Monday, September 19, 2011
81. The fact that Will ate a good lunch today. And a decent dinner last night. We've been struggling so much with his appetite and finickiness (is that a word?) that any improvement is enough to sing about.
82. This blog. This blog post. I asked for voices similar to my own and I have both found them and they have found me. This woman is not afraid to be unpopular, to listen to her own mommy voice first and foremost. She won't peddle a "system" to you; she just tells you to listen to your instincts and love your children. Period.
83. The feeling of relief emerging from a period of much personal growth. I just listed to my BF all the ways in which I've changed in the last year and frankly, it is *startling*. But good changes. Lots of them. They didn't come easily, either. (Do they ever?)
84. One of the best weekends we've ever experienced as a family. Yummy meals, lots of cuddle and play, going to church, going to the park, going to the store -- just all the hubbub of life experienced with smiles and laughter and very few upsets and tears. I'm so grateful for all these precious memories.
85. An improved complexion. I was going to buy some Origins products but at the last minute, opted for Mario Badescu products instead. I bought the $15 cleanser, and used a $3.50 off coupon at Ulta and was given a free sample of the collagen lotion, so I got two products for $12, which ain't half-bad, kids! And they have worked wonders. My skin is much improved and *softer*, an added benefit!
86. The book, Jane Eyre's Husband, mentioned in my last post. I "liked" the author on Facebook and ended up in a conversation with her, and she told me how to download free software to read a book on a Kindle for the PC, so I could also take advantage of the Kindle price ($9.99). Although the writing could use some editing (can't help saying it, I'm an editor and always will be), the story is *good* and I like where she's going and how she's filling in the blanks about my much-beloved Mr. Rochester.
87. Reconnecting with friends I once thought were lost to the maelstrom of my divorce. The best things -- and people -- really do survive any test or hardship. (Even if it takes a bit for them to rise to the surface.)
88. A lovely time at church yesterday. Will had a blast in his class, Lucy was held and rocked and loved on for an entire hour by doting grandmotherly ladies, and Marty and I were so blessed by the sermon and shared thoughts about it over our meals yesterday. (Even though they were oft-interrupted thoughts...you don't exactly have deep theological conversations with two toddlers about.)
89. The unmistakable onset of autumn with her plunging temperatures and angled sunlight.
90. Apple crisp.