A Decade of Gratitude and Insights from a 10-year-old (Episode 269) ⋆ Mama Says Namaste

A Decade of Gratitude and Insights from a 10-year-old (Episode 269)

It's 2022, and our youngest daughter, Juliette, is just days away from double digits. (And yes, she's adopted a new way of spelling her name, which seems way fancier for her). For the rest of her life, she'll most likely be double digit. It really shows the impact when you think of it like that. And so I asked my aspiring podcaster if she'd like to be on the podcast, and what were ten things she'd want to talk about.

She came to me with a list of ten things she's grateful for, and I couldn't be more grateful for what she came up with. Check out the podcast to hear her take on them all - and here is her compiled list below.

Gratefulness over the decade...

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Juliette's Gratitude List

So here is Juliette's list she came up with on her own. Clearly, as you hear on the episode above, she has no qualms with sharing exactly why these are important to her. 

  • I'm grateful for my mouth and my nose. We don't always think much about our mouth and nose, yet both are so valuable for keeping us alive! Our mouths are what we use to communicate needs - even crying as a baby. And our nose helps with breathing and discerning what is good and what might not be! It's easy to take these for granted, yet we recognize how important both of these are.
  • I'm grateful for food! We love good food in our house, and we're spoiled by some amazing Daddy cooking. In our travels, we've experienced times of being in "food deserts" where it's really a challenge to find good and healthy food. We're grateful for all the people that grow the food, harvest it, package it and get it to us, as well as the creativity of Nathan on how he prepares it. 
  • I'm grateful for our pets! Jules shared how having pets in her house has increased her awareness and patience learning how to navigate different animals.  
  • I'm grateful for my loving family. I really appreciate how hard our whole family has worked to show up and be there for one another every day. We were all born with strong voices to speak our minds, and yet we've worked hard to figure out how to create life harmony in the midst of all our songs.
  • I'm grateful for the amazing experiences I've had. Jules shared about how valuable the experiences she's had are - not those things she can hold, but what she's seen and lived through. Being so present in the moment of a magical experience is a beautiful life-shifter that creates a joy-spark that can keep you fueled for a while, for sure. 
  • I'm grateful for my ever-changing back yard. Yes, this has been so wonderful. It isn't just about our travels and the new adventures that create different "back yards" all across the country. Even at our stationary houses, we had the beautiful of creation and discovery right outside our doorstep. Making forts, watching the wildlife, landscaping...we're always creating!
  • I'm grateful for my feet! Yes, these precious tools get us all over the place, and we often don't give space to rest our aching feet! After experiencing a spiral fracture on her growth plate at 2 years old (you can see her cast in the pictures below), Jules knows first-hand the pains she can have as she grows, and is grateful for all her feet still do for her.
  • I'm grateful for people I've met along the way. We've met so many people in our travels, and the girls know "the world is our school, and everyone is our teacher". All the people we've experienced - we've learned something from everyone - even if it's simply what we don't want. The interactions Jules has had span all demographics, and it's amazing how well it's helped her develop who she is as she experiences so many perspectives on life.
  • I'm grateful for the memories. Often times we can carry the darkness and pain of our past, yet we can forget to give any attention to a positive from our memories. Reliving the beauty of past moments and taking a positive walk down memory lane can be so fun.
  • I'm grateful for opportunities to learn and keep growing. It's a freeing thing to look at your life as a life-long learning experience and not a race to know it all. Knowing you can always grow, and looking for ways to have grace and understanding as you learn and improve on your approach and perspective, can be so powerful. 

Looking Back...

This blog post, written when Jules was only two years old, was so worth going back to and reading aloud to her as I read this aloud to her on the podcast. Here it is, in its entirety:


“Mommy, I’ gunna grow up!!”

These words were stated by my two-year-old as I once again did the bedtime battle with her.  This little girl, so full of love and spunk, stopped me in my tracks.  Now, to give full disclosure, there is an added level of cuteness when you learn that what she actually intended to say is “Mommy, I’m going to throw up” because she knows that when her older sisters have said that I stop everything and go with them to the bathroom.  Without the concept of how incredibly un-fun it really is to throw up, she figured this ploy would at least delay bedtime a bit.

That being said, what I heard…and I truly heard it… “mommy, I’m gonna grow up.”  And BAM, just like that, my rushing to just get the last kid in bed so I can FINALLY have some grown-up time came to a halt.

october 2014 family pictures

She is right.  Whether she meant to or not, she brought it to my attention again that she is not so little anymore.  My little baby, my last precious child is going to grow up.  She will assert her independence more and more over the years, pulling further away from me as she becomes her own incredible self.

So, sweet Jules, you will grow up.  And yes, you got some extra cuddles out of me that night.  But remember this – never, ever forget this:

You are, and always will be, my baby girl.  And I vow to remind myself of this daily.  Your beautiful sensitivity and compassion for life and everything in it, your silly faces, your oh-so-loving hugs and kisses, and your incredible smile and laughter…I promise to hold this close to me, to remember it in the trying times, to cherish your love and your words on this night, holding a two-year-old while I sing your lullaby song “just one more little bit of time” and do not one, but two “snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rugs”.

Go to sleep, sweet Juliet, go to sleep all through the night, go to sleep, sweet Juliet, wake you with the morning light.

I love you my precious precious girl.



*Photo credits to Jessica Sloan Photography, who got some darling photos from an especially ornery little girl that day!

Your Challenge:

Our challenge to you this week is to have a conversation like this with your kids. What are they grateful for? Have you sat down with them to truly hear their perspective here in the moment?

Pay attention to what your child observes and is grateful for. It may be a reminder to stop and smell the roses a bit more yourself. When we take a moment and ask each other what we're grateful for, we're getting intentional about what we are choosing to be aware of. And the more we can lace that with gratitude, the more opportunities we tend to find to be grateful. It just keeps showing up. Not only is this a beautiful way to bring it to our awareness, in seeing what lights others up, it helps us, again, to celebrate how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us. Namaste!

Ashley Logsdon

Ashley Logsdon is a Family and Personality Styles Coach and Lifelong Learner. She and her husband Nathan are RVing the States and unschooling their 3 girls. Her mission is to shift the mindsets of families from reaction to intention, and guide them in creating the family they love coming home to. Looking deeper than the surface, we assess the strengths, triggers, and simplifying your lifestyle so you truly recognize how the uniqueness in each of us strengthens all of us. Join the Mama Says Namaste Facebook Group

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