Gratitude

Gratitude Journal #5

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Sam’s 16th Birthday Cake

Today’s Gratitude Journal is going to be a hodge podge of things I’m grateful for.  I have so many things this week that I have enough for another post.  Lucky you, two posts to ignore!

This week, I am thankful for the following, and in no particular order (I write as I remember them):

  1. Rain.  Wow, we have gotten a heck of a lot of rain and wind.  It’s been amazing and beautiful and just what Southern California needed.  I know there comes a point where too much is too much, but I still love it.  I love the gray days and a good reason to wear sweaters and slippers.  I love reasons to stay indoors and hang out without having to be anywhere.  To me, there are no better days than rainy days.  The only regret I have is that we no longer have a fireplace.  We took it out when we did the remodel so we’re reduced to watching a fire on NetFlix. I know, #FirstWorldProblems.
  2. Tea.  Who woulda thunk that I could drink this much tea?  I don’t even really like tea but it’s been a wonderful change from 120 oz of water.  Yes, you read that right.  I’m going to a center to lose weight and they’ve suggested I drink 120 oz of water per day.  For the most part, I’m doing it +/- 8 oz.
  3. My daughter, Madison, who is the sweetest, kindest young woman who will be turning 18 this week.  She is the me I was born to be but didn’t quite make it.  She took every opportunity she’s been given and has run with them.  She initiates scary activities like taking a trip to Italy with her sister during Spring Break.  I was such a chicken shit and Madison is not.  Madison was accepted to her third school this past weekend.  I couldn’t be prouder.
  4. My daughter, Devon, who has put her nose to the grindstone and is working her butt off to make sure that her career in real estate is a successful one.  She does open houses every single weekend and doesn’t cancel them despite crappy weather forecasts.  She shows up, does a great job, and goes home.  Devon is also a great dog mom.  Now that she’s had Brody for a year, it feels like she’s had him forever.  She always wanted a dog growing up and I wouldn’t allow it for the longest time because I knew I would get stuck taking care of it 100%.  I caved nearly 8 years ago and brought Pearl home only to find out that I was right–Pearl is my responsibility.  Fortunately, she’s an amazingly sweet dog that needs about as much attention as a cat.
  5. And, of course, Sam, my third child who has taught me so much this week.  She turned 16 and her special weekend came without any baggage.  She wasn’t expecting anything special for her birthday and was so grateful for what she got.  Sam and I have decided to travel the world when she graduates high school in two years, and I cannot wait to hang out with only her for a solid year.  It’s never been her and I because she’s the youngest.  Sam’s always been the tag-along child, the kid who needed to be awakened prematurely from naps so that we could go get another child. She’s taken everything dished out to her in stride.

This week’s Gratitude Journal was easier to write than any other before.  I could have said so many other things about my girls but I didn’t want to go on and on.  Their accomplishments are many, and that’s all I’ll say for now.

What are the five things you are most grateful for?  What makes you tick?  Who makes your heart beats faster?  Tell me in the comment area below.

Until next week, be safe.

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