Thursday, November 27, 2014

truly grateful - 4 ways to cultivate gratefulness

Let us learn to 
"[c]ultivate the habit of 
being (truly) grateful."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

" thanks always
and for everything to 
God the Father in the 
name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
-Ephesians 5:20

You may or may not have heard some sort of spiel on the topic of gratefulness, how all we need to do is be thankful for what we have and grateful to others for all they've done, ad infinitum. But even as cliche as that all sounds, I can't stress nearly enough how important cultivating a habit of gratefulness truly is for an individual.

It takes a great heart, a strong will, and a humble spirit to truly embrace a daily habit of being grateful. I am no expert on gratefulness, nor do I embody that virtue especially well. But I do know, with all my heart, that once you start to make a conscious effort to embrace a spirit of gratefulness and when you begin to be thankful for every single thing you have, your life will never, quite ever, be the same.

I've compiled a simple list.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We Honor You - Your Sacrifice and Your Service

"All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for,
whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests."

-Nathaniel Hawthorne
Veteran's Day, November 11th, is the day we come together as a nation and celebrate our heroes who've sacrificed their time and their lives so that we can live in freedom. Those brave men and women fought for our freedoms and rights as citizens of the United States. Among other things, they fought for our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and our freedom to keep and bear arms. We've truly been blessed by their sacrifice and service.

Thank you to the many men and woman who have served and who still serve our great nation! I'm honored by your service, and exceedingly proud to be an American. I salute you.

U.S. Marines assigned to Georgian Liaison Team-9 and Georgian Army soldiers assigned to the 33rd Light Infantry Battalion make their way to the extraction point during Operation Northern Lion II in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Northern Lion II was a Georgian-led operation conducted to deter insurgents, establish a presence, and gather human intelligence in the area. (Photo: Cpl. Alejandro Pena/U.S. Marine Corps) SOURCE

November 10th was also the U.S. Marine Corps 239th birthday! So I want to take a moment to thank Benjamin Arnoldbik (my brother-in-law) and the many others who've served our nation through their service in the Corps. Happy 239th Birthday, Marines! Semper Fidelis.

All text © 2014 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2014 sourced above

Saturday, November 8, 2014

ANNOUNCEMENT, GUEST POST, & GIVEAWAY >><<>><< Anon, Sir, Anon by Rachel Heffington

I'm so honored to be announcing Rachel Heffington's Anon, Sir, Anon mystery novel, which became live on the 5th! I've also had the privilege to read it before it came out. It's a thrilling yet cozy novel set in rural Europe, complete with fog, plenty of rain, and long walks in the countryside. She's created a cast of dynamic characters with intriguing personalities and idiosyncrasies. And I guarantee you'll fall in love with Vivi and Farnham right off the bat. If you don't, you're probably reading it wrong. But I'm sure I'm not doing her novel justice, so here's a bit more information:
BACK COVER BLURB: The 12:55 out of Darlington brought more than Orville Farnham's niece; murder was passenger. In coming to Whistlecreig, Genevieve Langley expected to find an ailing uncle in need of gentle care. In reality, her charge is a cantankerous Shakespearean actor with a penchant for fencing and an affinity for placing impossible bets. When a body shows up in a field near Whistlecreig Manor and Vivi is the only one to recognize the victim, she is unceremoniously baptized into the art of crime-solving: a field in which first impressions are seldom lasting and personal interest knocks at the front door. Set against the russet backdrop of a Northamptonshire fog, Anon, Sir, Anon cuts a cozy path to a chilling crime. 
If you haven't heard of Rachel, goodness you're missing out on knowing one of the wittiest, most sincere, engaging, and all-around grandest kind of person you'll probably ever meet. She is a novelist, nanny, and people-lover living in rural Virginia with her really wonderful family (I've had the immense pleasure of meeting them all) and her sable cat, Cricket. Her first novel, Fly Away Home, (which I've also had the privilege of reading) was independently published last February. You can find out lots more about her through her blog, INKPENAUTHORESS.BLOGSPOT.COM

And without further ado, let me present you with this wittingly eloquent guest post by Rachel on the Alchemy of Words. Do enjoy!