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Gratefulness Post... I don't know how to number this :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Well, I haven't posted these in a while... and I have been trying to keep track of them. Shew... I don't know what it is, the new job? The kids' schedules? Bailey's birthday party prep? Dirty house? Laundry? I don't know... I think it might be all of the above. :) Anyway... I'm posting the ones that I have ready and will post some more later this week. I'm not sure anyone wants to read each and every day anyway. :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - Hmm. Today, I have had to think a little more on what I want to post. I had a good day. Nothing was bad about it; it was just busy and a run of the mill kind of day. So, I'm going small. Today, I am grateful for my crock pot. Yes. I know. It sounds silly. But, I am very grateful for it. We had dinner last night and today already cooked when we got home. Dinner on the table about 10 minutes after I get home... I just can't ask for more than that, right?

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - I forgot to write anything down... but every night, I think about how I want to write how grateful I am that my babies sleep together each night. There's nothing sweeter to me than walking in to check on them to see them all cuddled up together sound asleep.

Friday, February 24, 2012 - Tonight, I am grateful for cousins. I drove a couple of hours after work to get Bailey to my cousin's little girl's birthday party. I was tired. I wasn't really wanting to make the trip. But, I had promised my baby girl that she wouldn't miss the sleepover. So, we drove. And, I was so happy that I did. It wasn't only fun for Bailey to get to hang out with her cousins... something that I wish we were able to arrange more often... but it was fun for me, too. I stopped and picked up my mom along the way and we hung out with my cousins, their families, and my good friend, Lisa. It was fun laughing about everything under the sun, watching our little girls all act just like us or completely opposite of us (mainly). It's great to have lifelong friends and family that you can go years without seeing, but can get right back into your old friendships within minutes. Love you girls!

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - Grateful that my baby girl actually took a nap in the car on the way home from Louisa. I don't think that has happened in, well, maybe years. :) And she did it without any whining or fighting it... she just said she was going to sleep and then did. We might have a grown up girl yet. :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - Today, I'm grateful that the kids had friends over to spend the night last night and they didn't get up until 8 a.m. I was fully anticipating a 6 or 7 a.m. wake up from them all... with them demanding pancakes. :)

Monday, February 27, 2012 - Today, I'm so thankful for the sweetest little boy in the world... and for the Christian preschool that is teaching him compassion and prayer. He asked me if we could pray on our way to swimming lessons tonight (it's not that uncommon for Jake to ask, which I have to say completely melts my heart). His prayer had me nearly in tears. One of his friends, C., became a big brother this past week. C's baby brother was born prematurely and is in the hospital. He is looking great, making big strides in a very short time, but my son's teachers have been praying with the kids about it this week. I felt chills when my Jakey prayed, "Dear God, Please make C's baby brother big and strong. Help him feel happy and help him get big. Don't let him be sick anymore, God. He needs to be strong like my daddy. Oh. And, I love you, God. Amen." Maybe I won't complain about that tuition bill ever again.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - Today, I am grateful for sun shining in my work window. I am grateful that I feel so wonderful about my choice to take this job. I feel like I am actually in the right spot at the right time. It feels really reassuring. I'm one week in, already busy, and feeling really good about it all. I'm even more grateful that our macaw (yes, a bird lives at my work, as well as a variety of other jungle animals), decided to not sound like an alarm this morning when I went in. Maybe he's getting used to me. :)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - The extra day for the year! I'd be lying if I said I felt like today was an extra day. Instead, it felt like one of the most rushed days ever! But, I'm grateful for a husband who is able to help me get the kids to and from swimming lessons, school, and all that jazz. Bailey got a last minute invite to go with a friend to an Army Band concert tonight. So, we rushed her home after swimming lessons, she scarfed down some dinner, and off she went. Thankfully, she is easy when it comes to rushing. She multitasks just like me. :)

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - I can't believe it is March. Slightly panicking that Bailey's party is 23 days away and I have done nothing. Eek! Very grateful today for a night without any big plans. Hopeful for a few minutes to catch up on the blog. lol.

Friday, March 2, 2012 - Forever grateful tonight that we did not get hit by one of the tornadoes that plagued our part of the world today. Forever grateful that our school system called school out early so that we could safely have our babies at home in the event that something happened. So grateful for an incredible workplace and co-workers who didn't bat an eye when I said I had to leave to the get the kids. So grateful that Brad's awesome company let him come home early to be safe with us. Incredibly grateful for a good friend who told us we could come to her home and basement if we needed to. So very grateful that the storm practically by-passed us. So grateful that my grandfather's house was somehow protected from the winds that destroyed his two barns and our extended family's home.

Saturday, March 3, 2012 - So completely overwhelmed with gratefulness today. So many homes and lives destroyed in our state. So many people left with nothing. Words simply cannot express how grateful I am to be safe and to know my family is safe.

Sunday, March 4, 2012 - Grateful today for life. Just life in all its simplicity.