Friday, January 2, 2009


Over the past 10 days I've discovered that it's significantly harder to feel thankful when you're tired. And, I'm not just tired, I'm exhausted. The boys have been sick since 2 days BEFORE the Christmas vacation began On December 21st... with everything from a cold to a cough to croup to an intestinal viral infection. Bumping things back and forth between them. As such, they're not sleeping and neither am I. But, it's times like these when it's most important to think about all the things I have to be thankful for. So, here goes:

[1] I'm thankful that my immediate and extended family members are alive and kicking. I know some who are mourning losses at this very moment. Though the drama that comes with family can sometimes be trying, I'm thankful that we're all still here and that I still have the opportunity to tell them I love them. (I love you guys!)

[2] I'm thankful that bedtime is upon us.... After all, some sleep is better than no sleep at all : )

[3] I'm thankful for my husband's thoughtful Christmas gift and that he's still hanging in there with me and the kids. God knows it's not always easy.

[4] I'm thankful for the beautiful children I was gifted. Like I said, it's not always easy, but they are so easy-going that when the going gets tough, they're still the easiest and most pleasant kids around. Truly!

[5] I'm thankful for new starts and second chances. Not just the New Year but for every moment of every day. Each is an opportunity for me to start all over and to try and do the right thing. Even when I've just messed up... I get to time myself out and start all over again. (Sorry Olivia!)

[Bonus Round: At 46, I sure can feel my body's age more than when I was 26. That said, I'm glad I'm just 46 because I'm thinking 86 has got to feel a lot worse!]

Carpe diem! Take this opportunity to tell someone close to you that you love them.


  1. Hey MaggieMae,

    As a fellow "happy side" stroller, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your blog. I'd also like to commend you for keeping the gratitude going when you are so obviously experiencing a challenging time.

    Keep hanging in there girl! The kids will grow up and there will even be times when you wish they were small again, even for a day.

    Ain't gratitude grand?

    I send you strength and I wish you and your lovely family a happy life.

  2. lovely post once again - always good for some perspective - hope those boys get better MUCH sooner as the girls might say.