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 17 of My Month of Gratitude

For the day that is in it, proud to be Irish, Happy St. Patricks’ Day everyone!!

  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

So it popped into my head as the obvious one for today, but I wasn’t sure if it was kind of for the comedy factor that I was thinking it.

Then I realised that so many of the general things on my list that I am grateful for, the things that we take for granted, are because I am living here in Ireland. I do love our little country. I love the fact that there are no snakes (thank you St. Patrick!) or giant poisonous spiders (#fear) and that our weather is generally quite steady (although that could be questioned a bit the past few years) and that we are a peaceful country overall.

But also the Irish people do seem to be a particularly good sort in general. Oh I know that is a generalisation, and that it is true of some and not true of others. I have seen tourists here in our country looking for help to find something and no-one stopping to help, and we do have loads of mean-spirited horrible people who would be the opposite of a “good sort of person”. I don’t spend much time with people like this, most of my friends and family would definitely be the lovely Irish people you would want to meet. I think though in particular when we leave our country we see it more clearly, how we become even better, more fun lovely and friendly, very helpful and our true colours show.

I would always be proud to say that I am Irish, because I am proud of our country and I am proud of our people. I am not saying we are perfect, and nothing bad happens here, or is done by Irish people here or abroad – because that would not be true. But when you hear what can happen in other countries where maybe there are harder struggles for people to deal with, or the amount of things we have available that we take for granted are not available, I realise again how lucky I am. How lucky I am to be living in my country. I am grateful that I am Irish, and for all the luck of the Irish that comes along with that! 😉 I am sure that people all across the world will feel the same about their own nationality and their own countries, and that is brilliant!

Happy St. Patricks Day! Hope you all enjoy the day, if it is something that you celebrate. As it is here, we are not sure of our plans for the day but the kids all had dress-up days in school on Friday where they wore their green clothes in and had their faces painted with shamrocks, which they all loved! With it being a Sunday, even if it is just a day that you get to spend together and enjoy the little things, I hope you get to do that! x

Day 14 of My Month of Gratitude

This one I’m not sure if its a cheat, lol, seeing as I’ve already counted my children but there is something special about this one that can cheer up your day.

  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

So my little daughter is one, and has the biggest smiley happy face (when she’s smiling and happy, instead of screaming lol!) and it is so wonderful to get the chance to enjoy.

She is supposed to be napping. This is my one little time slot of peace and quiet, when the kids are at school and she takes a nap. But she woke up after a very short nap, just as I sat down with my coffee and laptop. Typical. She was crying as I walked up the stairs, and I was annoyed going up to her too because she was supposed to be asleep for another hour. But I walked in the door and her face broke into this huge smile and she had the happiest loveliest look on her face seeing me. And it made me smile too.

I know how lucky I am to have each of my children, and because I have bigger gaps between each of them than most of my friends (almost 4yrs between each) it means that I have more energy as such to enjoy the little things with each of them. And this baby is my last, and I really want to enjoy every last bit of it. Making her laugh and smile is very easy and so much fun, and it makes me laugh and smile too seeing her reaction.

Yesterday we were in a waiting room of people, and she was smiling and waving at everybody expecting a response from them. And people smiled and waved back. So here you had a group of people sitting there bored waiting for their turn, and all of a sudden they are smiling and interacting with a strangers baby. That is what a babies smile does. It can bring so much joy, even to strangers!

There’s a reason that there are all the different laughing babies videos on Youtube, because seeing a baby laugh and chuckle will make you smile and chuckle along too. I am lucky enough to have my own little laughing baby here and I am so thankful and grateful for having this time with my little woman.

Day 6 of My Month of Gratitude

The next one is easy to guess… the last one was family, the next one is…

  1. My Husband
  2. My Children
  3. My Step-Children
  4. My Step-Grandchildren
  5. My Family
  6. My Friends

My friends….

I feel so lucky to have my friends. I have friends that I have been friends with since I was a young child, from Primary School (7yrs old) and one from before that even, and from Secondary School and College.

I seem to have been able to keep my friendships going over the years even though friendship groups have changed and moved on, I stayed friends with one from each group really. My friends are very close to me, even if I don’t see them very often, I still love them dearly.

A few years ago I was going through a bad patch after having my second child, and none of my local friends had children yet. At that stage I realised that I hadn’t made any new friends since college, I had gained two good friends in college but all the rest of my friends I had known since before I was in my teens. I hadn’t made any friends in any job I had worked in, and I had made no mummy friends. I decided when my eldest daughter started school that I needed to find some mummy friends, and I actively tried to talk to mums at the school and made a big effort. One of the mums with a son the same age as mine told me about the local mum and baby playgroup that she went to, and said she’d meet me there if I wanted to go. I was petrified but I sucked it up and I went. And I was so happy I did. It was a lifesaver. It was a life-changer to be honest. I met loads of new mums, and after a while I made friends with some of the mums and progressed to playdates etc. I still am so thankful to that lovely mum. Since my son started school I have made another little group of mum friends which is great too. But my core friends are there still, and pressure free.

For me, my friendships are so important. My friends growing up were very important, I stayed in their houses a lot and know all their families very well. I was very lucky to have those friends when I needed them as a child, and even more lucky to still have them. That saying that “friends are the family you choose for yourself” feels very true for me as I love my close friends like they are family. I always come away from a catch up with a friend feeling good about myself and grateful for having my friends. It is really an area of my life that I am extremely thankful for.