Sunday, April 01, 2007
Grains of Gratitude

It's time to reflect on the good things of this past week in another "Grains Of Gratitude" post. Grains of Gratitude was started by Christine at Brady's Bunch.

1. I'm thankful that my neighbor, Hetty has her daughter visiting this weekend. Her son is coming next week. Snuggle Bug and I went over yesterday and spent some time chatting with Hetty's daughter. She's so nice!

2. I'm thankful for the opportunity participate in a 3-mile walk to raise money for MS. One of our neighbors has MS and we've watched the painful process of him loosing more and more mobility over the last 2 years. The walk was great! I was impressed by the turn-out and with all the volunteers that made our walk fun and enjoyable! I do believe we'll be doing this again next year.

3. I'm thankful for that Snuggle Bug's swimming lessons went very well this past Tuesday and Thursday! He didn't cry once, in fact he was looking forward to going to the pool. He sat patiently on the step in the shallow end of the pool and waited for his turn with the instructor. When it was his turn, he did everything the instructor asked of him. Sure beats the rough start that he had last week, where he cried the whole time each lesson!

4. I'm thankful that Oronzo is still taking Snuggle Bug to swim lessons. Those lessons started this week. Snuggle Bug had lessons last year (the kind where we were in the pool with him) and this year he's started the kind where he's in the pool with an instructor and not us. The past 2 lessons, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, he's cried nearly the entire lesson. Oronzo has felt discouraged and wants to pull him out. I'm encouraging him to stick it out a while longer, in the hopes that Snuggle Bug will get past the crying stage and move into the learning stage, as he has in the past. We have a pool in our backyard so I really feel these lessons are important!

5. I'm thankful that we may have found a State agency that we like to license us for foster-to-adopt. It's not decided for sure, but there's a chance we may be looking to adopt our 2nd child through the State. More on that next week.

Happy Sunday to you all!


6:58 AM

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Joyful Days said...

What a lovely list.

Still praying for Hetty. Will keep the foster/adoption in prayer for you.

The swimming lessons will pay off.


At 2:08 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I'm glad to hear snuggle bug is enjoying the swimming lessons again!

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Mandalyn said...

I'm glad you had such a good week!

At 3:28 PM, Blogger annie said...

It is so important that you are making sure SB learns to swim! I'm thankful that he is getting used to it!
Annie ♥

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Leann said...

beautiful pictures.just stopped by to say hi.God bless.

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say stick with the swimming lessons too. He will come to love it. You won't be able to get him out of the water before you know it! What fabulous and exciting news on the foster-to-adopt. I will send up a little prayer for you! (((hugs)))

At 7:35 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

I am so nervous about putting Becca in the next stage of swimming lessons, but with another baby on the way I know it will be difficult to go in with her. It is so encouraging to read that although the start was a little rough, Snuggle Bug is enjoying the lessons!!!

w00t for the state adoption news, I look forward to reading more! Sending positive kid vibes your way!

At 11:48 PM, Anonymous nicole said...

Thanks for sharing your gratitude. It makes me grateful for the good things in life too.


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