On Feeling Grateful for my Pepper Girls...

Tupperware (and tummies!) loaded with leftovers.  

Inboxes stuffed to the BRIM with bargains.

Anyone else feeling full of so many things today?

My own love-tank is overflowing from lots of quality time and cuddles over the past few days, and our cozy home is being decked for the holidays as we speak... 

But before I get back to the twinkle lights and tinsel, here's what I REALLY popped in to tell you today:

I could not have done this year without you, Darling.

The chance to write from my heart and share hugs through the screen has continued to bless me, week after week.

I'm very thankful for so many things, but the fact that you open these notes and read my words is something that makes my heart skip two beats.

Watching this tribe grow from just one little sister to a full fledged family is something that still feels so especially surreal, and I can't wait to uncover the best bits waiting for us up ahead!

Until then -- I'll trust that you can feel the the warmth of this thank you from the bottom of my very-full heart, and I pray that you know how much the gift of your presence truly means to me!

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

On Peace that Punches Panic in the Gut...

A couple of California earthquakes, seven plane flights, one cross-country move, and far too long on the floor of the vet’s office have made this QUITE the week, if I'm being honest. 

(And I always am, with you.  Especially here.)

The craggle-y grip of anxiety is something that I’ve wrestled with for as long as I can remember, but for some reason my WHYs have been strong enough to drown out the wailing WHAT IFs in my brain lately.


During a time when it would be easy to feel like the world is crumbling down around me (and scrambling to brace myself in the nearest doorway), I’m trying to take stock of the things that feel firmly rooted in truth, and delight in every little blessing that comes my way.

I’m grateful for the things that have provided me with peace over the past few days:

  • The smoky-rich smell of a match after it has lit my favorite tangerine candle.  (If they ever come up with a fragrance for this very scent, I will buy one hundred bottles.)
  • A weary tail-wag from my sick little girl when she sees us come through the door of the vet ICU.
  • Chopping fresh veggies for a healthy dinner at home, after a very long time away from my sharpety-sharp knives. (Shipping them first-class, next time.)
  • Messages, phone calls and offers to help from sweet friends who love our little girl *almost* as much as we do... Which is saying quite a lot!
  • The merciful promise of healing prayer and a Presence that never seems to leave my side.

A sweet friend recently reminded me that thankfulness can be one of the most grounding things we can do in times of struggle, and by putting that thought into action, I’ve learned that a grateful heart provides the perfect place for peace to settle in.

The practice of peace can keep our hearts & minds safe from distress, and blessed by the promise and sweetness of rest.
— Jessie Pepper

Sending you my own wishes for the comforting stillness of gratitude this morning, and let’s make the rest of this week a great one, shall we?

XOXO - Jessie Pepper

PUPDATE //  Sweet Sadie had to spend a second sleep in the Animal ICU last night, and we are hoping to hear back on the rest of her test results later this morning.  She finally became stable enough to eat on her own a few hours ago, and we’re expecting that she’ll come home a little later today. 

Thanks for your all of your sweet notes, and please pray for continued healing, easy treatment and a quick recovery! XO