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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Grains of Gratitude

It's been awhile since I've been able to sit down and do a Grains of Gratitude post; and I do have plenty to be grateful for.

1. I'm grateful we had a safe and uneventful trip traveling from NM to MD; and that we were able to stop and see family along the way. Despite just one rough patch on the road when Lucas just wouldn't stop crying overall it went really well...and the weather was decent with just some strong winds.

2. I'm grateful we all seem to be over whatever stomach virus was going around here (and glad my mom didn't catch it!) Lucas just has a lingering runny nose now, and might possibly be teething, but other than that we're feeling better.

3. I'm grateful Kayla had a great first week of school and seems to have wonderful teachers. She seems to have adjusted really well to the whole transition and comes home from school happy. We still need to have her IEP meeting with the new teachers and therapists and I'm hoping that will go smoothly.

4. I'm grateful I was able to join a MOMS club; there seem to be a lot of kids the same ages as Kayla and Lucas, so that's nice. I'm glad my mom decided to go to the HOOT and HOWL dinner with me on Wed (since she has a Husband Out Of Town I told her to come join us). It was a nice dinner and all the kids were well behaved.

5. I'm grateful for the genuine goodness and generosity of people.
a) A few months ago I participated in a Pay It Forward from LauraJ and she sent a beautiful, soft, baby blanket for Lucas that she made (she's so talented!).
b) I won a set of wine charms from a contest Alisha held. The wine charms were from Danette and she was so sweet to include a bracelet with Kayla's name on it...what a nice surprise.
c) I participated in another Pay It Forward from Tracey and I received my gift this week. She sent a beautiful pair of purple (my favorite color!) earrings and some yummy chocolate from Australia!
d) Last, but certainly not least, Nancy sent me an adorable pair of Fire Truck Soft Leather Shoes all because in a contest she was having I mentioned I would chose these shoes since my sister is a firefighter (I didn't win, but she was generous enough to send me a pair for Lucas anyway!) Thank you everyone!

So now on to the Pay It Forward exchange. How it generally works is the first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a gift from me (it's usually supposed to be handmade, but I'm not creative like that, so mine probably won't be!) You then need to post the Pay It Forward challenge on your own blog and make (or buy) a gift also for your first 3 commenters. The gift can be in any price range and you have 365 days to send it. So you won't know what you're getting, or when you're getting it - just that sometime in the next year you'll get a gift from me! And since I participated in 2 of these exchanges the first 6 commenters will get a gift from me (but remember you have to Pay It Forward too!) If you don't want to participate let me know so I won't count your comment :)

Edited to add: The winner of the Children's Place gift card is Tracey!

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Tina said...

How fabulous! Sounds like you guys had a good week :)

Jessie said...

what a great idea! I'll pay if forward for sure...

Bailey's Leaf said...

I'm so glad that y'all had a safe trip, that you guys are feeling well and that you are developing a circle of friends.


mommaof4wife2r said...

i just wrote a post for this week about finding blessings in my every day life. good work...are you guys done with begin sick yet?

Amy said...

I'd love to participate. I'm on a bit of a blogging break right now but I'll definitely post about it when I start back up (which I hope will be soon!)

Omaha Mama said...

I'm glad things are going so well for you, Michelle. Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.

joan said...

I did a pay it forward right before Christmas and had no takers. I was a little dissapointed and maybe it was the timing because I think it's a wonderful idea. So glad the nasty virus is gone and that you guys are all settled in. Have a great week!

much more than a mom said...

I've seem these and never tried one - would love to, though!

chelle said...

Yay for having so much to be grateful for! I am glad to read that you are settling in.

What a neat concept with Pay it Forward, I like the idea of keeping it going.

Mom24 said...

I'm glad things are going well. I've been thinking of you.

Brent & Jodie said...

Pay it forward sounds like fun! Count me in!!

Kerry said...

My grain of gratitude - I haven't posted, but always checking in with you. I'm glad you are happy in your new digs! :)

Laura said...

Love the pay it forward...very neat!!!

So happy to catch up on your blog, and sweet family...your in our family prayers!!

As far as the delurking...I'm always here lurking :) So happy I found your blog...it's a blessing!

mum2brady said...

Wonderful gratitudes Michelle! So glad that things are settling down for you and that you are feeling better!

I'm so happy that Kayla has adjusted well to the move and her new school is wonderful - I am always so grateful for wonderful schools!!!

The pay it forward idea is wonderful - love it!

Sue said...

That's neat - never heard of it before. :) I'm glad you had a nice night out.