I am a big fan of Pinterest and actually do use the ideas I pin.  Along those lines I found two things that I really loved and wanted to post them here and I plan to incorporate them into our home and life this coming year (and thereafter).

I love this Gratitude Jar  idea! I know for me, I grumble about the negative stuff and find it easy to lose focus of the great things that I have to be thankful for in my everyday life. I want to focus on being more grateful and less grumbly.  

I'm thinking that this gratitude jar idea will make an ideal gift too.  Maybe pass them out to my kids for Christmas to start this tradition with their own families.  This is such an inexpensive and easy way to share and focus on what is truly important.

Here is another great idea.  This Photo Display idea can be rotated easily to update photos throughout the year or display photos for special events that you are celebrating or have celebrated.  You could even use it in conjunction with your gratitude jar.

I'm looking forward to 2013 as a year full of exciting possibilities and gratitude for every blessing, no matter how small.   



We're down to the wire on our move...just a few more boxes to pack, closets to empty and our bed to take down and we're off to our new address.

I woke up sick yesterday.  I've been fighting a cold all week but Saturday I woke up feeling yucky...with a headache, sneezing, and blowing my nose all morning.  A half dose of Sudafed helped me get through my day of packing boxes and off to a Christmas party at our friends' house for the evening.

It was a nice break for us spending time with friends.

Today, I woke still feeling crummy, but not as bad as I did yesterday. I was awake early after a good night's sleep. We went out for breakfast and I dosed up again with Sudafed and we got a lot done today!  I was so thankful that I had as much energy as I did, even being sick. 

It feels good to be this close to moving and have all the hard work of cleaning out, organizing and packing up our house nearly done.

The best part of moving is just ahead of us.  Unpacking, arranging and settling in to our new home!

I'm looking forward to celebrating Christmas at our new address.