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October 17, 2011

Thankful Thought | No.7

Today I’m thankful for Lily. I’m thankful that she’s still with us. She’s my companion and pal and somehow tends to be healthier than ever (besides not really being able to chase the ball as much as she’d like). The other day I caught this shot of her while I was sitting at my desk. The fresh air was coming in the open window and she was checking things out for a few minutes before she laid down for one of her many daily naps. She’s the best.

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UPDATE : I returned safe and sound last night from my adventures in Tuscany and Rome so really what I’m most thankful for right now is being home safe and sound with my family. Photos and words to come in the next couple of days.

Thankful Thoughts is a semi-regular series. If you’ve missed any of the previous overlays please check out the archive. Click above to download a free Thankful Thought overlay to add to your own photo. Thankful Thought | 001 included a rounded corner mask and a video tutorial to show you how to work with both the mask and the photo overlay.

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  • 1.
    dawn said…


    Love this photo and how beautiful she looks just sitting there staring out the window. It’s one of my favorite things about my Lucky, don’t you wish we knew what they were thinking???

    • ….
      Tammy said…

      I’m thankful that you demonstrate the grace of a wonderful person whom I have come to know through your blog. We were off line since July and I truly missed the happening in the Edward’s household. This year I’ll be documenting a day in the life of my classroom with 196 students. I’m so ready to capture the excitement and build a portfolio of our scientific experiments!

      Ali, you touch lives in way that most could only ponder how too and you provide an amazing opportunity for all of us to grow in spirit as we surround our selves with your P E A C E. Thank you for the gifts and happy Week In The Life to you and your readers!

  • 2.
    Sylvia said…

    So happy to have you back!!! You have been missed SO much!!! Thanks a lot for the new TT, love it :)

  • 3.
    Paula G said…

    Glad to hear you arrived home safely and I am sure you got your fill of hugging Simon and Ana! I’ve missed your frequent posts – but I can wait — take your time settling in and catching up — we will be here when you are ready, no pressure here!

  • 4.
    Eni said…

    Welcome back!
    Thanks so much for this overlay!

  • 5.
    Asta said…

    I’m so glad you are back. Safe and sound. Missed you very much!

  • 6.
    emily said…

    what a great picture,glad you have arrived safely.

  • 7.
    Lisa W. said…

    OHHHH so glad to see this post. You are my everyday…I really REALLY missed your daily posts. I knew you were gone and busy but so excited to see this…EXSPECIALLY on a Monday. Lily is beautiful..we have a choc. lab and they are just precious. They are the “best” dogs. She is my daughters dog, but loved by all. They truly love their owners:) So glad your back safe and sound. My dream is to go someday!!!

  • 8.
    Dori said…

    Welcome home! And thank you very much, X7.

  • 9.
    Lynn Wigren said…

    Hi Ali! Glad you’re back safe & sound. Looking forward to hearing about your travels. I have a Lily too! Our Lily is about 7 years old now and her fur is turning white in a few places. She is slowing down some and has shorter play periods than before. She’s always so happy to see us when we come home and she loves to cuddle with us.

  • 10.
    dawn said…

    Just a little something fun to tell you and thought you’d get a kick out of it.

    My daughter had homecoming this past weekend and one of the photo options was to go in their little photo booth (like the ones you’ve been doing with kids) and have funny pictures taken. They provided a basket of glasses, boa’s, hats and such to make it more fun. My daughter loved this one and didn’t even bother to get one done by the professional photographer that they had there.

    I was surprised and happy by this when she got home and showed me. Can you imagine Simon/Anna many years from now enjoying this for their homecoming.

  • 11.
    Nicole said…

    Welcome home Ali! Can’t wait to hear about your trip and see your SOTR (if you are sharing it). I love the photo of Lily too. If you hadn’t explained it, I would have thought she was watching out the window, waiting for you to come home. :)

  • 12.
    Donna Malloy said…

    I am new to digital I was watching your tutorial about overlays from your thankful thought 1. I was wondering how you keep all your layers in the middle. Mine seem to just go down to the bottom, I can’t seem to figure out how to make them stay. Any help. Thanks.

  • 13.
    Janette said…

    Welcome home Ali! I missed you lots!!

  • 14.
    Lisa said…

    Welcome home! Quick question to go with my admiration for your wonderful observations and sentiments…LOVED the photo of Lily but REALLy loved the stacked box/sorter/whatever she was sitting next to! Can we buy these or was this one of your wonderful thrift store finds???

  • 15.
    Eileen said…

    Welcome, home, Ali. Even though the trip was fabulous, I know how good it feels to be back home again. Hope you can get some rest.

  • 16.

    Wonderful picture.

  • 17.
    Susie Leggett said…

    So happy to see you home safely Ali. That Lily of yours sure is a blessing for you and your family. I’m happy to see she is doing so well after her sickness this summer. Wishing you a wonderful week at home.

  • 18.
    Jennifer Levin said…

    WELCOME HOME, ALI!!!!!!! I’m so happy you’re home! I missed seeing your photos and “hearing” your words while you were away. I’m sure it will take a few days to get back into the swing of things, but I can’t wait to see what you have to share with us.

    My two favorite things about coming home from a long trip: all the hugs, kisses and love my kids give me AND sleeping in my own bed! Again, welcome home.

    Hugs, Jen

  • 19.
    Tere said…

    I’m thankful you are home too…you were missed!

  • 20.
    kelly said…

    Beautiful photo Ali! I am so glad that Lily is doing well (we have a lab as well, a yellow one named her)! Can’t wait to see your photos from Itay! Have a wonderful week :)

  • 21.
    Suz said…

    So happy your Lily is doing well. (I’m happy my Lily is too! ;) .
    Glad you are home safely and can’t wait to read more about your trip as well as to see pictures!!! :)
    Have a beautiful Monday.

  • 22.
    madeline St onge said…

    I love Lily and I have never met her Ali. She is a sweet girl and I am so happy she is better.

    Happy you are back home, I missed you

  • 23.

    Ali! So happy to have you home safe and sound. I missed you I know the trip was great as you! Are not dogs the most wonderful companions. I just love the phot of Lily glad she is doing ok. We still have Molly diabetic, poor sighted, and slow moving but she is Moms’s last schnauzer she raised so we are taking care of Mollie because we know that is what mom (anna) would have done if she was still here….love to you and your in my prayers.

    blessings and hugs,

    Sharon Dryjanski Phoenix az

  • 24.
    Jenny said…

    Thankful for many things including your first post back being about gratitude. Blessings.

  • 25.
    slmnontec said…

    Glad you are back! Rioting in Rome. Hope you missed it!

    My Jack Russell will be 16 on Saturday! She is my shadow, pal and best medicine!

  • 26.
    Jean said…

    Hooray you’re home, and it’s great to hear that Lily is enjoying the PNW fall! Great photo.

  • 27.
    Sue said…

    What a sweet baby. I am so glad to see Lily! I have thought about her often after her spell this past summer. I just love the companionship of a dog, there is absolutely nothing like it. Thanks for sharing Lily with us!

  • 28.
    Denise KC said…

    Welcome back Ali :)

  • 29.
    Carolin said…

    Glad you’re back, dear Ali! Hope you enjoyed Italy. I missed your posts and love to read from you again. :)

  • 30.
    rhonda said…

    Missed your daily posting and Lily is so beautiful!

  • 31.
    Jill said…

    Welcome back, Ali! :) My Buddy is 9 and slowing down these days, too, but still so much a part of our family! So glad Lily is doing so well … dogs have such beautiful souls, don’t they? Blessings to you and your family ~ and precious Lily!

  • 32.
    Robyn said…

    We just got a new black labradoodle puppy and her name is Lily also. My eleven year old daughter named her after a character in a favorite book she read. I never had a dog before and wasn’t prepared for all of the work of puppydom! I anxiously await when our Lily will sit and look out the window!

  • 33.
    ale said…

    glad you’re home safe and sound, ali!
    love this shot of lily, so happy to know she’s healthy!

  • 34.
    susan garner said…

    We missed you. i have been checking daily. Glad Lily is doing great. Look forward to pics of your visit.

  • 35.
    Anthea said…

    Welcome home Ali. I’ve missed your regular updates and moments of inspiration. It’s amazing how much our pets become members of the family and amazing companions. Love the picture.

  • 36.
    alida said…

    Welcome home (real home and blog home:). May you have a great time relishing in all your wonderful “everyday” things that makes home home.

  • 37.
    daphné said…

    I understand completely the feeling you had when you saw her like that. When my previous sweethaert was growing old, I could enjoy it so much seeing her enjoying the simple things. Even when she became really old, and couldn’t even make her daily tour in the neighbourhood, she could be so happy with a little ray of sun, a nice day,…
    Do profite these moments, they’re passing so quick….

  • 38.
    Nancy G. said…

    Glad to hear you are home safe and sound. It takes a few days to get back into a routine when you have been away on such an amazing trip. I am looking forward to seeing some of your photos.

  • 39.
    Jo-Ann Pullen said…

    Glad your home safe it was wonderful experiencing Tuscany and Rome with you! Can’t wait for Ireland 2012! Thanks for being part of our family and welcome home to yours.

  • 40.
    Kris said…

    Welcome Back. Missed reading your blog each day. Cant wait to see your photos

  • 41.
    Cyn said…

    Lily looks beautiful. I’m sure she was overjoyed to welcome you home. I’m glad she’s doing so well.

  • 42.
    Missus Wookie said…

    Welcome back – glad it was an inspiring time. Thank you for the thankful thought :)

  • 43.
    Tamera Jones said…

    Welcome Home! What a nice thought to be “home” after a long trip.

    I happened to open this page of Lily and my husband looked over from his computer and said, “Love that picture!” As a dog lover he appreciate’s candid dog photo’s.

  • 44.
    Cindy said…

    Welcome home!! Can’t wait to see Italy through your lens (hope to one day see it in real life).

  • 45.
    joanne smith said…

    i have been thinking about your sweet lily… and was happy to see this update! glad you are back safe and sound too! looking forward to more pics from your trip!

  • 46.
    cheiron said…

    I love this picture.

  • 47.
    MamPug said…

    Welcome Home!!!
    Can anyone tell me how they are scrapping their TT each time.
    I have printed them out on a 4×6 but not sure how to scrap them.

  • 48.
    Darrick Landero said…

    I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one today..

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