grateful heart monday my best gal

A Grateful Heart (+ weeklong linkup!)

November 3, 2014
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?

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!
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  • Heather K

    What a wonderful weekend, whenever leaving a place those last times you get to do something that you've enjoyed so much become so precious, and of course bittersweet! Glad you got to have a 'last weekend' with your mom before moving!

  • First off, I love that quote and always have. So true. I love that you and your mom had a wonderful weekend together. It's wonderful to see a mother-daughter relationship grow into a best friend relationship. Sounds like you two had the perfect time together. So happy for you!

  • I love that you are still able to have so much fun with your Mother! I hope that my daughter and a I can have that type of relationship from now until forever. Fun times!

    Are you moving to Nashville, or just visiting there?

  • I'm so glad y'all were able to spend such an amazing weekend with each other! 🙂 I have a very similar relationship with my mom, but I'm blessed that she's only 30 minutes away from me! lol. And thank you for the prayers sweet friend!

  • That quote is spot on. I love having girls days with my mom. Now that I am older, I am able to appreciate her so much more. It's so great to see that other people have such a wonderful relationship with their parents like I do.

  • Southern Komfort Blog

    I love love love time with my momma! How in the world have you been girl?! I feel like I have so much to catch up on lol!

  • How fortunate you are to have such lovely parents. I am so thankful for mine as well. There are so many people in the world with less than stellar parents or no parents at all. Every single day we have wonderful, healthy parents is a day to be thankful for them. Thanks for the reminder.


  • That is so awesome that you have not just a mom but a gal pal that will be there for you always! My mom has passed but I'm so grateful to have that kind of time with my mother-in-law and step mom! We always have just the bestest of times! 🙂

  • Well I've been an emotional wreck lately…and this post just brought on the tears again! haha…dang Judy! She's wreaking havoc on my hormones! I love the relationship you have with your mom. Reminds me of mine, which makes my heart pour over with gratefulness. Thank you for sharing this…your gratefulness reminded me of what I need to be more grateful for. xoxo

  • Moms are the best. I do love that quote as well.

  • So sweet!! Mom time is the best and such a wonderful thing to be grateful for! 😉

  • This is so sweet. I love the bond you and your mom have. It's so real and she seems like such a blessing. I'm glad you could spend time and enjoy each others company.

  • Aww…you have such a sweet relationship with your mother, such a blessing for the both of you. It is great that you too got to spend time and enjoy two days of hanging out. Even though you may not live close after you move, I hope you two figure out how to have days like that in your new home. 🙂

  • ashortblonde

    You and your mom have such a sweet relationship. That sounds like the perfect girls weekend!

  • You and your mom are so cute together. I love how close you are! It's sweet! 🙂

  • Ahoy Kate

    This post is so sweet, Emily. It sounds like your relationship with your mom is so sweet and special. Saying goodbye to my mom is alway hard since we live on opposite sides of the country, but I have found that the distance makes our time together so much sweeter. I hope the same for you. Blessings as you begin your goodbyes!

  • So hard to say goodbye when you know it will be a while until the next hello! But you are going to have so much fun showing her around Nashville and the relationship you have with your mom means until then there will be many skype dates with your people mags, nail polish and chats happening on the screen!!

  • thanks, Heather! We always have a great time together but this one was definitely extra special 🙂

  • I'd actually never heard that quote until this past weekend! I was searching for a good one for this post and came across it… it's so true!

  • We are moving to Nashville at the end of December! 🙂 (My parents, who live in Indiana right now, are building their retirement home in TN so we'll all be there together eventually)

  • My parents will live in TN in the next couple of years… I can't wait to have my mom close! 🙂

  • Yeah… the older I get, the more I appreciate her for sure. Funny how age and time can have that effect! 🙂

  • WE HAVE SO MUCH TO CATCH UP ON!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Amen, V! I feel the same- incredibly blessed!

  • I love that you have a close relationship with your MIL and step mom! Family girl time is really important 🙂

  • aww, haha! That sweet little Judy!! XO!

  • It is the best, isn't it?! And the older I get, the sweeter our time is together!

  • I'd not heard/read that quote until this past weekend – I love it!

  • She is definitely one of my greatest blessings 🙂 XO Thanks for the note, Kenji!

  • She got here early Friday which meant we had almost 3 days together- it was perfect! 🙂

  • I'm hoping for many more, southern style! 😉

  • aw! Thanks for the note, Amanda! 🙂

  • It definitely makes the time together sweeter 🙂 Thank you for this note, Kate!

  • Fortunately I have quite a few trips to Indiana from now until we move, so I'll still spend time with her, it just won't be in Chicago. And that's okay! I'm sure we can get into the same kind of trouble in TN! 😉 haha

  • What a great link up! Thank you for hosting it :). I'm glad you had a rejuvenating Breaktober, and I'm glad you are back (now that I've found your site)!

  • So glad you're here, Angie! 🙂 Have a great rest of the week!