A reunion!

Today marks two years since I started writing grateful posts on my blog. Two years, most Saturdays, the occasional one skipped.

What does it mean?

Well for one thing, I look at my grateful list and I’m very proud. There are a lot of rather insignificant things on that list that might otherwise have passed me by. I noticed them and they are part of me now – I notice them always. Being grateful has made me more observant and more appreciative.

There are also lots of really big things on my list. I said in my post about my ‘big three’ (husband, children, happiness) waaaaaaaay down on the list at 103, that  I could be really boring and just write about these three things every single week. As it happens, the two things I’ve been  a bit boring about are memories (written about twice) and support (written about three times).

For another thing, I adore the community that has ebbed and flowed around being grateful. It’s such a nice way to spend some time on the weekend, spreading a little cheer and appreciating the lives of other bloggers and what they hold dear. Most weeks, although not all, I have visited every single one of the posts that were linked up – which was no mean feat back in the days when 60, 80, 100 bloggers joined in. It was a pleasure to read every single post and I dedicated the necessary time because it was a wonderful way to spend that time.

Today I’m sending out an invitation today to any blogger (and newbies too!) who has ever written a grateful post and linked it up to the grateful linky thingamajigy. Please come on over this weekend and join in for a reunion and a huge out pouring of gratitude.

Since moving the linky over to Kidspot, the list of bloggers linking has become smaller and smaller each week, so it would mean the absolute world to me to see some old friendly faces this weekend. If I sound a little bit desperate, it’s probably because I am. I have treasured my weekends with the grateful community for a very long time and I will fight for it. I want it to make it. Last week there were only twenty of us being grateful.

To spark your gratitude, these are all the things I’ve been grateful for on my blog since 26 June 2010.

1. Fairies
2. Snot-free sleeves
3. House-porn respectful posties
4. Vaseline
5. Colleagues
6. (Almost) self-explanatory school reports
7. Trumpet-blowing bike couriers
8. Spa gift vouchers
9. Bus drivers
10. The humble pea
11. Happy weather
12. Circus-going friends
13. The Badoo
14. Cappers
15. Maxi-Taxi
16. Rainshine
17. Birthdays
18. Honesty
19. Dreams
20. Slow-cookers
21. A decent vegie-peeler
22. Letters
23. Volunteers
24. Recliners
25. Verandahs
26. Green tea
28. Beaches
29. The great dress
30. Ben + Jerry’s Phish Food
31. Thoughtfulness
32. Solitude
33. Freesias
34. Music
35. Hugs
36. Big tries
37. School
38. Italian MILs
39. Drip-irrigation
40. Schools
41.  Toothbrushes
42. My BIL
43. “Boys’ Bathroom Cleaner”
44. Wharfs
45. Easy days
46. Sand
47. Hammocks
48. Mermaids
49. Lights
50. New experiences
51. Cushions
52. The kindness of strangers
53. Rest
54. Change
55. Space
56. Support
57. Birds
58. Toilets
59. Newspapers
60. Good customer service
61. Egg yolks
62. Kites
63. Mums
64. Moo Goo
65. My surprisingly adventurous job
66. LOML’s job
66. Milk
67. Stationery
68. Savignon Blanc
69. Muffins
70. Dusk
71. Trampolines
72. Funky necklaces
73. Treehouses
74. Fabrics
75. Skipping
76. Holidays
77. House swaps
78. Leona Edmiston
79. Hope
80. Community
81. Love
82. That pool
83. Bloggy friends
84. Cameras
85. New friends
86. Older children
87. A cool breeze
88. Confidence
89. My children’s school
90. Zooper Doopers
91. Laughter
92. Inspiring posts
93. My lunchbox
94. Thunderstorms
95. Emails
96. Forgiveness
97. Coincidences
98. Knowledge
99. Movies
100. Mundanity
101. Flowers
102. Sparkly shoes
103. Wonderful bloggers
104. My husband
105. My children
106. My happiness
107. Sisters
108. Twine
109. Trugs
110. Ric-rac hemlines
111. Couch city
112. Tissues
113. Daphne
114. Engaged strangers
115. Homecomings
116. Leggings 
117. Memories
118. Chocolate
119. Support
120. Moments
121. Enthusiasm
123. Reading
124. Monday night drinking
125. IRL
126.  URL
127. Reflection
128. Expression
129. Remembering
130. The laughing cry
131.The crying laugh
132. Any old laugh
133. Trying
134. Running
135. Rest days
136. Deadlines
137. Busy work
138. Cold days
139. Oranges
140. Baking
141. My pathetic little heater
142. Photos
143. Light
144. Penicillin
145. Companies that get it
146. Shiny Tim
147. Bloggers
148. Mental health
149. Safety
150. Action
151. Visitors
152. Books
153. Little Gems
154. Exploring
155. Wondering
156. Solitude
157. Advice
158. Pondering
159. Riding solo
160. Birthdays
161. Parties
162. Balloons
163. Near misses
164. Being spoiled
165. Riding the gravy train
166. Ribbons
167. Two minute noodles
168. Fattyboomsticks
169. Play dates
170. Takeaways
171. Childhood 
172. Lioness Lady / Lemon Rhodes
173. A Day in the Life of Me / Mira Narnie
174. The Beetle Shack
175. High roads
176. Ebbs and flows
177. Magazines
178. Growing up
179. Make believe
180. Parentals
181. More birthdays
182. Deliciousness
183. Scrumptiousness
184. Perspective
185. Confidence
186. Support
187. Little breaks
188. Quiet
189. Twilight walks
190. Happiness
191. Searching
192. Certainty
193. Surprises
194. Kindness
195. Entertainers
196. Details
197. Moments
198. Pause
199. Regulars
200. Newcomers
201. Number celebrations
202. Conversation
203. Finishing
204. Tweezers
205. Joy
206. Effort
207. Family / Exhaustion
208. Inspiration
209. Smiles
210. Food
211. Nature
212. Courage
213. Generosity
214. Maxibon ice creams
215. Platitudes
216. Music
217. Memories
218.  Moments of peace
219. A cool breeze
220. Fairy lights 
221. Click-clack heels
222. Healthy kids
223. Flushing toilets
224. Chit-chat
225. A night out
226. Flats
227. The slow life
228. Cousins
229. Sausages
230. Simple thoughts
231. Boredom
232. Potential
233. Fresh starts
234. Feedback
236. Bedtime
237. Time out
238. Remembering
239. Respite
240. Trying
241. Help
242. Reminders
243. Why?
244. Love notes
245. The everyday
246. Nurturing
247. Day’s end
248. The collective voice
249. Emotion
250. Bravery
251. Getting together
252. Random friendships
253. Opening up
254. Lasagne
255. Pillows
256. Pinterest


This post has taken me the longest to put together of any post ever 
(probably in the history of the world).

But, I don’t mind a bit.

Will you join me this weekend?

And keep a look out tomorrow because I’m having a grateful giveaway that is truly fabulous.

[Party invitation is a free printable from the lovely Oh My Handmade; main image was found here, source unknown. Please let me know if it’s yours!]

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  1. says

    I love your gratefuls, I haven’t joined in for a long while but was grateful to have found saturday gratefuls with you probably a year or so ago. I might just join you for your party!

  2. says

    Woweeee, that’s a lot of things for which to be grateful. I read back over some of my Grateful for… posts tonight – they really are a special reminder to look for the tiny things. If I remember I will join in… The memory’s not so good at the moment!!

  3. says

    You know starting my blog last September two things jumped out at me straight away – your grateful linky (that keeps autocorrecting to kinky!) and write on Wednesday’s. They made me look at what I write (and wrote!) through a new lens, it made me take my cranky bitchy pants off and look for the good stuff. I’ll definitely pop over x

  4. says

    haha, as I was scrolling through the list I thought “gosh this post must’ve taken aaages to put together” – and then you said it!

    I will do my very best to join in, it’s been a long time since I have. x

  5. says

    I really enjoyed my 21 grateful posts this month for the 21 challenge… before that I had done one, maybe two? I know I linked up once. That is one huge list, gorgeous!

  6. says

    Happy second birthday for grateful, I think it’s such a great idea, and although I’m not very consistent at joining in, it still gets me thinking about what I have to be grateful for..I’ll definately take you up on the invite. P.S. Hope you’re feeling better after your fallx

  7. says

    I love the gratefuls too. I guess I haven’t joined in since the move to Kidspot. If I were to be completely honest, I liked the gratefuls when they were at home. But OK, I’ll come to the ball….!

  8. says

    Oh i feel so guilty and I feel like i haven’t linked up for ages…well count me in this week Bron. I love your grateful’s and they too have really made me be thankful and appreciative and relatively small aspects of my life. Well, after the week I’ve had (and you too) I have a lot to be grateful for!

    much love b xx

  9. says

    Bron you have gone to so much effort to write this post and I know it means a lot to you to have everyone there so I will do my very bestest to be there I really do want to come:) xx

  10. says

    Wow, what a list! I was wanting to link up to your grateful posts in my upcoming newsletter… now you’ve given me the perfect post to link to. Thank you!

  11. says

    Thank you for the invitation.
    I accept happily.

    I have loved the weekly reminders of all that is pretty damn special in this here life.
    Grateful for gratefuls!!
    :-) xx

  12. says

    I’d want to do this but I’m not sure I can keep it up. So here’s hoping. I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Blog Award. I love reading your blog and I know alot of other people feel the same. Come by my blog and grab the award image.

  13. says

    RSVPing a big Yes to that party Bron. Love your gratefuls. I think it’s wonderful (but not surprised because of how awesome you are) that you visited and commented on all the link ups. Two years – fantastic.

  14. says

    That is one very impressive list. I need to do a grateful post this week, I’m sure it will make me feel a little better amongst the sneezing, wheezing and coldness that is lurking everywhere.

  15. says

    Oh Yes, I will be there!
    I admit that my grateful/things I’m loving posts have become more sporadic since (a) PaisleyJade stopped *Things I’m Loving* and (b) Grateful moved to Kidspot. But since you are desperate, and since being grateful is just so heartwarming, I will do my darndest to write a grateful post this week. Yay for Two years of Gratitude Maxabella! That’s quite an achievement

  16. says

    I’ve loved reading your grateful posts over the last two years! During that time I deleted my blog and began again… but I regularly stopped in to see what you and others have been grateful for. I always think of you and your blog when I’m at the supermarket and I see people talking to and engaging other peoples children! That’s one grateful post of yours that has really stuck in my mind!! Lots of love XO Beck

  17. Seana says

    Great idea to celebrate, and get some fols over. I didn’t link sat week as I was too busy being grateful that my man was home! Will try this weekend – from Fiji, so plenty to be grateful for… I’ll be grateful if we catch the plane and get there !

  18. says

    Oh wow,so very much to be grateful for in that list! I shall try to link up as well (provding this flu is over and I am back from hols!)

  19. says

    That is an impressive list missy! I cant believe you took the time to link them all up like that!!! Dedicated much???!!! I will definately be comning back for the reunion. I have been shamefully lazy in my lack of grateful posts of late!

  20. says

    I love that you’re so grateful. I’ve been grateful even though I’m not posting every week. And I’m adding something to it. A gratitude post about someone who I’m grateful for. And I’m going to start reading them to the person. Give me strength to do it! xx

  21. says

    2 years! that’s impressive stuff! I’m super grateful that you’re on blogland being grateful. You’re a wonderful soul maxabella and i’m ever so glad to have met you! this has always been my absolute favourtist blog. I haven’t blogged for over a month…. longest hiatus ever! definitely going to get back on track very very soon, but so not so sure if i’ll get to do a blog post this weekend and be grateful along with you. Not that I don’t have a truckload to be grateful for. Just wanted you to know you were loved though xo

  22. says

    Congratulations on two years! And I feel I should also say congratulations on completeing the mammoth task of linking all your past posts, that’s no quick feat :) have joined in this week xx

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