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30 Days of Thankful: Week 1

Last year, I started intentionally documenting this season of gratitude by participating in Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful.  You can find a glimpse of my 2012 album HERE.  Life seems to be moving at 1,000 mph lately, so this tradition is especially meaningful for me right now.

Here’s a look at the first batch:


Day 1:  So grateful for quiet moments filled with beauty.  This tired pumpkin fell asleep on our walk this afternoon.  Love the feeling of slowing down to take in nature’s breathtaking array of Fall colors.  It’s been raining leaves for the past few days- we’ve seen gusts of golds, oranges, and reds swirling through the air.  Feeling grateful for bursts of sunshine, a beautiful sleeping baby, and sweet moments of utter calm.


Day 2: I made a new friend today!  Normally, I am terrified of larger dogs… BUT, this sweet gentle giant captured my heart.  I’m so thankful I had a chance to meet “Bear” and catch up with his mama.  Good coffee, a loveable puppy, and a great conversation with a friend… a perfect Saturday morning!


Day 3: Dearest Olivia- I am so grateful for your beautiful smile.  Your wide open grin quite literally lights up the room.  We are in awe of how much you have grown and learned over the past 10 months.  The road has not been easy- you are already unbelievably strong and I know that you will become an amazingly confident, caring woman.  Right now, I am soaking in precious moments: your sweet little laugh, the symphony of your distinct babbling sounds, and this amazing smile.  Love you always, Mom.


Day 4: I am so grateful for my husband, James.  I am constantly amazed by his ability to fix anything.  I have yet to find a project that intimidates my mechanical engineer!  I still don’t know how a simple conversation about painting the breakfast room turned into a full scale kitchen demo and renovation… BUT, I am so grateful that James has the knowledge and skill to craft a beautiful space.


Day 5: I am so grateful that my parents live close enough that popping over for dinner is an option while our kitchen is a functional mess!  Tonight, we enjoyed a wonderful new slow cooker recipe.  I will definitely be making this quinoa, chicken chili again!  Earlier in the week, my mom made a batch of homemade chicken noodle soup.  Olivia LOVED this dinner… It was probably the most we’ve seen her eat of solid foods in one sitting.  It was so cute to watch her devour this dinner favorite.


Day 6:  Feeling extremely grateful today for perfect timing.  I had to take Olivia to music class during the window of delivery for our new kitchen appliances.  Our new oven, microwave, cooktop, and hood were delivered just before my mom had to leave for an appointment.  Five minutes on either side (my mom leaving or our return) would have meant the difference between moving ahead with the project and the reality of delays and/or extra delivery fees.

Some of my favorite details:

Thankful Details

Don’t you just love those tool die-cut images?  I embellished the digital base pages with patterned paper, punches, glitter, gold leafing, metallic nailheads, and ribbon.

Update: See Week 2 of this Thankful Project

10 responses to “30 Days of Thankful: Week 1”

  1. dawn Avatar

    Hello, how nice it is to see your first week. Such a cutie your little one is, how awesome that you can document her while this small. I wish my hubby had those skills too but he has other ones so I try to be thankful for them. Glad your delivery came at the right time, I have been there before and wasn’t so lucky.
    Great digital pages you made, I know nothing of digital so enjoy seeing what others do.
    Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed my visit.

    1. Candice Avatar

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

  2. Deb @ PaperTurtle Avatar

    Hi Candice ~ I love the design of your thankful pages – great idea to add the patterned papers and other embellishments. Your baby girl is just adorable and I love her name. I have a new niece on the way and she is destined to be named Olivia as well. :o)

    1. Candice Avatar

      Thank you, Deb. Congrats and best wishes to you and your family! Love the name Olivia, but I might be a little biased! 🙂

  3. Teresag Avatar

    I do like those tools. I am new to digital and putting on extra embellishments after my pages are printed may make the transition easier. thank you for sharing.

    1. Candice Avatar

      I am also in the process of trying to figure out how to blend these styles- there’s so much potential in digital scrapbooking but there is also something about the texture and ability to create dimension with traditional papers that I love. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Cheri Avatar

    I love the hybrid approach Candice! All those sweet little additions almost make me want to play with paper again!

    1. Candice Avatar

      Thank you! 🙂

  5. Katie Avatar

    Fantastic hybrid project, I really like the sparkle you added. It was fun to take a look at your last year’s book when you were thankful for baby kicks and now see that baby is 10 months old this time around!

    1. Candice Avatar

      Thank you! Time sure does fly- it’s hard to believe that was a year ago!

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