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Today, I am grateful. Grateful for four gorgeous children who have everything they need and more.


Grateful for children who teach me and Mike how to see the world through the eyes of a child. You grow up, and it’s so easy to forget to see the beauty.


I’m on a quest for simplicity, and as part of that I’m ending my weekly linkies. I hope you’ll still link up your afterschool activities at Just Playing Around, Little Wonders’ Days, Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, The Educators’ Spin On It, and What Do We Do All Day? I’ll be inviting you to share Learning Laboratory links in the comments to those posts, and on my Facebook page every Monday.

Are you trying to simplify your life?

What are you grateful for, today?

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

17 thoughts on “Gratitude”

  1. I can see where you are coming from. It’s easy to lose track what’s important in our daily rush. You have so much to focus on outside the blog world.

  2. Congrats on choosing to simplify your life, MA! I am convinced that our family relationships, which really are what matters most, benefit from this quest greatly! And it IS a quest because it doesn’t come like turning on a switch. Unfortunately. :)

    I am grateful that life is separated into days, constantly giving us a chance for a fresh start (being more or less well-rested). I am grateful for what I may learn in and from my family!

  3. Elisa | blissfulE

    Spectacular photos!! I am grateful for my friends (including you :) and that my family is getting over the cold we’ve had.

  4. Such gorgeous kids and you are right that simplicity is a worthy goal yet so hard to achieve! I am grateful for an elastic food budget, three healthy kids and being able to work from home.

  5. I’m definitely simplifying my blog life and it feels great! I don’t do nearly as much “marketing” as I used to, and the funny thing it’s been busier then ever and Im so happy enjoying my kids again. :)

  6. Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It

    Simplicity is such an important word in childhood. We are going to miss you dearly in our weekly after school posts but completely respect and understand the season your family is in right now and we want you to be able to cherish all those simple moments of childhood with your beautiful children!

  7. Emma is looking so much older. Abby is too! It’s crazy how all of a sudden that baby look starts disappearing.

    Your children are so sweet! WooHoo for simplicity. I’m going to try to work on that too.

  8. Years ago, I read a book about graceful simplicity (or something like that). Anyway, it was all about the beauty of living simple. I love that idea/concept. I think, especially, during the holiday season when people can get caught up in the business, planning, decorating and shopping, focusing on simplicity is even more important. Today I am so grateful for my boys – my 3 yo told me several times that I was his best friend today and it truly warmed my heart.

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