My 2015 #Gratitude List Wk 1

It is very easy to count our sorrows and notice when things go wrong in our lives. Indeed, it is part of our human nature to take things for granted and pay less attention than we should to the positive things. For example, I rarely think about good health until I am unwell. My 2015 Weekly Gratitude ListThus, I have decided to more specifically count my blessings this year, and spend time consistently reflecting on them. I plan to write a weekly gratitude list post to help me do this. I am sure these posts will remind me of how fortunate I am as I review them throughout the year. I trust that this discipline will help my attitude to be one that is more of gratitude.

Here is my first list:

Family Life

  • It was such a treat for my husband and I to be with our Precious Sparkle on his first new year. I was pregnant with him when we stepped into 2014; and he slept into 2015 whilst I watched him. Aww, what a privilege!
  • I am glad that new technology makes it easier and cheaper to keep in touch with family abroad. It was lovely wishing our folks, who are an hour ahead of us, ‘happy new year’ and feeling like we were ‘together’ in some way. In addition to this, the delight on my mother in law’s face when she saw her grandson through Skype was thrilling to watch; what a moment to remember when he ‘met’ some of his uncles and aunties. Thank God for our Lebara International Sim card, Skype, Sky broadband, and all the other companies whose products enabled our lovely extended family ‘meet up’ to happen.
  • I am very thankful that we have now all fully recovered from the horrible cold at the end of December; how lovely not to be wiping Precious Sparkle’s nose every few minutes and feeling sorry for him when he struggled to breathe and feed at the same time. Good health is definitely priceless. 🙂

Working Breastfeeding Mum

  • I properly started work again after maternity leave and I made it through the week despite a number of challenges and annoyances along the way. I am thankful for my colleagues who kept asking me about how I was getting on and helped me in whatever way they could.
  • I also managed to go home every lunch time to breastfeed Precious Sparkle. I am so thankful that we live a walking distance from where I work; this has been especially useful when I have had to run to make it back to work on time to teach my last lesson. 🙂
  • I am so thankful for Additional Paternity Leave rights in England. This has made it possible for my husband to care for our son whilst I am at work. It really makes my return to work so much easier, knowing that Precious Sparkle is with his dad; and our breastfeeding journey is the better for it because I can go home to feed him.
  • It was lovely knowing that many dear friends prayed for my family and I as I went back to work; this was not my favourite decision and I am definitely knowing God’s help to adjust to my new situation.

Mum and Wife

  • I have struggled with the best way to bathe Precious Sparkle in recent weeks; we don’t have a bath and he has clearly outgrown the portable one we were using for him. I am so glad that I have now found a safe way to bathe him in the shower that is convenient for all of us, and works with my earlier start in the morning because of work.
  • I am very thankful for some brilliant food deals I got from Tesco; it can be such a treat being in the right place at the right! 🙂

What are you thankful for this week?

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12 thoughts on “My 2015 #Gratitude List Wk 1

  1. What a lovely gratitude list! And well done for continuing to breastfeed even though you are back at work! It must be really nice though to get some cuddles with the baby at lunchtime. Makes the whole going back to work experience a little bit more enjoyable! I found it really hard to go back to work after I had my first. It took about six weeks to get used to it and even after that it was a constant struggle of finding the right balance. #sundaystars
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    • Hello Christine, thanks for dropping by. Yeah, so much to be thankful for when one really thinks about each day. Lunch time cuddles are definitely helpful, they help to keep me focused on keeping a boundary around work. Working outside the home and mothering is quite a juggling act, I can relate with the constant struggle to find the right balance. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  2. So many things to be thankful for and so good to make a note of them. I’m glad that your return to work has gone so well and that you are managing to keep going with your breastfeeding journey and come home at lunchtime. How lovely to celebrate your first new year with Precious Sparkle too and Skype is so wonderful for being able to connect with family far away isn’t it? Lovely post 🙂
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  3. Thank you for your lovely post. It’s so easy to rush around, and to not stop and thank God for the many things that we’re blessed with. I’m glad your transition to work went well. You are truly blessed to be able to walk home every lunch time to feed Sparkle! I hope that 2015 is an amazing year for you and your family. Fatima x
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    • Hello Fatima, thanks for dropping by and for your being features on #TheList. Life can be such a rat race and it’s so easy to see all the problems we have. There’s however so much to be thankful for and I pray I’ll pay more attention to these in 2015. All the best to you and your family too in this near year. 🙂

  4. Gosh, it sounds like you’re doing so well with the working/breastfeeding/showering stuff and everything else. I love a good gratitude list, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy! I really should write mine down – remind myself when I’m not as chirpy!

    thanks for linking up lovely and good luck with the rest of Dry Jan 😉 #TheList xx
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    • Thanks lovely Mrs H for dropping by. You’ve got a very good habit in your list of 3 things; I sometimes consider my peaks and pits (got the idea of the Kadarshians) :-). I’m really looking forward to linking up again.

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