GP06: On Gratitude // Jane from Always With Yoo

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Hello Coco/Mingo readers! I'm Jane and I blog over at Always With Yoo where I share musings, love and laughter from the perspective of our little family while setting roots in the DC metropolitan area. I was delighted when Jessica asked if I would like to write a guest post and jumped at this wonderful opportunity to share a special holiday list.

When the leaves change color and the happiest time of the year is just around the corner, we pause for a moment to reflect on the year - the moments that made us happy, sad, triumphant and silly - and we give our heartfelt thanks. I always liked this time of year for this. I have fond memories of sitting in elementary school making paper craft turkeys and sharing my appreciation list, which then consisted of my family, friends, gymnastics, candy, the Carebears and Fraggle Rock with my classmates. This ole list of mine has, let's say, "developed" over the years, but there are some things I am still thankful for now as I did back when I was seven:

1 // Family, friends and the endless ways we can now communicate 2 // Kind strangers and their beautiful gestures 3 // Gentle walks under the golden sunset 4 // Slow weekends with public radio shows and banana nut muffins 5 // Cocker spaniel whiskers and the way it tickles my hand 6 // Old pictures and their stories 7 // Feeling of turning the pages of a book 8 // Passing down family folklore and creating new traditions 9 // Space heaters and warm socks 10 // DC Donuts at Eastern Market and powder mustaches

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This season brings wonderful reminders to reflect on what makes us whole and happy -- it includes the little things that sometimes go overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

If you could take a moment now, what are some things you are thankful for? . . .

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