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Always, Always, Always


I read a post on facebook this morning that said: There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

(Credit: Just Feelin' Good on Facebook. Clicking the photo will bring you to it!)

While I am still struggling with some things, there (as always) are still things to be thankful for. And since it’s been a while since I’ve remembered to do a Thankful Friday post… I’m doin’ it today! Some of these things have happened and some are happening this weekend… I’m thankful just knowing some of the things we’ve got comming up!

  • I am thankful for a day to celebrate my wonderful hubbyman (yesterday was his 30th!)!
  • A brother (and sister-in-law) that want to spend time with the people who’ve made them aunts and uncles. And requesting an overnight with them!
  • And parents willing to take Littlest for an overnight!
  • That Littlest doesn’t mind and actually enjoys being the only one and getting all the attention!
  • A whole afternoon, evening, night, and morning without children!!
  • A night out with friends!
  • That I’m feeling a little more like myself
  • That I’m giving myself permission to feel however I feel, for however long I feel like it
  • That I already miss my children (yes, I really am thankful for that. It’s a wonderful reminder of how much I love them, even when they’re driving me a little batty.)
  • For family and friends ready and willing to give me their support
  • For a very supportive husband (x a million!)
  • For children who are so aware of my feelings, and are always willing to give extra hugs and kisses when they think I need it
  • For my children.
  • For my children.
  • For my children.
  • For Biggest
  • For Miss
  • For Littlest
  • Repeat x a million

Now, this doesn’t really go in line with my  normal Thankful Fridays (but I am thankful to have people in my personal life, and in my blogosphere life that are supportive and caring in my own mental health!), but a couple weeks ago it was Mental Health Awareness week, and it went by without my notice, so I am posting this photo now, because it’s good to be aware of it any time of the year!

(Credit: facebook group I Jump, You Jump. Clicking on the photo will bring you to the original link.)

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They like me! They Really like me!


As Friday is normally the day I post about thankfulness, what better to start with than how thankful I am to the Domestic Recluse for awarding me this!  Be sure to check her out as well. She is an honest, outspoken woman with words worthy of reading! *ahem* But wait until you’re done reading my words, of course! I am always amazed by the array of people that follow along on this journey with me! Yes, my moms (both mine and hubbyman’s), are probably my most avid readers and supporters, but after them, the majority are people I would not have expected. (Except for you, of course I expected you!) 😉 But I am ever so thankful for each and every one of you!

There is great responsibility that goes along with every priviledge… and here are the responsibilities that go along with this award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you!
  2. Add the award pic to your blog post.
  3. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers and let them know about it!
  4. Share 7 random things about yourself.

Ok, well 1 and 2 can be checked off the list. Now I think I’ll skip to number 4, because I love the other blogs so much, I’m a little afraid you’ll skip right out of mine and forget to come back! (Kidding. But seriously…)

  1. My whole family, both immediate and extended, are filled with artsy, creative, talented people… somehow I did not get that gene.
  2. My husband has a lot of foods he “claims” to dislike. I take that as a challenge. And 9 times out of 10, he likes it, at least when I make it. Either that or he just wants to continue being fed. I’m choosing to go with my cooking is just that good.
  3. My children think the best form of entertainment possible is when I dance, and sing, and act out songs. It’s ridiculous but they love it. They frequently tell me, Mom, you should perform this for Daddy when he gets home. Or Want me to do a movie on the camera of your performance? I then bribe their silence with candy.
  4. I truly believe that life is just not long enough to drink bad coffee. That said sometimes I am just too desperate to do anything but drink that bad coffee. Hey, sometimes hubby’s super dark french roast is all that’s left and in those cases, well, you know, desperate times call for desperate measures.
  5. (Mom: Don’t read this!): Growing up, I despised the holiday season. Everything about it. Ok, maybe not everything, but lots of things. It is really only as I’ve been a mother that I’ve come to appreciate the season again. It’s hard to be all grinchy when you have three little people watching you who think Christmas and all that it entails is completely magical. I’ve even found myself listening to Christmas music. Don’t tell my mom, as she is the type to start listening to Christmas music in October, and you can be sure I’ve always given her a hard time about it.  I’ll never hear the end of it! (I told you not to read this, Mother!)
  6. Sometimes I hide from my children. Ok, technically I’m not actually hidden, but occasionally when I see them walking by, in obvious search of me, I just watch and don’t say anything.
  7. I am terrible about surprises. At least when it comes to my husband (I can’t help it- I always want to tell him things!) Or at least when it comes to gifts. Seriously. I got hubbyman the coolest gift, one that I knew he’d be super excited about! Only to tell him what it was within 24 hours of its purchase. He half guessed, and then laughed at me for quite some time at my lack of patience. I still intend to wrap it up though!

Ok, now onto the bloggers! Here’s what the Versatile Blogger Award Blog had to say about how to pick the blogs to pass the love along to:

”When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.  Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.  And, have fun!”

I love lots of blogs and love perusing through random ones as frequently as I can find the time. Here are some that I make a point (ones I’ve been following for some time and some that are still fairly new to me!) to check out!

Ok, I’m taking a quick shortcut here. Because I was awarded this award previously (here), and have already awarded some of my favorites, and the rest have all been awarded by others…. I’m just going to give you my go to list, in no particular order, and trust they know how wonderful I think they are, and hope you enjoy them as well! (If you happen to be one of these bloggers and have never been awarded this, and would like to be- consider this my official awarding- and pass it on!) 🙂

  1. Becoming Cliche (Funny, real, terrific)
  2. If I Were Brave (witty, smart woman who takes life one microbravery at a time!)
  3. Everyday Love, Unforgettable Joy (a sweet lady who posts things about life as a new mom to funny things students say)
  4. Living Is a Process (A lovely writer-lady living a unique life, taking it one step and one word at a time. Her posts are both thought and emotion provoking.)
  5. Stuff I Can’t Put On Facebook (she frequently posts things that truly make me laugh out loud!)
  6. Delete Wheat (Full of wonderful gluten free recipes and life as a gluten free household/person with celiac)
  7. Winsome Bella (Her photographs are beautiful, her stories epic. Reading her posts are always like reading a good book- they always leave you wanting more!)
  8. Lesley Carter (I just love her life. I imagine there are few people who wouldn’t feel slight twinges of *I wish that was me* reading about all her adventures and world travels.)
  9. Searching For Middle Ground (I share her love of pinterest! And she covers a wide variety of things- from home improvement, to how to maintain a healthy outlook on body issues. I genuinely enjoy her.)
  10. Not Ever Still Life  (she also had 3 kids in less than 4 years- I feel like we’d get along!)
  11. We’re Jumpin’ (wife and mother, we have lots in common!)
  12. Uniquely Normal Mom (a green living, money-wise, God-loving jewel of a woman!)
  13. Ragamuffin PC (pastor, writer, friend. His words and poignant and thought provoking.)
  14. Enjoying Healthy Foods (a sweetheart of a lady with wonderful, real life recipes. she is the go-to-guru when I’m not sure how to cook veggies, she’s always got great advice and ideas!)
  15. I wasn’t sure I could think of a 15th and now it turns out, I have like at least ten more that I want to share…. instead I will leave you with this one:  My Big Cloth Adventure! (It’s Brand new, but I guarantee it’s going to be good!!)

And there we have it… that took a lot longer than I thought it would!

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Thankfully Friday


So I forgot all about yesterday being Thursday and failed to do an “Impressively Simple” post…boo on me. I actually had forgotten about today being Friday… so when I remembered that, I remembered what I should’ve done yesterday. But what I did do yesterday was get the whole upstairs of my house deep cleaned, organized, and even rearranged! Yay me! Which is very impressive, and not at all simple! : )

The things I’m thankful for this week…

  • Uncles who take the big ones on a movie date (how else could I have gotten it clean?!)
  • A sweet little boy who was happy to just play near me while I cleaned!
  • A husband who believes in living as organically as I do (maybe even more!)
  • living so close to the farmer’s market!
  • impromptu visits with like-minded friends
  • A garden that is chalk full of growing peppers!! (mmm, just think of all the yummy salsa!)
  • A bowl full of raspberries picked from my very own yard
  • Rain! (you won’t hear me say that very often) It’s keeping the imminent heat wave at bay!
  • A gray day that is encouraging us to cuddle up together and just have a day of snuggling and play!
  • While there are dishes to do, and toys to pick up… upstairs is organized! I am SO thankful for that! Seriously, feng shui for sure! I feel so much better to have that done!!
  • that I have friends to make plans with! (friends I have made plans with this week and for next)
  • The fact that it’s Friday and hubbyman will be home for the weekend!!!

And my littlest boy turned ONE!! (I'm not really sure I'm thankful that my last baby is growing up... no, no, I am... just... waah! *sobs*)

 

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