, the lessons I learn from you and the support you give me. Thanks!

    1. Ellen Post author

      That was just the sweetest comment, Hanlie. Thank you. I always get a smile when I know you’re waiting to be read in my inbox :)


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