currently grateful heart monday

Currently: Grateful (1)

March 30, 2015

Loving // this weather (!!!) Sunshine, 70s, and lots and lots of grilling out on our deck. We still need to get actual deck furniture (if you recently purchased a set, I’d love to know how you like it and where you got it) but having a grill has been pretty fun 🙂 

Reading // I Am Only One, by Myrtie Barker (1963). When I was in middle school, I read (and fell in love with) this poem by Edward Everett Hale: 

          I am only one,
          But still I am one,
          I cannot do everything,
          But still I can do something; 
          And because I cannot do everything
          I will not refuse to do the something
               that I can do.

A few weeks ago, when my mom and I were antiquing and stopped in an old book store, I came across this book and immediately sat on the floor to flip through it. 

“I Am Only One is one person’s gentle philosophy of living. As Miss Barker says, ‘The days of our life are a pattern of many pieces. And each single piece has its part. No one facet of existence is enough to round out the full measure of our experience – but each moment; each incident; each person that crosses our path, breathes the message: ‘I am only one, but still I am one.'” 

And that’s just what was written on the inside flap. Basically, I had to have this book. The bonus, aside from the fact that the author was from my hometown, was that it was signed by Myrtie Barker herself. I wasn’t able to locate a price on it so I took it up to the front and the lady flips through it and says to me, “Hmm. I can’t find a price. How about $5.00?” I immediately paid her the $5.00, all the while biting my lip about the signature inside, and walked out of that place practically skipping to the car. I am seriously enjoying this read so far.

Watching // a cardinal sitting on the bush outside my office window. He’s been coming around every morning and chirps the sweetest sounds. Of course, this drives Cleo crazy and she meets him at the window every morning. This doesn’t seem to bother him though – I think it’s some sort of game they have going on. 

Looking forward to // our new ottoman! Slowly but surely we are filling the empty spaces in our house and this is one piece of furniture we really took our time to find. I owe it all to Christian – he randomly pulled into the parking lot of a home design store in Nashville and before I knew it we were ordering the perfect piece. It should arrive sometime next month! 

Feeling // creatively inspired again… praise!! This is something I’ve been praying over for what feels like forever and God is bringing it back like something fierce! I think a lot of it also has to do with spring and warmer weather, and the fact that we have fun things coming up like trips, a vacation, and my brother’s wedding. 
Writing // more chapters of my novel! This has a lot to do with feeling inspired again, as that inspiration has been mostly directed to this book. Finally, I am making a concerted effort to write pieces and parts each week and I think I’m surprising myself over how many of the storyline ideas are transferring over into actual words.

Laughing at // this Cleopatra masterpiece Christian created over the weekend. We took the picture of her laying next to my DIY Inspiration Board frame during our move and X thought it would be hilarious if we photoshopped a picture of her in the frame, like she’s sitting next to her portrait. He finally did it and I seriously cried from laughing so hard. This picture could not describe the pretentious attitude this cat has any better!

Listening to // Owl City. I go through phases where I’ll dig out some of my “old” go-to tunes and Owl City tends to be one I frequently go back to. I started listening to him around the time Christian and I started dating, and while he most definitely has a cool “futuristic/dreamlike” electronic pop sound (and lyrics I LOVE), the feeling I had in the early Emily & Christian days always comes flooding back the minute I turn it on 🙂 

Planning // our itinerary for the upcoming Milan & Paris trip!! The official countdown is 11 days, you guys. ELEVEN! I’m so nervous/excited I could throw up!

Remembering // the seriously beautiful flowers I saw with my mom at the Flower & Garden Show a few weekends ago in Indiana. Considering I’m a professional plant killer, I only came home with a succulent… I figured that was a good place to start. And the thing’s still alive, so I’ve got that goin’ for me.

Enjoying // the posts linked up to the 2nd Simply Grey Coffee Tour! It is so much fun to get to know new-to-me bloggers (much like I do in this Grateful Heart linkup!) and to read about coffee shops and cafés from around the U.S. The linkup will be open for another few weeks so if you haven’t linked up yet, there’s still time!

Dreading // my upcoming haircut. (insert a million tears) I spent a year and a half getting my hair healthy and growing it out (my hair grows very slowly) and a recent hair “situation” has forced me to have to cut it short again and start the healthy/growing process all over again. I keep telling myself, “it’s just hair, it’s just hair, it’s just hair” but it’s MY hair, right gals?! I’m not even ready to talk about it yet, so just… send me your good hair vibes, mkay?

Wanting // a Predators jersey! Oh, dudes. I am so totally serious when I say I’m quickly on my way to becoming a full-blown Nashville hockey fan… like one of the crazy ones. Christian and I went to our first ever Predators game last week with some of my family who was in town visiting us and by the end of the game I knew my life was forever changed. GO, PREDS!

Encouraged by // this verse: 

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.  John 13:34-35

Making // My own pita chips! I am SO excited to share this (super easy) recipe with you guys for another edition of EG’s Eat | Drink series… stay tuned 😉 

Grateful for // all of these things… for all of the things currently happening in my life, and all of the people who fill it.

What are you grateful for? 

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries! This linkup will be open until Friday! 

1. Link up to your Grateful Heart post, not just your blog’s homepage, and please link your post back to Ember Grey (via link or GH button) so that others can link up too! *Any posts that do not have to do with this GH topic or those that do not link back up to this blog will be deleted. 

2. If you use #gratefulheart on Twitter, tag me and I will retweet! @embergreyblog

3. Carry on and be grateful! XO!
Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

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  • I am feeling your anxiety in regards to your hair as I've had to make some changes myself recently. True, it's only hair but as you said – it's YOUR hair. Sending you good vibes that you will love the new cut. I'm also a little jealous of your 70's weather, we haven't got there yet but I know it's coming! Have a fantastic week.

  • So the portrait of Cleo, I can't even! I laughed a little too loudly and startled Mason is sitting on the floor playing with trains, so I showed him and he said "HA! Look at that silly kitty!"
    I love that ottoman!
    I am sending you all of the hair vibes I possibly can!!

  • Isn't this weather so wonderful and all the pretty flowers so pretty and the grass so green?! It makes me feel all kinds of feels! That pic of Cleo is hilarious! Such a diva 😉 I love that you are loving your life in Nashville! God really does surprise us sometimes doesn't He? xoxoxoo

  • That book sounds awesome. I'm going to have to see if I can find a copy!

  • I can't wait to hear about your trip! Snd that sunshine up here while you're away, ok?? And Chicago is sad about your Predators comment…. 😉

  • This post is so inspiring! Now I want to crack open a book, shop for furniture, photo-shop pictures of my dogs, and write a novel! You have my deepest hair sympathies, too 🙁 Can't wait to read your novel someday and snack on some pita chips!

  • Love posts like this! We make our own pita chips and hummus and they are so good! Those hydrangeas are amazing…so beautiful and vibrant. I'm a bit goals of your gorgeous weather already…you have me wishing for relaxed lazy evenings and weekends on my porch! Can't wait to see your hair…I know it's hard to do but you my friend? You'd be gorgeous with anything!

  • hahaha!! Our laundry room has pictures of Oooj and Cleo on the walls and I think this new one takes the cake… I can't wait to put it up. So funny. Thank you, Meg!!!

  • We need to get a lawn mower, and while normally I'd feel stressed about one more thing to buy – I'm kind of excited, ha! (Of course, I won't be cutting the grass… Christian will. But WE HAVE GRASS TO MOW! YAY!)

  • It's so, so good, Christine. It's really encouraging – inspires me to keep writing 🙂

  • Hummus will be my next stop, I would love your recipe if you're willing to share, Anne! 🙂

    (I think I'm going to get it cut today…. I wish it was socially acceptable to drink wine in the morning…)

  • I IMMEDIATELY thought of you and your hair, Steph! My previous hair girl (who is awesome) jokingly said, "You should just shave it off and start over" and you popped into my head 🙂 YOU, my friend, look amazing!

    That's it. we're going to a Preds game one of these days 🙂

  • I should come to Nashville when they play the Blues and we can go to a game together! 🙂

  • Shhh…travel coffee mugs can be your best friend….add some wine and no one will be wiser. I'll get you my recipe when I get home!

  • beautiful post- as always. i always enjoy coming to ember grey ♥ that book- i need to check it out, the ottoman is AmAziNG!!! love it. and i pinned almost every photo- hope you're well! your hair will be adorable- you're beautiful and will look awesome! sending love to you! xo

  • Sounds like you have a lot of great things going on right now! I love finding treasures at antique shops. Also the Cleopatra portrait is amazing.

  • Liz

    I love reading your posts. Seriously. Sometimes, I feel like you are in my head. My thoughts and struggles, same time, pretty lady, which is very reassuring. I have been praying fervently also for His guidance with my writing. Writing a book is something I have always dreamed of doing…hoping to have a little more time in the future to do this. And your love for books and words…so, so sweet! You have such a great heart. So happy to have found you, sweet friend!! xo <3

  • Kayla Magness

    That ottoman is gorgeous!!!! I love that. Owl City rocks, I haven't listened to them in forever! Excited I stumbled upon your blog (thanks to twitter!!)… You're so cute!

  • ​Yay!!! That is so exciting! It's the little things in life 🙂

  • I love that ottoman. We are in search of an ottoman as well. We need more good furniture instead of putting pieces together. I'm so glad that I found another nashville blogger because we have family that just moved there.

  • SFM

    I love finding older books that speak to me! You scored an amazing find, for sure! Also–that ottoman is amazing! Also, also–I love that print of Cleo–TOO FUNNY! Also, also, also–I kill most living plants in my house, too. However, we have a plant that was in the hospital room when my husband was born (almost 32 years ago this year) and it's still living! 🙂 Oh, and HUZZAH for homemade pita chips and trips to Europe!

  • My mom used to read that poem to me when I was younger! I love it!

  • I LOVE secondhand books. I really love when I buy them + discover that someone has made notes in the margins.

  • Oooooh that ottoman I looove it! It's beautiful!
    And 11 days! WOW soo close!

  • You are going to have such an amazing time in Paris! I'm so excited for you!

  • Yes, just 11 days!! Please have lots of pain au chocolat for me!

  • Woo hoo! T-minus 11 days. Awesome!

    We bought some gorgeous outdoor furniture from a Frontgate outlet store near us. Maybe they have one near you?


  • Hair drives me crazy, but I hope it all goes well for you! Ugh…being women is just too rough sometimes. I can't wait to read all about your trip…you're going to have the most AMAZING time. While I'm still on the hunt for the perfect and affordable deck furniture, I would recommend an outdoor rug purchase from Target. It really makes the space cozy and brightens it up for a small price tag 😉

  • That's a lovely poem. So excited to read that your novel is coming along! It's a magical process isn't it, watching the story and characters unfold.

  • Oh SO awesome that you found that book AND that it is autographed! !! Score.
    And Great Vibes comin your way for your hair. I had a smiliar thing happen. I have donated my hair to Locks of Love 3 times. I had mine all grown out again and i highlighted it (they can take highlighted hair they just sell it) and when I did that it burned my hait and i had to cut it all off with no donation. And now I am liking it short again but miss it long. And its kind of an inbetween of where I want it…
    Good Vibes!!!

  • Milan and Paris?! That sounds amazing! I can't wait to see pictures. Please say you're going post all about it!

  • The picture of the cat is great!! I love it! Milan and Paris….yes, yes and yes! Sounds amazing!

  • Mine isn't technically a "grateful heart" posts but my own version called #thankfultuesday. I love your series. We should do a collaboration sometime!

  • THAT VERSE WAS THE CENTER OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE SERMONS EVER FROM MY CHURCH. Seriously. I'm going to email the link to you.

  • I love these currently posts! I saw your new hair cut and I love it! Everyone is getting cute short cuts and I'm trying so hard to resist cutting my hair. It's taken me a year and a half to grow it out this far, and I don't want to give up now.

  • Love that idea!!

  • This was the sweetest to read from you this morning! XO! Fortunately the hair turned out great, whew! Breathing again 😉 Thank you for the love, sweet friend!

  • I'm thinking of doing a portrait of our dog too and making a collage. haha 😉 Thanks for reading, Carissa!

  • Well MY day is now made! <3 Thank you for this, Liz. It's comforting to me as well to know I'M not the only one with these thoughts and happenings 🙂 I'm so glad to have found you too, Liz! One of these days, I want a big Blogger Pow Wow – in real life.

    PS- Writing a book? 100% do it. Do it if nothing else for yourself and because you CAN. I always tell myself, it may take me years and years to write but that's okay… the journey is often times the best part anyway 🙂 XO

  • Thank you! So glad you stopped by, Kayla!

  • I hear you! We decided when we moved that we'd do no more IKEA and only invest in nice furniture… of course it takes more time to collect that furniture but I think it's worth it 🙂 Will you be in Nashville for Easter, Jessa?!

  • I love that, Chelsea! It's such a good one 🙂

  • You are funny! And that plant story?! AMAZING. It's like his plant twin, haha!

  • Same 🙂 I've never scored one with the author's signature though so I was pretty excited about this one!

  • Next week, lady!!! I WILL BE IN MILAN! I'm soooo excited to share pics with you guys!

  • Thank you, Karen! 🙂 I'm SO excited!

  • Oh you know I will, lady! 😉

  • Thank you! I will check on Frontgate. An outlet store is a great idea- something I hadn't even thought about.

  • Thank you for the Target suggestion! I might just have to head over there today 😉

  • A 'magical process' – that is the perfect way of describing it 🙂

  • Thank you for the good vibes, Brittany!! (Hair appt went well yesterday) 🙂 I've colored the absolute crap out of my hair since high school so I doubt Locks of Love would ever take it. Oops!

  • Of COURSE I will!!!! 🙂 I can't wait to share with you guys!

  • It's been my favorite countdown yet 😉

  • Love it!! A collaboration one of these days sounds wonderful!

  • Oh, please do!! That verse was shared a few weeks ago at my church… something so simple yet so hard to do, and yet the most important thing we'll ever learn in this life. HUGE stuff.

  • Oh DON'T YOU DARE CUT YOUR HAIR! I would not have cut mine had I not run into the hair situation. However, I AM really loving this new cut.. something different. But please- for me- don't cut your hair. ha!

  • I enjoy currently post! So much going on, is it 9 days now til Paris? Glad you're feeling inspired again, and that your story is flowing into words on a page. It such a amazing feeling to see the idea take shape. 🙂

  • You are going to love them!! I think it's French butter that makes them so good. Let me know what you think 😉

  • I love Currently posts too 🙂 How long have you been writing your book, Felecia?

  • Off and on for about a year now I have been working on a novel. At the same time been working on a children's book that is nearing its conclusion. Which is so exciting. 🙂

  • Awesome!!! I cannot wait to read it!! 🙂

  • Can you send it to me as well?

  • I won't be in Nashville. They decided to come to us. I will be there May 16-17

  • Love the book story! My older daughter is really books and I can only imagine how she would respond much the same. I know you will look precious no matter your haircut but as a fellow slow hair grower I tottally understand!! And have so much fun on your trip…can't wait to read all about it!

  • Has she started walking through old book stores or antique stores? It's become one of my favorite things to do… you always feel like you find such a treasure! 🙂

    Slow hair growers unite, Shelly!