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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Grains of Gratitude

One more day until we're home! Then I can get back to my regular routine of commenting on all your blogs! That is of course after the week it'll take me to "catch up" being home!

I can't believe we started our road trip 3 weeks ago - in some ways it's gone by fast - it doesn't seem like we've been gone for 3 weeks, but in other ways it has felt like we've been gone forever!

Things I'm grateful for this week:

1. I'm grateful we had a safe, and uneventful, drive from MD to OK. I know Kayla is bored in her car seat (being forced to sit in one place for so long is hard on my child, who never stops moving!). She's been a good trooper though, and we have plenty of DVDs to help pass the time.

2. I'm grateful for the opportunity to meet so many people on this road trip! It's amazing how many other bloggers lived on the route we took! Everyone has been just as I imagined them to be - sweet, kind, generous, funny, and friendly.

3. I'm grateful our next door neighbor (and his son) are keeping an eye on our house and mowing our lawn (because goodness knows, in base housing you can't go 3 weeks without mowing your lawn or you will get written up!) I can't imagine not mowing it for 3 weeks though - it would be seriously overgrown!

4. I'm grateful a guy Joe works with is stopping by to feed the fish, we only have 2, but they do need to be fed!

5. I'm grateful, most of all, for my husband! He humors me and doesn't mind that we stopped to visit all my blogger friends. I think he even enjoyed meeting them as well!

6. I'm grateful that he's such a wonderful father to Kayla; I love watching them together. I could go on and on and make a list about his qualities, but I know I've mentioned them before throughout this blog. And if I've told him once, I've told him a thousand times...he knows how I feel about him, and his parenting skills! He knows I admire him for his patience, and I think he makes such a wonderful dad for our little girl. Happy Father's Day Joe, I love you!

Suffice it to say, Kayla loves her daddy too! Especially when he does fun things like throw her up in the air when they're in the pool! I think if you click on the picture it will enlarge and you can see the expression on her face.

And Happy Father's Day to all the other fathers out there!


Amy said...

Happy Father's Day Joe! I love the picture of Kayla in the air~she looks like she's having a blast. I can't believe it almost been three weeks either. I hope this vacation has left you rested and refreshed. But in reality we all know vacations do't leave you feeling rested! But at least you've had a wonderful time getting to meet so many new friends! Still praying for your safety. Hugs, Amy

K.T. said...

What a happy expression she has on her face!!Happy Fathers day to Joe!!!

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

Happy Father's Day to Joe...sounds like your vacation was great something you truly deserved.

And even better getting to meet many people IRL.


Me said...

Oh the pics of Kayla in the pool say it all.. her expression is so cute!! :)


Nisa said...

Happy Father's Day to Joe!!! Those pics of Kayla in the pool with him are gorgeous. She looks like she's having a blast. Have a safe trip home and then get some rest!
love you!

jotcr2 said...

Happy Fathers Day Joe. I love the pool photos.

Alycia said...

Such beautiful pictures! I love stopping by your blog ! Kayla looks so happy in that pool!Happy Fathers day to your husband!

Stephanie said...

I LOVE that mid air pic. She looks so happy!

L. Noelle said...

I'm so glad you have had such a wonderufl time and that you are so grateful for your husband! For this is what life is all about!

amy said...

what a wonderful photo! Have a safe trip home

Omaha Mama said...

I've caught up now on your posts! It's going to get me into to trouble, I've been reading today instead of unpacking! Just wanted to say hi and that is a great picture of Kala airborne!

PEA said...

It's been so much fun reading about what you've been up to on your trip and how wonderful to have met so many lovely blogging friends:-) Love the pictures, she certainly was having fun with daddy!! Happy Father's Day to Joe...a day late! lol Have a safe trip back home!!! xox

Linda said...

Much to be thankful for Michelle. Hope you all have a happy Father's Day and safe rest of the trip home. I'm sure home is going to look very good after three weeks away. Nothing like sleeping in your own bed.
And I'm with Kayla. I'm not happy sitting in one spot for too long either. Sounds like she's been a real trooper.

Karen said...

It has been fantastic taking 'part' in our vacation. You have met some wonderful folk and it just sounds so God, putting people together, blessing and watching over them. Safe travels home.

AZ Chapmen said...

Hope you had a fun trip when y come back remeber to visit my blog,

Shelley said...

What a wonderful photo of Kayla and her dad. Happy father's day. I am glad that the road trip is going well.

Jann said...

Those pics are so expressive. Perfect father/daughter bonding.

Barb said...

That's just the greatest photo, him tossing her up in the air, Michelle.

I'm amazed how many blogger friends you got to meet on this trip. I can just see you, going down the highway, thinking, OK, now who lives close to where we are right now. LOL

I'm sure being away for three weeks feels like forever. How lucky you are to have friends keeping an eye on everything for you while you're gone, but I know you'll all be happy to get back home. I know Kayla will be happy to say goodbye to that carseat for a while!

Catch said...

You have a wonderful husband and Kayla has a wonderful Father....you are both very lucky gals!!!!

Love the pics of Kayla swimming...she is having such a good time!!!

Im so glad you had a safe trip!! I can imagine how cool it was to meet so many fellow bloggers... You are the only one I have ever met! But you and Joe were exactly as I thought you would be....and I enjoyed meeting you both so much and seeing that precious little gal, who is a babydoll!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Father's Day Joe! I just love the pictures of them together. Kayla looks like she is having a blast! Looks like you had such a wonderful time on your vacation.Can't wait to see more pictures of your vacation.

Rae said...

Happy Father's Day to your wonderful hubby! I love that picture, such a great expression. I'm happy you're enjoying your trip and I hope you make it home safely!

Sandra said...

What a great time you had, and some many wonderful blogger friends you met across the way. :)

Glad you got to do that :)


Overwhelmed! said...

What perfect pictures you've shared for Father's Day!

I've met Joe and he rocks! :) Hope he had a great Father's Day.

Enjoy your remaining time visiting family and friends. Thanks for commenting from afar. :)

Just a little bit of something extra said...

I Love the photos!! Great job catching those wonderful moments.