The last Thursday of the month. Do you know what that means? It’s time for the Gratitude Circle!

To be honest, it snuck up on me, again. Fortunately, I was talking with a couple of my dear friends this morning. When our conversation came around to the topic of blog hops, I was – thankfully – reminded.

In some ways, this has been a challenging month. In others, it has been a really good one, for which I am truly grateful. And that’s what this post is all about.


There are people that I’m always grateful for: my family and close friends.

I’m grateful for my life circumstances: my family and I have everything we need and, in some instances, things we desire.

And I’m grateful that everyone is healthy and whole.

Speaking of family…

Something that I’m very, very grateful for this month is the fact that my son (my eldest child) and his lovely, significant other moved from Arkansas to join us here in South Carolina!

After a couple of years (at least) of not living in the same state, we’re now living in the same town.

I get to see my “boy” at least a few times a week since he’s working in the family business with Dh and my brother-in-law.

It makes a “mama” really happy, and VERY grateful.

Summer Break

After the school year that never seemed to end, LB started summer break mid-month.

Some stay-at-home parents dread the day the kids get out of school for the summer, and to be honest, there were years when I felt the same way.

Having three school-aged kids at home, “bored”, and each having a different idea of what to do, can be rather daunting at times.

Not to mention, the house…

One has a choice of constantly cleaning up after the little buggers OR chasing after them to clean up after themselves. Neither choice is really all that pleasant and can make for a really long summer break.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how one looks at it), my two older kids are grown up and living lives of their own. Sure! I miss the days when we were still able to spend summer fun together, but I don’t pull out as much of my hair these days.

BUT, now that BB is living near by, we can hit the beach together. Definite summer fun to be had!

Growing In My Craft

If you’ve dropped by any time recently, you may have already heard about my “pet project”, The Pause podcast.

It’s been something that I’ve wanted to do for many years now and really started it not too long ago on a whim, but I’m having such fun with it!

I’m into episode 6 now, and episode 7 will be posted tomorrow.

It’s still a work in progress, but is coming along. It’s now downloadable from PodbeanApple PodcastsGoogle Play Music and Spotify, and even has a couple of video versions available to view on the Creatively Zen Studios YouTube channel.

Why am I grateful for it?

It’s a wonderful outlet for my creativity.

As I go along, I am discovering ways to utilize many of gifts as well as bits of knowledge and skill I have accumulated over the years. It’s as though they’re all coming together to create something wonderful.


Not only that, but it truly is as though the Universe/Spirit/God – whichever name you choose to refer to the Source of All That Is – is guiding me in the process. The synchronicity with it is just so strong!

For instance, I had gone to meet a woman as part of some volunteer works we’re doing together for one of our local animal shelters. As we sat together in Starbucks, we talked over Chai Tea lattes. It was an opportunity to get to know one another a bit since we were new acquaintances.

The longer our conversation went, though, we discovered that we have a lot in common with regard to our views. I also discovered that she has a passion for labyrinths and actually heads a Labyrinth program at one of our local gardens.

At some point I realized that this woman would be a perfect guest for the podcast!

And she was!

In addition, I plan to volunteer with the Labyrinth program when they resume their activities in the fall. (Summer is really just too hot here at times!)

Even then, I’m grateful. While the summer can be challenging here at times, winter is truly pleasant. It’s definitely an improvement over one place we lived that averaged six foot of snow each year.

So, yes… gratitude, I’m finding, truly is in the eye of the beholder.

Until next month, my dear circle, may you have much to be grateful for!

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