things to be grateful for.

I’m in a bit of a funk, so I’m starting a once a week series where I’m going to share something I’m grateful for. I thought about it last night and realized if I took away the hard things in my life, I have more than an abundance of happiness and gratitude.

Here’s what I’m grateful for this week:

my children

I know it’s cliche, but my children are literally what I live for. I’ve wanted to be a mother since I was a tiny girl, and if my body had the ability to make it happen, I’d have a handful of children. I ache for more.

But, here’s the gratitude part, I have two happy, healthy, bright, lovely children. And that’s a lot.

What are you grateful for right now?

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Boston Mamas :

    Sending hugs my friend. I understand the funk state. And the desire to express gratitude. oxo

  2. Sandi :

    I am grateful for my abundance of children too! and my memory… I remembered HIlary's birthday the minute I woke up this morning. Thirty years since we lived in the same neighborhood. I can't remember to return my library books but I remembered a birthday from my childhood.

  3. Elz :

    My word, your daughter looks just like you. I'm grateful for lots of things- being able to watch my girls grow and seeing their sisterly bond; for their inside jokes and the fact that they love to be on the same chair or sleep in the same bed; for ballet recitals; for Amazing Mexican Margaritas-what, they're gooood; for Anthropologie sales; and that my husband still makes me flitter flop 11 years later.

  4. Tippetts :

    Dr. Pepper. (NOT diet! sorry ;) Strawberries, rain, pedicures, my kids and their nap time!
    p.s.Love your blog!

  5. Marie {Make and Takes} :

    Great idea. I need to cut out the crap in my life, I'm getting whiny! So today I'm thankful for good friends ;)

  6. kgbgraphics :

    cliche or not, I am the same boat with you! I wanted children as far back as I can remember. We had an assignment in early high school… what do you want to be doing in 10 yrs. I said being the best mom I can be. It was a man teacher and he looked @ me with disappointment and said "that's it?" I guess having kids was not a big enough goal for him.. but it is for me! Two perfect girls later, and I'd <3 to have another :D