Gratitude and Appreciation

my journey into being thankful for what i have

Mommy/Tyler Date =-)

I recently discovered that Michael’s (the store) has the coolest crafting times for kids – at least through the summer.  =-)  I took both of my kiddos a week ago, and we had SO much fun!  Yesterday, I went on a date with my oldest, to make a super fun craft together.  While I can’t tell you just yet what we made, since we made it as a surprise to send someone (and it wouldn’t really be a surprise if they read about it first!), I did get a picture of the work in progress.  =-)  After we were done, we went to McDonald’s and got dollar menu stuff for lunch (translation = I spent less than $5 for both of us!), and he got to play in the play area… and when we were all done, he looked up at me and said “mommy, we’re friends, aren’t we”.  I told him we were, he grabbed my hand, and we walked to the car.  As soon as we got home, he couldn’t wait to tell daddy ALL about it, and I loved hearing how he described his excitement.  We really did have fun, and I think that’s not only something to be grateful for, it’s a blessing.  And I am so thankful for it!  =-)

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Eye Drops =-)

I don’t use eye drops very often, but for those times when I do, let me just say that THEY. ARE. AMAZING!!  I had some seriously late nights this week, and would go from everything being blurry and fuzzy, to seeing clear as day again.  With just a couple eye drops!  What an incredible invention!  =-)

So today (and this week!), I’m grateful for eye drops.  All kinds, but especially the ones that made a difference for me this week.  =-)

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I spent the first 25 years of my life living in Michigan, where it may feel sticky at times, but I really never knew what humidity could be like until I moved to Virginia, the land of MASSIVE amounts of humidity.  We have a pretty heavy-duty dehumidifier in our basement, and it pulls two or more gallons of water A DAY from the air in our relatively small townhouse.  It’s serious out here!  So while I know that I am regularly grateful for that small appliance of ours, I am really extremely grateful for it.  It works hard for us, and we so very glad that it does!

Completely out of curiosity, I decided to look up the info on who invented the dehumidifier, so I could see how long they’ve been around.  I was shocked to see that it’s since the early 1900’s!  Here I’ve always thought of people a hundred years ago as living without the things we often take for granted.  I’m sure they were a lot more expensive though, so not everyone had them.  =-)  So maybe I should also be grateful that we can afford to have our own humidifier today!  Not just that we have one, but that we have the ability to have one!

All that said, we woke up to 60 degree temps outside this morning, so our windows are wide open right now… and that is blissful too.  =-)

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Garbage Disposals

I’m not only grateful that ours works, I’m grateful that we have it in the first place.  After spending a few days in a house that didn’t have one, I realized how much I’ve taken ours for granted.  Things I think of as completely normal to dump out in the sink just don’t go down the sink if it doesn’t have a garbage disposal in it!  =-)  No, nothing got stuck… but I learned my lesson.  I’m extremely grateful for our disposal, more than I ever realized I could be!

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White Out

Yup.  I’m grateful for white out.  =-)  There are times when it’s completely necessary, and it’s SO nice to not have to scratch things out and write above or below that mess, but to wipe the slate clean and get to start over.  There are a whole lot of ways I could relate this to life in general… but let’s just say that I’m exceedingly grateful for white out.  Both the literal white out that I use in my planner, and the concept of “whiting things out”, where we’re able to do the same thing and wipe the slate clean in our lives.  =-)

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The ability to breathe =-)

I had my tonsils and adenoids taken out yesterday (of all the fun things to do, right?), and never before have I realized how much I appreciate the ability to breathe in AND out through my nose.  I can breathe in right now, but not out… which also means that I can’t blow my nose.  =-(  So… I am VERY grateful for being able to breathe through my nose, and I can’t wait to get that ability back again!  There are lots of things in life that we totally take for granted, until we don’t have or can’t do them anymore.  This is definitely one of those types of things.  On the up side, at least I can still smell things!  =-)


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Daddy Time! =-)

We’ve had a whole LOT of snow days lately, and having a hubby who teaches pays off more now that at any other time.  =-)  Getting all the extra time with daddy home has been such a blessing!  I’m grateful to have a husband who wants to spend time with us, and who includes the kiddos in the stuff he does.  I really am!  =-)

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Love Shown in Emails

I received an email this week from a very dear friend of mine, who ended it by saying:

“Take care, and know that you are loved.”

I could feel her hug through that, and I knew she meant it.  She’s one of those ladies who tells things exactly like they are, so you know she tells the truth.  And she always means what she says.  Today, that’s what I’m grateful for.

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Naptime for my Kiddos

After a particularly umm… challenging (?) morning, there’s nothing quite like the quiet of naptime.  Even if our oldest isn’t asleep and is talking about randomness while he’s in bed, our youngest is asleep and the main floor is quiet, and that’s pure bliss.  Ahhh… (can you see me with my feet up, enjoying the blissfulness??).

Today, I am so very grateful for naptime for my kiddos, which allows me time to breathe, to re-focus, and at times, to just calm down and prepare for the mass chaos that will start back up when they’re both awake again.  =-)


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Happy Kiddos

I am well aware that not every kid is happy all the time, and that even the best of kids can be grumpy, cranky, irritable, etc, etc…. but as anyone who has read my blog for very long knows, this blog is NOT where I write about that (and before you comment to ask where I do write about it, I’ll just tell you now that I do NOT have a blog where I complain – I’ve made the choice to focus on the positive!).  I just want to be sure you know that I recognize that our kiddos ALL have issues at times… like adults do.  We just (usually) show that in different ways than our kiddos will.  Or one would hope we do.  =-)

Today, I’m so very (very!!) grateful that I’ve got two happy kiddos.  They aren’t just happy for show, they’re legitimately happy, whether or not anyone else is watching.  The giggles they have, separately and together, are some of the best sounds ever.  My 4 year old told me this morning – “Mommy, I really love being a big brother”, and that completely melted my heart.  He said it in the midst of trying to be a helper with the 17 month olds shoes and coat, and he really meant it.  That is such a huge blessing to me, in so many ways.  It’s hard being the bigger one, who is always being asked to set a good example, but our big guy really does try hard.  And I’m proud of him for that.  I’m also proud of the little guy for wanting so bad to be a helper too.  They’re such good kiddos, and such happy ones, and I am so blessed by that!  =-)

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