hello monday: good stuff

This winter put me in a funk. I wasn't feeling very inspired or creative, but just when I needed it most, the sun began to shine, and the stars lined up a little. This week, I'm looking ahead with a full heart. 

*Hello Monday is where I try to greet the new week with fresh eyes and a positive outlook, inspired by Lisa Leonard's lovely blog.*
Now for some hellos:

Hello beautiful pooch who will be joining our family in a couple of weeks. 
After Cedric died I wasn't sure I could do this again, but as soon as my husband sent me this sweet girl's picture I knew I was ready. And already in love with her.

Hello to our almost birthday boy who is super excited about our soon-to-be new friend. 
We browsed the new Petsmart in our neighborhood yesterday and he picked out some toys for a local animal shelter. This little boy, who is not quite so little anymore, has a heart of gold and a tremendous love for animals. He makes me laugh and melts my heart every day.
Hello to a sweet goodbye! 
This ceiling fan was supposed to be temporary. It's now been hanging for eleven years. I couldn't be happier to see it leave and hang up its replacement: a simple, fairly inexpensive update that helps this space cross the finish line. (I'll share those pics later this week)

hello to St. Patrick's Day, Eamon's birthday and lots of celebrating this weekend
hello to a fun new class I'm taking
hello to like-minded souls who help me feel inspired and creative

hello Monday
hello to you

What are you saying hello to this week?