Thursday, March 29, 2012

Peaceful gratefulness (and a winner)

I'm about to head out on our family vacation/road trip.  I was planning to post this Friday, right before leaving but I needed to get it done today instead.  The other day, I got to spend time with one of my girlfriends taking lots of pictures, sharing our camera settings and comparing our notes and was so grateful for the time and opportunity.  It got me thinking about what else I'm grateful for right now, so I decided to make this post all about that!  Isn't that a great way to head out on vacation?  
I'm grateful for good friends who don't think I'm nuts when I suggest going to a cemetery to snap photos.
I'm grateful for friends who chew on deep topics with me, working toward bettering ourselves.
I'm grateful for the peace that floods my heart when I'm around those that know me so well.
I'm grateful for my camera because it's just fun to use and this hobby makes me so happy!
I'm grateful for pretty pink flowers, even if they make my eyes itch and run like crazy.
I'm grateful for the chance to learn new things.
I'm grateful that today I woke up on the right side of the dirt.
...I'm grateful because someday when I don't, I know where I'll be.
I'm grateful for loved ones.
I'm grateful for the possible peace and rest of vacation- our family's very first one!  (We went to Disneyland for three days but trust me it wasn't peaceful or very restful.  We are hoping for some of that on this one.) 
I'm grateful for the path I'm being guided to walk down, since I don't walk it alone. I've been given supportive family and friends, not to mention a very present God who has a plan. 
I'm grateful for the promise of a bright future!

What are you grateful for today?

P.S. The winner of my giveaway is...Stephanie from Still Waters blog, with this comment: "I love the purple triple wrap! She has beautiful goodies!" Stephanie, please email me at with your address to claim your prize!  (I'll be back in touch with you next Thursday when I return.)


  1. SO much to be grateful for! :)
    have a wonderful trip.

  2. I already emailed you, but thanks again, Sasha :)
    Enjoy the restful time with your sweet family!

  3. Every day is an opportunity to be grateful just to be alive:)
    Beautiful photographs!!!

  4. I adore old cemetraies! Always Mom says when I was little, I wanted to have picnics there. I'm an odd duck! Have a wonderful trip and savor every moment. I am slightly jealous. :-) Congratulations, Stephanie!

  5. Hi Sasha - I am grateful for your blog and many others - grateful for the insightful words and reminders they give me everyday! Grateful that I FINALLY started a blog :) - I am nervous!

    Have a wonderful vacation - praying it brings you all your heart desires and more!


  6. hAVE a blessed vacation ~ may each day away pour out His love to you

  7. What great pictures! Hope your vacation is safe and fun!

  8. WHAT?? You went to a cemetery with another friend?? I feel so...what's the word?? TWO TIMED! HA!!! I thought I was the only one crazy enough to drag you. Gotta say it had nothing on my special cemetery.

    I'm grateful for YOU! Love you so much.

    1. Hahahahahahaha! I actually thought about you and told Betsy how much she would love you!! The three of us could go hit the cemetery with our cameras and have a blast!! :)

  9. Have a wonderful vacation enjoy your family time. I'm grateful for who I have next to me!

  10. i'm so happy for you and your vacay!!! have lots of joyous fun. can't wait to hear and see every last detail. so be a good girl and take lots of pictures for me! : ) love and hugs and safe travels!!!

  11. Have a safe & wonderful vacation!

  12. What a beautiful blog. I love your photos and your spirit.

  13. How blessed you are to have time for your hobby and time with a friend!

    Enjoy your family vacation. Y'all have earned it! Hope you come back with a renewed spirit!

  14. beautiful friend. beautiful thoughts.


  15. beautiful pictures!
    I hope you have a fabulous time on your vacation!

  16. I'm grateful my mom is going to pull through this with flying colors.

    I wish we had cemeteries with tomb stones around here!

  17. I'm grateful for all the times you know that this goodbye to someone won't be your last.

    I love your posts like this - have been catching up on a month's worth of lemonade round here! Oh, have I missed you :)

  18. Everett WA has THE most beautiful cemetery's. Your view is awesome! love love it! used to take my kids to the cemetery they are not to be afraid of. they are the living, life and death are is good to celebrate love.thank you for this page. you are a winner.