Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lazy Sunday ~ Giving Thanks Week 1

I have decided for the month of November and in the spirit of Thanksgiving I was going to spend my lazy Sundays reflecting on all the things I can be thankful for. It is sad that I actually have to set time aside and force myself to be thankful but I guess that's life sometimes. I do know I get bogged down with things that are wrong and that I want to fix so I think it is important for me to remember that there are plenty of things in my life that are RIGHT. Who knows, maybe it will become a new way of thinking for me!

As I sit here on this perfect lazy Sunday, I feel very thankful for many things. We had our first professional pictures done today as a family and spent a beautiful morning in a park, smiling, laughing and enjoying our surroundings. Now, I sit here and blog as Stella sleeps soundly on my chest and my husband cleans the house. No, that is not a typo.

This week, I am going to be thankful for my family. I know that is fairly general, but it almost has to be. I am thankful for my husband who has the biggest heart, and lives his life everyday doing the best he can for me and Stella. We have our ups and downs, as most couples do. but he is always by my side, supportive in anything I want to do, and let's face it, he is cleaning the house right now. He has willingly picked up many "wife" duties since we had the baby and does them with pride! I am also thankful for my parents. They live about 400 miles away, on the outskirts of San Francisco, and are on their way here to take care of Stella for two days. My dad, who was not a hands on father, is so in love with his granddaughter it brings tears to my eyes. He offers to take her when he visits so I can eat, shower, rest, etc. I am so sad that, in a couple of days, I will be leaving Stella for two days and one night but am comforted knowing that my parents will be the ones watching over her. I also have two siblings that I am thankful for. My brother and my sister have both been parts of my life and even bigger parts of my daughter's life. I know that I can count on either of them to do anything and to be there for me no matter what. Lastly, I am thankful for Stella. I never could have imagined how one little human being could change our lives so. I feel like I put little arms and legs on my heart and named it Stella. She is so precious and beautiful and becoming a mom is the greatest role I have ever experienced. I am thankful every day for her health, her safety, and her being.

There are so many other things I can be thankful for and each week I am going to focus on one. I think this Thanksgiving will not only be a special one now that Stella is here but also because for the first time in a long time, I am going to spend it the way it was meant to - truly giving thanks.


  1. I had a very busy day today working and your post made me smile- thank you. I know its hard being gone from our lil ones but what a blessing to have parents come and help. It makes the time away a lil easier. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

  2. Hello! I am a new follower...thanks for the reminder to be thankful. I get so caught up in my day to day life that I sometimes forget to be thankful for the little family.

    Congrats on your beautiful baby...she's so precious.

    Come visit sometime! I would love a follow. Thanks! :)

  3. wonderful post! i'm thankful to have you as a friend!

  4. HI Kelley!
    I found your blog through Bloggy Moms and decided to hop on over to see what you are thankful for! You do have lots to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing your beautiful post!

    I wanted to invite you to link up your thankful post (s) to a new blog hop I'm co-hosting called "Thankful Hearts". It will be going on for the entire month of Nov. and you can link up as many times as you want. I think this thankful post and any future ones will be enjoyed by other bloggers in the hop. For more details (the rules are simple and fun) visit my blog at "A Slice of Smith Life" at and click on the Thankful Hearts blog buttons at the top or bottom of my current post.

    Hope to see you on the hop!
    Have a thankful week!

  5. Thank you so much for the reminder to be grateful. We truely have so much to be thankful for in my family this year. My family is happy and healthy, DH just took a fabulous new job in September, which moved us to the most Amazing and Beautiful place I have ever seen...and island in the middle of the Bering Sea.

    Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. I am your newest follower :) I love your blog.

    I hope you will stop by and follow back.


  6. Hopping! Thanks for sharing your post. My dad took me aside after my 1st son was born and apologized for being a dad who wasn't there, but asked me if I'd let him be the best grandfather he could be to my son. Changed our relationship forever. I love him so much and am so thankful for the gift he is in my kid's lives. Anyway, have a good trip away. Sounds like she'll be in loving hands. Please stop by and say hi at my new blog! ~Jamie

  7. I'm your newest follower from Cornucopia blogs hops

  8. Thinking of what you are thankful for every week is such a good idea... i really dont think that i do that enough.

    I am a new follower by the way... found you on the relax and surf blog hop

  9. I am thankful you linked up with our Thankful Hearts Blog Hop so I could visit your beautiful blog. Your post is very heartfelt and meaningful. I am a new follower. Have a wonderful day.

  10. Hi Kelley!
    Thanks for linking up with our Thankful Hearts Blog Hop! Your family sounds awesome and supportive and it's amazing how our children can change our hearts and minds in the most beautiful ways! You have much to be thankful for!
    I am your newest follower!
    Have a blessed day!
    Tracy at "A Slice of Smith Life"

  11. What a lovely post. Thanks for linking up to the blog hop. I am now following and looking forward to reading your blog regularly.

  12. Being thankful for family is understated and often taken for granted. Great post!

  13. Stopped in from the blog hop. Cute, adorable baby! Isn't being a mother amazing? Yes, hard, too. But keep focusing on that amazing part!

  14. Found you from the Wednesday blog hop! Would love for you to follow me back at


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