Finding My Thankfuls (Woo Hoo!)

These are my peeps.

And my dog.

And they warm every part of my heart.


Our Christmas this year had some highs and lows.

But my focus is on the highs.

On the thankfuls.

I am thankful for a teenager who can still snuggle right in with her dad to listen to The Night Before Christmas being read on Christmas Eve.


I am thankful for girlfriends who are like family to us all.


I am thankful for the love I see between my children and their dad daily.


I am thankful for my sisters-in-law.

I only managed to get a picture of one, Linda, but I am thankful for all three.

And my two brothers in-law as well.

And the seven Putnam nieces and nephews.

And for the fact that my Sunshine could almost fit in as a triplet among her twin cousins.


I am thankful for my mother and father in-law (not pictured).

And for Grampy Batch who at 98 is as sharp a whip.

I just noticed how similar their poses are – my mother in-law and her Dad – just opposite hands.


I am thankful that I have been deemed most likely to “Woo hoo” in the family.

I now hold that title with pride – but I am more than willing to share it if anyone would like to increase their frequency of “woo-hoo”-ing.

I am thankful for gifts that make everyone crack up.


I am thankful that my in-laws decorate every nook and cranny with Christmas decorations and twinkling lights.


And even though I am sure it is exhausting for them to take it all our and put it all away, they work so hard to bring Christmas cheer for when we all come home.


I am thankful that their version of vintage decorations is because they still have them and treasure them.


I am thankful for a visit filled with laughter.

It was just what I needed.

And that is my plan for 2014.

No specific resolutions – just going to try each day to find my thankful.

And count them, even on the dark days.

Woo hoo!


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17 thoughts on “Finding My Thankfuls (Woo Hoo!)”


  1. I love this post. Thank you for sharing. Your In-law’s house at Christmas looks like what my dear in-laws house looked like. How I miss them and how much I wish I would have taken pictures of her holiday decorations. There wasn’t a holiday that she didn’t go all out!! Hope this year brings you many woo hoo moments.

  2. Your post just made me smile as I think of my mother and her “woo hoo.” As we gathered for our first Christmas without her, we laughed about her doing that and how we continue it in her name. Love reading your blog. Happy New Year from one “woo hoo” family to another!

  3. What a great post. Just what I needed to read. I’m thankful for you and your blog. Thankful for reminding me of all of my thankfullls. I have so many. At times I forget just how many I have and I little reminder is always nice.
    Thank you.
    Have a great day.

  4. A beautiful post, a beautiful family!! So fun to see all the happiness and love, that is what makes it all worth while..I love my family!! Oh, is the doggie some kind of a doodle?? We have a Goldendoodle!!

  5. Wonderful post! Enjoyed the photos of your “Peeps” and extended family as well as the Christmas decorations at your in-law’s home. Your loving, generous and creative spirit is apparent in every one of your posts. Happy and Healthy 2014 to you and yours.

  6. ESPECIALLY on the dark days is when I am realizing it is most important to find my thankfuls. I love the sweet decorations of your in laws home. Those reindeer make me smile 🙂

  7. Woo-hooing is totally acceptable. I try to find at least one moment to express it every day. (In some instances it’s just the voice in my head, other times it is out loud) Thank you for sharing this beautiful post!

  8. Thanks for the heartwarming post, Laura. Reading between the lines, this is a good reminder to me to spend 2014 with a more grateful heart–that costs nothing but pays huge dividends! I look forward to following you in 2014, Laura. May your reality far exceed your dreams.

  9. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! We too had some “downs” for the holidays…sickness, my mom in the hospital…But, we too are counting the thankfuls that are a mile long! Life to the full! Melissa

  10. I can smell the old farm house cozy home smell your inlaws home gives off…. I mean that in a loving way. Great pics really captured the spirit of their home. Also, I want the old reindeer. Reminds me of my old Polish aunts, always the same old but really cool ornaments out every year. Very nice post. Woo hooo 🙂

  11. Laura—I think they think your mother-in law does all this. Should we tell them it is your father-in-law and this is only part of the inside and none of the outside? Dana’s Mom