Attitude of Gratitude from Grey Lane Home

Today is the seventh post in the Attitude of Gratitude series. Click here for the complete list of posts.

Join us Monday through Friday through Thanksgiving, and feel welcome to share your own stories as well in the comments sections of each post.

Hi Everyone I’m Brandy from GreyLaneHome. I blog about everything from decor, to recipes and kids.  It’s such a pleasure to be meeting with all of you Simply Klassic Home friends. Thank you Kristin having me over for a visit.

When Kristin approached me about this series I knew it would be a chance to allow others to get to know me more. There’s no better topic then an “Attitude Of Gratitude.” As of lately I have been finding myself more grateful for the love I have in my life right now. Everyday we go about our journey thinking what’s next, I want  more, and how to get more. Without stopping and seeing all that it’s already before us.

Lately I’ve been taking for granted the my two boys.

Thinking only of  how I want a little girl. Someone who will care about the heels I pass on, my ironstone, and pretty pink things. I guess I have always wanted a baby girl. Some of you may know that Donnie and I once had a girl. Her name was Charlize Chase Strickland and she passed away on September 27, 2003. 

I look back now and I still cry and I still question how she could be taken away from us. Away from two parents who would love her and guide her. Away from a brother who couldn’t understand why we weren’t bringing her home, and why she had to sleep forever in this place where she wouldn’t see us.

 I remember being so excited and working double overtime so we could have the most wonderful nursery. Now my memories are clouded with that night when my water broke weeks to early. My memories are of us being so scarred and speeding to the ER all while crying and praying. I will never forget the lesson we learned that night. I now know that God puts people in our lives for reasons. I think that night Charlize brought us to the edge of loosing it. Had us both tested and shown the love that we should always be grateful for. I don’t think we will ever forget holding our girl, our Angel Charlize for those three hours while she quietly slept the night away.

Sometimes I question it, but I know I can handle all things when I look at the two blessings that God has given me. During these seasons when me and my boys dance in the family room and laugh big laughs I am forever grateful. I’m so grateful to be their mom, to be the one who will wipe away their tears, and love them unconditionally. I’m so grateful to have had those three hours with Charlize to love her and tell her how now she would be our Angel.

So now when I am taking my babies for granted. I will be reminding myself  be grateful and to know that I have been given what my Lord knows I can handle in this stage of my life.

I pray that you all have many blessings during this Thanksgiving season. Remember to have an “Attitude of Gratitude” and be thankful for the blessings around you.

Thank you all for allowing me to visit with you. It will be my pleasure if you come hang out with me and my family anytime, the door’s always. You can find us on FB, Twitter @greylanehome, and Pinterest.


Thank you Brandy, for sharing your special story and your precious baby girl with us today.

Do you have a story of gratitude to share? Feel free to share it in the comments below.



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  1. says

    I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet girl. I can’t even begin to know how painful that would be. Your post on feeling grateful even with such a loss was very moving. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Your boys are such cuties!

  2. says

    Brandy I cannot even imagine what you went through with the loss of your precious daughter. Your ability to look back on that time and see God’s hand through it all and then to celebrate the 2 sweet boys He has blessed you with is incredible! Thank you so much for sharing from your heart with us today! :-)

  3. says

    Oh Brandy my heart just aches for you and the loss of your perfect little angel girl. I can see why you have so much love and compassion. Sweet friend, thank you for sharing such thoughtful and heartfelt words with us. I will squeeze my Ella a little tighter today.

  4. says

    Thank you ladies. You all are more than inspiring. Beauty has poured out on these pages everyday and I am enjoying this series. Kristin you are so kind, and I thank you for inviting me over. My journey hasn’t been easy, but it would have been harder to live in past and not the future we’ve been given.

  5. says

    Dear Brandy
    Tears streamed down my face as I read your story and yet you left so much hope for all to see. Your journey although so very painful with such loss has bloomed such a precious rose! Thank you for giving of your heart and sharing with us today your sweet angel. I can’t imagine how many hearts are blessed after reading this. My love and prayers to you and your beautiful family!


  6. says

    I am so sorry for the loss you endured. I understand, as I too have a baby waiting in heaven for me. Our son and your daughter are probably sitting at the feet of Jesus together.

    Blessings to you, Amy

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