Monday, January 14, 2013

Daybook ~ Volume 3

Moments of Gratitude:

Some moments are big while others small.  Yet, they are what I am halting time, rejoice in God for.  These are the gifts, the joydare which I am grateful for:

12. new domino friends to play with

13. little girl giggles held in my arms
14. sitting with my Mom
15. to have passed by 12 days not leaving my house and not going mad
16. sour words overheard, still seeing love shines
17. better than just right, a lunch with my Mom and girls in a restaurant
18. hearing these sweet words, "start physical therapy"
19. sharing the laughter of parenting with my husband

23. that I did a lot of things that I wanted to do before I got married & had kids. (1/3 things I'm grateful about me)
24. early morning snow falling from above
25. my husband beside me
26. startling grace of trusting in Him that my past was still in His plan
27. startling grace of confession
28. startling grace of forgiveness
29. the feeling of home in church



This week is the last of the meals friends or family have given us.  God's timing is really good.  I think I'm about ready to handle some easy meals.  Tonight I have Kristen's chicken pasta bake.  Tomorrow we are going out for birthday dinner.  We'll probably have leftovers in Wednesday.  That will leave my first meal on Thursday, Tacos.  I can sit while making most of that.  I can honestly say, I've been very thankful for our small L-Shaped kitchen.  This design allows for me to back & forth with my left leg sans crutches and now I can balance with partial weight on my right foot.   Friday cheese pizza received, frozen from Papa Murphy's and salad.  MacGyver has Saturday and Sunday covered. 

I did manage a cake today for Henry's baptism anniversary. 


I'm marking the year by with a photo of myself, funny thing is that I think I wore the same thing last year.  Linking up with Fine Linen and Purple.


I'm still working on photo books and a calendar.  I really have to get this going.  My couch time is coming to an end and I should have something to show for my computer time.  I did pick out a few ideas courtesy of pinterest for Valentine's.  We'll tackle that in a few weeks.


Nothing really new here, still reading the following:

The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic ~ Matthew Kelly

The Better Part ~ Fr John Bartunek

Catechism of the Catholic Church ~ a few days behind the flocknote group

Liturgical Living

Thinking ahead to what Lent will look like.  I will do the 40 bags in 40 days.  What size are these bags supposed to be?  Still need to think of things age appropriate for our kids (3, soon to be 5 and 6).
Ideas welcome.

Looking ahead

I think in trial, there comes a time when you are done.  I'm done with this broken leg, done with these four walls, done looking out these windows.  I've followed doctors orders keeping my leg elevated as much as possible.  Frankly, there hasn't been too much of a choice, I couldn't drive and keeping my leg down for any length of time hurt, being on crutches hurt.  But I'm done.  My swelling is low, even after the physical therapy exercises, I'm going to start driving.  I still need crutches but I can have my leg down for a longer period of time now.

Reminds me of when I'm sick there are the days when  you just can't do a thing and then soon enough your so sick of being sick you are going to make yourself better.  Makes sense right?

I'm looking ahead to tomorrow, I'm driving to a drive thru for a vanilla latte, not so hot.  I'm getting dressed, hair make-up.  I might even see if I can get a hair cut.  I'm going out to dinner with my family.  I'm celebrating my birthday doing something other than what I've been doing the last five weeks.

I'm also looking forward to a date with my wonderful husband, a glass of wine and delicious steak or perhaps a nice walleye fillet.

It's so nice to have some of my regular life back, I'm looking forward to it.  Rejoice.

Listening To

Little girls playing store and house, thinking back to my own days like these with my sister.  A humidifier pumping cool moist air into our non-stop furnace running house (today's high is 9, the low was 1 when I awoke).  Wiggles and giggles.
Grateful to have these gifts and this opportunity to Rejoice in the Lord,


  1. Lovely list, my friend! Happy birthday...your card is still sitting on my desk.God bless! Holly

  2. Oh I can so relate to 'there comes a time in trial when you are so done.' Glad you're on the mend, and praying for you to continue healing and getting back to regular life. Blessings +

    1. Thanks Caroline, it's been a slow process. Ready to hit the ground running!

  3. 'there comes a time in trial when you are so done.' Oh yes, I know that feeling well after my emergency c-section. They tell you not to do anything for 6 weeks but there's really only so much I can take of watching the household fall apart all around me. The best day was the first day I was able to be up long enough to clean the kitchen. You look really cute in your outfit. :-).

    1. I know exactly what you mean about the C-sections too (I had three). It was a great day when I could actually make dinner all by myself! Really makes you appreciate the small things!

  4. looks like you know the secret-gratefulnes is the key to happiness

    1. It sure does help to keep track of gratitude, especially in trying times. I think helps otherwise one could fall apart. (I might have had a tear or two.)

  5. Love the outfit! Yay for physical therapy, you're heading in the right direction!!

    As for kids for Lent, we did something last year where they thought of 6 sacrifices/opportunities for good deeds and we wrote them on pieces of paper, and we picked one out of a hat each day. We follow the Sunday = feast day rule of Lent so that's why we only made 6. It was things like "Offer up dessert for those with no food" or "Listen the first time to Mom and Dad" whatever your kids think is appropriate.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions Colleen, this will work perfect. Thank you, I'm going to use it!

      Things are moving along better now. :)

  6. First off... you look fabulous. You're rocking that boot. We and our bum feet/legs huh? Except you're way worse off than me! Mine was only a bad sprain and is "almost there" (I keep telling myself). And now I can drive! And my Mom's been a huge help, so I've been assisted for sure. Hope you're healing quickly.

    So much to think of in this post. So much to be grateful for, huh? Can I be grateful that it's not 9 outside? Boy am I!

    Photo books can be SO overwhelming in thought but SO worth it when done. Doesn't help that I'm a SUPER perfectionist about them. Shaun's still due his from LAST Father's day (it's been a full year) and I planned on finishing it by Valentine's.

    1. Mariajanna, you are way ahead of me in the photobook department! Of my three kids, oldest being 6, only one has received books (two of them). It does take so much time but so worth it.

      Thankful you didn't break a leg. That would have been terrible and it could have put you in a situation more like Jamie Jo had. YIKES!

      Yes, you can be thankful it's not as cold where you are....we had a morning temp today of -7F!!!!

  7. I love your picture, thank you so much for posting it. I am so glad physical therapy has started and you are slowing moving back into the groove. The rest was nice...a change of pace. Time to get up and get back into your normal life. This is always the part of the cold or illness when I say, "Go take a shower and wash your hair, it will make you feel better."

    1. You are very right Jenny, a shower and getting dressed in something nice sure does make everything better. If nothing else, it sure does make everything smell better! Ha ha ha!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I agree! You look fab. Hope you are getting around better now. I know it's a sacrifice to not be able to do what you want to do when you want to do it. Love your gratitude list.

    1. Thanks Colleen! Better everyday now. Just waiting to be on two feet again! :)


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