Friday, November 30, 2012

30 Days of Thanks 2012

Every year I try to do a 30 days of thanks.  I post on Facebook something I am grateful for everyday.  It helps me focus on all the pluses and joys of my life.  Something we all need to do more often.

My list for 2012:

Day 1 of Gratitude:  I am thankful for my daughter. She may talk non-stop and be full of opinions - especially when it comes to bossing her brother - but she is kind and compassionate and loves to help. She is growing so fast and I love that she still loves to cuddle. She is an awesome big sister and I can't wait to see her with her new sister.

Day 2 of Gratitude: I am thankful for my son. He is in the middle of the horrific 3s, but he is still a cuddly little guy who adores having time with me or his Daddy. He's clever and silly and I am so proud of how well his is doing after a rough start in life and a year of therapies. He loves "doing school" and playing with his sister. I can't wait to see what kind of big brother he will be!

Day 3:  I am so thankful for my husband. He works so hard for us - even on Saturday - and he is a wonderful father and husband. The kids shriek and run out the door at him when he gets home every evening and he always has time for play or a snuggle when he is home with them. After 10 years of marriage I can honestly say I think I love him more now then ever. Always marry a man who makes you laugh! :)

Day 4 of Gratitude: I am so grateful for this little life growing inside of me. Even when she wakes me in the middle of the night for a dance party. :)

Day 5: Today I am thankful for a full pantry. We've had some hard times the last few winters and now I feel more secure having plenty of food in the house. We will always have meals!

Day 6 of Gratitude: I am thankful that I live in a country with the freedom to elect our leaders and voice our opinion. And I am grateful that we are allowed keep those opinions to ourselves if we so choose and merely show up at the polls to do our part.

Day 7:   Today I am thankful for a roaring fire and a cup of tea on a cold, rainy day.

Day 8 of Gratitude:  Today I am thankful for a wonderful homeschool co-op.  Lovely families and interesting topics and my children love it.  Even Chandler who has a hard time warming up every week gets excited when I say it's co-op day and  tells me how much fun he had playing on the way home.  I feel privileged to be a part of it!

Day 9 of Gratitude: Today I am thankful for my mom. She did an amazing job raising us as a homeschooling, single mom - yes that was complicated! She's a military veteran and went back to school in her 30s as a single mom to 3 children and graduated with a 4.0 average. We combined households with her this year and even though we were all nervous I think it has worked well. The kids love having grandma around (even when she is strict with them) and having someone who enjoys cooking and doing laundry as been awesome! ;) Daddy laughs how much alike my mom and I are - it's a good thing he loves her! I love you Mom. Thank you for everything you do for us!

Day 10: Today I am grateful for random acts of kindness and good people who give action to their Christianity. I came home from grocery shopping to find about a 1/2 cord of wood neatly stacked in my driveway and a note on the door from a local church telling us to have a great day. :) And I don't even go to that church! What a blessing!

Day 11: Grateful to all of our veterans near and wide. Thank you for all you have done for us and our country. Especially my mom, Uncle and Poppy!

Day 12 of Gratitude: I am thankful for the money for necessities. There may not be any more after that, but we always have what we need.

Day 13: I am thankful for libraries. Everyone in this house is obsessed with books and I can't imagine what kind of book budget we would have if we had to buy them all! It's an amazing system!

Day 14 of Gratitude: I am thankful for finding a midwife I trust. After having to change OB offices in the middle of my pregnancy I was afraid I would have a hard time but God gave me exactly the right person to walk into the office to calm my fears.

Day 15: After spending 2 hours on the phone with my grandma this afternoon I am thankful for her. I love being able to chitchat with such an amazing woman. She half raised me while my mom was working when I was a child and I have so many wonderful memories of us together - throwing cherry blossoms in the air to make it rain pink flowers, having tea parties and the awesome crafts she would put together. I love that she gets to play with my children and Claire (her namesake) and Chandler adore her as much as I do.

Day 16: I am thankful for how healthy my children are. Yes, we get our share of colds and drippy noses, but they almost never have anything serious enough that they have to go to the doctor. Chandler has a fit every year at his well-check because these strange people want to touch him. They each have been on antibiotics one time in their lives and for Chandler that was in the NICU! I pray that they stay this healthy and sturdy through their lives!

Day 17 of Gratitude: Today I am thankful for my chickens and a husband who takes his day off to work on the awesome coop and run for me. I can't wait until we have fresh farm eggs from the cute little things. You would be surprised how much fun chickens are to watch. They come running when they see me in the morning - of course I am the food lady - but they don't mind being petted or picked up and the kids love how friendly they are!

Day 18: Today I am grateful for a cozy, nice house. Sometimes it feels a little tight and Daddy and I have lots of ideas for improvement but we are very lucky to have 4 good walls, a strong roof and a nice big yard for the kids to play in.

Day 19: I an grateful for my local homeschool ladies. I love our monthly mom support meetings, our chitchat during the kid's weekly co-op and the ladies who meet for bible study once a month. I am so glad to have like-minded women to spend time with and enjoy an adult conversation!

Day 20: I am thankful for the internet. So many of my friends live there! ;) I would never have met my awesome June Moms without the internet. Between finding homeschool curriculum, entertainment, keeping in touch with friends and family, encouragement and finding information I don't know how we every did without it!

Day 21 of Gratitude: I am grateful that I am able to stay home and homeschool our children. It's not an easy job by any means and it involves sacrifices on all our parts, but we know it is what we need to do and I am so thankful to have a husband who works hard to make it happen.

Day 22 of Gratitude: On Thanksgiving Day I am thankful for my family. We are a weird bunch with a bunch of individual quirks but there is nothing better then sitting around the table after a big family dinner drinking coffee and solving the world's problems or more likely discussing the difference and significance of Star Wars vs. Star Trek or Firefly or Doctor Who or Battlestar Galactica while attempting to fit at least one small bit of each dessert in our stomachs. ;)

Day 23: I am thankful for leftovers. I have awesome goodies in my fridge. I might just nosh all day long!

Day 24: Today I am thankful for music. Where would we be as a human race if we could not express our emotions in such a powerful way?

Day 25: Today I am trying to be grateful for heartburn and all my pregnancy aches and pains. It means I have a healthy, active little munchkin inside of me.

Day 26 of Gratitude: I am incredibly grateful for books and the written word. So much knowledge just sits there waiting for us to see it! So many great minds write down their thoughts and ideas and left them for others. To be able to see and experience the world without leaving your couch - to be places that are no longer there and never will be again. I can't think of a better gift.

Day 27: I am thankful for 2 steady, reliable vehicles for us - that are ALMOST paid off!

Day 28: I am thankful for nesting energy and ambition! Even if it only last an hour or two these little bursts are really making a difference on the mess and clutter in my house!

Day 29: I am thankful for my life. There are difficult parts - but it is pretty darn great overall.

Day 30 of Gratitude: On the last day of November I just have to say that I am thankful for children who love to snuggle. :)

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