Grace Notes

a blog about life’s everyday magic

November 23, 2016

Thank You for My Full Heart

Photo By Kristina Litvjak

Words: Katie Anderson
Photo credit: Kristina Litvjak



“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.”
– Kristin Armstrong



My family has a Thanksgiving tradition where we go around the table and everyone says the one thing they are most grateful for this year. It’s a time of reflection for us all and usually sparks up a heartfelt conversation that brings us closer together.


As I was thinking over the one thing I would share this year, I realized this was next to impossible. There are countless things I am thankful for and each one, big or small, deserves acknowledgement.


With inspiration from Madelyn Mulvaney’s article in Issue 1 of Bella Grace, “The Art of the Gratitude List“, I decided to take a moment to make my own gratitude list … a thank you to all that fills my heart.



1. The amazing people in my life: my fiancé, family, friends. They push me to be the best version of myself and are a constant support system.


2. My golden retriever, Hudson. With his constant wagging tail and his generous nature of giving kisses, he has taught me so much about selfless love.


3. Relaxing nights filled with deep conversations


4. The sound of the ocean


5. Artisan cheeses


6. Overcoming obstacles


7. Cuddle weather


8. Surprises


9. Traveling to new places


10. Poetry


11. Candles, candles, and more candles … especially rustic scents such as sandalwood and pine


12. The lessons I’ve learned from my past


13. Stargazing


14. The smell of rain


15. Meeting new people


16. My free spirit


17. Succulents


18. Camping (Especially if it involves s’mores!)


19. Open-mindedness


20. Laughing so much I can hardly breathe


21. Wine tasting


22. Music that moves me … physically and emotionally


23. Hugs


24. Dinner parties


25. The color blue


26. City lights at night


27. Dirty chai lattes


28. Personal growth


29. Spontaneous adventures


30. The crackling of a fireplace


31. Desert sunsets


32. The smell of lilies


33. The challenges life throws at us


34. Discovering a new novel worth treasuring


35. The endless possibilities of what tomorrow will bring



This year, when my family goes around the table and shares what we are thankful for, my answer will be my full heart. I am beyond grateful to be surrounded by the beautiful things life has to offer, especially those I love and who love me in return. If life has taught me anything thus far, it is to not take anything for granted.


And to always let love in.



What are you grateful for? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments ( 3 )

  1. Tammy

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I am thankful for morning tea and chocolate pie for breakfast, for laughter, my own Mr. Darcy and my Savior to name just a few. My heart is full and I am blessed.

  2. Debbie Schaefer

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    Beautiful list. It seems gratitude has taught you the gift of presence! Grateful for your words.

  3. Laura Berry

    April 19, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    I am thankful for:
    • a husband who loves me so well.
    • adult children who share their lives with me.
    • our first grandchild born this year.
    • my husband returning home TOMORROW after 6 months away for work.
    • our pets who comfort me everyday.
    • my mother, siblings and their children who help me know what the feeling of “going home” means.
    • my faith that sustains me through life’s ups and downs.
    • our humble house that is a perfect home for us, and those we share it with.
    • and since developing fibromyalgia, I am thankful for days I’m not hurting badly and can BE FULLY PRESENT in the GOODNESS OF MY LIFE.

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