Thursday, November 24, 2011

grab some pumpkin pie as i tell you why i am...

in no particular order. my relationship with Jesus. my best friend and fiance, ryan. loving, supportive parents. my sisters who make me laugh every day. pey-pey, the best dog in the world. coffee and vanilla caramel creamer. colorful tights. salted caramel hot chocolate. Christmas music. pumpkin pie. bike riding adventures. glitter. smashbooks. cameras to capture every day moments. the color green. cat naps. hunger games and twilight. girlfriends. being home for the holidays this year. God's continued provision this year. burt's bee lip gloss. shoes. journaling. community. messy hair buns. laughter. and of course, last but not least, friends like you

often times, it's easiest to focus on the negative things in this life. it's easy to be distracted by worries or fears of the unknown, but i'm continually learning to focus on the good. i have to in order to make it through the bad. and i'm gonna be raw for a second here, but this past year has personally been a very trying one - and i'm continually learning to take life a day at a time and to be grateful for God's daily provisions, even when i don't understand the whys of life's hardships. as ironic as it might sound, with this particular thanksgiving, i find myself even more grateful to God for his blessings!

enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
give thanks to him; bless his name!
for the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
-psalm 100:4-5-

much love.
[happy thanksgiving, friend.]

p.s. if you are Lori (#485) of ChicGeek Designs, you have one more reason to be thankful today! you just won the Blowfish Shoes giveaway - so be sure to shoot me an email at muchloveilly at gmail com to claim your prize! let me know what shoe, style and size you want with your mailing address so that we can get those off to you ASAP! congrats, Lori and thank YOU, Blowfish Shoes for another sweet giveaway!

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  1. i am soo thankful for you, ilene! i am thankful for our tweets, DMs, texts, phone calls, skype dates, etc. i am soo thankful that we met through blogging and in person a handful of times! i am soo thankful for all your advice, opinions, and most importantly your friendship!! have a wonderful thanksgiving, love!! :)

    and lori is one lucky lady!!!

  2. your blog is a blessing and I can personally always appreciate people in their state of RAWNESS. CONGRATS on making it through another year with the LORD as your strength and your crown.


  3. Your blog post is beautiful Illy!

    On a personal note, I am thankful for having found you and your blog.

    You have inspired me to reach out to other bloggers as I haven't done in the past **6 years of me blogging**. I felt isolated with my blog but reading your happy posts and seeing your kindness (and awesomeness!!) towards other bloggers made me want to be apart of this great community.

    I am thankful we have become blogging and twitter buddies. You are so sweet and inspiring. I look forward to keep reading your blog and seeing your cute outfits this holiday season and beyond!

    Have a super great Thanksgiving!

  4. What a lovely post! Funny you should mention pumpkin pie, I just posted about baking a bunch!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. Oh I'm thankful for you sistuh! Have a great Turkey Day :)!

  6. I want you to know that yours is one of the blogs I'm thankful for. I love stopping by each day because you always make me smile.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Illy!!

  7. Glad to see that you have such a positive state of mind! There actually are so many things to be thankful for?? Why waste our emotions on the negative stuff anyway?

    Happy Thanksgiving dear! :)

  8. Sigh, I had a whole nice comment written out and Blogger ate it. Let's see if I remember what I wrote the first time! ;-)

    Great post. I came online to write my post for tomorrow (which is going to sound oddly like yours ;-)) and saw Sandy's tweet! Thank you so much! I'm so super excited! Thank you and Thank you Blowfish Shoes!

    I wanted to tell you how thankful I am for getting to know you online and in person a few times. You have a sweet and loving spirit. And I think God brings us through hard times to make us more thankful for the good times. As odd and unfair as it sounds, He has a plan that we only see a tiny part of. ((hugs))(this I continually try to learn!) :-)

  9. What a great list! I am thankful for so many of those things!! Happy Thanksgiving girl!

  10. I love that photo of you! So beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Beautiful post Ilene!! I hope you and your family have an amazing Thanksgiving!! xoxoxo

  13. Happy Thanksgiving, just spotted your blog and it's super cute. You have great style!

  14. What a beautiful verse from Psalm to quote! :)
    I am grateful that you blog and that you help inspire my wardrobe choices! :)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. i absoultely love this verse. thank you for sharing it with us on your blog<3

  16. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Ilene!! xoxo


  17. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!! :)

  18. great list! wishing you a happy thanksgiving!

  19. So excited to try out my new items from your adorable shop!!!

    Wrote about it here:

    and will have photos once I receive them!

    Thank you so much!

  20. Hope you and yours had a fab Thanksgiving. I finally finished reading Silence last night. I heart Patch!

  21. Those are beautiful things to be thankful for Ilene. I love your spirit. Thankful for you my friend!

  22. Agreed! SO THANKFUL for God's love everyday!

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