A Gift

This time of year I cannot help but think about the blessings in my life. I count all of you on that list and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your incredible support and readership. Your comments and emails truly keep me going.

Since I know many of us will be stepping away from the computer over the holiday weekend, I wanted to take a moment this morning to share something with you.

I wrote this cheesy little poem (saturated with Sadie pictures, of course) to try my best to convey the gratitude I feel toward all of you and to thank you for stopping by my blog and making me smile every single day.

You are a gift.

Thank you.


Back in September 2009,

I started this blog,

I wrote stories, shared pictures,

Mostly of my dog

Dog with Tennis Ball

I didn’t think anyone would care,

I didn’t expect people to read,

But as I continued to blog,

Your support I received


Every day that I blog,

I think about all of you,

I want PBF to make you smile,

Especially when you’re feeling blue

happy dog

I want to return the gift,

The gift you give to me every day,

The gift of friendship and laughter,

A gift I can never truly begin to repay

funny vizsla

I wish I could send all of you something,

Cookies, peanut butter or at least a BIG hug,

To let you know how much you mean to me,

You fill me up with love

dog with tennis ball

I am bursting with gratitude,

And hope I can convey that to you today,

Thank you for stopping by PBF,

And letting me share my life with you every day

dog pajamas red 037

You guys truly are the best.

Thank you.


  1. Lisa says

    What a great poem! So creative! I look forward to your blog the first thing when I get to work in the morning! My 2 basset hounds hounds, Fred and Heidi, wish you and Sadie a Merry Christmas!


  2. Shannon M. says

    Thank you! I love reading your blog, especially your work outs and meals!
    Merry Christmas! Looking forward to the 2013 reading.


  3. says

    This was so sweet, I love it! (And of course love the pics of Sadie!) Seriously I have been reading from the very start and your blog is something that I love reading every day. It’s real, it’s light, it’s interesting and it’s just a go-to happy place. Thanks for posting & happy holidays :)


  4. Michele says

    Thanks for sharing your life with us, Julie! I always say things to my husband like, “Julie says that coffee is good”, or “Julie made the best looking breakfast today.” He is always saying, “Who is Julie?”
    Hahaha, keep up the good work, I love your blog. Merry Christmas!


  5. Sherri says

    Merry Christmas Julie! I love your blog, with your exercise plans, yummy recipes, fashion tips, and pics of Sadie; I can’t think of a better blog out there.


  6. Sarah says

    I love your blog! It is something I look forward to reading each day! Thanks for all your great workouts and tips. Enjoy your holiday. Merry Christmas!


  7. Lisa W. says

    What a sweet poem! I really enjoy reading your blog every morning while drinking my coffee in my pajamas before my crazy day starts. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Julie!


  8. Melaina says

    Merry Christmas Julie, Ryan, and Sadie! Your blog pops into my email towards the end of my work day and I always smile when I see it. You always have a positive spin to share and I just love your energy. May God bless you and your family with a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!


  9. Cheryl says

    Your blog makes me smile. I have many blogs in my reader and yours is always the first (and many times the only) blog I will read each and every day. Thank you for the simple pleasure.


  10. Ivy says

    Thank you for this post! You are such a sweet person and I along with many enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for being you. Keep up the great work! :)


  11. Barbara says

    Love your blog. Love the Sadie girl – what a face. How can you not smile?! Thank you for creating PBF, Julie. Merry Christmas to you, Ryan and your family. Peace.


  12. Dharshi says

    Hiii I just wanted to say this is my first time commenting after finding your blog about a year ago and love reading everything you post including workouts and amaaazing recipes! Hope you have a great christmas with your family Julie :)


  13. Carly says

    Thank you for having such a wonderful blog!! Reading it everyday is one of my favorite things to do!!! Merry Christmas to you, Ryan and Sadie!!!


  14. Hope says

    Merry Christmas! I love following your blog, we are a little older (mid thirties, my husband is pushing 40 (lol)…he turns 36 January 10th) but in the same situation as you, married with dog, no kids. I enjoy a life of fitness and healthy eating, I enjoy reading of others with the same lifestyle. Keep it up, I love reading your posts.


  15. says

    I just started reading your blog a couple of months ago. I searched and searched for a few to add to my favorites that I could read every night and actually relate to. Yours was a no-brainer. I love reading your blog, you inspire me to work more on mine. Great poem tonight!


  16. Tailar says

    The poem is super cute and thoughtful Julie! I’m so so glad I found your blog on Pinterest in May, it’s a great start to my day or a wonderful pick-me-up if I’m feeling down! You bring a gift to each reader every day and you should be so proud of your work:) Merry Christmas to you, your family, and of course Sadie!


  17. says

    I just wanted to say how thankful I am that I came across your blog last year. My boyfriend (now fiance) was on a year-long deployment at the time. I was devastated, but instead of harping on the negative I took it as an opportunity to focus on myself through working out more and eating better. Your blog provided inspriation, guidance and most importantly a chance to laugh during this otherwise tough time. Thanks again!


  18. says

    Thank YOU Julie for bringing a smile to face every day :) I always love coming to read your posts everyday. I may not always comment, but I do read everyday. Sadie always makes me smile too- what a little ray of sunshine everyday. & thank you for just being YOU! 😀


  19. Sarah Elizabeth says

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Julie! I love your blog and have been following it for quite a while now! I think I started around the time you and Ryan got married =)


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