I love how Facebook has the new feature to share memories from your time line from “this day” in years past. I enjoy looking to see what I posted on this day, last year, and prior years which for me is often as far back as 5 years ago.
As I was preparing myself to write, rereading my blog post from last week, I discovered this Gratitude Blog from Dec 21, 2011.
Today, 4 years later, I will once again create a gratitude post.
I am grateful for…
My life– being alive and healthy with many natural health practitioners in my life for times when I’m not feeling my best.
EFT– Where would I be without out? Who knows? – but I can sure see how far I have come with it!
My husband– Don, my rock, my ‘born-again reinvented self-made man, my best friend, my soul mate, my partner, the most amazing father of our three children, the one who lifts me up and keeps life going when I am stuck. Love you, Don.
My career for the past 23 years as an Occupational Therapist– all the flexibility being an OT has allowed me to have more time with my kids and all the wonderful jobs that I have had in the field, the amazing bosses I have had, and all the experiences and people who I have met over the years! And.. It pays well to and has been our main source of income and at times over the years, our only source.
My family, extended family, friends near and far-new and old- love all of you, everyone who has touched my life in any way, because you have been a part of my life, in any capacity, you have helped shape who I am today. Of course I could go on, yet will save any other thoughts for another post. Deciding to focus on my immediate family for this past. Mom, Dad, Darrin and Michele and families- love all of you!
And now, I share an excerpt from my four-year-old post:
From December 21, 2011
My three wonderful children- Despite my frustrations with them, I am grateful for their strong personalities and sense of who they are. They have taught me far more than I could possibly teach them. I love seeing the world through their eyes and witnessing their life and growth and being a part of their lives. They all have strong passions, feel deeply and have an amazing zest for life. I can’t imagine life any other way than alongside the three of them. They often seem so different from (who) I was as a child, yet, I do see myself in them often and also know they are their own person- each one of them. I have learned to enjoy where they are more and more over the years. This is a good reminder to me to enjoy 14-year-old Harrison, 9-year-old Abby, and almost 3-year-old Jason. For, too soon, they will be older, grown up and no longer living with me.
I am grateful for my children: Harrison, age 18.125; Abby, age 13.875; and Jason, age 6.9583 years.
(someone else recently shared their children’s ages this way and being the math-lover that I am, I had to figure it out for mine!)
I am grateful for finding homeschooling before my oldest entered kindergarten and allowing him to continue to learn at home they way he had been learning since he was born. I am grateful we began this endeavor and so his siblings were born into homeschooling.
Harrison will “graduate from high school” this coming spring. He already has college credit for 4 classes with a 4.0 and another class CLEP credit. He is taking 2 more classes this spring at our local community college, continuing his participation in the dual enrollment program, called “Career and College Promise” here in NC, where he takes classes without class fee and earns highschool AND college credit. It is an awesome program and he had amazing teachers for his first ever experience with school when he first enrolled last fall.
I brag about Harrison and his school success- yet the true reflection of his success is seen in the man he has become. He is a responsible and kind person. He is employed and already has an interesting resume. He found a part-time job which will be flexible with school and doing something he enjoys (most of it). The transition to adulthood is a gradual process, or so it is in my mind, happening in bits and pieces with much continued growth and learning along the way- into the mid 20s or beyond.
I am very grateful that he reaches out to me with his personal life and is open and honest with me. This is how I raised him and am so glad to see it continue through the age of 18. We don’t see each other as much with his busy life and me working outside the home, yet we text often, probably daily and when he is home, he always makes a point to say hello to me. I see this as the . product of living and learning with my children since birth.
When Harrison was born, I discovered a whole new kind of LOVE!
I am grateful for Abby, my only daughter. I have always wanted a daughter from the time I was a child. I suppose it came from my yearning to have a “younger” sister. Her interests have changed over the years from all things pink, tailed, winged and horned to things supernatural, sci-fi and superpowers. As a young teen, she does not like the kinds of shows and movies that I liked at her age, yet I admire her independent spirit and love of science fiction. (I was a big Ray Bradbury fan in highschool). She can put on a tough exterior with her talk of superhero, supernatural and horror shows, yet she also has inspiration phrases posted in her room and loves drawing rainbow-colored drawings on her jeans and also her arms. I enjoy connecting with her over the science fiction shows she introduces me to and enjoys re-watching with me.
It is amazing to see how far she has grown and progressed with her challenges over these past 4 years. She was 9 when I wrote my post 4 years ago and a very difficult time in her life. Things got much worse for her at age 11 and yet she persevered and- wow- when I see all she has done since then, it is truly amazing.
She has always been a strong-minded child, ready for the world. Her older brother developed academic smarts quickly, but Abby always seamed more “street smart”. She knew the names of all the Disney princess even though we only had basic cable and watched mostly PBS. She was born into this world from a natural and quick birth. My “easiest” birth and she latched on to nurse without difficulty. I can still picture her as a young toddler walking over the toys in the living room. No need to go around them or move them, she just walked over them. She always persevered despite obstacles.
She had a personality change with her illness at the age of 8 which continued for several years. Yet, her loving, easy-going yet stubborn nature has been able to blossom once again. She has spent several weekends over the past few years, working at agility trials at her aunt’s place of business/ home. And this year she spend two stretches of time with her aunt’s house alone, no mom or dad. The last time, being 8 days. She worked for her aunt, helping to train dogs and with other business related activities and had some fun time with her aunt. She managed her own meals with food we sent (dietary issues). She took care of herself. If you had seen here Winter and Spring of 2013, you could see how HUGE this is!
I admire her love for animals and passion to work with dogs. I don’t think she ever met a dog that didn’t quickly warm up to her. She has such a loving, tender soul and is a true friend, and I even see this in her love for her brothers, her mothering nature with her younger brother and even for her older brother. Sure, my kids have sibling squabbles, often, more than their fair share- yet, they love each other and this can be seen despite challenging times and a period of a few years when I didn’t know if it was possible for them to get along at all.
It is powerful watching her grow into a woman, and will enjoy seeing where she heads in life over the next four years. And I look forward to reflecting back on this post when she turns 18.
When Abby came into my life, I experienced true EMPOWERMENT!
I am grateful for Jason, my long-awaited jumping bundle of joy!
I knew my family was not complete until Jason was born. We waited a long time to grow our family, waiting until I could financially afford to be home full-time with a new baby. I spent almost a year wondering if I would be able to have another child and worried that I would not.
I am so grateful that Jason came into my life. My first home birth-born in our kitchen, yes, by choice! He began making noise before he was fully born and grew quickly doubling his weight sooner than expected as well as learning motor skills far more quickly then my other two.
We called him “Tigger”. From a young age, he would start moving as soon as he woke up, even before his eyes were open. He had a bouncy seat that he loved. I remember him learning to pull to stand at 6 months and quickly trying to climb onto the chair as he stood. As he learned to walk, he would grab a chair, a laundry basket, whatever was available and use it as a “walker” to assist him in walking across the floor. He walked on his own before he turned 10 months old and soon after was running. He gets a kick out of me telling him how he used to run through the library pulling random books off the shelves.
The first classes we took him to were at a place called, “Romp and Roll”. Yes, gymnastic type play for toddlers. He prefered the free play time to the structured classes. He has an independent-minded spirit which blossomed growing up in an unschooling family. He easily learned to ride a bike at age 5 after riding a balance bike for 2 years. He learned to swim the same summer as bike-riding. His growth happens in leaps and spurts.
Children are a reflection of honesty and truth. And I believe in Jason, this experience is magnified.
He is tough and determined as well as loving and playful. Like his older brother, he takes life and play seriously. He has never been a fan of people he does not know especially in crowds or at least not since the age of about one. Yet, he too is growing and overcoming his anxieties and eagerly awaiting getting to participate in TaeKwonDo again. Something he first did last spring, only participating in class after watching for 8 weeks. He likes to watch and take in thing around him but if there is negative energy, it overwhelms him, as does other people’s energy in general, at least in a busy room or place. Like me as a child, he is non-stop talking at home but quiet and slow to warm up around strangers. Once he gets to know you, you may quickly become his favorite person to talk to!
Having Jason in my life has brought me more JOY!
I used to sign my name proceeded by the words: Peace, love, joy and empowerment. As outlined above, I see how each of my children brought out the meaning of at least one of these words in a powerful way. Meeting my husband and having him in my life has helped me find much Peace within myself.
Today, I am grateful for Peace, Love, Empowerment, and Joy!