Good morning bloggers, as I type this I realize it may get lost as tomorrow
I am participating in a blog hop, but tomorrow is the last day of
the month and I really want to finish my 30 days of thankfulness.
If you are reading this, maybe you are supposed to and even
if alot of people don't read it I am OK knowing whoever was supposed to read
this did. Make sense? I hope so!
I am sitting here in my house wearing a hoodie and a blanket. I can't get warm, it's been that way for a few days. Yes I have heat in my house,
I fear I am getting sick. Cold, tired, sore throat and a big headache. Hopefully my body will fight it off but meanwhile (29) I am thankful for medicine!I (aka supermom lol) do not have time to be sick.
(I really should color that page- I feel much like the white rabbit's
in Alice in Wonderland "I'm late, I'm late for a very important date". No time, sigh. )
On the last day of November (yes I know it's tomorrow.)
I am thankful for forgiveness.
I am naturally a happy girl.
But injustice will push my buttons and if I am not careful
I could hold onto unforgiveness and it could turn into bitterness.
It took years to let go of the injustice that was done to our
adopted kids. I was angry and rightfully so. A few years back I did a layout venting to the birth parents for what they
did to our kids and how far they have come in spite of what
they suffered. I even did a layout about the really stupid things that
people have said to us because our kids are adopted.
Like "can't you just give them back?"
when we discovered some of disabilities they had or how about
"don't you ever wish you had not adopted?"
in the middle of walmart with my kids in the basket!
OK so it's a work in progress right? I am STILL working on the forgiveness and letting go.
I will never forget the court date to terminate the parental rights for our first kid.
(The court has to terminate the parental rights before there can be an adoption- even if it has been years since they saw their bio parents.)
I was angry (putting it nicely) because of what she did
to him (dad was not in the picture) and because
my child was still suffering years later as a result of her choices.
I was also scared that although she never made
one attempt to visit him, there was a possibility that she could get another
chance to work her case file and try to get him back. I brought a camera, thinking it might be my only chance of getting a picture of her and a waited outside.
But you know what?
She never came.
I thought would be a relief - her not showing, instead I felt outrage!
How dare she not fight for her boy!
Didn't she realize how amazing he is?
Didn't she even care? Who does that!?!
At the same time my heart went out to my son and my rage
quickly turned to sadness. It breaks my heart that
she did not fight for him- the thing I feared most...
Maybe she thought she was doing the right thing for
him by not fighting, I don't know.
But I had to let go of that anger and forgive her.
Without her I wouldn't have my little miracle.
And I am not perfect - I've made mistakes BIG ONES. Who am I to judge?
I can't harbor all that anger for her and love on my child.
My anger for her wasn't hurting her, it was hurting me.
Holding onto it took energy, a lot of it.
I need that energy to chase my kids! LOL!
That day was a life changing experience for me - I didn't realize how much unforgiveness was wearing me down.
So I am thankful for forgiveness (still a work in progress), if you
are holding onto unforgivness I promise you it is a very
freeing experience to let it go. (Even if you have to keep letting it go every time you think about it.)
Do you know how hard it is to blog when the kids are on Thanksgiving break?
Yay school! I'm just saying! So today (27)
I am thankful for a little peace and quiet-
nobody calling my name with all the things they want or need.
A little break is good for me - time to regroup!
I am also (26) thankful for the Internet,
where I have information at my fingertips, I can work from home and catch up with all my favorite people.
Over Thanksgiving break (my kids were out all week) I was reminded of something else (25)
I am thankful for, Saturday Morning chats.
We have a big bed. California King. Which is funny because I am only 5and 1/2 inch and hubby is 5'10. We got this bed when we only had one child - but hubby knew that we would need it. Every time somebody had a nightmare, got sick or just needed to talk they ended up there, sometimes everybody in the house ended up in there! Maybe during a storm or fun times like movie night in mom
and dads room. Snuggling on daddy's day off. Nap times on Sunday afternoons.
And Saturday morning chats and cuddles. (Of course only baby girl calls it that-
the other kids call it Saturday morning chats! I don't know when it started.
The babies (my youngest three) have never been kids that sleep in- no matter what time they go to bed. I have not needed an alarm clock for almost 10 years. But Sat
is the only day I don't have to be anywhere early (except for football season). Before breakfast they come in and chat about their week or whats going to happen
the next week. During the break our "night owl" said "hey mom, we can have
Saturday Morning chats everyday this week!" It's a good thing.
(24) I am thankful for beautiful weather!
It was really weird here- the 70's and 80's over Thanksgiving break!
Defiantly not missing the snow and freezing temps from Colorado!
It has been gorgeous outside... although it does not feel like
fall. On the plus side the kids were having a blast playing outside and hubby
did put up some Christmas lights outside and I got some great pics of the kids!
(23) I am thankful for Grace.
As I drive back from dropping off the kids from school I snapped this
picture and am reminded of this scripture.
It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
I am so glad we have this word to remind us that every day is a new day -
full of possibilities and new beginnings! If you messed up yesterday,
you can start over again today! Each day is full of promise and potential
to be something great! (Even if it is just a little peace and quiet!)
(28) I am thankful for your kind words, I love the comments I have been getting- especially the
ones that include some of your personal lives!
You have really blessed me. Thank you. ((hugs))
((those are cyber hugs - in case you didn't know! LOL!))
I was thinking about what to write about on my blog today.
I know that I am behind on my 30 days and as much as I did not want to
simply list the things this year(I wanted to do at least a paragraph)
life has gotten in the way. Recently a sweet friend suddenly lost her mother to cancer,
perspective changes when something like that happens. Long time readers of my
blog know that a few years back I lost a very dear friend of mine suddenly to C. It brought
back those memories as well. We need to cherish the moments we have with those
we love everyday. So fast forward to (#20) on my things to be thankful for
I am thankful for life.
Along with that (#19 )I am thankful forrelationships- good and bad they shape us into the people that we are. I am grateful for the time spent in them and sometimes (when they were not healthy) when they were over. (Not all friendships are forever-
but I am truly thankful for those as well.)
(#18) I am thankful for art as way to express myself.
Who knew that I would be still be using all those art supplies as an adult!
It has led me to be create in other areas of my life that I am passionate about- things like scrap booking, journaling, photography and cards.
Its not because I was passionate about those things,
but because I am passionate about people I care about
and the relationships that we have. I believe it is so important
to document how you feel about people- encourage them.
I have found art and scrap booking can be very therapeutic when you
are going through something. Sometimes someone else is not ready to hear
what you have to say but you need to get it off your chest. Sometimes you
need to vent, or share something important, maybe get closure and I
can do that through art, journaling, scrap booking. Sometimes someone
is on your heart and you need to express that- hence a card is made.
Which also leads me to you, other bloggers
(and blog readers or stalkers- you never comment but I know you are there! LOL!)
(#17) I am thankful for a community of people I would have never "met"
if it were not for (#16) scrap booking and (#15) blogger.
I would have never started a blog if it wasn't a requirement to be on a
manufacturer design team! (I really am a private person! LOL)
And I would have never taken the leap into blogging if it wasn't
free - after all I didn't really want to do it in the first place, I didn't think I'd like
blogging- putting all your "business" (quoting my 7 year old) out there! But you know
it turned into something great - being able to "meet" like minded people all over the world-
other creative souls and amazing strong women who are going through or have
been through some of the same things I have/am experienced/ing.
I dry embossed it, added gesso,
then added color with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®
Guava, Metallic Melon and Chocolate Gelatos™ and a dry sponge to blend the color.
On top and on the edges I used a black Stampers Big Brush.
The brown felt are rub ons.
I used cream acrylic paint on the edges & splattered it on the album.
I brushed gold Radient Rain from Creative Imaginations
randomly on the inside of the acrylic cover.
I plan to use this album to record all the blessings our family has experienced through
the years - I think it will make a great conversation piece for Thanksgiving day!
Hello bloggers. On the quest for giving thanks this month
I will be honest and tell you I did not find myself very thankful today.
I knew this was going to be a busy week and my head
and stomach were not cooperating with all I have to do to.
Then I saw my post was up on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft blog
and remembered this quote I used on my project.
When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things-not the great occasions- give off the greatest glow of happiness. - Bob Hope
Isn't that true about life in general?
Today I was blessed by going out to breakfast with a friend.
I have another friend coming tommorrow and spending a few days
and we will be going to an all day crop on Friday!
Although the week has been crazy busy (and will continue to be until Friday)
we still have things to be thankful for.
like - fall decorations, the smell of muffins or bread
baking in the kitchen, a package in the mail.
Aspirin (I'm just sayin'!)
A hot cup of chai and a little quiet time in the morning.
Being Thankful on Days 10-13 & first post for Susan K. Weckesser
Monday, November 12, 2012
Hey there bloggers! Three more things I am thankful for...Day 11, 12, 13.
(Not in any order)
11. I am thankful for freedom.
Thankful for the brave and bold men and women of our country
who have and continue to fight for our country and our FREEDOM.
May God bless those who have and continue to serve our country.
12. I am thankful for PROVISION.
I feel very blessed that we have never gone without food or shelter.
God has always provided for our needs,
physically, financially and otherwise.
Even with things we didn't know we needed.
13. ARTSY TALENT
I am horrible at math, numbers, facts, memorization but
I am really good at all things artsy & creative!
Art has opened so many doors in business and social realms that I never
would have thought of! It calms me, helps me regroup and I have met some pretty
awesome people because of it!
Speaking of which today is my first "official" post for the