Happy to be 1!  And happy for our daughter!
Lani, Andover, MA

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Happy to be 1! Happy to be 1! © Lani, Andover, MA

Welcome to our community gratitude journal, open to all who’d like to express their thanks or share a happy thought. 

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Here’s how it works: every week we post a photo submitted by one of our readers along with all the happy and thankful comments gathered throughout the week. 

To contribute, email your “shout out” or your favorite photo to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

You can also contribute by commenting at the bottom of this post—we’ll pick out a few favorites for next week’s posting.  Please include: your name if you’d like us to use it and any other info you’d like us to list, e.g., if the “gratitude” is from one of your children, it would be great to know his or her age.

Friday is my favorite day of the week as I’ll be going back home and spend my weekends with my son.

We went to dinner last night and ran into a family from our neighborhood who told us that they were living in a hotel because their home had been flooded and that many of their belongings had been destroyed. My 7 year old son gave his prize lego set to their 4 year and offered to share his Nachos too!
Zin Heher

Grateful for this lovely Fall weekends spending time with my family!
Trace-Ann Green

I can hardly sit down to a homemade meal with my partner or others who have taken the time to prepare some delectable dish, and not be amazed, once again, that we (white, privileged Americans like myself) can get vegetables from all over the world, 24/7, in our fossil-fueled automobiles if we’re only willing to make the drive. And that I have dish after dish of delicious foods at my disposal/consumption Very often. I don’t pray, I don’t want to say grace, but I do want myself and others to be frequently mindful of the abundant offerings of our planet, our home.
Lauren Kehr

I feel happy and grateful every day for my fabulous little pixie of a daughter.

I’m grateful for a healthy, happy family—and, just a few hours of time to myself this afternoon. ; )
Shawn Ledington Fink

I love being alive & am grateful for having lived a long time… so many wonderful & unexpected changes happen in a long lifetime. For example, today, a cousin, who many in the family halfway expected to become a nun, is marrying her sweetheart she met late in life. You can virtually hear the chorus of angels singing, the heralds trumpeting, & the bells ringing across the heavens today! :D
Jane Craford

I am happy that my son and daughter are best friends and stand up for each other, to kids and adults alike. Go team!

I am so grateful for my amazing work-life balance. I get to work 5-10 hours a week in a great job, while spending most of my time with my wonderful 13-month-old son!

I found out that my daughter had loaned lunch money to one of the boys [at school.]  I was floored —first because my daughter actually had money to loan and second because my daughter harbors a deep hurt caused by this person. In 8th
grade, she had a seizure at school and, in the aftermath, he would make fun of her by faking seizures.  So the fact that she loaned him money speaks of a maturity that makes me very happy and very humble. I have a lot to learn from her about really forgiving!

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