Friday, February 22, 2008

Mid Winter Funk and a Little Gratitude

I have been in a bit of a funk recently.

I think it's the weather. I hate the cold. I hate the rain. I hate the freezing, cold rain. (Insert big sigh here.)

I have been looking for that magic *something* to snap me out of my funk...while I didn't find that, I have found the girl scout cookies, and am currently eating myself back to my old weight. (One more big sigh for good measure.)

Then today, I was reading my sister-in-law's blog, and she as she talked about winter and the hope of spring, and as I read this old post on a scrapbooking website that I like, I realized that there is so much to be be happy about, and that the *something* that I have been looking for is gratitude.

So in honor of my mid-winter funk, a list of things I am grateful for:

  • My REALLY great husband. He puts up with a lot, and keeps coming back for more.
  • My SUPER kids. They really are good kids...I need to remember that for every broken dish and loud fight, there are siblings whos like each other and lots of love.
  • My friends. We have good friends. They make me laugh and smile, and can be counted on the be there when the chips are down. They rock.
  • My house. It's nice not to have to stand in the rain.
  • My health. It's fun to be thinner. But really, I gotta lay off the girl scout cookies!
  • My blog. I know I am obsessed, but when it comes right down to it, I am keeping a record of my family...not the big things, but the little things...the things that when I am old I will have forgotten, and then won't I be so glad that I wrote it down once!
  • My extended family. I have a really great family, my own and Troy's. I love that they blog and keep in touch.
  • The gospel. I know this should be higher on the list, but it is what it is. And I am thankful that even when I am down, I know that I am not alone.
  • And last, but not least: Bread. Bread?! Yes, I took a class last week on how to make bread, and I made my first batch last night. And I am dang proud of it! I am really glad that I have a desire to learn new things, and that I have lots of people to turn to when I have questions.
So that's it for now.

What are you grateful for?


Hilary said...

Wow, bread.
Very martha of you

Jolinda said...

As I watch more snow fall outside my window today I'm joining your funk and appreciating that you blogged your thoughts. Gratitude is definitely what I needed to be reminded of today. THANKS! I am so grateful for lessons learned and the opportunity to improve. I'm also glad for my family, home, husband, automatic everything (ie washer/dryer, oven, microwave, etc.), the gospel (inc my calling), and GOOD friends! Thanks for the reminder to think positive. I ALWAYS need it!

The Perkins said...

The bread looks absolutely delicious. You are so talented!

Your post made me CRAVE girl scout cookies :).

It also reminded me I need to be more grateful. I came across this quote on a friends blog today "I'm too blessed to be stressed" I know your not really talking about stress just a little funk, but I thought I'd share anyways.
Love ya!

Melanie said...

Ugh! Your bread is beautiful! Makes me blush about my nasty bread from a week ago! haha

On the grateful note, I'm grateful for sisters that visit and don't mind listening to you yammer on incessantly about which specific type of basket/bin is need for toy storage! hahaha And also, I'm grateful for new haircuts.


It's nice to take stock once in a while and remember how truly blessed we really are! P.S. ....had my funk about 2 weeks ago :)

Shaunae said...

I totally relate with those funks! I heard somewhere that having down times helps us to know when we truly feel joyful or happy. For me, being stuck inside does it for me. I was thinking about the summer time and parks and pools and the Signal Hill Park times, this summer and just felt so excited to be able to breath outside again! You are awesome Denise! Thanks for being so honest.

Tamee said...

Girls, I feel the funks too. I agree about the weather and blogging does help.

Love the bread making skills. It looks beautiful. Sister Bott will be pround.

Mom Valentine said...

Love you blog and keeping up on what is going on. Your bread looked super. Did Marlene teach the class. We used to take a lot of bread classes together. Kiss the kids for aunt paulette. Love you

Amy said...

I'm grateful for the intarweb allowing me to read about your life and see pics of your kidlettes (c:

Amy said...

I hate January through March. It's a funk quarter that's for sure!

I usually just "grin and bear it".

Making of list of what you're grateful for is a good way to get through it too!

I can't wait for April.

Robin said...

At this very moment I am grateful for:

You, that my friends are building their friendships through blogging, any two consecutive minutes that I get to blog without being interrupted, my husband for keeping the kids occupied, the pan of brownies cooling on my stove, the water bottle in front of me, and spell check (now they need to come up with some kind of tool that will check my grammar).

It's amazing how many things you can come up with to be grateful for, even when only looking at the moment.

Thanks for the post!

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