Thursday, November 8, 2007

Gratitude Gala

Well, this is Gratitude gala weekend! I am posting a little early because tomorrow after work I am heading north to a womens retreat for the weekend. I have so much to be thankful for, but it all starts here
With this man. I am so grateful that God gave me my sweetheart, this man who hates to have his picture taken (sorry babe!) is the best guy in the whole world! He brings me flowers for no reason, supports me in everything I do and loves me unconditionally! I can honestly say he changed my life with his love for me. He is a wonderful dad to these two....

And what can I say about my girls? They are the joy of my life! Two sisters who love each other to the moon and back:>) Who bring fun and laughter and happiness into our lives every day.

These are some of my favorite pictures of them, taken December of 2005, I came home from work, grabbed them and threw them outside and told them they were posing for our Christmas cards! The pictures capture their fun loving spirits and joy in life. I love my family so much!

I am grateful that God has given me my own little cottage and gardens to enjoy. A place of warmth and love and safety. A place to be creative and to enjoy the company of friends and family. I am so grateful for the friendly, fun community of bloggers I have discovered just this year! There are so many things to be thankful for, I doubt I could even begin to list them all here, but to show my gratitude I am having a Thanksgiving give-away! Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered in a drawing for this Autumn gift cone, filled with fun surprises
I will draw a name on Monday and send it out in plenty of time for Thanksgiving. I think this whole month I will end my posts with more things I am grateful for. I have a long list and the month is probably not long enough to even begin to tell how blessed I am, but I'm going to try:>)


  1. I think that many of us as we move on in years, realize how very much we have to be thankful for. I say a prayer of thanks each and every day for my husband of 43 years. Met him in the back seat of a car heading to a high school football game when we were in our freshman year of high school.Who knew? My two daughters, both of whom I am so proud of. My one and only grand duaghter, a freshman in university this year. I have many more but these are the most important to me.

  2. You have such a lovely family. Yes, we all have so very much to be thankful for. The love of God, health, family, friends..... That's just the tip of the iceberg.

  3. beautiful family, beautiful cottage!

  4. Beautiful beautiful post Kathy! I adore how in love you and your hubby are. You two remind me of Chad and I. And your girls are gorgeous Kathy! You must be so proud! And I love your cottage!! I was drawn to your blog by the picture of your cottage the first time I ever visited you. I knew we were a lot alike and we are! Especially in our family values!

    Kathy, I love that cone! Did you make that?? So pretty!!

    Love ya,

  5. Kathy,

    What a Beautiful Post. Thank You For Joining The Gratitude Gala. You have a beautiful Family & Home :)
    I am so Greatful to have such wonderful blog friends like you :)

    Have fun at the retreat :)


  6. You have a wonderful wonder you're proud of them..
    I love giveaways so please count me in!
    Thanks for sharing the photos!
    Rest, relax and restore on your retreat!!

  7. kathleen, Simply precious! I'm so happy God blessed you with a wonderful husband to share life with. love, Lori

  8. Ooo that second photo of the girls is so great! Did you add the fuzzy on the computer...or on the camera?

  9. We just came to say Hi and you are having a giveaway....YIPPEEEEE! You gave us something to be thankful for, too!!!!

    Have a very blessed day,

    smiles, kari and kijsa

  10. I just came over from Penny's. What a wonderful and heartwarming post! Thank you for adding some wonderful cheer to my morning. Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  11. Oh Kathy you are very blessed...
    you have your health, a beautiful family, warm inviteing home, all your artist talents, the love that surrounds you!

    I am very blessed to know you and call you friend!

    God Bless, Dolly

  12. P.S.

    Kathy, you are invited to come and celebrate with me!

    I am haveing my grand opening of My Cherry Heart Boutique.

    Also come and visit my blog...
    I am haveing 2 give aways!

    Enjoy your weekend,
    Hugz, Dolly

  13. I found you through the gratitude gala at scrapnmom's...and your blog is is your family.

  14. You have a sweet family and love your home. Have fun at the reteat. Debb

  15. What a beautiful cottage and lovely family!
    Sandra Evertson

  16. Lovely family and such sweet sentiments of gratitude! My heart is warm and fuzzy after reading this!


  17. I love hearing how in love people are with there spouses. So wonderful to hear and your girls are so pretty. I love your house too. You sure are one very lucky lady but you know that already. Enjoy your weekend and can't wait to see who wins.

  18. What a lovely family and a beautiful home! The pictures of your girls are precious:)

    BTW I tried your cobbler recipe last night, only I didn't have blueberries so I used blackberries. It was DELICIOUS!! Thanks for sharing it.

    Hope you enjoy the retreat:)


  19. I love your post...
    Your cottage and family are so precious!

  20. What a lovely post -- you have a beautiful family, Kathy, and a sweet cottage, and tons of artistic talent!

  21. Kathy, You do have lots to be thankful for. What a beautiful family. Your girls are so pretty!

  22. Kathy, your husband is adorable and sounds like mine! Your daughters are beautiful, but I suspect they take after you! I am grateful too, that I have had a chance to met you. Someday, maybe we can met in person. I would love to be entered in your generous drawing!
    p.s. thanks for such nice words on my mosaic teacart! I haven't weighed it yet, but when I do, I will let you know how much it weighs...

    Hope you had a wonderful retreat!

  23. Beautiful post.Glad to see you here at the Gala.
    Love Erin

  24. Hi Kathy, this is such a beautiful post :) The love you have for your family is evident to see, your hubby is very handsome the photo of your gorgeous girls is so lovely :) Thank you for sharing it with us all. Now you have a wonderful time away on your retreat, it sounda wonderful :)

  25. Yes, you are blessed indeed. I can only imagine how wonderful the aroma was from those cobblers.

  26. You really have a beautiful family !! And Home !! Isn't Our God wonderful !!!! :) :) :)

  27. Hi! I stopped by since I'm participating in the Gratitude Gala as well. I love your blog and this post in particular. Your hubby is handsome and your daughters beautiful!

    Isn't it wonderful we have so much to be grateful for!!!

    Please include me in your drawing for the beautiful autumn gift cone. I have a wonderful place to display it! And do stop by my blog as well. You're always welcome there.


  28. What a beautiful family - thank you so much for sharing them with us! You are blessed!


  29. What a lovely Post kathy! I am feeling blessed with my own life after being reminded by you! You have a beautiful family & a wonderful blog! Thanks for visiting mine!:)chris

  30. What a beautiful family you have. Yes I agree we all need to count our blessing. I'm so glad that I "happened upon" your blog. I hope to have mine up and running soon.

  31. What a beautiful post and what a beautiful family and home you have Kathy. What a lucky woman you are. You DO have a lot to be grateful for.

    Your daughters are beautiful!



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