Day 24 {Finally!}

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It was a morning to cherish!

For weeks, I have been unable to sleep because of my back.  So, I would wake at 3am, toss and turn, and then finally get out of bed at 4:30 or 5am.   Yikes.

I have always loved staying in bed on the weekends and enjoying listening to my guys downstairs while I read books.  But that has been no fun lately since being in pain.

Boo!

Today, when I rolled over this morning, this is what I saw!

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Hallelujah!!!!   I was SO pumped, and SO grateful!!

Then, I came downstairs to see this…

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Love it.

What could be a better Sunday morning?

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie

 

Day 23 {also written on day 24}

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I am a competitive gal.

There is nothing that brings out my competitive side more than watching my kids play sports.

You know that contract that they make all the parents sign at the start of the sports season… that might have been made for me.    Just kidding.

Well it might be a tad bit true…

I am not rude or unsportsmanlike, but I am definitely into it.

And I could possibly be one of the loudest parents in the crowd ( second only to my husband!)…

 

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Basketball season started yesterday!

I LOVE watching my boys play sports.  So grateful to be on the sidelines.

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie

Day 22 { written on day 24…}

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I can’t describe how priceless it is to have amazing neighbors.

I am SO grateful to live in an area with such awesome people surrounding us and even more thankful that we share a fence line with possibly one of the most amazing friends and neighbor a girl could have.

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As I drive down my street at night, I feel like we landed here for a reason.  In fact, I know we landed here for a reason.

Great neighbors are such a wonderful part of being home.

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie

 

 

 

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Thankful times 3.. Day 19, 20 and 21

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What a week!

Day 19: 

So nice to have a “go to” restaurant!  Kinda like Cheers, they know our names, our order, and always greet us with a smile.

On the nights when I don’t want to cook, or do dishes, Allans Authentic Mexican Restaurant is “our place”.

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So thankful for a night off!

 

Day 20:

Thank goodness it’s over!!

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Had my epidural steroid injection today and it wasn’t as bad as last time… whew!

I should know in about a week if it will help and give me relief from this back pain…. fingers crossed!!

I am just SO glad it is over!!

 

Day 21:

Everyone needs a little crazy in their life… my crazy (or one of them!) is in the form of a little 18 pound hyperactive, but adorable puppy.

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I mean, look at that face!  Can you believe that she is a complete nut job?

Well believe it! 

She is such a hyper pup, but I love her to bits!  ❤

Thankful for her crazed cuteness today!

Where is your “go to” place?  What is your kind of crazy??

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie

 

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Day 18

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I love a clean house.

It doesn’t happen too often around here, and when it does, it is super short lived.

I love it for the fleeting moment that I have it and today, my house was clean.

Yay!!!

My colorful candleholders look so happy!

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Then tomorrow, about 5 minutes after the troops awaken,  it will all be just like a dream.

But for now, I can smell the clean and there is not a lego in sight.  🙂

What makes you happy?

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie

 

 

Day 17

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Have you ever just looked at something and felt a sense of peace wash over you? 

I bet you are guessing that I have.

Yep.

Last summer we were in California for a family wedding.  It was one of the BEST vacations we have ever had.  We had the privilege to stay at a family members beautiful beach home and spend the week together.  It felt like heaven on earth…

We were downtown cruising through the shops and we came across a little shop with a bunch of eclectic trinkets and of course the boys wanted some little statue of an animal or something.

We got to talking with the shop owner and it turned out it was the 50th year that he had been in business there!  He started talking about some of the pieces in his shop.

When he got to Ganesh  he said he stood for ” Nothing is impossible, everything is possible”.  

I had to buy it.  

He has been sitting on my nightstand ever since.

Since then, I have come across two other  symbols that serve as a reminder to remain balanced simply because looking at them made me feel at peace.

I wasn’t sure what they were… until the other day.

{ I figured if I was starting a collection of them, I should probably do some research and figure out what they were exactly… I mean, I knew they were some type of Buddhist figure, but didn’t know the specifics…}

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They are Gautama Buddha.  What is interesting is that the position of their hands are meaningful.

The Mudra ( or hand position) of the green one is symbolic for “meditation and contemplation” and the dark one is significant for “protection, peace, and the dispelling of fear”

It is so interesting to me that intuitively I chose the figures that would be the most significant to me without even knowing…

Today I am grateful for feeling peace and contentment. 

What brings you peace?

signature Debbie

 

Day 16

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Cuteness Overload!!

I am so grateful for the cuteness in my life.

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Is there anything better than a cutie in his robe making pancakes on a Saturday morning? 

Not in my book…

Just thought I would share the cute with you all ❤

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He also does my french press for me.. what a kid!  ( don’t look at the counter, btw…)

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie

 

 

Day 15

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Oh the projects that would have been easier if I would have known about this amazing stuff!!

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Chalk Paint!!!

This stuff is AWESOME.   No sanding required.

Who Knew???!!!!   ( maybe you did?)

I had a heck of a time painting my kitchen cabinets with traditional paint and wish I would have known about this gem back then.

But now I know!!

I did my table this week and love it!  It is just my style 🙂

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With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie

Day 14

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Somedays just downright suck.

That is not to say that there isn’t a ton of stuff to be grateful for, even on those days.

A year and a half ago I had back surgery for a herniated disc and I have since re-herniated the same disc…

It hurts.  And I am getting grumpy.

Sometimes a girl just needs ice cream.

Delivered by the most handsome guy on the planet ( I might be biased…)

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And flowers!!   Surprise!!

Flowers!  and Ice Cream!!  Yes!!!

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie

 

Day 12 & 13

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Another double whammy for hump day!

 

Day 12

These gals!!

I love going to work and there are two reasons…

  1.  I love helping people
  2. I love the people I work with

I often reflect on how different my days would be and how differently I would feel if it weren’t for these two ladies.

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Most people would find it claustrophobic to share an office with two other co-workers, but for me, it is a big part of what makes my job amazing.

The collaboration with these two wonderful women and how knowledgable and fun they are, makes the days just fly!

So fun to celebrate Jenna’s birthday last night!

 

 

Day 13:

Oh this door and what it means…

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The comfort of my home, my family, my loves, and the end to a VERY long day…

What more is there??

I couldn’t wait to walk through it!

With Love and Gratitude,

signature Debbie