grateful heart monday

A Grateful Heart (+ weeklong linkup!)

December 1, 2014
Happy Monday, party people! Did you all have a great Thanksgiving?! After coming back to the real world from such a sweet weekend with family and friends, my heart just feels completely FULL, don’t you guys feel that way?! (I mean, I also literally feel full from all of the food that was consumed but I suppose that’s just what you do during holidays so I’m gonna let it slide.) I couldn’t choose just one thing today so we’re back to list form, in no particular order:
  • I am grateful for my family – all of them. While I didn’t get to see everyone this year, I thought of each one of them and gave thanks. You don’t get to choose your family but I’d like to think that if I were able to choose, I’d still choose each one of them.
  • I am grateful for craft time with my best gal, my mom. The time the two of us spend together is always incredibly special but when we craft together, we really do just have the best time. We usually end up making each other laugh so hard that one of us pees (I’m not gonna say who it was this time, even though it totally wasn’t me hahaha) and sometimes we get so distracted we don’t even get the craft done, BUT we remained focused this year (for the most part) and I have to say- our homemade candles turned out super cute. So GO US!


  • I am grateful for the traditional Bloody Mary Breakfast Bar on Thanksgiving morning. (What, you guys don’t do that??) We wake up early (you know, like 9am), head over to my aunt and uncle’s house where my cousin is waiting with her “famous” Bloody Mary station and literally for hours she makes like a million people drinks. Neighbors even come over for one (or two), while some of the guys deep fry the turkeys outside. (I steer clear from that part.) I love holiday traditions and this is definitely one of my faves 🙂
  • I am grateful for a husband who is not only my moving partner, but makes packing for a move hilarious. While we have verrrry different methods to the packing madness, he always manages to make light of what could be a stressful time. Case in point: if you’ll remember from my Box Wars post, we took used boxes from people in our neighborhood who had just moved, which also meant that a lot of the boxes already had things written on them – which… is just kind of weird and feels like an invasion of privacy or something, I don’t know. Let me just say this, I can tell you that some kid named DeVon had a crap ton of toys because I’ve used like 8 of “DeVon’s Toys” boxes… for my shoes. So while DeVon has been a topic of conversation in our packing, I also found the following the other day: One of the boxes that had said “Lamps” on it, was turned into Lambs by my seriously weird (and funny) husband. Complete with a picture and all. Between this and DeVon, our movers are sure to be confused.


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!
Ember Grey: Grateful Heart

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  • Have I told you lately that I love you? Because this (the box story) is just hilarious! your family sounds so fun! I love the bloody mary bar!

  • I want to have craft time with you! Lol!!!

  • Liz

    Your candle is gorgeous!! I wish I had some extra time to be that crafty, but I am sure making it with your mom was a fabulous time! What a great Thanksgiving with all its fun family traditions 🙂

  • I love that candle! You ladies are pretty amazing at crafting, I must say! And a bloody Mary bar? GENIUS!

  • awww!!! 🙂 XO! I really do feel like I'm starting to know DeVon …. I'm just hoping he has real friends because you would not believe the amount of toys that boy has. 😉 The Bloody Mary Bar is the JAM!

  • It's so much fun! 🙂 I'm really good at getting everything out and planning and my mom kind of makes sure we go ahead with the actual craft haha!

  • Thank you! They are actually super easy to make. We just turn on a movie and craft away, so much fun! 🙂

  • Thanks, Sarah! I'm telling you- it's EASY! The melting of the wax is the longest part. (Yeah… Bloody Mary Bar… you should start one next year! People will love it!) 🙂

  • Anyone that can make packing fun is a keeper!

  • That's such a fun tradition!

  • Lol, I hope every single one of 'DeVon's toys' makes it safely to Nashville!


  • 8 boxes of toys?! And I love your candles!! So pretty! Happy Monday!

  • Hehe — I'm hoping to go the silly rather than stressful route when packing for our move! Thanks for the encouragement 🙂 It sounds like you had such a lovely Thanksgiving! How fun that you got to craft 🙂 Thanks for hosting!

  • So glad you had a great break and thank you so much for your sweet comments lately!! 🙂 You are so sweet- we have a bloody mary bar on Thanksgiving as well! So fun!

  • I love that you + your Mom craft together! It's such a special time, isn't it? My mom and I have done scrapbooking on + off over the years, and I always look forward to it. Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!

  • If you can't laugh with someone while you're moving… you'll kill them. Glad you guys made each other smile through it! 🙂 😛

  • putting fun names on boxes makes moving fun! I like to create names when I order something, just to have someone say it when my order is ready, or to make someone laugh while they were making it. Sounds like you had a fun thanksgiving weekend, and your candle looks great! What does it smell like?

  • Crafts with your mom sounds like so much fun! The candles turned out really cute too 🙂
    Ha I love hearing your stories of goofing off with Christian, he seems like such a riot. I love that you have as many shoes as DeVon has toys…that seems only right!! 😉 xo

  • Lambs. Ha! Remembering to laugh through somethings as stressful as a move is key. =)

    A Bloody Mary Thanksgiving Tradition sound perfect.

  • chall1018

    Amen to all of this!!! Love that the holidays fill our hearts for weeks and weeks.

  • Dance With A Dolly

    I love crafting with my mom too. We don't get to do it too often and hardly ever finish our project but fun nonetheless.

  • Heather K

    you two make a great team of packers/movers and my husband is similarly goofy 🙂 I always knew I'd marry a man who could make me laugh!!

  • Amen, lady! Agreed!

  • haha!! (Me too!)

  • I kept wondering, WHO is this DeVon?! 😉 Thank you!! Hope you're having a great week, Sarita!

  • oh girl, I hope it's silly and not stressful for you too! The moving process is definitely an adventure! 😉

  • You do that too?!! I love it! My cousin and I used to "play waitress" behind the bar at my Grandparents house when we were little so it's pretty funny that now she's really behind the bar to serve everyone drinks 😉

  • It is SO special, yes 🙂 We love scrapbooking too! Lots of great conversations had during craft time. Hope you're having a great week, Caitlin!!

  • SERIOUSLY. (And trust me, there have been stressful moments along with the funny ones haha)

  • That is so funny!! ha! I will have to remember that next time I order something 😉 Half of the candles smelled like cookies (which is always amazing) and the other half smelled like a fresh cotton… both smelled so good!

  • Aren't they so cute?! I told my mom I'm thinking of getting into this more once I move… it was surprisingly easy and fun!

    (This DeVon I would imagine is awesome. It just felt right to use his toy boxes for my shoes) 😉

  • It's one of my favorite traditions!! 🙂 Definitely brings everyone together on an early morning!

  • me too 🙂 🙂 🙂 This month always seems to go by so fast so I see nothing wrong with jumping into it all right after Thanksgiving!

  • If it wasn't for my mom always keeping us on track, we'd never finish our projects either haha 😉

  • Love that, Heather!! 🙂 Definitely one of the reasons I married mine too 😉

  • yay! I'm so glad you did too, Shayne! 🙂 Can't wait to read your post!

  • I will try to do this more often and eventually every week. 🙂