A Thankful Heart : Week 1

November is the perfect month to let the little things go and focus on what we are truly grateful for. I am so happy to join the Thankful Heart link-up over at Aleigh Moore’s blog- For the Joy of Life. Each Sunday will be a new gratitude post and a reminder of what really matters in the midst of our chaotic life. 

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Week One – Berklee Rae

I’m really going to try my best to not drown the keyboard in tears as I write this. 

The day I saw those two little pink lines, was the day the world got a little brighter. From that moment I was instantly changed and filled with a love I couldn’t put into words. I remember talking to her about her future when she was only the size of a blueberry and I dreamed of the day we would finally meet. On June 6, 2015 sweet Berklee came into this world and I wish I could accurately depict the way it felt to see her and touch her for the very first time. It can only be explained as one of God’s miracles. She was magic in my arms and everyday since has been filled with adventure, beauty, love and chaos in the best possible way.

This year has not been easy for our family. Our second baby was welcomed to heaven early in pregnancy and in the midst of the darkest pain I’ve ever felt, Berklee was the light. Her joyous spirit, goofy soul and sweet smile reminded me daily of God’s grace and faithfulness even in the moments we feel most alone. The Lord is so strong in her y’all. I see him in her spirit every day. I look at her now as she sleeps in her crib and the amount of gratitude I have to the Lord could burst my heart. It overwhelms me how much I love her and that I was trusted to be her mother.

Everyday is exciting because of this sweet face and I can’t wait to watch her grow, learn and impact the world. She has completely changed me and I am eternally grateful.



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What are you grateful for? We live in a tough world right now. Let’s choose to see our blessings!




  1. Aleigh Moore says:

    You had me crying! I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss, my heart hurts for you. I’m so glad you see so much light in your daughter, Berklee, though. Love to you girl. Thank you for linking up 🙂

    1. raisingmyarrows says:

      love you sweet friend! Thanks for the opportunity to share what truly matters!

  2. Taylor says:

    That was so sweet. Berklee sounds like a true blessing. Im sorry for your loss.

    1. raisingmyarrows says:

      She is. Thank you so much for your kind words and for reading!

  3. Love this. She is such a sweet little girl

    1. raisingmyarrows says:

      Thank you so much! She lights up my life — that is for sure!

  4. Danielle Hineman says:

    She is seriously adorable. Seeing your posts and her picures make me so excited to be a mom and reminds me why the long pregnancy journey is worth it. Thank you for sharing these intimate moments and feelings!

    1. raisingmyarrows says:

      It is so worth it Dani! I have some days where I miss that pregnancy feeling! Enjoy every last minute with your baby girl on the inside because she will be here before you know it! I can’t wait to see her pretty face and you will be the best mother! Thank you so much for your kind words and support with my blog. It really means a lot girl.

  5. Julie D says:

    We had a health scare with our son last week and were beside ourselves with worry for a week before we finally got a diagnosis. Now that we know what it is — and he’s going to be fine, thank goodness — we know what to expect and when he’ll get better. And for that I’m so grateful.

    1. raisingmyarrows says:

      Oh Julie I am so sorry for your scare. As a parent there is nothing scarier than the health of your child. Sending prayers for his quick recovery and a big thank you to God that he is going to be okay. Thank you for reading and sharing that with me.

  6. This was so beautifully written. Berklee is a doll and you can totally tell she’s the light of your world 🙂

    1. raisingmyarrows says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words! She is my little best friend! Thank you for reading!

  7. Aly Funk says:

    This is so sweet and I love this series! I’m so sorry for your loss!

    1. raisingmyarrows says:

      It is such a great reminder to write about what really matters in life. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  8. What a lovely little girl! I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m glad your sweet girl could help to provide solace in the midst of pain. I have many things to be thankful for, but today I am grateful for a husband who provides for our family and encourages me to be my best self when I need it most.

  9. Beth Newcomb says:

    Beautifully written, Katie! I am so sorry for your loss, but thank god for Berklee and the joy she brings to your life. Our children really are something to be thankful for. ❤

  10. This was such a sweet read and your little girl is adorable. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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