Sunday, February 25, 2007
Grains of Gratitude
Each Sunday I pop over to Michelle's blog to read her "Grains of Gratitude" post. I enjoy it so much, thanks Michelle, that I decided to give it a try myself. I know Michelle wasn't the originator of this meme, can anyone tell me who was so I can stop by their blog to thank them as well?

Okay, here's my list of the things I'm grateful for this past week:

1. I'm grateful that Snuggle Bug seems to be getting over the cold he's had for the past few days. The cold has made him cranky, or maybe it's the fact that he's two now, we can't be sure. :) His good spirits have been restored.

2. I'm grateful for my handi-man husband. Oronzo has been able to do some minor and a bit more major repairs around our home himself, with a couple of trips to Home Depot, rather than hiring a contractor to come in and do them.

3. I'm grateful for my neighbors who look after each other. We've had some minor vandalism here lately (spray paint on mailboxes & lamp posts, outdoor water faucets being turned on in one neighbor's backyard, and some broken outdoor lamp panes). We've all pitched in to repair things and vowed to try to watch over each other's homes.

4. I'm grateful for our dear friends who recently had a baby girl on Valentine's Day. We brought dinner over to them on Friday and I got to hold this precious baby and rock her to sleep while answering parenting questions that they posed to me. Who would've thought that I'd be a mom that others would turn to for advice. It felt kind of nice! :) I guess I have learned a few things raising Snuggle Bug these last 2 years.

5. I'm grateful for the good health of our newest nephew, who was born this past Wednesday. We haven't met him yet (he and his parents and older sister live out of state) but from the pictures we've seen he's healthy and handsome!

6. I'm grateful for the beautiful weather we've had lately. We've been able to take walks outside and play in the sandbox.

7. I'm grateful for the bloggers that stopped by, in response to my We're teetering on the edge of a cliff post, and offered such support, encouragement, and comforting prayers. I can't tell you all how much I appreciate the kindness that our blogging community has to offer. Thank you!

8. I'm thankful for Oronzo's mother. When we told her, in person, that we were moving, she was visibly upset and shocked but she didn't make us feel guilty about our decision. She told us she understood, that she would miss us, and that she and Oronzo's father would most surely come visit us in Nebraska. We feared that she'd express some anger as well, but she was very supportive.

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At 8:40 AM, Anonymous chelle said...

It feels so good to reflect on the week eh? I really enjoyed the Grateful post!
Is the author of the meme!

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Yep it was Christine, of Brady's Bunch, who started this and I see Chelle gave you the link :)

Congrats on the birth of you newphew - how exciting!!

What a great list you have there; glad Snuggle Bug is feeling better and I'm sorry about the vandalism.

At 10:03 PM, Blogger mum2brady said...

Overwhelmed - thanks so much for stopping by my blog and joining in to Grains of Gratitude :) I loved your list! I so enjoy reflecting each week, and reading what everyone else is grateful for too! Glad you'll be joining in!

I have read your blog from time to time and I keep thinking I should join in on some of your other memes :) I, for sure, need to try some of your recipes :)

Thanks again! I hope you have a wonderful week and that Snuggle bug gets completely better :)

At 6:56 AM, Blogger Air Force Family said...

Hi! I'm so glad you joined in on the Sunday Grains of Gratitude. I really enjoy reviewing the blessing from the past week. I sometimes don't realize all the blessings until I reflect upon them.

I'm glad that Snuggle Bug is doing much better.


At 2:50 AM, Blogger Scooter said...

You caused this heathen to cry. May your God/dess bless you and keep you and your Snuggle Bug safe.

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I know exactly how Oronzo's mom feels. It's such a joy to have both my girls near me but when Mandy marries Aaron in June, they'll be moving to the other side of Colorado. They'll be there for the three years he's in graduate school. It's killing me but sometimes we moms have to let our children go. I'm thankful they're moving within driving distance.

Just think how special your visits will be after you and Oronzo have moved.


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