Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I Am One Lucky Girl!

I thought about posting this last week, as we arrived home from a fabulous vacation and Easter weekend with my parents, but then I thought, Leigh, type it out and save it for next week. Next week you will be back to work and most likely overwhelmed and saving this will remind you of all of your many blessings, so here you have it:

Today, the morning after arriving home, I am grateful.

I am grateful to my parents for finding such joy in spending time with my children.  For being willing to spend time with just them so Lawn Boy and I were able to:
    * Sneak out to the store for Easter goodies
    * Enjoy a dinner out without having to pay a sitter
    * Enjoy a morning at the beach without children
    * Drive up to spend an extra afternoon with his 90-year-old grandma when 
       she was not feeling up to driving down with his parents for Easter Dinner

I am grateful for how much my children love their grandparents.  On this vacation, they were truly happy. Even Lawn Boy noticed the difference in The Girl.  Not that she is normally an unhappy child, but on this trip, in the warm sun, surrounded by her grandparents, she was truly lit up with JOY. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

I am grateful to my great grandmother for having 9 children and my grandmother for having 6 and instilling in us all that family, no matter how far removed, is still family. With all of those children, we have cousins in every corner! My mother's cousins drove 3 hours to see us while we were there. My mother also hosted a barbecue, inviting my uncle and cousin. My cousin has 3 children whom we rarely get to see and it was such a joy to watch The Boy go off to play cornhole/baggo with his son and The Girl and his daughter run down the street, hand in hand, looking like sisters.

I am grateful to my ex husband. He usually takes the children for a visit during Spring Break, but this year, had a very legitimate reason for not being able to. Because of this, we were able to take a vacation that would not otherwise have been possible.

I'm grateful for technology... really... because it allowed Lawn Boy to facetime with his children who were very far a away.  It also tickles me when LB's son and The Boy facetime and 'text' each other on their Ipods.  Its a joy that they like keeping in touch.  Now The Boy is also connected with his cousin, so they, too can keep in touch.  The Boy has also taken to sending LB goofy texts as well.  So yes, I'm grateful for technology... in moderation.

I'm grateful for concrete vanilla custard with fresh raspberries in a waffle cone after a warm, sunny, day at the beach. ~ I probably don't need to elaborate on that.

I am grateful for more time with Daddy and that Lawn Boy had time with his parents and grandmother, because I know that time is so precious.

I am grateful that my children are such good travelers.  It makes an 11-hour ride in the car far less insane when the children aren't whining in the backseat.

I am grateful that my children know when to behave. Our first day, after such a long ride, we spent the afternoon with LB's family.  There were no other children. They were bored and just wanted to see their grandparents.  We all knew it, but they did not show it. They were so good; playing together, remembering their manners, and trying a respectable amount of the dinner LB's mother had made....

I am grateful, I am blessed, I am happy. I am one lucky girl!


Leigh Powell Hines said...

That is wonderful. And I had I totally forgotten that we share the same name.

Diane said...

So happy for you! :)

Angelwithatwist said...

I am glad it was such an awesome vacation for all of ya'll

The Dose of Reality said...

AW! This is the most joy filled post ever and I LOVE IT!! So thrilled that things are just working out and coming together in a way that is bringing you and your sweet family happiness!! :) --The Dose Girls

Heather said...

I love that you had such an awesome vacation. This whole post just brought a smile to my face. Hold on to these thoughts as you power through to the end of the school year!

torinelson said...

I'm grateful for this post. Made me smile :) We are all a lot luckier than we think!

Michelle Nahom said...

Your post is really uplifting! We all have so many things to be grateful for! I love seeing the bond between cousins too...our kids are the same way. Have a wonderful day!

Andrea B. said...

I love this. It kind of made me cry just a little bit. Sniffles with happy moments for you. xo

Velva said...

Proof that life is indeed good. You are blessed. Now back to the work week that will beat it out of you (smile).


Shell said...

This made me smile. I'm glad you had such a wonderful time!

Ilene, The Fierce Diva Guide to Life said...

This is a wonderful post - I am going to go count my own blessings now - feeling inspired by watching you count yours!

misssrobin said...

What a great post! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. And, yes, you were blessed. I gotta admit, I'm having a tough time focusing on anything other than that custard dessert you described. Yum!

Thanks for sharing your joy. I hope you have a great weekend.

The Little Style File said...

Beautiful post! Visiting from SITS. :)