Gratitude Weekly: Family

Last week I did something that I’m proud of. I’ll get into that in another post but I just wanted to quickly post how grateful I am right now to be able to wake up to this and to show up for my family. I know these moments are fleeting, so for each second I get to see them and feel them, I am grateful beyond measure. This is a season of togetherness and I get to be here. Right here and now. For now. I hope you all get to feel close to people you love, also. Happy holidays to you!

Morning scenes in winter.

Morning scenes in winter.

Gratitude Weekly: Love your Mother

It's no surprise that I'm a huge advocate for loving your mother. If you are lucky, you have or had as loving and selfless a mother as I. But I understand not everyone is fortunate enough to have grown up with the amount of love I feel and the amount of support I've received and continue to receive from my parents so that's why this post falls under the "gratitude" category. This is something I'm endlessly grateful for.

My selfless, lovely, loving mama

My selfless, lovely, loving mama

This last week has been testing me in ways I've forgotten momentarily. I've been sick with no sick pay offered at my job; my son and my husband have also been sick. This last week, I've been tested so much and I am tired. My mother came to our rescue yesterday. My selfless, sweet mama. See, my nearly 70 year old mother that still has to work to support herself and my father took an unpaid day off from her job so that I could come to work (also sick) to be able to support my family and not fall behind.

Of course, I cry. I cry because I am loved. I cry because my family is loved. I cry because she's been selfless this entire time she's been my mother and I only hope I can be the same way for my children. I cry because she also struggles yet still manages to help. I cry because it brings her happiness to help and I just don't feel like with my busy schedule there's many other ways I can bring her happiness. I can't pop in as easily to join her for a cup of coffee, I can't invite her to a mother/daughter date because well, life is just busy. I suppose I can start trying to slate out more time for this; and I suppose I might be overly emotional but  the core of this is pure and true. My mother is an angel and I am forever grateful for her.

Thank you for all that you do for your family, every single day, mama! Please know you are so loved!



Today She Writes: Asters in the Summertime

In the dark and drawn Winter months

I long to be like asters in the Summertime

Each petal perky 

Each stem brazen and tall

Unabashedly glorious in the sun

Standing out in contrast among all the other wildflowers

And here I am;

Moonlit and cold against the barren trees

Spinning darkness like the wool untamed

Unraveling just a little

But to remember the warmth

To remember the aster among the wildflowers

Standing brazen and tall in the sunlight,

Growing graciously with splendor

To remember the aster breathes new life

Because the light will soon come

© Ashley York

Asters in the Summertime

Asters in the Summertime

Gratitude Weekly: Quiet in the Wild

The subtitle for this post comes from a hashtag I like to use, because well, I find so much peace outdoors. Especially on cold days. There's something so serene and beautiful about winter walks.

Tiedeman's Pond | Middleton, WI

Tiedeman's Pond | Middleton, WI

I skipped a week last week as I was trying to collect myself and process a few things. But as I sit here, on yet another Monday missing my family while they're cozy in bed, I wanted to say how grateful I am that my husband gave me some time to myself over the weekend to go take photographs with our first dusting of snow. He and Silas could have come along but my husband is still getting used to the weather here so he opted to stay in and put Silas for a nap.

I am so grateful that nature provides a sense of calm and quiet when my mind is driftless. Moments like these provide clarity, especially in the briskness of winter; I can breathe. I so desperately needed that walk to recharge!

What are you grateful for this week? What provides you peace and calm in the midst of chaos or even just confusion?

I'd love to hear from you!