Gratitude & Thanks: Jackie Robinson, River Trails, & More

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I’m thankful that I now know how to lay out a pattern and pin material to it. Now I just have to get the hang of reading the instructions to sew the pieces together.

I’m thankful that my mom is always there for me.

I’m thankful for walks along the River Trail with my family.

I’m thankful that I’m finally reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. It’s a really good read that makes me want to say yes to more experiences.

I’m thankful for the Spelman (my college alma mater) Moms facebook group. It’s full of laughter, advice, support, and sisterhood.

I’m thankful for friendly librarians.

I’m thankful that my son is learning a lot each week when we go to the homeschool series. This week he learned about birds.

I’m also thankful that there are other girls that are my daughter’s age for her to play with at the homeschool series. And that I get to talk to the other moms.

I’m thankful that Ken Burns makes AWESOME documentaries. The Jackie Robinson documentary that premiered on PBS this week was OUTSTANDING. You can watch it online by clicking here 🙂 You can checkout the trailer below.

I’m thankful for all of the courageous people who motivate change.

Thanks Influenster for sending me some Sulfate-Free hair products to try out from L’OREAL 🙂

Thanks @influenster and @lorealhair for sending me these sulfate-free hair products to try. #everpure

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What are you thankful for this week?


  • Reply Tamara April 15, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    I love friendly librarians! I can talk their ears off at my library.
    And my mom is always there for me too.
    We have had a challenging week but I’m thankful it’s over and that the sun is shining and the problems have mostly resolved themselves.
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    • Reply Sonya April 18, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      I’m glad that your problems have mostly been resolved and that the sun is shining 🙂

  • Reply Candace April 15, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    What a fantastic list of gratitude, Sonya. I’m thankful to be on Spring Break right now :). My hubby and son went to Washington DC early this week with a school trip and I had the house to myself for a few days which was pretty amazing. And I’m thankful they are home now and we are having a nice lazy staycation around the house. That book looks like a winner. I’ll have to check it out!
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    • Reply Sonya April 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      I bet it was really nice to have some time all to yourself 🙂 And I bet you son and hubby enjoyed their time together too.
      Year of Yes was outstanding! I think all women should read it because we need to say yes more often.

  • Reply Nerline April 16, 2016 at 6:38 am

    It feels great to read all the things that you are thankful for….small and big. I’m thankful for my husband. I can’t do anything without him.
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    • Reply Sonya April 18, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      There’s nothing like having a someone special 🙂

  • Reply LaKita April 18, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Friendly librarians are the best! I’ve been meaning to check out Shonda’s new book. I am also very thankful to have a mother that is always there for me as well…I don’t know what I would do without her.
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    • Reply Sonya April 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      Year of Yes is really good. Being a fan of her television shows made me love it even more. Because you can see where she puts a lot of herself into her shows.
      I’m glad your mom is always there for you too. Being a mom never stops, they are still looking out for us.

  • Reply Mary April 18, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I’m also thankful for my Mom, Sonya. She is always there for me, even when I get my little attitude and tell her I’ll call her back. She is patient and goes with the flow, she always allows me to blame it on PMS because she knows I mean well.

    I need to read that Year of Yes book. So far 2016 has been amazing and I’m only 4 months in, that book might propel me to the next level. I always wanted to go to Spelman! It was my dream college but they didn’t have a graphic design program at the time. I’m sure it was an awesome experience.

    • Reply Sonya April 26, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      I’m glad your mom is there for you too 🙂 It’s a blessing to have a good mom.
      You should definitely read Year of Yes.
      Spelman is a liberal arts college so I’m sure we miss out on a lot of talented ladies due to the majors that are available. I’m sure you would have loved it though if you went. It’s a great college.

  • Reply Dressed2dNines April 19, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Your son is so cute for his excitement over the father/son shirts! How did you like the EverPure products?
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    • Reply Sonya April 26, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      I liked the EverPure products, but I don’t have color treated hair. So I’m sure how effective they are with color treated hair.

  • Reply robincharmagne April 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

    I’m thankful for my family!! This is an awesome post. Ken Burns is amazing and so talented. I didn’t know you went to Spelman, an Atlanta iconic institution! Have a great week!
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    • Reply Sonya April 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Yes, Ken Burns is awesome. His documentaries are the best.

  • Reply Stacie April 21, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Love your new blog Sonya! I used to sew but it’s been decades since I’ve made anything. I’m thankful for a new car that we desperately needed and for God meeting our needs.

    • Reply Sonya April 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks Stacie 🙂 I’m thankful you got a new car too! What a wonderful blessing.

  • Reply Mrs. AOK April 21, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Have you watched 42? We watched it with our oldest, we were both crying. He was a trailblazer for sure.
    I need to try the sulfate free products!
    I hope you’re having a wonderful week!!
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    • Reply Sonya April 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      I loved 42. Jackie Robinson has an amazing story. The documentary was great because I got to learn about his whole life. I especially loved learning about his relationship with his wife.

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