Thankful Thursday | A Weekly List of Gratitude

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Happy Thankful Thursday!  How is July already almost half over?  I feel like June flew by so fast.  I know part of the reason for me is our move.  We’ve been so absorbed in getting settled in and trying to finalize details for renovations.  It just sucks because school starts earlier here and I feel like our summer break has been eaten up by house stuff.

It’s already time to get back on our school year sleep schedule and I NOT ready y’all!  School here starts an hour and a half earlier for Moo than her old school did.  I’m not looking forward to 6 AM wake-ups.  Pray for me, please!

What I’m Thankful For This Week

Family Time & Fireworks |  Frederick Douglass once asked, “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?  I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.”  Although, America has made some progress, Blacks and other POCs are still heavily experiencing gross injustices and cruelties. This makes it kind of hard for my Black family actually celebrate Independence Day because while we have freedom in some ways it feels like there are terms and conditions on it.

Nevertheless, it’s one of the few days during the year that everyone in my family has off from work.  Therefore, we don’t waste a good opportunity to have a family get together, share some laughs, and pull out the grill while we catch up.  I’m so thankful we were able to continue our tradition of having family on the 4th.

My kids got to pop fireworks and do  for the first time.  Also, I got to enjoy some adult time (and drinks) with my siblings.  We stayed up laughing and talking until 3 AM!  Good time and good memories were made y’all.  Can’t wait until our next family gathering.

Can you guys believe that I took and edited this photo with just my iPhone?!

Nature and Unplugging |  At the kids’ request, I decided to extend our one day trip into a few days.  On one of those days, we decided to hit up a nearby state park to unplug, have a picnic and just enjoy being outside in nature.  It was one of the BEST days I’ve had in a while.  I love nature and being surrounded by it.

Views like this are what I missed living in the Queen City.  You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country and love of the country out of the girl!  It was so much fun taking the kids to a park that I frequented many times growing up as a kid.  I’m thankful for making this new memory with them.  They absolutely loved it.  Also, I learned Moo has a legit fear of bridges.

We went to see the waterfall and it has a little walkover bridge and she freaked out when I lifted her up to see over the side.  I’m talking full-on meltdown with tears and everything.  I really have no clue when her fear of bridges and heights started but it’s something I want to really help her to overcome, especially as we start to travel more.  If you’ve had a kid who was afraid of heights, how did you help them to gradually get over their fears?  Let me know in the comments.

Birthdays |  I’m glad that they convinced me because we got to celebrate my niece’s birthday.  We kept simple with a sleepover at my baby sister’s place.  We made tacos, Spanish rice and watched Superman (it’s her favorite movie) the night before her big day.

We made her a special birthday breakfast of scrambled eggs, french toast, bacon and grits followed by a red velvet birthday cupcake with cream cheese frosting!  She opened her gifts which consisted of a bullet journal, a Monster Activity Journal, a Monster High Clawdeen doll, and The Thing About Jellyfish.  I’m so thankful that my niece is another year older and enjoyed her special day.  Spending time with her made me grateful that I’m closer to my family location wise and can start spending more time with her, especially with her teenage years starting next year.

What are you thankful for this week?  Let’s chat in the comments.


  1. Unknown

    July 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Love this!! Thanks! I'm thankful for life.. I know that sounds like the go to response, but I truly am thankful to be be alive. I get like this when it's close to my daughter's birthday.. Her birth was nearly fatal for the both of us, but we are her. I'm also thankful for the rain on days like this. It reminded me that it's ok to slow down. And that the kids don't *need* to be out doing things every second of the day. The rain is passing *sad face*, but I'm staying put. For now. Lol.

  2. Natalie

    July 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    What a gorgeous park! I love exploring cities, but I also love finding green spaces to enjoy nature (though maybe still avoiding snakes while I'm doing so! hahaha). It looks like your kids had the best time: that's awesome that y'all got to have some relaxing down time together!

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