My Renewed Grateful Heart

2016 feels so fresh and new- like the feeling I have at the beginning of the week but amplified.

This year feels like it’s got some really great things in store for K and I. I’m not the type to count my chickens before they hatch, but I just feel so renewed and hopeful about the next 12 months. I think our family will really thrive and Kyle/we have some crazy lofty goals and predictions for PI. It just feel like we’re starting the year off really…. right. And this unfounded yet confident positivity only reassures me.

Do you guys feel it, too??

For whatever reason my heart is singing. We rang in the new year with some of our favorite people and I spent the weekend organizing the craziness that engrossed our home this Christmas. For me, a little socialization and lot of solitary organization is the perfect weekend!

I have so many things I want to accomplish this year, but I don’t feel overwhelmed. I feel capable and I’m so ready to embrace whatever happens. Ya know??!

Tell me, friends, what are you most excited for this year?? I can’t wait for my baby brother’s wedding and our family vacation to the east coast!

A Grateful Heart with Ember Grey

Thank God It’s Monday

On Sunday night, usually around 7 or 8, I start to see the anti-Monday quotes and statuses. I’m guilty of it, too. I act as though there isn’t enough coffee in the world to get me through or the alarm is such a burden… but why do we hate Monday so much?

Monday morning means we get another day- another week- to live and love and celebrate. It’s the start of another week filled with family and friends and work and love and dog kisses and creativity and learning and breathing. How incredibly lucky we are to wake up. How many more Mondays will we have? Why wouldn’t we cherish this day like all the rest?

These thoughts stem from the unfathomable tragedies to befall Paris & Beirut this weekend. My head and heart hurt so much when I think about and pray for all the people affected by this violence. I’m amazed by all theĀ good that rallies in a time like this. And it’s that goodness that makes me so damn happy and grateful to open my eyes on Monday morning and start another 24 hours.

Please don’t dread Monday. I’m so happy you’re awake and well.



Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey


Welcome to October’s Last Monday

This weekend felt long and short, all at the same time. You know what I mean, right? On Saturday I watched my brother-in-law say “I do” to his stunning fiancee wife and a lot of K’s family members were in town so we were very social all weekend. Additionally, my uncle was visiting from St. Louis so I tried to spend some time with my side of the family, too. This introvert had a wonderful time, but I could use a few hours alone under the covers with a book and a flashlight to recharge.

Instead, how about an inspirational motivational appropriate quote to get me to Friday (because I have Friday off this week so I can put all my efforts into our Halloween party)!


I’m so grateful to start the week alive, caffeinated, and positive!

(Side notes: This weekend I also joined a Harry Potter book club! On Tuesday I get to dress up for my retail job and pass out candy. And I still have to carve some pumpkins this week! Any carving recommendations?? Remember, PIXAR party theme!)



Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey