Another day has come and gone. It started out rough, but we got through it.
I am grateful for the bus driver coming back for my boys. Thank you!!
Errands completed before lunch :)
All of my kids ate the dinner I had made with NO complaints!
There were leftovers of dinner to send in their thermoses for a hot lunch on wednesday. They LOVE taking their thermos.
I got to watch my Makeover Week episode of The Biggest Loser.....UNINTERRUPTED!!!
Have I mentioned that I REALLY dislike snow? I'd be very happy if it would come December 24th, and be gone December 26th. I pray for it every year, but I guess there are enough others praying for a long winter to counteract my pleas.
My 'Ladies Day Apart' with the women of Hope Fellowship. It was a great day. It was my first experience with that kind of event, and I am thoroughly grateful that I went...even if I did need to be signed up by my hubby.
For seeing an old friend. I haven't seen her in more than 8 months. Our visits have been few and far between over the last many years, and I am hoping that will change. I have missed her.
That family has come to watch Gabe play baseball. This is the first team sport that he has been involved with. He is enjoying it, and I am so glad that his Grandparents are getting a chance to come out and see him have fun with it.
Our home has become the Sunday Gathering Place. We have started opening our home on sundays to family and friends. It is a time when we can get together and have fun enjoying each other's company. You come whenever you can, bring something to add to supper, and just have a good time. I am really enjoying it. I am so glad that other's are enjoying it too.
For their smiles, their hugs, kisses, giggles, snuggles, pictures, stories, and their dreams.
They are my joy.
I love them with all of my heart.
I am thankful to God.
Thankful that no matter what, HE loves me.
That HE is with me always.
That I am precious to HIM.
That with HIM all things are possible!
For our home. I love being in the country. I love looking out my kitchen window and only seeing farmers fields. I love not seeing roads, or power lines (other than that on my property). I love having lots of space for the boys to run and play.
He is my best friend, my lover, my partner.
He is the one I want to share my life with.
He loves me for who I am. He thinks I am beautiful.
I love him.
Tonight was Gabe's softball practise
I'm grateful he's enjoying it.
I am grateful for Zach's imagination.
He is happy making up stories as he plays.
Tonight my husband needed a ride home from work. He works about 45minutes away from home. My wonderful sister (who lives 30 minutes in the opposite direction) was gracious enough to come out to watch the boys so that I could go and get hubby. She is the best. She finished giving them their baths and put the clean linens back on their beds!
I am SO grateful for her!
Tuesday.....grateful for Pizza Day! Every tuesday my oldest gets Pizza and chocolate milk at school for lunch. He loves it, which makes me love it too!
Wednesday.....grateful for a good checkup. Zach (the middle boy) had a Preschool Health Fair today. They checked his teeth, ears, eyes, nutrition, and immunization. He checked out all good...and had fun doing it. That is a total PLUS!! Totally grateful for that.
....for getting to my WW meeting and being down 0.8. Finally heading back in the right direction. Grateful!
Thursday....for having a really good ON PROGRAM day. This just means that I stayed within my points. I wasn't hungry, and even got in my exercise which I have been definitely lacking. A good day...one to be grateful for!
Friday....ended up having a funeral to go to today. My stepmom's Aunt died this week. She was very close to her. I was grateful to my sister-in-law who graciously agreed to take my kids so that I could attend the funeral and show my stepmom and Dad some love and support.
Saturday....Gabe got to go to his first friend sleepover tonight. He was so excited (has been all week waiting for today to come). We packed his backpack and off we went. I don't think I even got a bye Mom. LOL
I am grateful that he has found his "best friend" and its an added bonus that they just live a kilometer and a half down the road :)
Sunday.....a wonderful church service that really made me think..(I love our church family), and then off to lunch at Gabe's friend's house. We had a wonderful time getting to know their family. I think we will become good friends. I am grateful for a great day had by all.
I know this is only one or two things for each day instead of the five that I try and post, but that would have been a bit much for one post. Hopefully I will keep up this week :)
Thankfully my Dad..aka Grampa...was able to come out tonight and take him. For that I am grateful.
When I look out my kitchen window this is the view that I see (believe me it looks much, much nicer in person) There is a road, but you only see it when there is a car on it. There are wires and hydro lines, but only if you look for them. It is just beautiful wide open space that I get to enjoy every day. For this I am grateful.
I have been enjoying some blog hopping lately. I have hopped into some really great blogs of christian moms. I am grateful that God is leading me to them:)
I love him with all of my heart. We have been married for almost 18 years now and I can honestly say that we are happier now than we have ever been.
I love you !
Yesterday was a great day. We got up and had breakfast together as a family...that doesn't often get to happen with hubby getting ready or already gone to work, and Gabe getting ready for school. Then it was showers for all and off to church.
We never seem to make it to church on time, but we got there. I am VERY grateful when we do. I LOVE our church family. I love seeing their smiling faces, sharing hugs and encouragement after the service, and just knowing that people care how we are doing...and I mean genuinely care.
After church, back home for lunch...again as a family:) Then naps for the boys. Even Gabe napped, and was the last one back up! Got some cleaning done while they were asleep, and hubby dug a firepit. We are looking forward to being able to sit out and enjoy a nice fire, maybe some marshmallow roasting and good friends in the coming summer evenings.
Late afternoon our company started to arrive. We enjoyed a wonderful evening with hubby's parents, one of his sisters, and her 2 kids as well as 2 other friends of ours. It was a simple meal, but the conversation and laughter was wonderful.
It was a great day, one I am grateful for :)
I am happy that our upstairs windows are one day closer to being finished. No more drafts and no more raining in the kitchen.
For getting most of the laundry done.
For Gabe doing his homework with relatively little fuss.
That my Spinach and chicken lasagna actually tasted pretty good. Gabe and I liked it anyway. Zach on the other hand chose not to eat.
Spring....oh, come quickly please....
Atleast we have had some warmer weather this week and some of the snow is melting.
This week I stopped breastfeeding. I am glad to finally have my body back, but also a little sad. Isaac is my last baby, and that was the last time I will share that type of bond with my kids.
Gabe had his first birthday party of the year to go to on saturday. He was so excited. I am grateful that he not only found a friend on his bus, but that he lives on our street too:)
We enjoyed an evening of fun with friends. We have entertained more at this house in 6months than we did in several years at the other house.
Here we go onto another week.
Today I am grateful for thinking ahead enough to use the crockpot for supper.
For getting Isaac's crib into his room finally.
For a cheque finally coming so that our insurance didn't bounce.
Finally having my body back. Yesterday was my last day of breastfeeding. (the pain I am hoping will be gone quickly)
For not having to fight with Gabe tonight to get him to do his home reading. AND!!!! He did a great job......go figure.
Today I am grateful for a fun time with friends.
For enjoying the Canada vs USA game with those friends.
For sharing a delish meal of pizza and salad with those same friends.
For the boys not destroying friends home or terrorizing their dog too much.
That it was bedtime as soon as we got home!A fun day.
For my wonderful friend and my boys doing the dishes!!!
I left my bellstick plugged in, in not a great place (especially when I have young kids)...oldest son (only 6) accidentally demolished it while jumping around playing Wii, not paying attention to his surroundings. (I won't mention all the laundry, toys etc that he knocks over regularly while doing the same thing).
Demolition by 6 year old....NOT covered under warranty.....wait til payday, skimp in other areas to be able to afford new bell stick...
And, Voila! Thank the good Lord I have internet service back. PHEW!
So, I know I have missed many days, so I will note afew of the thinks I have been grateful for since my last post, and then move on.
I am very grateful to have my internet service back. Living out here in the country is nice, but I use my computer alot and not having anyway to be connected really sucked!
For a good first couple weeks at Weight Watchers. Down 12lbs in 3 weeks. A long way to go, but a great start.
For a friend to do WW with. I have buddied up with a friend who also wants to lose and get healthy, and I am really looking forward to being able to encourage one another, swap recipes, etc.
For that same friend offering to watch the boys so that I could catch up on a few hours of sleep. This last week and a bit has been worse than normal for lack of sleep and she was a Godsend. She has even offered to do it again saturday morning!! Apparently she like our boys LOL. Hallelujah!!!!
Well, my few moments of peace are up. Isaac is back up and crying to be fed. Poor Zach is still trying to nap while hacking. Any tips for dealing with coughing children 3 and under would be great help.
On this tuesday I am grateful for getting the dishes and laundry done...well almost. The laundry I'm still working on, but it will be done before bed.
For the first night I have put Isaac down to sleep without rocking him asleep first. It took him about 20 minutes to settle, but not too bad.
For a successful on program day. Tomorrow morning is my first weigh in, so wish me luck.
Getting some avon orders today:)
I am grateful for my family. I love them so very much.
A guest speaker at church today. Steve McVey of Grace Walk Ministries. It was a full house :)
Watching Gabe have a blast playing a new video game. We rented Bolt and he is enjoying figuring it out. Even Mommy was getting into it.
Moments of fun (see above) in an otherwise VERY frustrating day!!! I think Zach's ears are painted on.
The safe arrival of a friend's new baby yesterday:) Welcome to the world Laura Elaine.
As we beginning another week, remember to take the time to enjoy the moments :)
Okay, this one is going to be short and sweet. That way I can get yesterday's and today's done at once. ......hopefully before Isaac wakes up again.
Today (yesterday) I am grateful to not have to get Gabe out to the bus. I am ready for spring!
For the smiles and laughter of my kids. They drive me totally crazy, but they have such beautiful smiles and laughs that can't help but make you smile.
For a new garbage can...yup, a garbage can. As hard as it is to believe, we have been using just a big black garbage bag since we moved in here. It is much nicer to have a garbage can. :)
A good first day back on program. A long way to go, but one day down!!!
Grateful to be back doing this blog. My days have been rather...ummmm frustrating. This is making me look back and have something good to say.
For getting to enjoy a movie in bed with my hubby. He did sleep through a good chunk, but nice anyway.
On this first friday in february I am grateful for a few moments of peace and quiet. I'm not soaking in a soothing bathtub, but its nice to have all 3 boys asleep and be able to do some "me" things.
Got signed up for Weight Watchers today. Starting fresh in the morning.
A nice visit with some cousins. Had been way too long:)
Zach's stories. How can you not laugh when he tells you one about pirate Moniqua(her name is Uniqua) searching the island for married treasure:)
My five things I'm grateful for on Thursday February 4th are.....
My Neice Aubree.....This bundle of spunk and attitude made her debut in the world 6 years ago today. Happy Birthday beautiful girl:)
Groceries.....I am so thankful to be able to afford to buy groceries to feed our growing boys....now, taking them with me to do the shopping is another story.
My husband's understanding......I have been growing increasingly unhappy with myself and how I have allowed myself to regain a good portion of the weight I had lost before getting pregnant with Isaac. I have struggled with wanting to get back to Weight Watchers, but knowing we really couldn't afford it right now. My husband however has seen my unhappiness and has made it possible for me to rejoin WW now. I am very grateful.
Getting back to this blog....it has been along time, but I am glad to be back at it. I am hoping to get back to my other one as well very soon.
Free desks.......Gabe's school had some student desks that they were giving away free and I was able to get two (one for Gabe and one for Zach). Now they will have their own spaces to work. Both of them seem excited about it. Now I just have to figure out where I am putting them LOL
I am grateful that every day I can start again. No matter what happened yesterday, today is a new day and there is no reason I can't start fresh. What a blessing.
The love of my hubby. It doesn't matter how I am feeling about myself, he loves me, no matter what.
Our home. I still don't have everything put away from our move...in fact there are still boxes in every room, but its home. As long as I am with my husband and my boys, home is wherever we are.
A nap. Got to nap with my two youngest. Always a welcome bonus to the day.
For Gabe's encouragement. Several times lately he has told me that I make great supper. LOL...gotta love him.
What are you grateful for today?
So.....Happy New Year!! We are already one month in to 2010. A new year...a new day! I want to get back to focusing on what is important. Find the good in each day, and thank God for it all, no matter whether its good or bad. Five things every day....lets go.
What am I grateful for in this brand new year???? SO VERY MUCH!!!!!
I truly have so much to be grateful/thankful for, but the first five I want to share in this new year are MY MOST IMPORTANT ones.
GOD.....I am so blessed to know my Papa. He has brought us through a really tough year, and continues to show us His love. I desire to know Him deeper, to trust Him completely, to let Him live His life through me, to see what He will do with ALL of me if I let Him. He has blessed me abundantly, and I am so grateful.
Gord.....My darling husband. We have been together for 17 1/2 years. We have been through ALOT. There have been many times that I didn't know if we were going to make it....but God is faithful, and by His grace we have a better, stronger, healthier, happier marriage than we have ever had. I love him deeper than I would ever have imagined possible.
Gabe.....My first born son. A blessing after almost 12 years of marriage. He has such a kind heart. He is sensitive and trusting. Full of energy, and love and hugs. Attitude, yup he has one and it gets bigger with every day of school. LOL I love when he whispers his secrets in my ear. He is a my big boy, and I pray that the mistakes I make with him he will forgive me for :)
Zach.....My second son. Loud, definitely loud. Zach does not know the meaning of quiet. But, he is so darn cute and has the absolute best laugh. Just thinking about it makes me smile. He is a brute, and will get his brothers in lots of trouble over the next many, many years. But, he is so generous with his snuggles and kisses. My second blessing.
Isaac.....My unexpected son. Isaac was a big surprise. One I wasn't sure I was ready for. He is 7 months old today. He is wonderful. He has a beautiful personality, my Gramma's red hair, bright eyes and a huge smile. I didn't expect him, he takes alot out of me, but I couldn't love him more. My third blessing!!!
I am so grateful to have my God and my family. I have been blessed with three wonderful boys. They stress me out, drive me crazy, and wear me out. But I love them will all the love a mother has. I worry about not being a good mom, but with God, and my loving husband, together we have an awesome, AWESOME family!