Slow and Grateful

This summer has been an especially hard one at our house.  We have found ourselves in strange places we never thought we would be.  We have struggle to find answers for problems too big for us to solve.  Relationships have been tested.  Dreams quietly collecting dust in forgotten corners.

Yet strangely enough, this summer has proven to be one of the best I can remember in a very long time.  Instead of my normal routine of stressing through my summer bucket list, I decided to simply each day live slow and grateful.

Slow and grateful.


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It has became my mantra.  My new way of squeezing the very life out of each day.  No matter the ugly, the hard, the painful.  Because when it really comes down to it, we don't get to choose the suffering that will happen throughout our lives.

The trials.
The loss.
The struggles.

But we do choose how much happy there is to fill in the cracks.  The memories that will make us smile after years have passed.  The simple activities that make you go to bed still talking about how good today was.  The little things that become an overshadowing joy in the middle of pain.

So even though brokenness still hurts and tears will keep falling, may our homes be filled with little glimpses of heaven through the way we love and live.


  1. This is a beautiful way to live and how uplifting to read this post. You are so right in all that you say.
    Continued joy as the summer continues.


  2. I am just not all about bucket lists. They put SO much pressure on simply living life! I love this, and keep on doing what you're doing.:)

  3. Man, what is it about life the last little bit?? Someone turned up the "difficulty" knob a few too many notches. You are right though, the way we love and live determines so much. The "choosing love" part is what I keep coming back to - choosing love and connection despite the circumstances and trials. and not just the connection to people, but really connecting to the moment of life I am in rather than running away from the uncomfortableness or frustration.

    Slow and grateful - I like that. Hugs to you guys in whatever you are going through!

  4. Oh, I have missed your posts! My heart did a happy little jump when I saw a new post from you. :)
    This summer, it's not been bucket lists for us either. Sometimes those are the way to go, but other times, it is so freeing to step away from them and not feel the pressure to DO, but just to BE.
    My heart hurts for you, and the aching there. I don't know what's going on, but I know of ache and pain in my own world. And the decision to choose joy, to find Jesus, right there in the middle of that - that is where life finds meaning and purpose. I'm still learning how...
    Much love, sweet girl!

  5. Glad you're back, and still keeping it honest and God-glorifying! :)

  6. Your little man is getting so grown. I love the slow and grateful. I've got 1 day off during the week and I'm tempted to make it "go to the park" and "take swim lessons" and "bake all of the things" but perhaps just slow and grateful is the best way to make the most of it. Thanks Nicole!

  7. So happy to see you're back to blogging! We've experienced our own share of growing pains over here as well. I love your new mantra, slow and grateful. Best wishes for healing and finding happiness.