Thanksgiving 365
Blog - November 27, 2014

ice-cream-truck-wideI love Thanksgiving.  I love everything it signifies.  But most of all I love Thanksgiving dinner.  Specifically sweet potato casserole, which I will be attempting to make today.  Will post recipe later if I don’t burn the house down.  The family is anxiously awaiting, hoping for caramelized pecans mixed with brown sugar and  gooey, crunchy (but not scorched) marshmellows.  And although we don’t have Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Neices or Nephews (here in the States), we have OUR little family.  We have our parents (both sets) healthy and well. And we have friends who I would call family in a heartbeat.  So today I woke up grateful.  But yesterday I was grateful and probably the day before.  I try to keep a list.  It keeps me present and relieves me from stress and worry.  It reminds me of my luxury problems.  All I have to do is turn on the news and see the state of the world today and I quickly see how tiny my problems are.  But do I NEED to turn on the news to be grateful?  No.  I wake up and take a breath.  I realize that I have been given another beautiful day here on this earth to spend with the ones I love.   Are you grateful everyday or do you think about it once a year, sitting around a table with your family? Being forced to say one thing that you are grateful for?  Is that all you’ve got?  I urge you to write a list every day of five things that you are grateful for for the next 365 days.  Add it to my comments section.  Be accountable.  I will start for you.  Then I will continue to comment every day.  For 365 days.  Can you make this small commitment?

1.  The beauty outside my door

2.  Donuts for breakfast

3.  2 amazing kids and husband

4. freedom

5. gift of life

Happy Thanksgiving!

Giving thanks for 365 days!

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  1. 11-27-14 1) jayden reece 2) a warm winter coat 3) social media 4) ibuprofen 5) the gift of giving/receiving love

    1. 11-28-14 1) pink homer DOHnuts (woo hoo!) 2) autumn leaves 3) the sound of my son snoring 4) unicorns dipped in sunshine 5) caffeine

  2. 1. beautiful weather
    2. making cookies with my son
    3. my computer even though it’s on the brink
    4. shoes
    5. lunch with beautiful ladies

    1. 1) the luxury of the sun shining on my face 2) the gift of being present, mentally, physically & emotionally 3) friends, even though they aren’t near but far 4) free kindle books 5) my faith, which outweighs my fear

  3. Day 6
    1. fun at the mall with friends
    2. new opportunities
    3. kids asleep
    4. strangers who help for no reason
    5. delish salad

  4. Day 7!
    1. decent nights sleep
    2. son in school having fun
    3. watching son’s excitement for Christmas
    4. healthy breakfast
    5. news to stay in touch with the world

    1. 1) lego advent calendars 2) an ever smiling son, despite having to walk everywhere, with temps in the 20’s, no less 3) indoor heating

  5. Day 15
    1. Seeing my son’s excitement when Santa came on the firetruck
    2. new neighbors with kids
    3. pictures for memories
    4. laughing
    5. healthy relationships

  6. day 19
    1. holidays approaching
    2. christmas music to make my son happy
    3. conversations about Santa with my son
    4. honey for cough
    5. being inspired

  7. Day 2o
    1. Sugar
    2. Beautiful weather
    3. Hand me downs
    4. Women to look up to
    5. Watching how happy it makes my son to make cupcakes

  8. Day 22
    1. Fun at mall – not stressful like I expected
    2. Hubby who supports me
    3. Kid’s feeling better
    4. Food court food for once
    5. Talking to God

  9. Day 23
    1. christmas at the inlaws
    2. sugar
    3. watching my son light up looking at a christmas tree
    4. kids feeling better
    5. being taken care of

  10. Day 31
    1) funny AdamSandler making me laugh
    2) nice ride with my mom
    3) my phone tostay connected
    4) beautiful Prescott
    5) family

  11. Day 37
    1) great last day with family
    2) hubby resting before trip
    3) moms cooking
    4) going home soon to my own bed
    5) pictures of My moms trip to Isreal

  12. Day 37
    1. safe flight home
    2. sleep
    3. Henri happy to be home
    4. Looking forward to seeing friends. There was a time when I didn’t really have any real friends.
    5. back to normalcy

  13. Day 37
    1) slept
    2) Oliver and Henri slept thought the night
    3) conversations with God
    4) getting house in order
    5) missing my parents and grateful for the time I got to spend with them

  14. Day 45
    1) Able to listen to my son and his needs
    2) new friends who support me
    3) memories of my animals
    4) getting a reminder about something important I would forgotten
    5) showing up for life
    5)

  15. Day 48
    1) knowing what’s going on in the world
    2) my networking capabilities paying off
    3) new opportunities
    4) cheat days
    5) Henri enjoying school

  16. Day 53
    1) realizing I am neglecting myself by not sleeping
    Enough
    2) laughing with a new friend
    3) going to see an old friend tomorrow who is suffering
    4) feeling peace
    5) an old friend getting sober after struggling

  17. Day 63
    1) awareness
    2) excited to do v day stuff with Henri for his school
    3) being a mother so rewarding
    4) my blog kicking butt
    5) hearing messages of hope

  18. Day 64
    1) beautiful day
    2) amazing yoga class
    3) feeling relaxed after a little stress
    4) park with my boys
    5) got to talk to the supportive women in my life

  19. Day 66
    1) very productive day with the kids
    2) places for kids to play
    3) watching Henri love his brother
    4) no drama
    5) my hubby

  20. Day 67
    1) mommy and me w Oliver
    2) henri at school
    3) meeting a friend for coffee tomorrow
    4) good phone convos
    5) people reaching out to me for help

  21. Day 68
    1) my bed ❤️
    2) hearing my baby breath
    3) having conversation with my 3 year old
    4) slowing down just because
    5) sleep

  22. Day 74
    1) being able to do the right thing
    2) having an amazing life
    3) dinner made by hubby
    4) cupcakes made by hubby
    5) new brakes on the old car

  23. Day 76
    1. Love I feel for my children unlike any other
    2) henri having fun ad school
    3) Henri’s teachers
    4) no more insanity
    5) food on the table

  24. Day 77
    1) doing something different
    2) sleeping in
    3) hubby making a great dinner
    4) Starbucks gift card from mom
    5) massage coming my way

  25. Day 79
    1) made it through an exhausting day
    2) beautiful day at park w picnic lunch
    3) friends who truly are about me
    4) Henri seeing an old friend from when he was about 5 months old
    5) seeing people grow

  26. 93
    1) one year tomorrow w my Ollie
    2) knowing I’m blessed and believing it
    3) God present
    4) hubby catching up on sleep
    5) lion Safari tom

  27. Day 100!
    1) nice Birthday
    2) exciting plans
    3) coming to terms with the shadiness of blogging
    4) news tomorrow. Either great or ok. Not bad
    5) feeling loved

  28. Day 103
    1) able to function on no sleep
    2) mom having a short work day so we can spend time together
    3) Henri hanging out with Papou
    4) family
    5) feeling needed

  29. 105
    1) lovely weather in Prescott
    2) the kids loving being here
    3) spending time w family
    4) not having to worry about anything
    5) waiting 24 hours before doing anything drastic

  30. 1) our freedom
    2) lavender oil
    3) full productive day
    4) laughing w the hubby
    5) feeling at ease

    1) meeting a friend
    2) donuts w the kids
    3) nice dinner
    4) laughing w hubby
    5) henri playing w neighborhood kids so freakin cute

  31. 1) meeting a friend w her daughter for play date
    2) feeling at ease
    3) God answering prayer
    4) milestones
    5) my boys so cute in the bathtub

  32. 1) Friday night tv date w the hubby
    2) watching Henri enjoy painting his cupcake
    3) Easter festivities
    4) watching Henri play w neighborhood kids
    5) filling up the fridge!

  33. Day 125
    1) getting stuff accomplished
    2) Easter fun
    3) baked a cake for MIL
    4) lazy day
    5) kids spending time w grandparents
    126
    1) start of a new week
    2) talking to my mom
    3) school for H
    4) new opportunities
    5) chocolate
    127
    1) getting through a rough day
    2) making H laugh
    3) getting kids out for some air
    4) kids in the wagon so cute
    5) just listening

  34. Day 128
    1) getting to know Olivers personality
    2) talking to my mom
    3) baking w Henri
    4) more opportunities
    5) my bed
    129
    1) henri at school
    2) laughing w a friend
    3) Starbucks
    4) Joel Osteen
    5) feeling presence of God

  35. Day 130
    1) getting through social anxiety
    2) hubby making dinner
    3) dateline date
    4) helping overs helps me
    5) staying in the moment

    131
    1) breakfast w friends
    2) boundaries
    3) feeling content
    4)my faith
    5) letting go

  36. 132
    1) jam packed day w the kids
    2) intervening and stopping an accident from happening
    3) friends
    4) seeing a friend who Henri grew up with
    5) changing my attitude

  37. 134
    1) more opportunities
    2) good talks w people
    3) nicolas getting to work out
    4) my phone
    5) chocolate
    135
    1) getting a lot of work done
    2) excited about new opportunities
    3) dateline on Thursday!
    4) Henri decorating cookies
    5) watching Henri snuggle w Oliver
    136
    1) long day over
    2) Oliver in pool for the first time
    3) coffee and more coffee
    4) Henri and his friend playing in pool
    5) wonderful dinner made by hubby
    5)

  38. 137
    1)Horrible day but only happened once
    2) helping someone
    3) chocolate
    4) left overs
    5) keeping car clean
    138
    1) yoga
    2) thrift shopping
    3) Henri playing in the dirt
    4) Ollie sleeping
    5) feeling much better

  39. 139
    1) went to playmobil and Kids loved it
    2) more opportunities
    3) getting organized
    4)feeling accomplished
    5) my sweet Ollie
    140
    1) school for Henri
    2) rain
    3) laundry
    4) nicolas helping
    5) my writing

  40. 141
    1) made it through the day!
    2) my bed
    3) finished review
    4) feeling accomplished
    5) knowing that I can NEVER skip Henris nap again – if I want to stay sane

  41. 142
    1) getting stuff accomplished
    2) chocolate
    3) help from parents in law
    4) mom coming
    5) aromatherapy
    143
    1) celebrations
    2) good girl friends
    3) laundry done
    4) mom will be here in hours
    5) having support

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