It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for!

Hello friends!

On Saturday we went for a walk on the Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach. It was a gorgeous day and I was determined to get some fun pics. But the sun was shining overhead and things weren’t working out like I’d hoped. I got frustrated and put my camera away. Once we got home I tried to look at the pics I’d taken with a fresh perspective and instead of being frustrated, I tried to focus on being grateful. And I surprised myself with how differently I was able to see the moments I’d captured and how much less frustrated I felt.

How about some hellos and some gratefulness for a Monday morning?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello bright blue sky, sunshine on our shoulders and ocean waves crashing.

Hello silly David. Melt my heart.

Hello flowers blooming in vibrant shades of fushia.

Hello sweet boy who is getting so grown up it makes my heart want to burst.

Hello brothers holding hands. It’s ridiculous that I was frustrated when this picture makes me overflow with gratefulness. I love these sweet boys.

Hello huge palms overhead.

Hello to my little family. It’s so imperfect, crazy and such a blessing.

Hello sun making it’s way through eucalyptus leaves.

Hello sweetheart. I’m so glad you’re mine.

Hello finding the perfect wand and pretending to be Harry Potter.

Hello branch after branch, reaching for the sky.

Hello thankful for these three boys and how much love and grace they bring into my life every single day.

Hello menu planning–we’re going to have tilapia with vegetables, italian soup and enchiladas this week.

Hello lots of meetings this week. And making time for creativity too!

Hello huge, massive clearance sale today. use code fall30 for an ADDITIONAL 30% off! We’re making room for new things!

Hello Foyle’s war. If you like BBC dramas, give this one a try. {It’s free with amazon prime}

Hello house that wants to be deep cleaned.

Hello trying a new gym. I am so nervous!

Hello brand new, beautiful week with beauty waiting to be found.

What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or leave a link to your own hello monday post there!


  1. I bing watched Foyle’s War…absolutely fell for the characters and story lines. funny to see the fire hydrant in your photo lol.

  2. Hello “pretending”…so many children nowadays have no idea how to pretend and/or make-believe. How precious to see it happening somewhere!

  3. Hello cross country meet, where my boy may be one of the last runners coming in, but his determination and “never give up” drive and sprinting across the finish line make me so proud. Hello boy’s kitty who stayed outside ALL weekend and made us worry – we missed you – so glad you came home. Hello boy scout meeting, church meetings, high school football homecoming (so early this year), and big arts and crafts fair this weekend! Life is so good!

  4. Hi, Lisa!
    Hello to the last full week of technical summer! Hello to lots of busy-ness. Hello to dentist appointments for my girls and hello to taking them to the state fair. Hello, apple picking on Sunday!
    Have a great week!!

  5. Good morning, Lisa! Love this. You live out what I struggle with too. Getting myself out of the way so I can see the gifts for what they are. So glad you were able to shift your perspective and we got to see the beautiful outcome.

    Saying hello this morning to sweet moments with my littlest, exploring our city, a new church location and the Lord’s provision and some big dreams!

  6. Loving these grateful pics! Loving that your blog always reminds me to find the lovely in my days!!!! Such a blessing!

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