On Nature, Gifts and Gratitude #PowerofthePeanut

Did you hear what Mr. Peanut said? “Harnessing the power of the peanut is about accepting the gifts that nature gives us.” 

That peanut’s got me thinking.

Life has been pretty darned challenging lately. There are times I want to run, screaming, down the other side of that fork in the road. The side unseen. The one I didn’t take a few years ago. But then I pick myself up, shake it off, and remember the sheer awesomeness of the gifts I have right now.

Having small children is hard. Giving up a career is hard. And beyond all, marriage is really, really hard. There’s just no time for “us”, especially during this time of year, when the garden is full and I’m canning and freezing and working my butt off like a little squirrel storing nuts for the winter. My husband has been in overtime, and by the time the kids go to bed, we’re tired. And I don’t mean tired like back in the days when we would stay out too late on the weekends and sleep till noon. I mean spent. Bone tired. That “good” tired that comes with a hard day’s work (or all night with a sleeping baby. #notsogood)

So, with all that said, I try to make it a point to take a moment every once in a while and think back. My husband and I first dated way back in 1991, when I was 17 and he was 21 and neither of us had a care in the world. He dumped me, hard, and the next time we saw each other was nearly 18 years later. I wouldn’t give him the time of day at first, yet somehow we quickly ended up married and embarking on a life journey that would rebuild not only our relationship, but the relationship we both have with the world around us, the food we eat, and the way we live on the Earth.

We banked everything on our new house, new land, new family. And we’re doing it. Granted, some days we still fall apart, but some days, our routine starts to hum. He plants and grows, I cook, can and freeze. Little by little, we’re becoming 2 perfect halves, in it for the long haul, harnessing our own power and making as much as we can out of those gifts ol’ Ma Nature gives us. The ultimate goal? Passing that appreciation on to our little ones (who are, undoubtedly, the greatest gifts we could have ever hoped for!)


Gratitude is a feeling that grows if you focus on it, and I made the choice to do that today. As my baby girl and I checked the garden and made a plan for the coming weeks, I put other worries aside and just let myself appreciate it all. And then I ate some tomatoes. (“Let’s get wholesome up in here!” Wisdom from the peanut, again.)

Here are a few glimpses of the gifts nature has given us, just for fun:

For more inspiration, visit PowerofthePeanut.com. What’s your favorite gift from nature?




I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



  1. Love it! We started gratitude journals. 3 things per day. They have made an immense difference in our outlook.
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  2. I think if it weren’t for the peaks and valleys we wouldn’t really learn anything on this journey of life, would we?
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  3. Life can definitely be challenging at times! What matters is how you choose to get through the challenges.
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  4. This is a great post and we love Planters in my house.
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  5. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Life sure can be challenging, right? But experiencing the beauty of nature and the love of family puts it all in perspective. Lovely post.

  6. This is so cute!
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  7. Love that I’m not the only one who saw that!!
    What a powerful message that this world so desperately needs to hear.
    I am so very much like you and I saw a lot if me in your post!
    Will pass this post on to my friends :)
    Have a wonderful day!

  8. You are so, so right! Life, parenting, and marriage are tough…but sooo worth it! I think it’s important to never forget the blessings we’ve been given. It’s so easy to when we’re overwhelmed!

    Thanks for sharing!
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  9. So cute. My son was allergic to peanuts, but after three years of prayer was healed. We love all things Planters now!
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  10. This is a beautifully written post! We all really have so much to be grateful for, even on the tough days!
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  11. The beach is my favorite gift from nature. I find sitting on the beach at night when all the crowds leave very relaxing. I love when there is nothing but the sounds of the waves washing all the days troubles away. Now, I live in Minnesota and am almost 2000 miles from my beloved beach.
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    • Hi Alicia,

      I grew up on Long Island, so I can totally relate! I love the beach and no matter how far away I live, it still feels like home when I go there.

  12. i believe it takes the downs to really understand and appreciate the ups. plus, the downs define us, and make us stronger.

  13. What a beautiful post! You are right, that kids and marriage need a lot of work.
    I really like those yellow tomatoes. So cute shape.
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  14. I am so glad you and your husband realized you were meant to be :)
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  15. I am so glad you and your husband realized you were meant to be :)
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  16. Life is a BIG Challenge, but I tell my kids all the time.. you have choices think hard about which one you choose and there will be another chance down the road but you will live with the choices you’ve made.. Works well for us…
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  17. Thanks for reminding me how grace and gratitude can soothe the soul. Loved the post and sure would like to gobble up a few of those delicious looking tomatoes!
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  18. We should always be grateful for what we have and what has been giving to us.. I think about this every time I look at my kids.. I am reminded of the beauty and the gifts I have been given
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  19. What a wonderful story. I am impressed that you and your family are following what is right for your family. The days may be long and hard, but when you go to sleep, you know you have accomplished something.
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  20. It is so important to teach your kids to have gratitude.
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  21. Very inspiring post! Life can be challenging but there are always highs and lows.
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  22. your kid is such a cutie! and man, life is crazy all the time, lol
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    • Isn’t that the truth! I’m realizing it’s not going to slow down. It’s up to me to learn how to deal with it!

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