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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Grains of Gratitude

I can't believe how fast this week went by; like most everyone else I feel like there is such a build-up for Christmas and then before you know it, it's over in the blink of an eye! My mom left this morning and it's so quite around here now - Kayla was looking for her as soon as she woke up. She was here for a week but I wish it was longer -we just live to far away and it sure was nice having her here.

1. I'm grateful my mom and sister were here for Christmas. It was so nice spending that time with them.

2. My sister left on Wed and I'm grateful she had a safe trip back home. I'm glad she was here for a few days as Kayla just loved having her Aunt Kelly here to follow around and bug! If Kelly was in the bedroom with the door shut Kayla would stand at the door saying "Kelly, door shut!" over and over until she opened it - she didn't want her out of her sight!

3. I'm so so grateful my mom was here for a week; it was wonderful having an extra pair of hands around! Nice to have someone else help me out with wiping Kayla's never-ending running nose (which she's had for just over 2 weeks now and its still going strong!), giving her baths, brushing her teeth, making her breakfast/lunch, washing dishes, etc. I could take an uninterrupted shower - heck I even got to soak in the bathtub one night! Again, I wish we lived closer!

4. I'm so grateful to everyone who sent Joe a card and brought some holiday cheer to him. I know he enjoyed going to pick up his mail every day and seeing where all the cards were coming from - and they are still trickling in too...he says a big thank you as well.

5. After Joe deployed I mentioned some of the programs available to the families...one of them is the "Car Care Because We Care" where you can get a free oil change and inspection. I misplaced my certificate to have this done and when I finally found it I noticed it was supposed to be used within 30 days. It was issued in Sep! I'm grateful I was able to go to Family Support and "trade in" my expired certificate and was issued a new one - this time I'll make sure to use it within 30 days!

Wishing everyone a safe New Year!

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MIL said...

Michelle, I'm sure your mom wishes she could have stayed longer and that she lived closer too. I know I wish those things every time I have to leave from a wonderful visit. I think the perfect situation would be for your mom to live on one side of you and Dennis and I on the other :) Now of course you might think that's just a little to close !!LOL!!

Jen said...

It sounds as if your holiday was really a nice one. I'm really glad you had some help...a bath too how wonderful for your tired self....you are so blessed....Happy new Year to you too.

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

I am so glad you got to spend the holidays with family...must have made it easier with out Joe home.

Great that they let you trade in the certificate..and what a great idea too...


Catch said...

how nice that your mom and sister got to come Michelle! The Daddy doll in the post below is so cute! WHat a great idea!

Killlashandra said...

It sounds like everyone had a wonderful time with your family for the holiday. :) It's so nice when that works out. By the time my parents and brother left we'd gotten W.W. to say unca Joe and granma and granpa.

Glad you got a new certificate too. :)

Me said...

That's so great you had your Mum and sis to visit for Christmas!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. :) Have a fantastic New Year!!!


Corey~living and loving said...

so much to be grateful for. :) Help from family is number one!

Omaha Mama said...

How nice to have mom's help this week so that you could get a tiny bit of rest? It's getting to be that time that you need to slow down. I'm so excited for your baby!!! I just have this feeling that it's a boy, do you get that feeling?

I'm glad that Joe enjoyed his cards. You'll have to make him count them and see how many he got!

joan said...

Hi Michelle,

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with your family. I hope you and your family have a Happy New Year. I know you have alot to look forward to in 2008.

Renee's Reading Nook said...

Glad you all had a good holiday! Wishing y'all a Happy New Year!


Mommatude said...

Great list!Glad you all had a merry christmas!!

chelle said...

I am so grateful you had such a wonderful week. It has to be hard with Joe gone ... big hugs!

Julie said...

I am glad you enjoyed your time with your family. You are right it does go by so fast. Probably a good thing otherwise I would have gained 10 instead of 5 lbs. :) Happy New Year!!

smileymamaT said...

Aw, I am glad you were able to have them over. I also just watched Kayla open her Daddy doll, and words just can't describe - wow, what a nice thing that is. My family is so far away but I need to remember that I'm blessed, that my Mom is 30 minutes away and my hubby is upstairs. Sending great bucketloads of hugs and warm wishes for the new year to you and your family.

Kerry said...

What great Xmas pics! I loved her daddy doll. I can't believe Xmas is already over and we're sliding right into the new year....hooray for you though that Joe coming home is right around the corner :):)

PEA said...

How wonderful that you got to have your mom and sister there to spend Christmas with you:-) I remember well how rare being able to soak in a tub was when my sons were little! lol

New Year is a time for celebration of love, of life, of friendship. It's the time to thank God for wonderful friends, and to bring to their lives as much magic as they bring to ours...so here's celebrating our friendship and praying that its magic continues forever. Happy New Year to you and yours dear Michelle! xoxo

Melany aka Supermom said...

I am SO lucky that I have my folks live only 3 km (just over 1 mile) from my home :)

Glad you had your mom there for a while. Happy 2008!

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Happy New Year to you!! I am so glad you got to enjoy the holiday with family. That is so special. I sent Joe a card..but I know he'll receive it after Christmas.

You guys take care!!

Sara said...

Happy New Year to you guys! This will be a great year for you :)


As We Sail... said...

It's nice you had some family with you. That daddy doll is such a great idea, even for kids that don't have a dad in the service.
Hope you have a great new year, and that Joe will be kept safe and be able to spend more time at home.

Mayhem And Miracles said...

Happy New Year Michelle! I spent the past few days with my mom (and dad) as well. Isn't it great how they still comfort even when we are moms ourselves? I'm glad you got that time together. Aunt Kelly sounds wonderful, too.

Anonymous said...

sounds like you had such a nice holiday. I'm sure your Mom wished she could stay longer.Better yet i bet she wishes you lived closer.I know little Kayla misses them both.

Sniz said...

I'm so glad you had such fun with your family, and that Joe will be home soon! I love your grains of gratitude posts!