100+ Days of Gratefulness

~Thankful, Blessed, Grateful~

Back in the day I use to keep a gratitude journal...Everyday regardless of how it played out I would write about one thing that made me happy, I was thankful for or just simply loved...It could be as simple as having a really great dessert or as deep as hearing someone tell me they love me...I haven't done it for years & looking back I feel like I lived with a more grateful spirit when the habit of acknowledging how thankful I should be was made...I truly believe discovering a grateful spirit within you is a major part of living with a Happy Soul...So here's to discovering that spirit within me & what I'm thanking Sweet Jesus for... 

Day 1: Happy Soul Project reached over 50,000 readers...Amazing...Can't believe it really...Thankful for y'all....Humbled by everyone taking the time to read my thoughts, sharing my story & the constant love being sent my way...

Day 2: Big fan of the Cadbury Cream Egg & Mini Eggs...Hello Easter, getting as many of those suckers down my hatch as I can...

Day 3: Spending the day with my little fam... Seeing Noal's excited little face each time he found an egg...
Day 4: April Fools is on me...Noal refuses to take his pj's, slippers or sunnies off to go grocery shopping...Good times...This kid cracks me up constantly...

Day 5: Spending the day with Pip who had the most energy & spunk I've seen yet...Thankful she's gaining & growing & still has enough energy to do this...
Day 6: Reid had 3 bloody appts today...It's hard enough with just her but lugging Noal around too is usually a nightmare...Today, however, he was a Rockstar- He saw an older boy in the waiting room reading a magazine, so of course, he had to do the same...

Day 7: Thankful that my Teacups are bloody fantastic producers..Reid's gained 2 POUNDS in 6 weeks...
Day 8: Noal kissing Reid- nothing melts my heart more...Seriously, how can you not be happy seeing this? Impossible...
Day 9: Watching these two walk hand in hand...Actually, if I'm being honest, made my day more, watching the hubs chase after him majority of the time...
 
Day 10: Having a moment this morning alone with Reid to snug her up...I'm trying to take in these moments when I can just hold her alone, without having to sing Old McDonald or play cars with Noal...Especially with her upcoming heart surgery in a few weeks...

Day 11: Humbled completely by the generousity of people...Just amazing support out there...

Day 12: Big Bad 32...Loved having a moment just with Craig & Pinot Grigio...No judging...

Day 13: I had 2 creme brulee for dessert...And a buttertart- Definately no judging friends- it was a fancy birthday lunch!!

Day 14: Lovely dinner with lovely friends & out of this world mojitos...

Day 15: I definitely still have prego brain or something.... Couldn't think how to spell fifteen for a bit there... Wow, thankful today I guess for spellcheck...

Day 16: Fought the urge to get Taco Bell's Cool Ranch Taco- Those that know me will understand the accomplishment in that...

Day 17: Seeing Pip wear a little hat we bought in Praque on our honeymoon, when babies were just a hope...Happy 4 mths Pip...
Day 18: Seeing the bravest little girl I know, smiling admist being poked & proded all day...Reid Layne you amaze me...
Day 19: Reid’s pediatrician thankfully holding her as I ran down the hospital halls in search of a bathroom to puke...

Day 20: Thankful that only me, Noal & the Hubs got sick & not Reidster...That would have been very, very bad...

Day 21: Mean but kinda funny to watch the Hubs sick...I got the “Pam” call numerous times...

Day 22: Hugging one of my dear friends...

Day 23: The Happy Soul Project shirts my friend Muls made...AMAZING..
Day 24: Reid being such a trooper ALWAYS...And teaching me about patience...

Day 25: Awed by the kindness pouring in my life right now...

Day 26:Waking up with this happy little hooligan...How can you not be happy just seeing his face...

Day 27: Exploring a new city on a beauty day...I use to adore that about living in Europe & being able to visit other cities/countries in minutes/hours...So, I love exploring our new home...Moving here 9 months prego & then having all the issues with Reid- I'm well aware of all the hospitals, specialist, ER rooms...Therefore, today I got pretty excited to go the market downtown, take the hooligans to a new park and discovered a cool coffee shop that makes homemade icecream...I think I'm really going to like our new city...

Day 28: Noal always tries to help me feed Reid & after burp her...Today she let out a big man belch & Noal looked at me shocked & said "scuse"...


Day 29: Pip's been waking up more & more in the night to breastfeed...This is amazing, as it is a sign to get her off that damn feeding tube sooner than later...And she's almost 12 POUNDS...Yippeee

Day 30: Other mum's out there who have babes that have been through heart surgery- Thank you for sharing your stories/advice & thoughts with me...You'll never know how very much this means...Those that truly have been there & done that, you're stories HELP so please keep sharing... 

Day 31: Noal falling asleep reading his animal book- It's killing me that I will have to be away from him in a few days to be with Reid for her surgery/recovery- So, I'm trying to soak in every moment I can with Bubba & he's constantly doing cute things like this... 

Day 32: Anyone & Everyone taking the time to share Reid's story, think about her, send up a prayer, positive thought, well wish, whatever...For me the more people thinking about her the stronger I somehow feel...So, thanks for sharing her story...

Day 33: Just in awe of Reid's strength & content little soul... Full day of test & she's still just happy Pip... Heart surgery tomorrow at 1pm...So, send her all your loving then... 

Day 34: Reid Layne is going to move mountains friends...Beyond thankful for her kicking heart surgery's arse... That's my girl Pip!!!
Day 35: Totally feeling like we got a miracle or won the lottery... One day after Reid's heart surgery we brought her HOME... Just shocked in amazement...
Photo: Day 35: Totally feeling like we got a miracle or won the lottery... One day after Reid's heart surgery we brought her HOME... Just shocked in amazement...
#2: I have so bloody much to be thankful for today but the hug & snug I got from Noal ended this miraculous day perfectly...


Day 36:Just having a minute now to actually see the whirlwind of love that y'all created...The amount of people worldwide thinking about Pip is blowing my mind...I truly believe all that love helped bring her home...So THANK YOU- I'm so very grateful for y'all....


Day 37: Pip having another great day!!! Starting to get sassy when she's hungry now...I caught her smiling in her sleep today... 


Photo: Day 37: Pip having another great day!!! Starting to get sassy when she's hungry now...I caught her smiling in her sleep today...

Day 38Docs couldn't be happier with Pip's recovery.... All signs point to moving onward & upward... Way to go Rockstar..


Photo: Day 38: Docs couldn't be happier with Pip's recovery.... All signs point to moving onward & upward... Way to go Rockstar...
Day 39Pip's all smiles these days...It lights up her whole face...



Day 40
So thankful to sit back & watch my little hooligans back together again...


Day 41Hearing Noal say "Reeee"...Nothing sweeter to this mumma than that...
Photo: Day 41: Hearing Noal say "Reeee"...Nothing sweeter to this mumma than that....

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Day 42: Noal now hums along with me while I rock & snug him before bed....

Day 43: Banana Cream Pie...Period...

Day 44: Felt like a pretty damn special Mumma today...

Day 45: Absolutely thrilled to get my first "Messy" award for MOST LOVING STORY ABOUT FINDING OUT YOUR CHILD HAS DOWN SYNDROME...Check it out HERE....

Day 46: Even though this blog was the hardest thing I've ever written, I am touched that others have found hope/strength or something in it...

Day 47Most days I could list a zillion things to be grateful for but I try to stick to one- However, today I must note two...

1- Pip had a final echo today on her heart as part of her recovery & all is 100% perfect!!!! 

2- Getting this thoughtful handmade blanket in the mail today- so sweet..


Day 48: Hearing Noal finally say I love you...
Day 49: Strongbow Cider.... Hello, long weekend... How are ya?

Day 50: Having my brother, the hooligans Uncle Air here all weekend...
Photo: Day 50: Having my brother, the hooligans Uncle Air here all weekend...
Day 51: Grocery shopping with Noal automatically means he's asking for a free cookie as soon as we walk in...
Photo: Day 51: Grocery shopping with Noal automatically means he's asking for a free cookie as soon as we walk in...

Day 52:The ease & freedom of breastfeeding...
Photo: Day 52: The ease & freedom of breastfeeding...

http://www.happysoulproject.com/2013/05/im-outta-prison-i-feel-so-freeeeeee.html

Day 53Nashville & Deacon, that is all....Not my dog Deacon- I do love this bloody dog too though....Even he can make Pip smile...
Day 54Pip's finally giggling...In her own cooing kind of way...
Photo: Day 54: Pip's finally giggling...In her own cooing kind of way...
Day 55My hubs blue cheese crusted filet mignon...

Day 56Is it wrong that it brought me some unusual joy to see how annoyed my husband was when I bought stuff at garage sales this morning?


Day 58Monday Night Bachelorette....Gotta love that mindless drama...Even Pip is getting in on it..
Photo: Day 58: Monday Night Bachelorette....Gotta love that mindless drama...Even Pip is getting in on it..
Day 59Putting Noal to bed... The ritual we have, those funny little moments between just us, the songs he hums along to & all the snugs... By far one of my favorite moments in Mummyhood...
Photo: Day 59: Putting Noal to bed... The ritual we have, those funny little moments between just us, the songs he hums along to & all the snugs... By far one of my favorite moments in Mummyhood...

Day 60No sleep, numerous things put into the toilet by my toddler, the usual chaos having two under two entails- But, then this makes my whole day...CLICK HERE...

Day 61Noal loving up the cake like it was his job or his bday... Shocker...
Photo: Day 61: Noal loving up the cake like it was his job or his bday... Shocker...

Day 62: The pure joy Noal gets from bubbles...Big "Hooray" with a fist pump...
Photo: Day 62: The pure joy Noal gets from bubbles...Big "Hooray" with a fist pump...
Day 63Baby shower food... Damn it's good eats!!!

Day 64 Shopping with Pip is a delight compared to Noal...EVER...And being honest with myself that coloured jeans just don't look good on me as much as I wish they did...
Photo: Day 64: Shopping with Pip is a delight compared to Noal...EVER...And being honest with myself that coloured jeans just don't look good on me as much as I wish they did...

Day 65So thankful for how far Pip has come in a month & the difference it's made in my life... Can tell y'all I don't miss that anxious, terrified state of mind or that bloody feeding tube...
Photo: Day 65: So thankful for how far Pip has come in a month & the  difference it's made in my life... Can tell y'all I don't miss that anxious, terrified state of mind or that bloody feeding tube... 

http://www.happysoulproject.com/2013/06/one-month-one-heart-one-sassy-baby-girl.html?m=1

Day 66Thank God, Noal is in daycare today... We've been waiting at the docs for close to 2 hrs now...
Photo: Day 66: Thank God, Noal is in daycare today... We've been waiting at the docs for close to 2 hrs now...

Day 67: Sometimes I write & hope that someone out there reads it or looks at life a wee bit differently from it...But, putting it out there you just never know...So, today's thanks is for all those that have sent me a message to keep on writing...Thank you for taking the time to encourage Happy Soul Project...Much love..

Day 68Getting to hug my "oldest" friend today... And seeing her with Noal & Pip...

Day 69Snickers... Y'all don't even want to know how many I took down my hatch the past 2 days....

Day 71: : Most kids love Elmo but fitting mine loves Cookie Monster... Noal picked this out at the store & has been loving it up ever since...
Photo: Day 71: Most kids love Elmo but fitting mine loves Cookie Monster... Noal picked this out at the store & has been loving it up ever since...

Day 72Since the hubs can barely hang a picture properly, I've had to hire a "handyman"... Little did this poor man know that Noal would want to follow him around & get on in there with whatever he was doing...
Photo: Day 72: Since the hubs can barely hang a picture properly, I've had to hire a "handyman"... Little did this poor man know that Noal would want to follow him around & get on in there with whatever he was doing...

Day 74This beautifully written letter- Touched me & I am thankful for it.

Day 75It's 5am so I realize it's early to be noting what I'm thankful for today... I got a lot of day left to live...But, what a way to start the day... While checking on Pip, dead asleep to the world , she had this grin on her face... Come on...
Photo: Day 75: It's 5am so I realize it's early to be noting what I'm thankful for today... I got a lot of day left to live...But,  what a way to start the day... While checking on Pip,  dead asleep to the world ,  she had this grin on her face... Come on...

Day 76Homemade prezzies...Something so damn special about them.

Day 77Just something so freaking cute about a baby, being pushed by a baby in a baby doll stroller...
Photo: A baby in a baby doll stroller kills me with cuteness...

Day 78: Pip's 6 months old today!!! So thankful that we have today after all she's been through ... You amaze me Reid Layne...

Day 79Might just have snagged the best dad around for my hooligans...
Photo: Day 79: Might just have snagged the best dad around for my hooligans....

http://www.happysoulproject.com/2013/06/on-homemade-roll-over-here.html#.Ub4B-vnMB8E

Day 80Although driving to a "gals night" in my minivan felt extremely weird, a lovely evening & great eats...

Day 81: The perspective I have now compared to 6 months ago- How I wish I would have known how I feel today...Or at least saved myself from grieving over the relationship of these two...

Day 82: The amazing feedback from this post- Means the world to me that people actually take the time to read the ramblings in my mind...THANK YOU...

Day 83Thankful that blogging allows you to "create" & truly "challenges" you to learn things you never thought you would...What do y'all think of the new design?

Day 84: Nothing cuter than two toddlers clapping along....Noal & his bud watching Thomas the Train mall show...See it HERE...

Day 85: In order to keep my eyes shut & cuddle Noal in bed this morning I watched 32.96 minutes of Gangnam Style...And PSY retweeted my status....Does that mean I am cool now???

Day 86: Going on a little date with Noal...Just the two of us & icecream...
Photo: Day 86: Going on a little date with Noal...Just the two of us & icecream...

Day 87Proud as a Peacock of my Pip & being in the Down syndrome Posse...

Day 88While writing this post I cried, I tried to be as honest & raw as the words I wrote would let me...But the outpouring of support/comments/shares/messages has me bawling...Thank you for reading, in essence "listening" to me on a day like today & sending so much love my way...Amazing friends..Just amazing.

Day 89: Should have mentioned it yesterday but got caught up in the the bad news regarding Pip...But the good news & something I'm so very thankful for is she's gaining weight like a champ still just exclusively "ninging"- So no fear of that bloody feeding tube coming back....
Photo: Day 89: Should have mentioned it yesterday but got caught up in the the bad news regarding Pip...But the good news & something I'm so very thankful for is she's gaining weight like a champ still just exclusively "ninging"- So no fear of that bloody feeding tube coming back....

Day 90: Still kinda in awe of the vast amount of support/love/hope y'all have given me... It truly amazes me that people all over the world are taking time to read about our story...So, today I'm humbly thankful for YOU!!!! 

Day 91: Had a "being-a-mum-is doing-my-head-in" kinda day...Pip is still sick & now Noal is too!!! Got barfed on 3 times today- Who's jealous? Noal was having a tanti over anything & everything today- from eating all the meatballs in his Italian wedding soup & spazzing out cause there was no more - to crying/whining if I put him down for a second..It's like I'm wearing cling wrap when Noal's sick- glued right to me...But when he bawled over Pip holding his cookie monster I had to just bust out laughing...Her little face & kinda smirk was too much- I tried to capture it...
Photo: Day 91: Had a "being-a-mum-is doing-my-head-in" kinda day...Pip is still sick & now Noal is too!!! Got barfed on 3 times today- Who's jealous? Noal was having a tanti over anything & everything today- from eating all the meatballs in his Italian wedding soup & spazzing out cause there was no more - to crying/whining if I put him down for a second..It's like I'm wearing cling wrap when Noal's sick- glued right to me...But when he bawled over Pip holding his cookie monster I had to just bust out laughing...Her little face & kinda smirk was too much- I tried to capture it...

Day 92: Hooligans feeling much better today & I got to nap with Noal - He's becoming such a bed hog...But Sweet Jesus, I love those snugs...
Photo: Day 92: Hooligans feeling much better today & I got to nap with Noal - He's becoming such a bed hog...But Sweet Jesus, I love those snugs...

Day 93:Lovely little day with family /friends at the beach... Pip's first time in a bathing suit & gotta say this one is pretty adorable...

Day 94: As much as I miss living & exploring abroad, so proud to be Canadian & live in such a beautiful country.... Happy Canada Day Eh?

Day 95This moment....Knowing it was all orchestrated for me in a way... 

Day 96: We brought the hooligans to the zoo...Just about as perfect a day as you can get...Post to come in a few days- Officially on "holidays" this week...

Day 97: Going through all our "vacation" pics from the week...Such simple yet special memories...These are the times I am going to look back at life & just smile...

Day 98: I'm thankful for a husband who cooks amazing meals when we have friends over..And for the lovely friends who come to eat them...

Day 99: This smile...Period...
Photo: Day 99: This smile...Period...

Day 100At times it's a tad annoying, but oh how I really do love this...Noal always wants to be close...So whenever I "ning" / nurse Pip, Noal is either trying to climb on top of me, get my attention or lately he just wants to hold hands....
Photo: Day 100: At times it's a tad annoying, but oh how I really do love this...Noal always wants to be close...So whenever I "ning" / nurse Pip, Noal is either trying to climb on top of me, get my attention or lately he just wants to hold hands....

After 100 days of acknowledging something that made me happy, I was thankful for, or that I loved, I feel like it brought out something in me...I made it my mission each day to really pinpoint my favourite moment- to look for it, create it, seek something out...With the two hooligans in my life it was quite easy, because they bring so much laughter & joy on their own...But I loved really finding that one moment in my day that I wanted to acknowledge as the highlight...

I will definitely be continuing this habit & to see more days after 100 you can find my 

"What I’m thanking Sweet Jesus for one day at a time" 
updates daily on the 


As well as a weekly round-up on the blog as a separate post that you can find tagged or search for under Thanks Sweet Jesus or 100+ Days of Gratefulness...


I challenge you, friends, to try to pinpoint or highlight one thing a day you are thankful for...It doesn't have to be on a blog,no one even has to know you're doing it, but I promise getting in the habit of acknowledging thankfulness brings about a certain contentment within oneself...A grateful spirit is something I strive for & being thankful for at least one thing a day helps bring that out...

So,go on friends...Live Gratefully!!!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9.4.14

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PUTTING YOUR LIVE OUT THERE !!! YOU TRULY ARE AMAZING! ;) MAY GOD CONTUINE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY !!! ;)

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