Gratitude 

      I found this stunning maple leaf one day as I walked in to work. It’s was glorious day with unseasonably warm weather. 

      I really dislike the change of summer to fall and the bare trees all winter long. But this stunning leaf was a reminder from God that even though things change, there’s always beauty and things to be thankful for. 

      Today I’m thankful for the doctors, nurses and staff caring for my grandmother post-stroke. I am also thankful for quiet Saturdays. Even though the little one has a stomach bug, it has been a blessing to clear off the schedule and stay home with her. At 9, I know my time to snuggle with her are very limited. I blessed by each moment we spend together. 

      What are you grateful for today? Is it family, health, a lite schedule, clean laundry or dirty dishes? I’d love to chat in the comments below! 

      Beautiful hymns 

      We sang one of my most favorite hymns today. I can’t get it out of my head. ✨🎼

      “Lord of all to thee we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise.”

      Our little historic church has great big windows on both sides and beautiful front doors. I love when the weather is warm and the doors are open onto the tiny street. The sun streams in from the large windows. With the congregation singing and the sun shining, I get chills. I can feels God’s presence among us. I would love to record the singing of all the hymns each week and listen in the car or anytime I needed a pick-me-up. Someday I’ll have to do that…

      To see a photo of the outside of my lovely little church, click here

      Have a blessed week!

      Gratitude-June 9th

      This week has been a struggle to keep my head above water. A few times I was close to going under and giving up. I’ve hardly even been able to keep track of which day it was.

      So, today I’m thankful for sunshine. It’s amazing what a little sun on your skin and warm temperatures Read more

      Gratitude May 12th

      The weather is beautiful today. And it’s about time! Bright and sunny with temperatures in the mid-60s. I just came back from a short walk around the office and enjoyed every second of the amazing sunshine!

      We’re expecting a nor’easter tomorrow so I’m thankful for every ray of sun. It’s been a hectic and stressful roller coaster of a week. In the rush of life, I need to be a little more grounded and grateful. 

      Today I’m grateful for sunshine, a healthy grandma who is coming home from the hospital today, and my supportive family. 

      This weekend is Mother’s Day and I’m absolutely looking forward to the sweet card my little girl has made for me and hidden away so I don’t peek. We’re expecting our first honeybees and that’s thrilling! And of course homemade burgers on the grill. 

      Wishing all the mamas out there a beautiful Mother’s Day!

      Gratitude 

      Hockey season is officially over in our household. The snow is melting and temperatures are inching warmer. Spring is here. So many things to be thankful for! 

      But don’t be fooled by the positive upbeat tone of my voice. Though I love the weekends and I love being home with my family but sometimes tempers and attitudes flair. Usually it’s Sunday mornings as we’re getting ready for church. I like to have a relaxing morning but usually we relax a little too much and end up rushed and running around to get ready in time. I can guarantee there will be an issue with appropriate church attire and where those clothes might exist in the house (dirty laundry basket, washer or put away somewhere incorrect). The irony of losing my temper in preparation for church is not lost on me. You’d think by now I’d anticipate these catastrophes and be able to head them off. But no, I am not that organized or self aware. 

      Despite our imperfections and mishaps, I have so much to be thankful for. 

      I am looking forward to:

      Today-family dinner, not having any commitments outside the house. 

      This week: PTA meeting, being able to attend 4H meetings again 

      In the future: warm temperatures! Being outside more. 

      What are you thankful for or looking forward to?

      Aileen

      Saying ‘I love you’

      Do you tell your kids you love them everyday? Do you say ‘I love you’ or do you have something else special you tell them?

      My daughter is an angel. Yes, an angel in the flesh. Let me explain… when I was 7.5 months pregnant, my dear sweet grandpa passed away. He was the kindest, sweetest, gentlest and strongest man. He helped raise me and acted in place of the father I did not have growing up (my dad was tragically killed when I was 4 years old). Grandpa took me fishing, game to every school event and taught me how to drive. I’m crying as I type this…Anyway, this amazing man died at the age of 90 while I was pregnant. Until this point in my pregnancy, Teagan did not move around much in the womb. I secretly and constantly wondered if she was alright because she was not as active as everyone said she would be. That is, until grandpa died. 

      Starting the day after he passed away, and especially from the day of his funeral, my baby girl was in constant motion. She kicked and punched and flipped all around. Maybe it was the emotion stress that was the catalyst for all the movement. I prefer to think that part of my dear sweet grandpa’s spirit became part of my unborn baby girl. 

      So that’s the story of when my baby became and angel. Since the day she was born, Teagan’s name has been interchangeable with “Angel” or “Angel baby”.  Every day, I make sure to remind my little girl that she’s an angel. I thank her for being mine. I tell her that I am so thankful God gave her to me. I tell her that I am the luckiest mama in the world. Our extra special exchange is “I love you to Saturn and back”. 

      I hope these daily expressions of love fill her up. I want them to penetrate into her soul and become ingrained in her. My prayer is that these things will stick with her as she grows and battles the many challenges of adolescence and adulthood. I hope they protect her from the evils of negative peer pressure and society. 

      So how do you tell your kids you love them? Do you have a special word or phrase?

      Aileen