Red Sunflower

On Tuesday night as I was making school lunches, my thoughts drifted to what I could possibly write about here. Do you ever do that? Think about what you should write on your site? I mean, sometimes posts just write themselves because you’ve had fun on a wine tour or you’ve re-launched your photo site but sometimes you know you need to sit down and write because if you don’t then you’ll forget things that happened or feel frustrated because you need to get something out or you’ll get out of the habit and not know how to start again.

All I could think about on Tuesday night was, “same old, same old”. We’re busy. We’re stressed out. We’re trying to figure out how to balance work and kids and hobbies and life. Tuesday night also saw me sitting on the floor of our laundry room and crying at 10 pm but that’s what happens when you feel like you’re spinning in circles and not getting anything accomplished. I mean, I do get things accomplished and cross them off my list but then it seems like five more things take their place and we’re not even talking about things like laundry and cleaning the bathrooms and GAH. How do families with both parents working outside of the home do it without crumbling to pieces?

We had a great talk after my mini-meltdown and have some concrete plans (and tentative dreams) to get us through the next few months. I still woke up on Wednesday morning dreading the rest of the week because, HI. The List had not disappeared overnight. Funny, that.

I dragged myself out of bed at 6 a.m., managed to pull myself together and grab some food and coffee and get myself to the office by 7 (a.m.)(I move fast). At 7:45, my cell phone rang. Matthew called to tell me that Emily had woken up with an upset stomach and couldn’t stop crying. He had meetings all day and (I like to be home when my kids are sick, and) so I hopped in the truck and came back home. I spent about an hour rubbing her back while she laid on the couch and then she told me she felt better. We still laid low for the rest of the day but she was no longer crying and her appetite returned and she was back to her chatty, happy self.

The down time was good for me as well. I managed to get a few things done around here that would normally be done after the kids are in bed and apart from that I was able to just sit. I was able to see that we really are fortunate to be so busy; many people who want jobs don’t have jobs and while we have our share of stress, financial stress is not one we’ve had to deal with.

This coming Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving (it’s also Columbus Day in the States, but none of my American friends seem to know what the holiday is about. Maybe just an excuse for a long weekend?). How better to take the focus off of me and my (first world) problems than to list what I’m thankful for? Here goes:

I’m married to a man who is not perfect, no, but who is a perfect match for me. He supports our family spiritually, emotionally, physically, financially and all of the other -ially words you can think of.

We have the three most beautiful children on the planet. I’d say, “Three of the most beautiful children on the planet” but I would be lying. My children are at the top of the heap. I’m sure you believe the same about yours. We shall agree to disagree.

We both have employment. Hooray!

We have a lovely home, on an acreage, that backs onto Crown land. A beautiful creek is a mere five-minute walk away. A magnificent lake is but a ten minute drive away. We live in the Promise Land, indeed.

We live in a country that, for $108 per month, we can go to the doctor for any and every reason. Croup, flu, sprained ankles, miscarriage, child birth. Canada RULES.

I can take all three of my kids to the grocery store and not only do they not tear the store apart, I have random little old ladies telling me how great my kids are. (The constant riding them to “BE NICE” and “HAVE GOOD MANNERS” and “IF YOU DON’T LISTEN I WILL THROW YOUR TOYS IN A FIRE” might have something to do with that.

I have the coolest friends ever. Including those of you reading. I’m not blowing smoke up your butt, especially because that visual is making me not thankful.

We have not been impacted by tragedy of any sort. No cancer, no death, no horrible misfortunes. Stating that may cause Murphy and his Law to come into effect, but whatever. I’m thankful.

How about you, friends? I haven’t asked you a question in a while and I’d love to hear your thoughts. What are you thankful for?

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  1. Rebecca October 7, 2010 7:26 am edit

    I am thankful for my God, my partner, our girls, and then all of the other material things.

  2. Sizzle October 7, 2010 7:40 am edit

    Thanks for the reminder of focusing on what I am thankful for.

    The list includes:
    My fartner in crime
    A roof over my head
    Family close by
    Good friends close and far
    Pets
    Health
    Gainful employment
    Financial stability
    Yoga
    Morning tea
    Sunny days
    Music
    Laughter
    .-= Sizzle´s last blog ..Ready- Set- JET =-.

  3. Laura Radniecki October 7, 2010 8:00 am edit

    I’m thankful for my husband, my photography business, my family, the beautiful fall we’ve had so far, and the fact that my favorite holiday season is a few months away. [My bday, Christmas and our wedding anniversary are all in the same month! :)]
    .-= Laura Radniecki´s last blog ..Brooke &amp Ryan – Sartell- MN Maternity Photography =-.

  4. Amanda Brown October 7, 2010 8:01 am edit

    Friends, family, food. The cliched things, I know, but really, they mean the most.
    .-= Amanda Brown´s last blog ..Our House =-.

  5. jenn October 7, 2010 8:08 am edit

    thankful for friends and family, even though they all drive me nuts at times… and thankful for my creative spirit… it keeps me sane…. great post.

  6. Kami's Khlopchyk October 7, 2010 8:08 am edit

    My husband, who is perfect for me, my fabulous boys, my extended family (both in and out laws), good health, good friends, our jobs, our country (it is strong and free) and so many more things that I really should just do my own post and stop hogging your comments section.

    Love this post! Life is busy and hectic and also? GREAT!
    .-= Kami’s Khlopchyk´s last blog ..Photography is for Professionals =-.

  7. Ninabi October 7, 2010 8:09 am edit

    So many things-
    Friends. Horses. Hummingbirds in my yard. My funny and wonderful husband. Facebook. Cell phones.

    Photographs of loved ones long gone. Enough to eat. A roof over my head. So grateful. Life is good.
    .-= Ninabi´s last blog ..One of many wonderful reasons I live here =-.

  8. Ashley October 7, 2010 8:40 am edit

    It’s so nice to be reminded to be thankful, I find far too often I get busy complaining about how crammed our days are, going to work, coming home, kids you know, that I forget to be grateful. Without the things that keep me endlessly busy, my life would be empty and boring.
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Putting it all on the line =-.

  9. Tia October 7, 2010 9:05 am edit

    I am thankful for us having 2 solid well-paying jobs. I’m thankful that we don’t have to worry about money or health insurance. I’m thankful for my 2 kitties that drive us crazy but brighten our days :) Thanks for the reminder to stop and think about the good things in life.

  10. Kristabella October 7, 2010 9:16 am edit

    I’m thankful for my family, my friends, beer and wine, a roof over my head, money in the bank (sometimes) to be able to use to go on trips to see some of my best friends.

    I’m also very thankful that this weekend is the first one I will be home for and have NO PLANS since the first weekend in September. I am really looking forward to it!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..DELTA – Don’t Expect to Leave The Airport =-.

  11. Procrastamom October 7, 2010 9:35 am edit

    Thankful for so very much. My husband who is my best friend, my three beautiful children (you may have the best kids on earth, but I maintain that I have the three best teenagers on the planet!), our saucy-Queen-of-all-things cat, our two steady incomes, a roof over our heads that we may not own, but is a beautiful and comforting place to live, living in the best province in Canada (B.C. FTW!), living in the best country in the world….and yes, affordable, quality healthcare.

    I need to remember all this when my life is spinning off its axis. Thanks for making me stop and think about it.

  12. bethany actually October 7, 2010 10:34 am edit

    Isn’t it funny how sometimes we get caught up in the stress of the everyday and forget how blessed we really are?

    It goes without saying that I’m grateful for Troy, for Annalie, for my mom and dad and brother and all my family and friends who love me.

    I’ve been finding myself thinking lately about how thankful I am for this not-entirely-planned, thus-far-uneventful, healthy pregnancy. If this had not happened when it did, I don’t know if it ever would have happened and I’m already at the point where I can’t imagine not having two kids.

    I’m thankful that Troy has a job that allows me to stay home and concentrate on being a mom, because I think I’d suck at being a mom AND having a job outside the home.

    I’m incredibly thankful that homeschooling is going SO FREAKING WELL this year, and extra-thankful for all my homeschooling friends who have been so generous in answering my many, many questions.
    .-= bethany actually´s last blog ..I think the tree rings will have a beneficial effect on her gymnastics skills =-.

  13. Mrs. Wilson October 7, 2010 10:50 am edit

    I’m DEFINITELY thankful for the FREE (in Saskatchewan) healthcare and the fact that I don’t have to go bankrupt to have a baby.

    We have heaps of the financial stress right now, but we are both blessed to have jobs and a house and we’re never hungry.

    The balance of two working parents? I HAVE NO IDEA. Most days everyone leaves the house by 8am and we get home together between 6 and 7. NOT FUN. But, it’s how we get by and it’s just how it has to be.

    Also, I’m thankful for steak.
    .-= Mrs. Wilson´s last blog ..case =-.

  14. Danica October 7, 2010 11:02 am edit

    You should hire a weekly maid service because if you work full time in a professional office, write several blogs and raise children, it is truly a waste of the precious hours you have left to be scrubbing toilets. And then you’d have another thing to add to your ‘thankful’ list!

    I’m thankful that I live in a day, age, and place where I have full access to the Bible. Being a woman, a person who is not wealthy, not clergy, not highly educated and so on and so on and so on, MOST of the days, ages and places in the history of our planet, I would not have access to God’s word at all, let alone being able to walk into a store and purchase a copy in the translation of my choice, or even look it up instantly on the internet.
    Sorry, I was just thinking about it this morning, and I was astounded by the fact. And I’m so very thankful.
    .-= Danica´s last blog ..Blocked In =-.

  15. Nolita Morgan October 7, 2010 11:49 am edit

    I am thankful for all of God’s blessings in my life: my beautiful family, my very patient and calm husband (I am a stress monkey!), my job, his job, and so many things. Thanksgiving Day (next month for me) is my favorite holiday with good food and surrounded by family… I am hoping that our Little Ones’ birth mom will join us this year and soak up a little of that love from the family…
    .-= Nolita Morgan´s last blog ..Random Act of Kindness or Jedi Mind Trick =-.

  16. Hannah October 7, 2010 1:11 pm edit

    What a great list of things to be thankful for. Sometimes we just need to take a step back in order to really SEE and appreciate all those good things; when life is chugging along at it’s usual frenetic pace, it’s easy to overlook them.

    I know this sounds a bit odd, but I like it when my kids are sick and I take sick leave from work. Like you found, I have DOWN TIME and get things done, and spend QT with my boy(s). Of course it’s horrible when they are really sick, but I like when they are just a bit tired/not quite well enough to go anywhere, and want to snuggle on the couch.
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Reunited =-.

  17. The real LA love story October 7, 2010 1:32 pm edit

    i am thankful for another beautiful autumn season.

  18. Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire October 7, 2010 1:34 pm edit

    Things have been crazy here, I swear someone in our house has been sick since the beginning of September, but I am thankful for the fact that we can go to the doctor because we have excellent health benefits through hub’s work. I am thankful for those friends that are in this little computer of mine. I have no idea how I “found” most of them, but I am glad that I did and I look forward to reading more and more about their lives online.

    ((hugs))
    .-= Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire´s last blog ..I think my children are trying to kill me =-.

  19. vahid October 7, 2010 1:41 pm edit

    I am thankful that I can still make jokes about Canada and you are still cool with them.

  20. Kerri Anne October 7, 2010 1:55 pm edit

    I love that you talk about Tuesday in this post, because my Tuesday was happily punctuated by a conversation with you (and Matthew!), and it was honestly such an important, blessed, part of my day.

    I’m so thankful for you, and your friendship, and for the honest conversations we had/have/will continue having, always.

    I’m so thankful for grace and hope, and the promise of something amazing on the horizon. And now you’ve inspired me to (finally!) post something. Today. Right now.
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..Name Them One By One =-.

  21. Victoria October 7, 2010 5:16 pm edit

    Being alive
    .-= Victoria´s last blog ..Heres The Truth =-.

  22. Marianne October 7, 2010 6:14 pm edit

    I am thankful for grace, hope, family, friends, and tonight – wine.
    .-= Marianne´s last blog ..26×30- Friends =-.

  23. Liv October 7, 2010 6:47 pm edit

    I am thankful for friends, family, and finally having some spring sunshine here in Melbourne! It makes my heart happy.

  24. Kate October 7, 2010 7:53 pm edit

    My son asks lots of questions. The other night, it was about soldiers. “what do they do?” “What is their job?” and “What if they come into our house at night?” His question made me realize in many other places that’s a very valid concern for a four year old to have, and I am thankful for every uneventful, peaceful, and even boring day we have spent together.

  25. Melissa October 7, 2010 8:33 pm edit

    Like you, I’m also desperately fighting to not let the “busy” break me. I try to remember everyday to be thankful for my wonderful family and the fact that I am lucky to have a good job and the opportunity to further my education. God has blessed me with so much more than I could ever have dared to ask for.

  26. Teri October 7, 2010 9:25 pm edit

    I’m thankful for my wonderful husband who is such a great match for me, that we both have jobs and are financially secure, 80º weather today, and your blog to remind me to be thankful.

    I hope there is more “sitting” and less crying in your very near future!

  27. Carrie October 7, 2010 11:51 pm edit

    I am thankful for facebook and this blog for giving me the opportunity to get to know a cousin that distance had taken from me.

    Last Christmas when so many of us were able to be other (you were missed!) we bowed our heads for grace and it was the simple prayer that we learned from our mutual grandma. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place as we all realized that those few words are such a huge tie that binds us together no matter where we are.

  28. LisaDay October 8, 2010 5:31 am edit

    Great list. I often comment on how thankful I am to live in Canada with our fantastic health care.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    I found you on Canadian Mom Blogger.

    LisaDay
    .-= LisaDay´s last blog ..Happy Thanksgiving =-.

  29. amanda October 8, 2010 7:19 am edit

    I am thankful for this post.
    There are so many things going wrong in my life right now. I am overwhelmed by the very number of them. BUT, each of those things has a flip side. For each awful fact of life I am currently enduring there is a blessing to be counted as well.
    You remind me to be grateful for the good things, to remember the bad things are mostly about perspective and that my troubles are certainly not unique ones.
    You have brought back my optimistic inner voice that has been recently silent. I have been letting the darkness rule and neglecting the light. As of this morning – that changes.

    thank you

  30. Sherry October 8, 2010 12:51 pm edit

    I could TELL you what I’m thankful for but I think you’ve inspired a blog post. So I’m pretty thankful for that! ;)
    .-= Sherry´s last blog ..How is this kid eight already =-.

  31. Michelle Julie October 8, 2010 7:19 pm edit

    I am thankful that my 2 1/2 year old has reduced the frequency of her daily meltdowns. I am thankful that La Senza finally brought back their double push-up bra. I am thankful that prohibition ended years ago and I get to reap the benefits. I am thankful that I never took down my Christmas lights from last year. I am thankful my 10 year old still thinks I’m cool, my 7 year old is old enough to take out the garbage and that my 10 month old still likes to be cuddled. And finally, I am thankful that my husband just saved me from the huge spider crawling across my laptop.

  32. Hilary October 9, 2010 6:25 am edit

    I loved this post. I had a meltdown this week as well. I cried at my desk. I cried on my way home when the road I needed was closed. I dragged myself about for two days, until I also hit the reset button. I am so thankful for my amazing husband, my wonderful mom, my sweet cat, who was so sick a few months back and recovered, my great job, fabulous friends, and just the life I am lucky enough to live.
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Four Legged Love =-.

  33. Susan October 9, 2010 8:25 pm edit

    I’m thankful for my health, my husband’s relative health, our two boys who – while they aren’t perfect – are perfect for us, having family close-by and a million small things. I, however, have also found myself on the laundry room floor in tears at the end of a day. I know that I have lots for which to be thankful and it’s good you know too, but that doesn’t erase the fact that some days are harder than others. Hang in there.

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