Our Daily Thanks – Day 19

Today would have been an incredibly easy day to just give up and wallow in misery and/or self pity. After a night spent tossing and turning, unable to sleep because of the drainage burning my throat or all of the lovely coughing my lungs were insisting on doing or the fever that kept sending me back and forth between chills and sweats, I was not a happy camper. Couple that with a 2 hour wait at the doctor’s office and the day was a recipe for a very, very grumpy Rebecca.

But one thing that I’ve learned over the past few years is that a thing doesn’t have to be some big, grand gesture for it to be good. My friend Shannan always says that every day there is at least one thing that you do that can be called great. Some days that great thing is simply getting out of bed; on others, it’s something a little grander like volunteering. Regardless, if you can focus on that one great thing that you did, you can use that to guide your day and remember the positivity.

I think that being thankful for things works in kind of the same way. You don’t have to make some huge gesture of thankfulness with a speech extolling the virtues of your partner or how grateful you are for the virtues of the first amendment (though those things are certainly things worth mentioning and worth being thankful for) to experience a moment of thanks. So, today, despite the smallness of this moment, I can say that I am simply thankful that after two hours at the doctor’s office, after the rude receptionist, after the woman who forgot to input my appointment into the system and thereby making my wait time even longer–after all this, I do not have the flu. And for that I am quite grateful.


Our Daily Thanks – Days 17 & 18

Our Daily Thanks – Day 17

Today I was incredibly thankful for the blossoming friendships that Andrew and I are establishing with some people here in town. After a glorious, if a tad strenuous, 4 mile run this morning, we texted our friends and asked them to meet for lunch.  Lunch turned into seeing the site where our house is being built turned into movies and beer and playing with the Wee Baby C. It was a wonderful afternoon, and I was so grateful to spend time with these lovely people and explore new friendships.

Our Daily Thanks – Day 18

Today I am insanely thankful for my pjs and my ratty old oversized sweatshirt. At about ten o’clock last night, I started to feel that scratch in my throat. That, oh God, oh no, oh please no, sort of scratch. So I popped some Zicam and hoped that would be the end of it. Unfortunately, I had no such luck. I spent most of the night tossing and turning because of my burning throat, and I woke up congested, aching, and feverish. After my parents and nephew, who were visiting for a few hours, hit the road for home, I crawled into my baggy-in-no-way-attractive comfort clothes and crashed. Now I feel cuddly and cozy–though that could, of course, just be the fever.

And in the spirit of Real Simple magazine’s #WomenIRL (women in real life) campaign, here’s a glimpse at what the sick Rebecca wardrobe looks like.


Our Daily Thanks – Days 13, 14, 15, & 16

I had some trouble posting from my phone, so I got a little backed up. Here’s a recap of this week’s moments of thanks.

Our Daily Thanks – Day 13

So I was thinking over the day and trying to decide on what to write about, and as I was ruminating, I had a sort of unusual revelation: I was incredibly thankful for the super thin, super fit woman who was killing it next to me at the gym.

Like most women, I’m not super happy with my post-pregnancy body. Things are droopier or softer or much flabbier than I had left them, and with the body image problems I had struggled with pre-pregnancy, it’s been difficult to reconcile my frustrations. To combat those issues, I joined a 10k training program and have several 5k events lined up to help motivate me to get out and get back to running like I was before I got pregnant.

So there I am at the gym, feeling, let’s face it, a little sorry for myself and trying to focus solely on my form in the mirrored walls and not my body, and there’s this woman beside me just killing it on an ab routine, a lifting set, a cardio burst. Cue me feeling even worse about my body and even more frustrated–until I realized that she was sweating bullets, working hard, and possibly even doubting herself the way that I have. And as I worked on my sets, I became increasingly grateful for her because she reminded me that a healthful life is one that requires hard work and determination. Even if I’m starting over with my fitness goals, even if I’m happy with my current body, I have the power to make make changes and create a better self.

Our Daily Thanks – Day 14

Today was an easy one. Despite a year of looking, I still haven’t found a full time job in my career field, which means that my husband is currently our primary breadwinner. Without him, I don’t know where I’d be. Today he worked late, just like yesterday and the day before–and as he will in the coming months because he has a big set of drawings due at work. I’m so grateful to have someone who is truly a partner, who supports me, supports our family and does so out of kindness and a willingness to sacrifice for others. There isn’t much more I could ask for.

Day 15

Today I’m thankful for the kindness of strangers and that a woman reached out to help me out of the genuine goodness of her heart.

Day 16

I am so, so thankful for our pediatrician, who never seems to mind our constant rather frequent calls with questions and who has gone out of her way to help us. I’m equally thankful for every person who staffs that office; they’ve given us a safe space where we feel welcome and comfortable. After my struggles with medical care during pregnancy (let’s just say that I didn’t feel respected), I’m incredibly grateful that we have such a wonderful medical practitioner.

Our Daily Thanks Day 10

Yesterday (because I’m running a tad behind!) we went to a nearby city to spend time with some good friends of mine. I was so excited to see them and spend time with them, and we had so much fun just seeing each other, eating lunch, and playing nerdy board games. I am so thankful to have those four people as friends. They are wonderful, kind, lovely people who I have the privilege of knowing. Here are two of them holding Little Sir.


Our Daily Thanks Days 8 & 9

So last night I definitely fell asleep before I could post my daily moment of thanks. To top it off, I don’t have a nifty photo to go with it, but for Day 7 I’m thankful for new friends and relationships. A new friend of mine joined my running group, and we had so much fun last night! So glad to have her as a running buddy and misery-sharer.

For Day 8 of Our Daily Thanks, I’m so thankful for the staff at Gateway Academy that have taken such excellent care of Cody this week. It’s hard to take your child to daycare and have someone else care for them, but the women at Gateway have made Cody and me both feel welcome and comfortable with leaving him there.

Our Daily Thanks – Day 7

Like most people, my New Years resolutions feature an emphasis on health and fitness. I’m so over this post-baby body. In May of 2013, I ran my first half marathon, and my goal now is to get back to that level of athleticism so that I can run the Disney Princess half marathon in 2016. There are a couple of things that I’m doing in support of that goal–like a year without booze so I can cut empty calories–but the one I’m most excited about is the running group at my local YMCA. We had our first meeting last night, and as I was thinking about things today, I realized how grateful I am that we have this program. In 10 weeks I’ll be doing a 10k in hopes of being half marathon ready by early summer. For now, though, I’m so content to be amongst other people of similar interest and all skill levels. Even though I was at the back of the pack last night, I was among people who were already shouting words of support and laughing together despite being total strangers. It was pretty awesome.


Our Daily Thanks – Day 6


Enough said.

But seriously, today started at about three a.m., progressed to me being puked all over at 5:00am (sigh, my poor boy just had a rough morning), and moved forward from there. It all turned out fine, and this was a great feeling. I paid less than twenty bucks for 3/4 of a tank, and I was so grateful!

Our Daily Thanks – Day 5

Today was a difficult one. After being up all night with the baby boy and having to take him to his first day of day care, it was a long day of general exhaustion and difficult emotions. But tonight when I lay down on the couch, Miss Daisy decided that I needed a good old fashioned cuddle. Nothing quite compares to the sweetness of stretching out with an adorable pup. I’m thankful that she’s always happy to see me.