Posts Tagged ‘thankfulness’


Sunday, May 29th, 2011 by by

I have found myself being more negative than I like lately. We have a small (large?) family crisis situation that we are dealing with that is too personal to put out there on the internet, and it’s wearing me down. I have this rule where I will never speak ill of my husband or my children on the internet, even to vent. Once something is out there, it’s out there, and I don’t want to sour anyone’s perceptions of my family because of the way *I* see things. The crisis wouldn’t require me to say anything negative, but it does involve one of my children and would speak about them in a manner that is too personal and sensitive to put into cyberspace. I hope you’ll forgive me for being vague. Perhaps, when we are through to the other side, I may tell his or her story. It may give hope or validation to someone else, but right now, it would merely come off as negative or hopeless. So… through all this rambling, I DO have a point.
It’s time for me to remind myself of all the great things I have, and to focus on that for a while.

I have an amazing husband. He isn’t perfect, no one is, but he is perfect for me. He gets my quirks, he makes me laugh, he handles my explosive emotional outbursts with little anger or frustration. He tries very hard to understand my limitations and not to throw them in my face or make me feel bad for them. He’s a great father to our children. He changes diapers a lot! He plays with the kids constantly, whether it’s giving them piggy back rides or stacking blocks with Charlie. He tries very hard to provide for us, which allows me to be a stay at home mom, and he tries to give us the things we WANT in addition to the things we NEED. I could go on for days, but the point is… I am very lucky. After 8 years together, I am still very much in love.

I have amazing kids. They play well together; they are smart, thoughtful, polite, and oh so well behaved for the most part. We get complimented nearly every time we go out on how well they walk with us, sit still, have table manners, etc. You can see the waitress and manager at a restaurant cringe when we walk in, (more…)


Everyday Thanks

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 by by

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.

~Meister Eckhart

It’s been a whirlwind few days and even if it wasn’t going to be Thanksgiving tomorrow, I still have so much to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for this girl and for her health. She illuminates our lives. (more…)

The focus – what it should be

Saturday, November 20th, 2010 by by

In the past month, I have heard tragic stories of two people I know who have lost children. Each time, it makes me cry, and it makes me wonder why things like that have to happen – how any higher power can take such beautiful young children from such loving parents.  The day I found out about the second loss, I had been yelling at Gaby; she was being a typical 4 year old, testing her limits, testing Mommy’s patience. She had been to time out three times, and I was ready to, as my dad would say, ‘sell her to the Arabs’ – something he used to [jokingly!] threaten me & my sister with when we were young.  After telling her off for something, I stopped to realize how lucky I was to HAVE a gorgeous, cheeky, headstrong, beautiful 4 year old girl to tell off in the first place. So many people don’t have that, either through loss or failure to achieve a successful pregnancy. It was then that I stopped what I was doing, swooped her up in my arms (not such an easy job now!), and told her how much I loved her.  To be honest, I think I shocked her a little with my sudden change in mood. but I know it is something that one day she’ll understand, and that will be a realization she comes to herself when SHE is a parent.

Looking at my two daughters playing together on the floor brought a tear to my eye (as it does often), and I began realizing JUST how lucky I am – not just the fact I have two amazing children, but the fact we’re all healthy, we have a roof over our heads, we live in a safe city (if you ignore the 7.1 mag earthquake on September 4!), in a beautiful country.  It’s sad that it can take something as sad as someone losing a child to make you re-focus on what is really important. I guess we need to try and remind ourselves each and everyday to take a moment to focus on how lucky we are and what we have – rather than what we don’t have….

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 by by

So thankful for the gorgeous weather we have been having lately; being able to turn off the central air and open our doors and windows makes me sooo happy. I love hearing nature sounds while relaxing with a light breeze.

Thankful that my 38-week prenatal appointment went just perfectly fine… Baby bird’s heart-rate was in the 130′s, and my blood pressure is good.  No signs of early labor – seems she loves being in momma’s belly.

So thankful and in love with my husband, who’s been so supportive throughout this pregnancy. He set up our infant swing the other night, and I absolutely love it!

Feeling thankful that I can sleep better these last few weeks since I moved to the couch, which (believe it or not) is way comfy for my back and belly rather than my constant tossing/turning in our bed.

So thankful that we didn’t lose our cats the other night. Hubby accidentally left the back door open and our cats got out, which was a big problem since their indoor cats. Luckily, one of them showed up on our front steps, and the other was hiding under our deck in the backyard. Case closed, both are safely inside. (more…)



Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 by by

I have had a rough night.  Quite possibly the worst night I’ve had in as long as I can remember.  There was one other night that was this bad, but it was so long ago.

Shortly before 3:00 a.m., I was startled awake by Billy, my son’s friend who lives here.  He said “Miss Rachel, I need you to get up and come here.  Earl was just in an accident.”  I can’t tell you how much it truly sucks to hear those words.  At that moment, I didn’t know if my son was dead or alive or nearly dead or fine.  I shouted, “Is he OK?”  Billy responded, “He’s right here, I’m taking him to the hospital.”  OK, so he’s alive, but in need of medical attention.  I can live with that.  He’s breathing.  And then I saw him and nothing else mattered.  I didn’t care about the car or possibly cars that were damaged.  I didn’t care about anything, because I saw that boy’s face, and although I could tell he was in pain, he didn’t show any outward signs of real injury.

I thought to myself, well it can’t be that bad.  He looks fine.  He’s talking, walking, well limping, but (more…)

I am still thankful!

Monday, November 30th, 2009 by by

Early in the morning on Thursday, Thanksgiving, my grandmother, Mary Gibson, went Home to be with Jesus.  She had been going downhill for the past few days and we knew the end was near.  We are so thankful that we were able to celebrate her life on Thanksgiving day.  We are thankful for the 89 years she had.  We are thankful that she is spending eternity in Heaven and has been (more…)