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Thank goodness for dogs | Intentional Gratitude

Two years ago, around this time, two dogs came to live in our house. We were shocked by the sudden lost of my hubby’s dear friend, Ed. We were even more shocked by his will. He left his dogs to us.

We had lost our beloved beagle just a few months earlier. The last thing we wanted was to replace her with another dog…let alone two.

One dog is a white toy poodle named Rocco, weighing about 9 pounds and without an ounce of house training. The other being an 85 pound black lab with an uncontrollable, intense bark, appropriately named Thor.

Parker, our 6-year-old, was completely afraid of Thor. Understandable since Thor was almost as tall as she was.

To make a long story short…Parker and Thor become BFFs (she often uses him as a pillow while they watch TV together). We spent hundreds of dollars on dog training services to control the barking (after two years I actually see hope that it is working). We’ve cleaned up a lot of poodle poop & urine (and occasionally still do). We  (hubby and I) take a daily dose of allergy pills. We have re-seeded many, many spots of our backyard, and replaced many dug up plants (Thor is a digger). Being named after the god of thunder, doesn’t stop Thor from barking at it. Rocco owns many cute sweaters that he proudly wears in the winter…strutting his stuff.

These dogs have become a part of our family.

black lab

toy poodle

black labAt night, Thor takes up guard position in the hallway, just outside the girls’ bedroom doors. Rocco still sleeps in his crate because he can’t be trusted not to urinate (or worse) on everything. Thor and Rocco meet me at the top of the stairs when I come home from work…or from anywhere. Thor “talks” to me then. I don’t know if he is cursing me out for leaving, or saying “I missed you”.

We are thankful for these dogs. Although they have their bad habits (don’t we all?). We still love them and couldn’t imagine not having them around.

Ed knew what he was doing when he left the care of his dogs to us…Or, is it the dogs who take care of us?

>>> A month long giving thanks fest brought to you by the Joy Dare. What are you thankful for? Studies show that people who write 3 things they are thankful for every day are 25% happier. So, write it down and get happy!

Christmas at the farm Ann Voskamp, along with Liz Curtis Higgs, is hosting a free webcast called Christmas at the Farm on November 21 at Noon ET. “Unwrap the full love story of Christmas”.

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Giving Thanks Intentionally.

About four years ago we started a November tradition of giving thanks intentionally. To make it more fun for the girls, I try to come up with a different way to display our thankful list.

The first year we made a turkey “stuffed” with blessings. Year two was a thankful tree. Year three was a thanksgiving basket.

This year I was stumped, that is, until I clicked over to a blog I hadn’t read in a long time: A Little Grace and Mercy.

Apparently, her family has the same tradition of giving thanks. So, this is our Gratitude Web. The photos are mine, the idea is all A Little Grace and Mercy.

thanksgiving craft

Displayed on our dining room wall

thanksgiving craft

Lots of gratitude

thanksgiving craft

One of my favorites so far…

thanksgiving craft

Fun fabric bunting I sewed

We will be adding to the thankful web throughout November. It’s a month of gratitude…intentionally.

>>> Scientific research shows that giving thanks for just 3 things a day makes you 25% happier. A month long giving thanks fest brought to you by the Joy Dare. What are you thankful for? Write it down…and get happier.

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A month of giving thanks

thanksgiving quote

Scientific research shows that giving thanks for just 3 things a day makes you 25% happier.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s the calm before the rushed craziness of December. It’s a time of family and friends. It’s a time to openly give thanks for all we have…even if you are struggling financially, have health issues, emotional problems, whatever, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. And, November is the perfect month to celebrate that.

November 1 : 3 gifts eaten

  1. Larmar’s chocolate donuts
  2. coffee
  3. breakfast for dinner

November 2: 3 gifts worn

  1. winter coat
  2. Halloween costumes
  3. gloves on Halloween night

November 3: 3 gifts that start with N

  1. sewing pal Neighbor
  2. Nighttime
  3. November

November 4: a gift gathered, given, good

  1. food bank donation (1. Gathered–food; 2. Given–money; 3. Good–good food, not stuff in the back of my cupboard that I won’t ever eat.)

>>> A month long giving thanks fest brought to you by the Joy Dare. What are you thankful for? Write it down…and get happier. >>> Giving thanks quote prints now in the shop. Prints are as low as $6.60 and greeting cards are as low as $2 each.

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Hunger in America…it’s not who you think.

If you think that hunger only happens to “those people”…

If you think that “those people” are just lazy because they visit a food bank…

If you think that “those people” just need to “get a second job” so they don’t have to choose between groceries and paying the electric bill…

If you think that you will never be one of “those people”…

You need to read this by The Happy Hausfrau.

hunger in american infographic

Hunger in American by the Numbers

November signals the start of the holiday season, and preparing for a Thanksgiving feast. But, for many in America the holidays are a time of struggle to put food on the table.

1 in 6 Americans struggle with hunger…and it’s not who you think.

It could be your child’s teacher, the mother sitting next to you at the PTO meeting, your co-worker, the senior citizen cashier at Target, or your best friend.

I remember a brief time during my childhood when my mother (during her divorce) stood in line for Government food. Specifically, Government cheese. I remember standing in line, and the cheese. It was good cheese.

My mother was not “lazy”. She was not “living off the system”. She was not homeless. She had married young and became a homemaker. Then, she suddenly found herself being a single mother, just trying to feed her two young girls. She did eventually find a job outside the home, but for that brief time, she did what she needed to do. We have never talked about it, so I don’t know how she really felt about having to ask for help. But, I am willing to bet my mother never thought she would be standing in line for food.


On average Americans spend $10-$25 per week on their Starbucks® (or other brand) coffee fix.* The food bank in our community can more than double my monetary contribution…$1 will provide $2.50 worth of food. One week of Starbucks® coffee would provide $25-$62.50 worth of food. That’s big.


For the record, I have my own Starbucks® habit. I have nothing against a hazelnut frappuccino or a peppermint mocha. It’s freakin’ delish! But, for the cost of a latte you and I can fight hunger in America today. Skip the caffeine, instead, take what you would spend on coffee, once a week for a month, and support your local food bank. That’s my challenge to you. Don’t have a coffee habit? How about soda or fast food? Same challenge to you. Or, better yet, do it for two months.. {gasp} or a year! Do the math.

Won’t you consider joining me in the fight against hunger this Thanksgiving Season?

Maybe you have never needed to visit a food bank. You truly have something to be thankful for this season.

But, what if…


Mark your calendar for Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 10. Donations will be accepted at Colorado Gives with a goal to inspire and unite Coloradans in supporting local nonprofits.

*Source: The Cultureist (price based on age group; $10/week age 45+; $24.76/week age 18-34).

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