-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Day 40 of Forty: Sunday Gratitude

You guys. Look at that title. I believe it says Day 40 of Forty. What? I can't believe I kept up with it! I can't believe you kept reading! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.

Why is it not Easter Eve? How are the forty days already over? They're technically not. Usually Sundays are "free days"where people can have some of the things they gave up, so they're not counted. Our family chooses to go straight through, even on Sundays, until Easter.

I can't regret that I blogged on Sundays though, because as I look back, I'm able to read about all of the things I was grateful for. Only a handful of things were blogged about, yes. But each one of them was heartfelt and true to me. I probably will still blog until Easter. That seems to be the right thing to do...

Anyway, Thank you, Thank you for following along on this silly journey of mine. I've said so many times before that my blog is here to enjoy. Here to share with you. Of course it's not a play by play of "real life". You would be bored to death or appalled if you saw the goings-on that occur in our everyday lives.  I've enjoyed beyond measure the opportunity to record my thoughts; even if it's only on a "crazy-momma"kind of blog.

I've loved your supportive, helpful, hilarious and loving comments. I thank each one of you who took the time to let me know my words were read and deserved some sort of reaction. Most of all, I'm so very grateful you came along for the ride :)

Here are my grateful five for this week:

1. Youtube. Man o man, who knew I'd be spending my days with the men of "This Old House"? I'm thankful for all of the videos I was able to watch on everything from putting a wax ring on a toilet to making doors hang straight to shimming a floor for a pedestal sink. Who knew? Not me! But I now know how to do a few more things..I also learned that it is completely okay at times to call a plumber :)

2. That "theatre-like" room. Our family was able to sit down there and watch "The Muppet Movie" together. We were able to microwave popcorn, eat some of our treats and sit in the dark together, watching a $1 Redbox movie. It's moments like that, that bring tears to my eyes. I was either really happy to have my family in one place or I was crying because I knew all of the words to the Muppets theme Song. Who can tell?

3. My sister. Yeah, that's probably an easy one, but I had a full-blown break down on Thursday. The kind where someone hurts you so badly, you not only want to, but need to cry. You want to hide in a corner like you did when you were little, when you thought you could become invisible. My sister was the only person I could talk to about my situation that afternoon. I texted her to ask if she could talk and when I heard the home phone ring and finally heard her voice, I ran up to my room, sat in my closet and cried like a five year old. She had me calmed down in five minutes. The thing is, if I talked to anyone else, I would have had to explain back story and a million other things. For a half hour, she was there; understanding every slurred word I could muster. At the end of that thirty minutes, I was completely better. Not one ounce of me was upset anymore. I couldn't be more appreciative of her words and her love when I need them most.

4. Fresh-Mex Salad and an iPhone. During my afore-mentioned breakdown, the man had brought home dinner. I love when it's his night to "cook" because it's always something that a take-out place creates. Believe me when I say that I am as grateful as if he had slaved over a stove; I really am... From texting my sister in the first place, I had my phone with me in the closet. It started to buzz. Through my tears I looked at the phone and there was a text from the man. It said, "When you are ready, there is a salad outside your bedroom door." Maybe that's why I was feeling better. Maybe I should be thanking the man. Again. If you have read enough of this blog, you already understand why he is my best friend. The fact that I'm thankful for him has to be a blanketed- given from now on.

5. FB friends and a hairdresser. I changed my profile pic this week to one that my girlfriend took of me on Tuesday night. I have had more cute comments and "likes"on that pic than any other I've ever posted. I know that it wasn't because all my grey was finally covered. I know it wasn't because I was in the beautiful lighting of a Denney's. I think that what people might have seen instead, was a silly "hair-shot", taken by my very good hairdressing-friend at 11:00 pm, over hot fudge sundaes and cheesy fries. Let me say that again. Over Hot Fudge Sundaes and Cheesy Fries! Can I get an Amen? I never enjoy getting my picture taken. I never feel like I can genuinely smile if I'm "posing". But I posted that photo because it makes me remember the super-fun night I had with an understanding, extremely funny, equal opportunity chocolate-loving friend. That alone makes me smile. For real.

Happy full-of-Grace Sunday, friends

14 comments:

  1. Wow, has it been forty days already? I guess time does go by fast when you are having fun. Thanks for showing me that there are very useful videos on youtube (like how to remodel a bathroom). Family movie night was a blast - we are lucky to have our little theater room but it feels so much better when it is filled with family laughing and signing along with you. And yes, we are very lucky to have such great family and friends - where would we be without them? Congratulations on reaching your goal, shellybean, I think you are due a free day!

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    1. And that, dear husband, ends your promise to comment everyday. You know how much I appreciate you and all of those silly responses :)

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  2. I have absolutely loved reading your posts. Honestly can say they are one of the first things I look for when I log on. Thanks for making me smile this last month.

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    1. Ann, I loved reading your comments as well. Thank you for sticking around for those LONG 40 days..Keep checking in :)

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  3. I have so very much enjoyed that last 40 entry's. I have looked forward to each one. I feel like you are not so far away and I can peek into your every day life.. You have made me laugh and cry. I have often times spit out my drink with a belly ache from giggling so much. I am glad I could be there for you the other night. You have been there for me and my family countless times. Your friendship has been unwavering and one of the few consistent things in my life. I adore you and your advice. I treasure what we mean to one another. I cannot wait to read more...your words matter...please continue to let us in. :)

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    1. Thank you, sis. You are so special to me; I love that you're always checking in on me. I hate being far away from my family..every time I read your comments, it feels like we were in the same room; even if it was for a short time. Thanks for your support on the blog and understanding how healing it is for me to write :) I love you always..

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  4. here's your amen...AMEN! :) For the record, that picture I took, was of one that is not only beautiful on the outside but equally as beautiful on the inside. Thanks for all your "Blog stories" that let us see more of that beauty! You are a wonderful friend and I truly enjoy are crazy, foil fillin',hair cuttin', yummy eatin', good times! Sorry to hear about your Thursday night breakdown:( My heart ached for you but I was so happy to hear that you have some really wonderful people that you are surrounded by that love you and are there for you no matter what. You truly are blessed and I am so blessed to be considered your friend! Love ya girl!

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    1. Rox, thank you for so many things. I adore you and our friendship. I'm so glad I've chosen people in my world who aren't afraid to eat burritos OR ice-cream after 9 pm. Love you too!

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  5. oops...our not are;)

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  6. Wow. 40 days already? You ROCK Hot Momma!
    I second what everyone else has said about your stories and projects and beautiful creations! I love every single one of them! I laugh and cry and also spit liquids outta my nose when reading your words. (TMI???)
    It makes me feel like we are still living around the corner from each other. Thanks for giving me a peek into your beautiful CRAZY life. <3 ya!

    Your old neighborhood buddy (FF)

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    1. HaHa! NickNack, I always had you reading these posts in the back of my head while writing them. You will always be my forever friend/neighbor/jewelry consultant/TMI-giving/equally crazy girl! <3 you!

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    2. Ahhhh! There ya go! Makin' me tear up! Again!! ;)
      I couldn't sleep and feelin' a bit "moody" so I decided to check back for all your comments. I'm glad I did.
      <3

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  7. Spit outta my NOSE? Um, I meant shooting outta my nose...... Oh never mind...... ;)

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    1. AHAHA. That's my girl. Always making me smile. No grammar correcting, please :)

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