Thursday Thanks. Helping #1.

Say hello to my little friend.

This lil’ fella sits on my bookcase at work.

Thanksgiving Chair

He’s my Thanksgiving chair. I ordered him after I heard a message about a human-sized Thanksgiving chair—one that we should all (metaphorically) sit in as we waddle/push/sprint through life.

What I heard that day was this: the key to big miracles is being thankful for the small ones.

When life’s no fun—whether you’re swirling in a self-inflicted stupid storm or you’re just being pelted by the universe and there ain’t nothing you can do about it, sit in that moment in your Thanksgiving chair and look again through grateful eyes. Look for the good.

There’s a reason my bud is perched in primo real estate—directly in my eye line—in the room where I spend a lot of my awake hours. I need a daily reminder.

(Disney Digression)
(Disney Digression)

So, every Thursday, I’m going to settle in to my chair and share something(s) I’m thankful for. Nothing’s too trite (can I get a “squee” for comfy-cute shoes?) or too obvious (I woke up? In one piece? Yay!).

As a chronic, self-inflicted stupid storm sufferer, I can’t wait to share, out loud, what I’m grateful for. Hope you’ll join me, too.

This week, I’m thankful for our summer schedule—which means there’s no 8am bell to beat. We’re still rushing to get out the door. And, in those moments, I’m grateful for frozen waffles and the boys’ detangling spray that douses their bed head in a skinny minute.

I’m thankful for after-work sunshine, those magic beams that light up the street for play. I’m grateful that my husband, who’s barely in the door before the boys are pushing him back out of it, will lace up his sneaks and chase a training-wheel-free bike around the block.

Bike 1



I’m especially thankful for Lindsay Edwards this week—my encouragement and blog knowledge guru—the push I needed to go public with my notes.

So, how about you? Share your Thursday Thanks. I want to hear!


  1. I love the positivity that radiates through this post. I’m thankful for having a community that is so encouraging and uplifting. Have a wonderful day!

    1. Mindy says:

      Thanks, Brittany!
      p.s. LOVE the name “FreckledNettles”

  2. Ashlie says:

    I’m thankful for your post, and its reminder that we should be thankful for all the little things. Your thankfulness for the after-work sunshine paired with the pictures of Jeff and the boys seriously brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for being my Thanksgiving chair today.

    1. Mindy says:

      Thanks for being my friend. Now, blog with me. 🙂

  3. mk slagel says:

    What a beautiful post. On this Thursday I am thankful for the cat my roommate brought home–even though I was against it–because it’s affection has lightened my stress and brought me peace and calmness.

    1. Mindy says:

      An unexpected happy is the best kind. 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!

  4. Kristin says:

    I am thankful to have a new way to keep up with one of my best friends in the world, via your new blog! So sweet to see those pics of Jeff with the boys! Oh and also thankful this morning for the hair detangler tip. Lillian’s hair is wild in the morning too and I just try to wet it with water but maybe the detangler will be more successful!! 🙂

    1. Mindy says:

      Thanks, friend! Girl–detangler’s at Target. We use the Suave brand. Lots of yummy flavors. 🙂

  5. Uncle Pat says:

    You never cease to amaze me. I will now look forward to Thursday’s.

  6. Aunt Lynette says:

    Thank you for your thankful reminder… I have been telling people for years that the secret to the smile lies in finding the good in every day and appreciating the baby steps! That has carried me through 20 years of parenting, I can see that it will be carrying you also! Good for you!

  7. Mindy says:

    Love you. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  8. Lindsay sent all of us readers over to your blog, and I am so glad she did! What a great post! I think we all need to give thanks more often!

    Happy Blogging!

    1. Mindy says:

      Thanks so much for reading, Brittany. 🙂

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