Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thursday Thanks Tank #115

It's the last day of the year and it's Thursday. I am not feeling thankful today (at all) but I have decided that focusing on thankfulness will help me.

Why am I not feeling thankful? I was supposed to leave with the family to visit friends yesterday and instead woke up to one son throwing up. Since then the virus is running it's course through the family. I am feeling frustrated and sad not be with our friends. There. Glad I got that off my chest. Now on to my thanks tank list. I need it today more than ever.

2009 End of the Year Thanks Tank:

January -Pigtails: January brought me my first opportunity to put my daughter's hair in pigtails. I am thankful for those ouchless pigtail holders and getting to do my daughter's hair.

February- Cub Scouts: I am thankful for the cub scout program. It provides unique opportunities for my husband to do "guy things" with my son and fun activities for mom and son, too. Here's my son with his snake cake we made in February.

March- Recovered Money and a good allergist visit: We were victims of online banking theft (fraud) but we were fortunate to recover the money before it was gone. Also, in March, we confirmed that my 3rd son is not allergic to peanuts like his older brother.

April- Baptism: In April, my oldest son was baptized. This was a special milestone for his faith and our family.

oops!: I just realized I posted this picture on my family blog in April but the baptism really happened in March. Oh well, we were really thankful for it in April.:)

May- Allergic reaction wasn't worse: In May, my son David had an allergic reaction to a cake mix due to his peanut allergy. It could have been so much worse. I am thankful it wasn't. (You can read the story, here: Cake Wreck)

June- Visiting with Family: In June, we got to travel across the country (from Oregon to Tennessee) to visit our families. I am so thankful for the trip. Here's a family picture that was taken in the Smoky Mountain National Park.

July- 14 years: We celebrated 14 years of marriage in July. We went out to dinner at a wonderful local restaurant.

August- Family Camping Trip: We went camping this summer. I am thankful for the wonderment and excitement of the kids as they explored the outdoors. I am also thankful for the quiet moments around the campfire.

September- School: I am thankful for my kids' school. I am thankful for the teachers and staff at the school that have always cared for my oldest and are making special concessions for my second son's food allergies.

October- College Football: I am thankful for college football and the fun we have watching it and routing for our teams. Here's the Alabama/Tennessee halftime photo.

November- Friends: I am thankful for so many friends. We are blessed with friends near and far away and I am thankful for all of them. In November we had a special opportunity to have a weekend away to the Coast with some good friends of ours.

December- Family Time at the holidays: I am thankful for Christmas (and all of the fun holiday celebrations). I am thankful for my family because it is filled with so much love.

Lastly (and really how could I leave this out?), I am thankful for coffee.

Take time to think through 2009 and appreciate the good things in your life. This was a good exercise for me today and I am certain it will bless you, too.



RLR said...

Thanks for sharing your list, even though you were having a rough day. I haven't made any New Year's resolutions yet, but I think getting back on the Thursday Thanks Tank wagon would be a good one. I haven't posted lately because I haven't felt very thankful, either. I've let stress and lack of sleep and end-of-year 'busy-ness' (Halloween, Thanksgiving, birthday, Christmas) take my mind off of all I have to be thankful for. Thank you for inspiring me with your post tonight. And Happy New Year, friend!

Foursons said...

I love that you went through each month- it looks like you had a great year!

I'm so sorry everyone is getting sick. I hope you manage to avoid the stomach bug and everyone gets well quickly!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thankful highlights for the year. What a great activity for New Years. Especially when you are feeling less than thankful for your present circumstances. I hope you have a wonderful weekend at home and that you are blessed for making a wise decision

He & Me + 3 said...

BEautiful. I remember most of these. Why don't I remember the friends picture? Hmmmm
Cute coffee pictures too:)
Happy New Year!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Love the year in review!
I hope you and your family have a very happy 2010!!