Today’s Gratitude List

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Today I am grateful for:

  • autism home rescue 03231201Leopard geckos.  We have two, named Pancake & Waffle.  The first one we had was named Egg (hence the breakfast theme) but unfortunately he died a couple months ago.  Leopard geckos are cute & friendly & if you have patience, they can learn to play games with you.  I discovered that if I waited until Egg stuck out his tongue while he was looking at me & I mimicked him, he’d walk closer to the glass & keep playing with me back and forth.  Something about inter-species communication just makes me happy.
  • Hawaiian coconut coffee.  Exotic, sweet, comforting.  Makes me think of vacation.  Yum.  Enough said.  I mention coffee a lot, I know.  But it keeps me from falling asleep at my WordPress virtual office, so that makes it something to be thankful for every day.
  • Imagination & humor.  Were it not for the funny pictures and characters jumping around in my head, I think I might fall into a deep depression some days.  Alex’s father said to me years ago as we were listening to the radio in the car:   “When this song comes on it makes all the cartoon animals in my head form a conga line.”  And ever since then, as soon as I hear the first few notes of that song I see the conga line and I laugh.

What are you grateful for today? 

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Sisters + Happiness = Hannahappiness?

autism home rescue 03081201A while back I joined a group in my area called “The Happiness Project.”  In one of their email newsletters, they referenced an article on sisters and happiness:  Why Sisterly Chats Make People Happier

I thought the article was really interesting, and it started me thinking about my little girl and her relationship with her brother and all the intricacies of their sibling situation.  The article was focused on adult relationships, but of course my mind kept going back to language and kid conversation and the difference between Hannie’s communication and Alex’s communication. 

Last week Aubrey and I visited Alex and took him out for a round of mini-golf.  On the car ride there, I babbled and commented and babbled on– as I usually do.  Alex sat quietly, watching the road (he is so big he can sit in the front seat now, believe it or not!) and listening.  At one point I paused and said:

“Moms talk a lot, don’t they?”

which elicited both a smile from Alex and a laugh of agreement from Aubrey in the backseat. 

autism home rescue 0308201203Moms do talk a lot.  Apparently, this starts when we’re kids.  And if we’re sisters, the talking– just the stream of everyday conversation– can be reassuring and helpful to our siblings because of more than just the content of the words.  The routine chatting, describing, talking about the weather, so to speak, in itself can create connection.  Maybe it’s not the words exactly, but the word-behind-the-words or the feeling of “sharing life together” we get when someone talks from their own perspective about what’s going on out there in the world.

I mean, c’mon– that’s the reason you read my blog, right?

autism home rescue 0308201202I like to think that Hannah’s little conversations, the sound of her voice, her questions, the way she says “I love you” will be important to her brother as they grow up not just because of what she says, but because the sisterly babble will remind Alex of the lifelong connection they’ll always share.

What do you think?

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autismhomerescue11241101“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… do the thing you think you cannot do.”

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Today’s Gratitude List

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Today I am grateful for:

  • Choice.  Whether I like to admit it or not, I have choices in just about every area of my life.  The times when I’m not able to choose the particular circumstance or situation, I’m still able to choose how I react to it.  Last night it occurred to me how lucky I am that I can choose to eat foods that are healthy and make me feel good.  I can choose to focus my attention on positive, happy stuff instead of complaining.  I may not always do that… okay, okay you’re right, I complain a LOT.. but the point is, I have the *choice* and that’s empowering, even when I’m cranky.
  • My girlfriend & the healthy, balanced relationship we have.  How amazing is it to be able to learn something new about yourself every day, to have a loving presence reflect back to you the things that you wouldn’t be able to see on your own?  I believe we are attracted to people who hold the keys to our self-development and who can help us grow into the fully alive, relaxed & joyful people we are meant to become.  Thank you, Aubrey, for being my mirror & being you & being with me.
  • Time.  Life keeps moving forward.  And continues on… and on… and on.  Last year at this time I couldn’t have imagined the amazing stuff that would happen for me in the future.  Today I don’t know what’s around the corner.  The fact that life changes and time continues… well for some reason today, that feels really reassuring and not at all scary.  Today I’m kinda liking the fact that I don’t know what’s in store for tomorrow, but I have a guarantee that tomorrow will arrive.

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What are you grateful for today?