Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Thank you friends for your suggestions on Monday. I have started with little things, picking my workouts back up, reading a book, and just re-focusing altogether.

I have been reminded though, this week, to be nothing but thankful. Here is why:

Monday night Dad called me and asked to help him send my mom flowers. His job requires him to work out of town for weeks at a time, and my mom is an empty nester getting by with her two dogs and beta fish. I talk to her a lot, and she holds up pretty well but I know she had a little breakdown Sunday night all alone. We got the flowers ordered and she had a great day. But I am reminded, I am not alone.

A blogworld friend at OceanDreams tagged me in a photo contest a couple of weeks back, but between traveling and getting back into the swing of things I forgot all about it. Here are the rules:

* Open my first photo folder
* Scroll down to the 10th photo
* Post that photo and story on my blog
* Tag five friends to do the same

Here is my photo:

This is from when we went to visit my youngest brother play football last fall at ACU. Brooklyn was just a tiny little pup and it was one of the first times my entire family was together since she had been born. The whole crew was there, even Uncle Rob, who is holding her in this picture. The weekend was an awesome memory and this again reminds me to appreciate my family and all their love and support. I was, and obviously still am, SO proud of my little one so sharing her with my brothers is AWESOME.

Lastly, I read the Spohr's blog every day. Sometimes I tell myself not to because it often ends in me tearing up before my next work meeting, but I can't help it. It has forever changed my life and serves as a CONSTANT reminder to just enjoy your days and be grateful. I often think about Heather when I sometimes am losing my patience with Brooklyn, am overtired, overwhelmed, whatever it is...I stop and I think of her and I change my path. I hate that because of her loss I am reminded.

Sticking with my theme, I am reminded now that I must tag 5 friends to carry on the photo stories...have fun!
Brian@ Matheny's


OceanDreams said...

I enjoyed your story and little Brooklyn is so precious! I would be thankful for a little girl like her too. ;)

Oh, and glad you are getting back into the swing of things. Just take one day at a time.

Kelly said...

I hope your mom is feeling better. I'm sure she enjoyed getting the flowers.

Thanks for tagging me! I can't wait to get home and post my photo/story!

Tracy-Girl said...

fun story - and my mom is the same way with how much my dad works right now. It must be so hard being an empty nester after having kids and commotion for so many years. Its nice that you and your dad worked together.

The Redhead Riter said...

Fun pic and nice story.

I'm going to check out all the peeps you tagged.

Have a nice day.

Stopping by from SITS and became your follower today :o)

Shaylen Maxwell said...

Wow! What a neat idea! I will have to do this one too. : )