Sunday, September 20, 2009

Habitude Graditude

On Saturday, I had the chance to grab pizza and a brew with my 'rents and the midge.
While the hus was out working another wedding, I just ate and drank
('cause Mom-ing is that easy! ;)
There's something I love about my simple he is and how happy he is.
Every time I see him I can expect a quick quiz of "What's 8x3" because, despite the fact that I'm not in the fourth grade anymore, I'm still his little girl.
He only wears the color blue, waters the lawn because it's relaxing, and won't eat anything that's remotely outside of a cheeseburger or Campbell's soup.
That's just him.
Despite the fact that he is the District Attorney and sees ugly every day,
he always smiles, never yells, and I can always count on him for a cheesy joke.The point is, I have a lot to learn form him.
As he asked me to catch him up on work
(Which by the way is not going well. My company has hit the cut back phase and for 4 weeks now, I've been on pins and needles waiting for the cut myself--)
and he stared at his grandson sneaking him sips of Sprite,
he just simply said,
"I was listening to a Christan radio show and you know what? It was about happiness. The more you focus on the things to be grateful for, the more grateful you'll be. So, think about the happy stuff. I mean, your other option is think about the ugly stuff and you'll just be miserable."
He's right.
He got me thinking.

I sure have been moaning a lot lately--err,um--complaining/moaning a lot
and yah, I need to get it off my chest, but I've been just stewing in it.

So, I'm giving myself a simple challenge.
"They" say that it takes doing something only 7 times for it to become a habit
(I have no idea where I heard that, but I swear it was only 7 times)
so I am going to celebrate the things I am grateful for, for the next 7 days.
We'll start with my weekend.
This weekend, I am grateful...
For my husband's ability to juggle 2 full time jobs and still smile when he comes home.
For "rollie poley" Saturday Mornings ( the hus' special pancakes)
For good conversation and a free meal with my parents!
For technology and having a video chat game night with our friends who live too far away!
That someone trusted my etsy partner and I to complete their wedding invitations (it is always such an honor!)
For my little boy who reaches up to give me kisses, pulls me down to sit in my lap, and who tries new signs every day (we do sign language with him).

What is something you are grateful for from your weekend?
(Shouldn't a Monday always start with an ounce of something happy?! :)


  1. Such a lovely post! Have a sweet day! x

  2. That's a great bit of advice from your dad and a wonderful list of gratefuls! This weekend, I was grateful for having good friends in my life, getting to meet talented women, and having a husband who let's me have the space I need to relax and unwind inorder to be a better mom (we all need a break now and again)!

    :) T

  3. I am grateful that I'm almost caught up on yard work and that my hubby did natalie's presentation with her so that I don't have to!

  4. Loved that post. I totally believe in thinking on the good, although sometimes it is easier said then done.
    I'm thankful for amazing friends.

  5. So true! We have so much to be grateful for. Although, my husband has had 8 hours a week cut, we have every Monday to spend together now. We so needed this. Love the pics. Too cute.

  6. great post!
    I am grateful i didn't wake up with a hangover because....

  7. What a wonderful and thought provoking post! I have to say that as terrible as the recession has been, part of me thinks that it's been a good thing. I see and hear about more and more people being grateful for the little things, the things that matter.

    Your post really touched me and I too have so much to be grateful for, mostly for the things money will never buy...a good man, a good family and good friends.

    BTW, your son is so adorable!!

    Big hugs to you!

  8. It's very good to be grateful... I once heard that any day you wake up on the right side of the dirt, it's a GOOD day. Amen!

  9. First, thank you for the award over the weekend! I loved reading your list and learning more about you!
    Love your dad's attitude especially with his kind of job.
    Today, I'm grateful for dinner in the oven! I actually thought ahead and planned my meals for the week! makes for a happy night and full stomach!

  10. Hey! Your Monday started with me! What a great way to start a Monday ;-)