Thursday, April 25, 2024

Thankful Thursday

I've recently had some new visitors to my blog, which has been a lot of fun. I've visited their blogs in return and discovered some fun new bloggers to follow, something I haven't had a lot of time for in the past year. Several of these writers blog in a similar vein to me aka the everyday ordinary stuff of life, and those are my favorite posts to read. I'm pretty certain we're the silent majority on the interwebs lol. 

In an effort to get back into some sort of rhythm here I'm going to try linking up with some blog hops during the month of May. Hopefully I'll find some inspiration there, and at the very least will get back into the habit of writing. 

Note to self...take more pictures. Words come more easily when there's a photo to serve as springboard.  

Note to photography skills are something slightly less than excellent. 

All that to say, I'm participating rather late in the day today with Thankful Thursday hosted by Jennifer at Overflowing With Thankfulness.  Never too late to be grateful though, right? The news lately is just one awful crazy unbelievable thing after another, and making a short list of things I'm grateful for helps shift my perspective. 

Let's go with a list of three things on this gorgeous Thursday afternoon-

1. It's an absolutely gorgeous Thursday afternoon. 

The sun is shining, the air is warm, the pollen is ka-raZy...

Okay maybe that last one shouldn't be there but hey, if we didn't have pollen we wouldn't have plants. Perspective is everything. 

2. An afternoon cuppa. 

Like a big exhale that feels so necessary at 3 o'clock on a sunny spring day. Winter day. Any old day. 

"Tea is to the body as music is to the soul" Earlene Grey 

3. Cousin time. 

While it didn't work out for us all to be together last weekend, my girls have managed a mid-week get together with all their littles...

Where there's a will there's a way. 

Daughter1 hadn't met her brand new niece yet, and that absolutely needed to happen. And of course the rest of the crew is just party party party, so a good time was had by all. 

They're wearing the matching shirts I bought for the weekend that didn't happen (if you're in the dark you can read about that here). The boys shirts say 'cousins make the best friends',  Little Miss has 'cousin crew' printed on her pretty pink tee, and Sugar's little onesie says 'new to the cousin crew'. Trust me, they're adorable. 

And we know to take what we can get when it comes to photos with the six and unders-ha! 

Back in December I'd given both of my girls as well as both of their girls matching pjs and they remembered to wear them ...

They also remembered to take a picture which in my case is the next best thing to being there. For that I'm grateful. 


  1. I loved reading your post! These are all such wonderful things to be thankful for, but especially all those babies and your girls in matching pjs! You are so right about the news; I had to stop watching it in 2020, and only watch it now on occasion for the weather, but I feel so much better now that I quit. I think someone had to tell me to do this, and the relief was almost instantaneous! Thanks for joining me today!

  2. Love your thankful list. I'm trying to get better at doing this each week. Love the matching pj's and the cousin shirts. I just found out that I'll have a new great niece come October. I can't wait! It's hard being so far from our grands, but pictures help a lot!!

  3. The cousins shirts and pjs are just too cute. They did well at getting all 6 together in the photo too!

    1. There's just 5, but it sometimes feels like more lol.

  4. How sweet is that!? Love the cousin shot and pj shot, too. So glad this time together could happen after everyone got well!

  5. I agree about the news today being so crazy and unbelievable. After reading/seeing the news, I often find myself humming the song This is My Father's World. I love the picture of your sweet girls and granddaughters. Hope you have a good weekend!

  6. Love the PJ photo, so, so sweet! And, no matter what, there truly is always something to be thankful for. Happy weekend!

  7. I LOVE this post and the great photos of your girls and the littles! I'm glad you are getting back in the blogging groove, Joyce.

  8. I have always struggled to take a good photo whether I am the one holding the camera or the done being photographed as I do not have a photogenic face.

  9. Is Earlene Gray real? I need to google . . .thinking Earl Gray tea is not really Earl?? Your lake view is spectacular!! Pollen is crazy here in Alabama, too!

  10. Sweet post. I'm so glad the girls got together so the cousins could play. Love the photo along with the t-shirts and pajamas.