my grateful heart

As Eddie tried to fall asleep last night, he rolled to me and said his hand hurt.

I took it in my hands and traced his palm and fingers with my fingers trying to ease any aches he had.

I watched his eyes flutter almost shut, as he took his hand out of mine to roll into a sleepy little ball, but before he nodded off for good, he leaned in and gave me a small delicate kiss on the back of my hand and smiled.

“I love you, mommy,” he whispered through his smile.

And then he was asleep.

I thought about all I had to do and how I should get up and leave my sleeping buddy and get to work.

But I was so tired.

So I let my eyes close and I started counting my blessings…

I have a sweet four-year old who is not shy to tell those he loves how much they mean to him.

I have an adventurous 18-month old who makes everyone happier with his belly laugh and his smile.

I have a husband who is truly my partner in this world.

I have three nephews and two nieces in this world, one nephew on the way, and one niece in heaven.

I have a faith that comforts my soul in hard times.

I have understanding students who are Ok not knowing the full-story, but understand that family comes first.

I have a family who loves and supports each other.

I have a mom and a mother-in-law who are excited to each take a grandson this weekend so Cortney and I can help a friend celebrate his birthday.

I have friends who check in with me just to say, “hey. thinking of you.” I”m not sure they know how much that means to me.

I have the best therapist.

I have a job…er jobs…that I love.

I have co-workers who make me laugh.

I have students who make me smile.

I’m good at what I do.

I have so much…

and then my eyes grew heavy and I let myself doze next to my little boy.

When I woke up, instead of going upstairs and getting out my homework and computer, I brushed my teeth and climbed into bed.

Because sometimes it’s better to be rested.


I am excited to announce that I have been included as a contributor to a free ebook, Embracing Life: Loving Boldly with a Grateful Heart. You can get it and read my words (and those of the other 22 contributors) here or by clicking the cover of the book below.

Embracing Life

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. You are truly blessed, and deservedly so, my friend. xoxo

  2. Beautiful – and an important reminder for all of us who take so much for granted!

  3. I love your words my friend. Plus I feel grateful, lucky to call you my friend.

    (congratulations on the book! I can’t wait to read your piece!)


  4. Sometimes taking stock of the things we are grateful for puts so much into perspective.

  5. What a great project to be part of – and how awesome to count your blessings. One of my favourite posts this week!

  6. Rest is always a good thing. It brings about a new perspective.

  7. You are an inspiration to me to remember to count and number my blessings. Please know this to be true even when life is hard. xoxo

  8. Lovely! Thank you for the reminder to count all of the good things that I have in my life every day. It is easy to lose sight of that when things are challenging sometimes.

  9. Life is good and there is always something to be grateful for. I love your list. Keep it up! xoxo

  10. Such a great list of blessings and wonderful project to have worked on!

  11. There is so much here to make the heart happy.