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Thankful Thursday | a pregnancy memory

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; an exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic.

The other morning, I was out for a walk and I was thinking back to when I was newly pregnant with Zoe.

This was my hardest pregnancy out of the four as far as being sick went, and the timing was the complete opposite of what I would have chosen (we had three small kids and were about to move into a house that needed a lot of fixing up).

Kristen 12 weeks pregnant with Zoe

coming out of the first trimester, minus 10 pounds, thanks to hyperemesis

I didn’t have a blog back then, of course (it was 2005!), but I was part of a mom’s message board, and I remember lying on the couch and writing a message board post that was a list of things I could be thankful for.

Things like:

  • at least I mostly packed up the townhouse contents before I got too sick
  • we have family to help us move
  • my Zofran (anti-nausea med) is pretty cheap through mail order

And so on.

Anyway, I smiled when I thought of this memory because it reminded me that I have so often depended upon thankfulness to get me through hard times.

Of course, it was all worth it because I got this sweet pea at the end:

Zoe as a newborn

Note: we bought this before car seats had five-point harnesses. Also, I know the slider should be higher while in the car; I took this photo after we’d finished driving and I’d carried Zoe inside. Car seat safety is important; use a five-point harness and scoot the slider up before driving. 🙂

On to today’s actual post content!

This week, I am thankful:

for a few non-humid days

The humidity is back again, but we did have a lovely respite for a few days! And since it’s September, I know a bunch of not-so-humid days are on their way.

That helps me have a less crabby attitude about the current humidity.

that we have not been sick

Of course I am very grateful that we have not gotten COVID. But we have not had any other sicknesses in a long time either (probably partially because of masks/handwashing/distancing).

that Lisey is still able to work

I am so grateful that she switched out of the restaurant business when she did. Automotive maintenance is a much better industry to be in right now.

that Lisey has such a good work ethic

She’s chose a very physically demanding job that entailed learning an entirely new set of skills, and she has really persevered through it all (even through the miserable summer heat).

for my fabric shaver

I know it seems kind of dumb, but my goodness, I love this thing.

It is so satisfying to remove pills from clothing; kind of like the feeling of painting an old, ugly piece of furniture.


pilled gray tshirt


shirt after pill shaver

It’s so much fun, I almost get excited when something pills!

Apparently, I am easily entertained. 😉

I got my fabric shaver at Aldi a little while back, but this one on Amazon looks basically identical.

for my comfy bed

Almost every night when I hop in, I think (and sometimes say), “Oh man, this is so comfortable!”

There is nothing quite like your own bed at the end of a day.

that there’s plenty of nature around me

I don’t live in the country, but I’m also not in the city. So there are lots of trees, plants, flowers, birds and such around me.

Like this this bumblebee. Isn’t it cute?

bumblebee on a flower

The plant it’s on is this one, which is super easy to grow from seed each year.

What are you thankful for today? 

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Friday 11th of September 2020

I am thankful for:

My first (and only) cup of coffee in the morning, it is my anchor Talking with people that flip negative to positive, laugh instead of whine I can make choices, I am not trapped 9 days back in school and no covid case that we know about Parents who are grateful for what I do as a teacher

When in doubt, or in the throes of despair--- be a helper, thank you Kristen for being a helper.


Friday 11th of September 2020

I am thankful for sleep. I often battle insomnia but I do so enjoy my sleep.

I am thankful for books that transport to many different places.

I am thankful my Lord and Saviour.

I am thankful for my granddaughter. She brings joy, laughter and love wherever she goes.

I am thankful for colour. Today I have been exploring creative ideas and I love colour today especially.

My son has gone to the outback to work this week. Ia m so thankful he drove there safely and feels it will be a good work week for him. As you have noted working in catering is very tough at present.


Thursday 10th of September 2020

I am often thankful for my bed! Especially a comfortable, modern bed with good linens in a climate controlled house. I love history but have no desire to travel back in time before the modern conveniences.

1. This sounds silly, but I am grateful I found a good chocolate cake recipe that works at my altitude. Baking (especially cakes) is tricky here.

2. So many people have mentioned their libraries. I love it! I am grateful that our county's library sale is resuming this weekend after having been shut down completely for 6 months. I don't need any books to read at the moment but just the shop opening gives me hope and a sense of normalcy.

3. I am grateful that I had meds left over from the last time my cat had an eye infection last Christmas. She developed another one and I was able to treat her without another trip to the vet.

4. I am happy that its almost Friday. Its been a rough work week.

Mary in VA

Sunday 13th of September 2020

I miss library book sales! I will be thrilled when our county libraries start holding them again.


Thursday 10th of September 2020

I am grateful for: The hlate summer produce from my garden...the fridge looked bare but the garden provided dinner. My very good next door neighbours who help out with all my home repair projects, talk me through how to tackle them and lend me tools as needed. I have learnt so much about household repairs in the ten years we have been neighbours. My friendly squirrel who comes to visit almost every day...she is funny and feisty and highly entertaining. That school is back in session and my tenth grader will be attending part time. I am so grateful I discovered this blog oh so many years ago. It’s a comforting place to be.


Thursday 10th of September 2020

Love the picture of your boo boo kitty little one!

Thankful that I am able to work from home.

Thankful that my relationship with my daughter is finally a pleasant one. She gave me a run for my money from 16 until 27 or so. I had to hang up the phone many times when she was being ugly. Although I did learn to tell her that I was not going to accept her disrespect but I would continue to love and pray for her. I am also thankful for my siblings who emotionally supported me and continue to do so.

Thankful for these cooler nights even though the days are still hot and muggy.

Thankful for a gentleman and his 10-year old son who offered to carry my heavy bag of library books to my car for me. It gives me great joy to see adults raising kind children. PLUS.... a stack of new books to read at no cost to me.

Thankful for all the delicious grilled meals my sister and brother in-love provide. I never learned to grill and I sure enjoy grilled food.

Lastly, thankful for your posts Kristen. I always feel happier and more content after reading each of them, along with the comments from all your gracious readers.

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