Monday Moments of Gratitude #3

Linking up with Simply Shaunacey with her Monday Moments of Gratitude.

Monday Moments of Gratitude

  1. This week I am thankful for healthy parents. My mom had a birthday (73) and she and I had a lovely lunch together. I wanted to take her someplace she hadn’t been to before so I took her to The Brick Restaurant in Avondale. We had a cocktail (it was only 3:00 but it was 5:00 somewhere!) and a mahi mahi sandwich without the bun. It was a special time and I am being intentional about spending time with my parents, realizing that our time together will not last forever.

2. I’m also thankful for my dad who is such a hard worker and at 77 can still outwork any of us! On Saturday, he and I double dug the front flower bed in order to pull up every last Spanish needle runner! Such a pesky weed!! So grateful that he’s willing to help me (and suffer the body aches after! OUCH!)

Before

 

After

Now I need to get mulch and maybe a few annuals to brighten up the space. That was a BIG job!

3. On Sunday some friends who are gifted at gardening (and decorating and throwing awesome parties) came over after church to give us some tips on redoing our backyard. I spent two hours on Pinterest that morning so I knew what I wanted before they arrived and then Andrew suggested great plant ideas and how to reduce our grass and create intrigue. I can’t wait to start! I’m so thankful for them and their willingness to come over and kill spend two hours with us!

4. I’m thankful for Michael’s Uncle Richie. He passed away on Friday and we are so sad! It was a complete surprise! He was healthy and active and not at all showing signs of being sick. We still aren’t sure what happened. We are still reeling at his loss. But as we chatted about him we are so thankful for the times we had with him.

5. I’m thankful for adult children. Even though they come with their own set of difficulties, we are entering a whole new game. One son is home from college for his spring break  and we are discussing everything from politics and who they will vote for (two new registered voters this election!) to documentaries such as Food Inc and Forks Before Knives. He has decided to become a vegetarian as a result of his research. I’m trying to keep an open mind (but I really, REALLY like meat!)

6. And I’ve been thankful for the weather the last few days. It’s been absolutely spectacular!

What are you thankful for?

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I'm a wife, mom, and a homeschool teacher. I'm always behind on housework and paper pile sorting. I'm fond of this crazy life but not of melted cheese. I want to follow hard after God, making each day really count. I like to run, read, cook (and eat!). Thanks for joining along on my journey!

22 thoughts on “Monday Moments of Gratitude #3

  1. I love that we were having birthday lunches with our mama’s on opposite sides of the country! I’m so sorry to hear about your Uncle – will keep you all in my prayers!

  2. Such sweet memories you have made with your parents. I pray you have peace and comfort over Richie’s passing. We have a new voter too; I’m curious to hear who your boys like.

  3. wow can I just say your mom looks freaking fantastic for 73?! wow. I will need all her secrets.
    And holy hanna your dad did an amazing job. That’s a TON of work but it certainly looks great.
    I can’t wrap my head around the idea that you have adult children lol

    Thanks for linking up!!!

  4. Happy belated birthday to your beautiful mom. It’s always so shocking to lose a loved one. I’ll be praying for your family. Also, thank you for the reminder to be thankful for MY parents.

  5. Sorry to hear about your uncle, and I hear ya on the parent thing, mine aren’t much younger than yours, and when thinking about when my grandparent died, I hope that I get tons more time with them! So thankful that they moved closer to us so they are part of the kids everyday lives.

  6. I am so envious of the time you are spending with your parents. How close do you live to one another? I haven’t lived close to home (which has changed since the home of my childhood) since 1980. YIKES! I would love to have mahi mahi and drinks with my mom or garden with my dad (who is no longer living). Good for you to take advantage of precious time. And for recording their stories on your blog.

    1. Thanks Leslie! They live on our same street, about 20 houses down. My brother lives two doors down. We are a pretty tight family. I want to start interviewing my dad too and get his stories down. I realize I have a gift having family so close by and I am trying to make the most of EACH day! Some are better than others.

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