Ten Things To Be Thankful For

Ten Things of Thankful This weekend, I’m participating in Lizzi’s “Ten Things of Thankful” blog hop! If you’d like to join in, make sure you link up with Lizzi so we can all read what you’re thankful for this week!

1. I’m thankful for my husband, who takes such good care of the girls and I. I could write on a book on the wonders that make up David, but at this moment, I’m specifically grateful that he doesn’t mind helping with doing the laundry and he didn’t say a word when I bought 5 pregnancy tests at the Dollar Tree, even though we’re officially “not trying, not preventing”.

2. I’m thankful for my oldest daughter Lakin and for the sheer joy I saw on her face yesterday afternoon at her 12th birthday party. We stayed up all Friday night decorating her birthday cake — a fondant Pokèball from Pokèmon — plus two dozen Pikachu cupcakes. It was completely 150% worth it! When she saw the cake and cupcakes and decorations and balloons, she squealed with happiness! It was beautiful!

Pokemon Pokeball Cake

3. I’m thankful that my middle daughter has a best friend that she loves to spend time with. It can be rough for Addah — she and Lakin are 17 months apart, which I thought would be wonderful when they were younger. Turns out that, during the tween years at least, it’s way too close for comfort. The girls bicker and fight like a couple of angry cats, so I am ever so grateful that Addah has Hannah (who is so much like her) to spend the night with on the weekend, so she can have that much-needed space away from her older sister.

4. I’m thankful for my home. Yes, it’s small and has a communal front porch/breezeway. Yes, I miss our {also small} old apartment because it was in the country and we could sit outside at night without having to hear others’ conversations. Overall though, I am so very grateful that we have our own place, and that we no longer have to rely on the kindness of friends/family to have a roof over our heads.

5. I’m thankful for Pinterest. When things have been the most stressful over this past year, I head to Pinterest and spend a little while getting lost in the beautiful pictures and crafty project ideas. I’ve been pinning like a wild woman this week — I decided that I must have a pin board for every color of the rainbow — and I’m either making my followers very happy, or I’m annoying them to tears. I hope it’s the former.

6. I’m thankful for the small {but not insignificant} amount of money that I have made via my blog this month. It helped us out tremendously this week, when the billing schedule of one of our larger bills changed unexpectedly. We’d have been up a creek without a paddle if it weren’t for my income. It is small, but it is mighty.

7. I’m thankful for our neighborhood pool. With all the rain, we haven’t gotten to enjoy it as much as we’d like, but it’s so nice to have it on the days when the sun is shining. We’ve all come to look forward to swimming in the evenings when David gets home from work. Blissful!

8. I’m thankful for knitting, for keeping me {mostly} sane for almost 13 years now. My obsession with knitting ebbs and flows with my moods, but when I need that detail work to occupy my manic brain, it never fails me. I’ve finished another pair of socks for David this week and immediately started on another pair. My mom is in line for the next three pairs, so I’ll have busy fingers for a while.

9. I’m thankful that the Dollar Tree sells pregnancy tests for $1 each. I’ll go for a couple months without worrying at all whether I might be pregnant, but that urgent need to pee on test strips while waiting impatiently to find out if my period will show up or not, always comes back. At those times, I’m thankful that I can indulge that hopeful obsession by spending $10 for 10 tests at Dollar Tree, rather than $10 for 1 test at CVS or Target. After all, we all know you can’t trust just one test… nothing is confirmed, either positive or negative, until you’ve seen the results on multiple test sticks.

10. I’m thankful for sweet tea and grilled hot dogs… just because they’re delicious.

What are you thankful for this week?

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • Considerer

    That cake is still awesome. I’m so pleased you shared the reaction with us 🙂

    What a great list! Swimming in the evenings sounds so blissful. Wish there was an open air pool somewhere nearby, but alas, there is none.

    YAY for your blogging money! You star for sorting that one out. Here’s hoping you get plenty more traffic/hits/whatever you need to continue the trend.

    I don’t think we can get pregnancy tests that cheap here. Still, as I won’t be needing any, it doesn’t matter. Good that you can get them 🙂

    • Thanks Lizzi (and thanks for hosting — it was nice to “make” myself sit down and think about all of things I have to be thankful for)! I took a bunch of pictures at the party… just have to get motivated to go through them and upload!

      I don’t have much luck getting pregnant, or staying pregnant, or… dark road, that one. It’s all just wishful thinking that turns to bitter disappointment when the tests are always negative. I don’t know why I’m still putting myself through it, to be honest.

      • Considerer

        That’s part of the idea – mindfully seeking the Good stuff 🙂 They are lovely. (I tend to get backlogs of pics too)

        *hugs* that’s a really tough place to be. One of the reasons I’ve shied away from tests. I had really clear symptoms both times I was, so I figure my body will tell me if it ever happens again. I have one on the shelf, hidden so I don’t look at it or think about it.

  • NIce work on the icing! (How the heck did you get the black lines to be of such consistent width?) very cool looking, I can imagine the fun at the party (“but wait!! the lines are so even” lol …I think that’s why I don’t get invited to too many birthday parties.)

    Very glad you could join us here at the TTofT

    • Thanks Clark! It’s not icing, it’s fondant… basically pure sugar that you can roll out and cut shapes from. It was a LOT of work (probably because it was our first time using it) but so much fun! Everyone was impressed with the cake — heck, I was still impressed with the cake! It was hard to cut into, but oh so delicious when we did. 🙂

  • Dyanne @ I Want Backsies

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who didn’t trust the first pregnancy test and had to pee on a stick a second time, just to make sure!

    • Oh yeah, you’re definitely not the only one! I think it’s a pretty common thing actually; the ladies on my old TTC groups would go through a LOT of tests!

  • christine

    I did not know the Dollar tree had pregnancy tests. While I never took more than one if it was positive, I did if it was negative but I had no signs of starting my period.
    The cake looks great! I was a cake decorator at Kroger, and have done many, many cakes for my own kids, but I’ve never used fondant. I always colored icing and did it the hard way. I may have to rethink that in the future.
    Congrats on making money with your blog!
    Thanks for linking up with us this week!

  • Jak

    Hello there, Heather. I’m swinging by from the 10 Things of Thankful blog hop. I know it may be a day (or two) late, but if you knew me… you’d know this is really early for me!

    Glad you could join this weekend’s link up 🙂

    Sounds like you have a lot to be grateful for. Sounds like you have a great family. I have no children of my own, but I’ve heard about children being too close in age fighting a lot. I imagine being teens is a lot worse than most. Hopefully they grow out of it!

    That cake — barring the embarrassment of knowing exactly what it was prior to reading the post — is pretty amazing. I can imagine the squeals of delight!

    May I ask how you make money via blogging? I’ve heard of Google Ads, but that was about all I know (and very little at that). I see you mentioned knitting and was curious if you’ve ever thought of selling via Etsy? I know a handful of people who have done that in the past, but never knew how well it works. Probably a great crafting community, if nothing else.

    Hopefully you are able to continue linking up with this blog hop!

    I feel like I was saving something for the end of this comment, but have since completely forgotten what 🙁 That is a bummer lol

    Just pretend it was snazzy and sarcastic!

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

  • Joy

    Great list! I really enjoyed reading it! I especially loved the thing about your home. It is so important to feel good and safe and comfortable at home! And wow for that awesome cake!!

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