My New Happy: Motivational Monday LVIII

Monday, October 10, 2016

Motivational Monday LVIII

I've always loved fall, because it feels like a fresh beginning.  Even better than the new year, almost.  The slow beat of summer is over, and things start to come into focus again.  Days seem sharper, crisper, full of possibility.

I'm gradually coming around to feeling that way about my life.  The past few years I've spent dreading the future, worrying about what it would bring, fearing I couldn't bear the inevitable direction I was headed.

Many days still bring a heavy sadness, and a wish that things could go back to the way they were.  But there's always a way to make the day better.  A way to make life better.  To rejoice in life for it's own sake.

One of the best ways to make a day brighter is to be grateful.  I'm often guilty of forgetting all of the many blessings that surround me.

Luckily, my friend Shaunacey reminds me every week, so today I'm linking up with her for Monday Moments of Gratitude.  Head over to check out her lovely blog - her smiling face and adorable kiddos always make me happy.

This week, I'm grateful for...

--A surprise visit from T.  He caught a ride with a friend, and walked in the door at 11:30 on Friday night.  It's been two months since both boys were home at the same time, and it made my mama heart so happy to see those bedroom doors closed on Saturday morning.

--Our darling puppy finally figuring out where he's supposed to go to the bathroom.  Which is NOT on the kitchen floor.  I swear, I was getting worried that this dog was never going to get it.  Although, none of the boys in my life have been easy to potty train, so...

Happy Monday, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!


  1. How sweet that your son surprised you with a visit! I bet it was so nice to have everyone in the house over the weekend! Yay for your pup mastering training! Have a great week!

    Doused In Pink

  2. I saw your pic of the boys on IG and immediately thought, she's gonna have a great weekend! I love fall, too! It's my favorite season, hands down!

  3. Absolutely love seeing that selfie of you with your sweet boys LanaI am so sad, I miss calculated the fall breaks wrong and our boys will not get to be together again until Thanksgiving, boo! So happy the pump is finally getting it, I know that can be frustrating! I hope you find lots of moments of joy today as this crisp fall season is upon us! I think of you each and every day! xo

  4. I'm a huge fan of Fall as well. Love the colours, the crunchy leaves and the cooler temperatures. I'm also like you - guilty of often not really soaking up all the blessings in my life.Thanks for the nudge to make more of an effort to do so.
    How wonderful that your son is close enough to pop home for the weekend and surprise you! That's great. Here's hoping he does it often. Thank you for the Canadian Thanksgiving shoutout, too!

  5. I am so glad for you that both your sons were at home for the weekend! And that you pup gets it! Lol!🐩

  6. I saw your sons on the gram and was so happy for you!!

  7. I love that he came home to surprise you. One more month and I get to see you!

  8. Ah yes! The closed bedroom doors in the morning are the BEST! Glad to hear that things are looking up! It's true...gratefulness produces joy.

  9. Hooray for the puppy training : )

    So nice to have the family home.


  10. There is nothing NOTHING like surprise visits from family! And hooray for your puppy! These boys in our lives . . .

  11. Kids grow up so fast! One day there will be grand babies and they are absolutely the best!

  12. I think I must have missed a picture of said potty trained puppy! Congratulations! How fun to have all your ducks home to roost even for just a weekend! BTW I like the new face of your blog.

  13. Aww.. a puppy!! I need a photo!
    As for the boys both home, what a dream. I know that will one day be quite the feeling to have us all under the same roof again.


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