Day 29 of My Month of Gratitude

This one I’m not sure how to phrase in the list… but it is one I’ve wanted to add all week. The short title would be my husband, again, but for a different reason this time…

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. Support
  28. Community
  29. Handy-man Skills
  30. .

As I said the easiest would be to say my husband again. But it is actually also my dad, or myself at times too. But this week it has been my husband time and time again.

At the weekend, my husband serviced my car and changed brakes and things like that. I am thankful that he is able to do it all himself and we save on all labour costs when it comes to the car! This is something I am very grateful for.

At the weekend, my husband did some work on our “extension” thing out the back. We are building a covered patio basically, that we are putting walls on too so that we can use as a dining room for family events. I’m not sure how the room is going to be used in honesty, we both have high hopes for it – but it is a slow slow process, as we haven’t had the funds to buy the materials we need. Last week my husband got some of the timber we need, so he did some of the work starting to build the walls and we were able to put in the windows. So now we have the patio doors (that have been standing there in the middle of the concrete for about a year now!) and two windows and hollow walls! Which is wonderful progress.

It made me realise how lucky we are that my husband can do this work himself, so again we save on labour costs. I was also brought up building things and making furniture along with my dad, so I would always think of how we can build or create a piece of furniture for our spaces and I would think of making it before buying it. I am grateful for this frame of mind, and that I have the resources and the skills (between us all) to make and build what we want and need!

 

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Day 28 of My Month of Gratitude

Today is a special day for my daughter, and for me that my first child is almost finished in primary school.

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. Support
  28. Community

Today is the day of my daughters Confirmation. I’m not going to discuss the religious side of it, because its not really my thing but there are lovely aspects to it that come up from the whole event. There is a lovely family aspect of the day, as it brings family together to celebrate the childs day. There is also a lovely community around the event, particularly between the school and the church. It is lovely when you go to Mass on a Sunday and you bump into a selection of people that you normally would not see. The school put in a lot of work to get the children prepared, and our parents association is hosting a tea and coffee morning after the confirmation mass. The whole day is a lovely example of bringing people together.

Community is a lovely thing to have. Years ago I was in a situation that I was living in a town that I didn’t really want to live in, I hadn’t grown up in a town like it and everyone wanted to know everyone else’s business and I hated it. I remember a day I was in a friends house and we were both giving out about the town and living in it. I realised that day leaving her house that it was a conversation we had had over and over again, and that there were two choices – either make a change, or accept it and be happy with it. I wasn’t in a position to leave the town, my step-children lived here and it was important that their father lived nearby and so I also had to stay here. So I decided to focus on the positive things about the town and one of the main things I focused on was community. That aspect of wanting to know everything about everyone also creates a place where you are known and linked back to the people in the town, and into the town community. That was at least ten years ago, and now I am happy living in the town and focus on the positive aspects of it. The friend I was with that day left the town a few years later and set up a great life for herself in a different town, and it made a huge difference to her. So we both one of each of those options – I got happy with the town, and she got out. It made a huge difference to both our lives. If we had just stayed going over and over how much we hated the town, we would still be giving out about it at this stage and nothing would have changed.

I am thankful for the community that is around us, in the town, in the school, for the kids in the church, in the babygroup and from our friends and family. Community is important, and really does add to the feelings of well being for people.

Day 27 of My Month of Gratitude

This is one that I am so grateful for time and time again!

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. Support

There is a lovely feeling when you are getting ready for an event, and your family and friends realise that this is something that is important to you and your family and they offer their support in their own ways.

Tomorrow is my daughters Confirmation, a Catholic celebration where she confirms her faith in the Catholic church.

I have Atheist friends who have sent a card for my daughter and have been checking in with how all the preparations are going (on my side – as in the clothes and planning!) My step-children have all taken the day off on Thursday, a work day, so that they could be there for the day with their little sister. They have offered help with things for the day. A family member who is definitely not a fan of the Catholic church sent my daughter money, but didn’t want to buy a specific card because she didn’t want to be seen to be supporting the church but did want to support my childs choice.

I notice this support at so many different times of my life, at Christmas, at birthdays and at all events that come up. And it gives a huge warm fuzzy feeling to have so many supportive people and so much support around me. I am really thankful and grateful for the loving support that I have around me.

Day 26 of My Month of Gratitude

Can I choose coffee again?! I love coffee.

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep
  26. Podcasts
  27. .
  28. .

I have become borderline obsessed with podcasts in the last few weeks. I downloaded a podcast player because one of the inspirational people I was following on Instagram (karlhenrypt) had a podcast and kept posting about new episodes. So I downloaded it. And listened to basically a full year of his weekly podcasts, one after the other. I loved them, and the health advice and topics he was discussing and his guests.

When I finished his years worth of podcasts, I then had to go to find other people to listen to. I started with inspirational guests that I had enjoyed on the Karl Henry podcasts, and I am loving the common-sense health advice, nutritional information and scientific research into health that I am hearing about.

My treadmill routine now is I put my ipod in to play the music on through the treadmill and then the earphones to play the podcasts directly to me. Only problem with this is that there are times I would like to write down some of the points they make, but I can work around that. I am loving the fact that I get my quiet time out on the treadmill with no one bothering me, I am getting my exercise in and I am learning things too.

I am loving podcasts at the moment, and I am grateful for finding them! 🙂

Day 25 of My Month of Gratitude

The month is nearly at the end. I love how this month finishes on a Sunday, so it is a neat looking last week and the next month starts on a Monday!

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents
  25. Sleep

Sleep is all I can think of at the moment. Because I did not get enough of it last night. I am exhausted. I am sick so was awake coughing, the baby was up and down all night too, and I am like a zombie today. I was like this yesterday too, but my husband was home so I was able to go back to bed for an hour when the baby did and it made a huge difference. Today I have two kids home sick too, so not an option.

It reminds me though of how grateful I am for sleep on a normal basis. I adore sleeping. I never go to bed in time though, but I love being snuggled up in my bed and asleep and I struggle to get out of bed in the mornings! I really hope that I get back to having good nights sleep again soon, because I love my sleep and I am grateful for the fact that it is generally not a problem!

Day 24 of My Month of Gratitude

 

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping
  24. Grandparents

This one could look like cheating as family is already in there, but on a Sunday morning my father comes and collects my kids for a “Grandad Adventure” and brings them off to do something for a few hours. What they do range from going for lunch and cake, to going to do some work in the workshop, to walking in the forest, finding where a river starts to collecting fruit from bushes. They love their Sunday adventure with Grandad, who they have wrapped around their fingers, and Dad loves his time with them – and I love my Sunday morning without them and usually with just my husband when we make an effort to go and get a coffee together (with the baby!).

I have always felt that grandparents are such an important addition to a childs life. I was so lucky growing up to have my Granny who was there for me always. I cherish that. And I am delighted that my children have great relationships with my mother, my father and my step-mother. My mum minded my eldest daughter when she was small, coming with me and the baby when I was working at events in different areas of the country or keeping her in her house when I was doing office work. It created a great bond between the two of them.

On my the other side, my husbands mum died 6 years ago and it is heartbreaking that they missed out on having the relationship with her. She loved the boys in particular and would have loved my son and sometimes when he is being a bit overlooked by others I wish she was here to dote on him, because she would have. She would have got great fun out of my two cheeky smaller girls because she had a wicked sense of humour and would have really had fun with them. It is such a pity that she is not around for them to have got to know her, or for her to have added another aspect to their lives.

I am so grateful that my children do still have grandparents (including a great-grandmother, my Granny!) around and actively involved in their lives, I am grateful for them and I am grateful for the support that they offer me at times, knowing that there is a safe second home they can be dropped to if I’m not around, or a lift home for them from school. It is the small things in life, and the Sunday Grandad Adventure makes me so happy and grateful.

Day 23 of My Month of Gratitude

If you knew me, you would already know how much the internet and technology are a huge part of my life – but as I write these things out, I am noticing they reoccur in different aspects!

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends
  7. My Home
  8. Our Utilities
  9. Our Health
  10. Education
  11. Coffee
  12. Technology
  13. Being Alive
  14. Baby Smiles and Laughs
  15. Special Occasions
  16. Healthcare
  17. Being Irish
  18. Being a SAHM
  19. Chocolate
  20. Books
  21. Online Recipes
  22. Sunshine
  23. Online Shopping

This is spurred by the fact that on Friday afternoon my daughter told me that the two jackets I had got online for her for over her dress for her Confirmation on Thursday didn’t suit. And then after asking her older sisters for advice, they also felt that the shoes we have for her didn’t suit it.

So that evening was spent online looking at all the different shops and options, and ordering a selection of sizes and styles, paying for express delivery and crossing my fingers that when they arrive they will fit!

I find going anywhere with the four children, and in particular the baby is just impossible. I get stressed in shops, and end up leaving without what I go looking for. So online shopping for me is a blessing. I really am so happy and grateful that it is an option for me, and it really makes my life so easy. And the clothes shopping is obviously one side of online shopping – the online grocery shopping has also been a huge huge help, and the toys and presents shopping online for Christmas, all life savers!