Gratitude and Appreciation

my journey into being thankful for what i have

Weight Watchers

I have been a member of Weight Watchers more than just a couple times… always having to stop going for some reason or another.  After having a baby in July, I waited 6 weeks and then joined WW again.  I’m so glad that I did!  The support and encouragement of having a group of people going through the same challenges is such a blessing to me, but more than that, now that I’ve gone back, I’ve really gotten even more serious about weight loss.  The week our little guy arrived, my weight was pretty high… but I had dropped over 20 pounds by the time I joined WW.  Now I’m down over 35 pounds.  I’ve lost a full 5% of my weight since joining WW again – that’s the first time I have EVER hit that goal, in all my times being a member!  Obviously, I have a lot more weight to lose… but what an encouraging start it’s been for me!  My leader keeps sending me these really cute postcards, and there is another mom in my meetings who has a baby that’s two weeks older than mine.  She has a lot less to lose, but having her there is still an encouragement to me.  =-)  Today, I am grateful for the motivation and support that being part of WW provides, and for the weight I’ve been able to lose thus far.  Now on to the 10% goal!  =-)

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Baby Kickboxer/Soccer Player

I’m ready to start taking bets on this baby – who is clearly going to be a soccer player or a kickboxer.  He is ULTRA active, that’s for sure!  I’m very grateful for all that activity, because the more I feel him moving around, the less likely I am to worry that something might be “wrong”.  Still – the longer he stays in the “wrong” position (he’s been feet first for weeks now), the more I wish he would actually wiggle around and not just kick or punch.  Is that too much to ask?

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tidbits to give praise for

I’ve been somewhat overwhelmed lately by all the stuff in life that seems so “bad” or “frustrating” or “difficult”… it can often be hard to force yourself to look at the good, when all you really want to do is wallow in your misery.  Or maybe that’s just me?  Anyways, here are a few things that I’ve been thankful for lately.  They aren’t big things, and they probably aren’t even things that would necessarily matter to anyone apart from me, but I still thought I’d share them.  Maybe you will be able to take this list and create your own from it!

Misty Rain – the kind you can walk in and not get very wet.  =-)

Water – the ability to have clean water to drink from our very own faucet (no water hauling necessary!)

Giggles – this may very well be the best part of having a 2 year old, getting to hear his giggles over the smallest things.  =-)

Google – I’ve been using google a lot lately, to help finding answers to even the most mundane things.  How would I ever find this stuff out if I couldn’t search for it on google??

Baby Movements – while it does sometimes seem like my entire tummy area is borderline possessed (baby is 27 weeks today!), I absolutely LOVE that I don’t just feel the baby moving, I can SEE when he’s moving.  My tummy kept bumping up in different spots this morning, and I thought it was the coolest thing EVER!  =-)

Do any of you have “little things” that you’re grateful for?  I’d love to hear them!

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gifts from the heart

Last night, I received one of the most thoughtful gifts I could have received, from a lady who has been friend for many, many years.  She was my AWANA (a Scripture memory program that’s popular in many churches) leader for quite awhile, but I know she was my leader for sure in 6th grade.  After 6th grade, we started going to a new church, but she and I kept in touch – mainly via letters written back and forth (not emails, but the kind of letters you write by hand).  It’s been many years since I was in 6th grade (which makes me feel super old!!), and she’s been there for me through a lot in my life – jr. high, high school, mission trips, undergrad, internships, grad school, first (big) job, meeting my husband, our wedding and move across the country, my stroke, our first miscarriage, my little guy being born, and our second miscarriage… and all that time, she has continued to love and care about me, just like she did when I was in 6th grade and working so hard on memorizing verses.

What touched me most about the gift she sent was that it included two parts – an outfit that says “little brother” on it (which is so cute), and a handmade blanket that is really adorable.  By sending those two things (along with a handmade card!), she showed that she cares deeply about this baby – and about me.  I know she has been praying from very early on for this baby, and I feel certain that her prayers were sewn into the blanket too.  I am so very grateful for that.

We all have people who impact our lives in different ways, and who make a difference for us.  I have been blessed to have quite a few people over the years who really stand out for me.  I only pray that I can be a blessing in someones life, like these people have been in mine.  This lady, my very dear friend, is definitely one of them.  What a blessing her gifts were to receive!

 

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Baby =-)

Oh, happy day!  =-)  It’s been a full four weeks since my last OB appointment, which never happened when I was preggers with our little guy (we had appointments every two weeks from the get go), so the past two weeks (weeks 3 and 4) have been somewhat rough.  While a large part of me was grateful to be able to wait four weeks between appointments, the other part has really struggled not to be worried that something could go wrong and it would be longer till I found out about it (once you have gone through an experience with a “missed miscarriage”, it’s impossible not to be worried it could happen again).  So – I was pretty excited this morning when we got to hear the heartbeat and it was nice and strong.  HOORAY!!  =-)

Also – we’ll get to find out if the baby is a girl or a boy in only two more weeks.  =-)  Well, provided it cooperates!  I know a lot of people are pretty anxious to hear the results, and we’re looking forward to finding out too!

All in all, a great start to the day.  I feel very blessed, and just pray that things will continue to go well.  I am grateful to everyone who has been praying with us, thank you!

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Baby Update!

What an amazing day filled with all sorts of great baby news.  =-)  I think that most people would appreciate good baby news, but when you’ve had two pregnancies that haven’t turned out as you hoped they would, it’s even more precious when things are great.

I had an appointment with the OB first, who told me that I am officially back in the “normal” category, and no longer have to be considered “high risk”.  I was high risk with my little guy, because I had a stroke two years prior and they wanted to monitor everything closely all the way through.  I had really hoped that I wouldn’t be high risk this time, but was also prepared for them to say I would be – since the odds were that they’d want to be careful and make sure.  But the risk level officially got lowered yesterday, and as long as my blood pressure stays okay (meds are working so far!) and the baby keeps developing okay, I can wait 4 weeks at a time between appointments (instead of going every two weeks, like we did before).  What a huge blessing that is!!  I am so grateful!

After seeing the OB, we had an ultrasound appointment and the baby measured exactly the right size, down to the day.  It was absolutely perfect.  We got to see the baby chilling out, and then it did somersaults for us – words can’t even explain how much of a relief it was to see that everything is going okay, and right on schedule!

Blessings on so many levels… and for all of those things, I am extremely grateful.  =-)

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