Happy Monday, my grateful heart people 🙂 It’s a new day and I want to remind you- no matter how great or rotten your morning began, this moment right now is the perfect time to continue the greatness or to turn the rottenness around. Close your eyes, deep breath in, deep breath out, and begin again but this time, begin with a grateful heart.
Most of you are probably expecting a Breaktober recap on here today and while that’s what I’d originally planned, sometimes those plans change, right? Check back tomorrow for my recap and thoughts on creative breaks, but for today – I just have to talk about and give thanks for the weekend I had with my mom.
I have so many fond memories of weekends spent in Chicago with my mom, during all of the times she’d come to visit… running errands, shopping, going out to eat, and our favorite- staying inside to watch movies, paint our nails, and flip through People magazine together, meanwhile talking for hours and hours about everything and anything. It hit me this weekend that Christian and I only have 2 more months in Chicago and how fast this time is flying by, so when my mom mentioned on Saturday that this would be her last time visiting me in this place, my heart immediately recognized the sweetness of this weekend spent together.
We did all of the things we always do together: we watched movies, flipped through People, took each other out to eat (mostly so that we could wear our new shoes), painted our nails, and talked for hours and hours. We ran errands together, crafted together, prayed for our friends together, and gave thanks together.
Dear Lord, I am so thankful for my best gal.
We also took a long walk together, going at our own pace so that we could stop at our favorite houses, and critique the ones we weren’t fond of 😉 haha. It was chilly but the sun was shining and we were together and that’s all that mattered. It was so much fun that we did it again the very next day… eventually walking the same streets we’d walked only the day before but finding new things to talk about, new details to admire… and the same sun that had warmed us on Saturday, found its way to us on Sunday too.
We also laughed, as we always do, until we couldn’t breathe… and both teared up when it came time to say goodbye, promising each other we wouldn’t be sad, but I know full well she cried as she pulled out of the parking lot to go home… just like I cried as I watched her drive away.
It was a sweet weekend, for so many reasons but also because it was our last one together like this in Chicago. And while that part feels a little bittersweet, I also know that when one adventure ends it means that a new one has begun and I can’t wait to have our next girls weekend together in Nashville… watching movies, running errands, praying and giving thanks together, and taking walks together to explore new streets and paths, all with my best gal. And that’s just the best idea ever.
What are you grateful for?
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