Things I’m Grateful For..

I am pretty sure that I have written a post under the same title before…

And thank you for the wonderful salad ideas, I will be trying them out, and please don’t be shy to send me any others you have gathering dust. Elizabeth, you are quite right, we do have some mean salmon salads in this neck of the woods, and salmon is my favourite fish, so I will be getting out there to sample South Africa’s salmon salad selection! I had a salmon wrap the other day which was killer!

Onto the title topic. Things I am grateful for. Earlier this evening, I sat watching ER, the episode where Abby has her baby, and then the baby almost dies, and she and her mother do some bonding. Thankfully, all’s well that ends well. Only, I don’t remember a time where an episode like that didn’t reduce me to a snivelling wreck. I feel so strong, yet at the same time, I feel like I am walking a very thin line, on the other side of which is total melt down.

So I decided to pop onto the net and have a read through the blogs. I laughed, I cried, I sat in silent wonderment. And afterwards, I felt okay again. From Becky’s thought-provoking post to KarenO’s funny and truly amazing post about her miracle on the netball field, to heart-wrenching posts like the one from Baby Blues, waiting for her miscarriage to take it’s course. There is such a sense of community here, from the funny to the sad to the bizarre.

This brings me to things I am grateful for:

1. All of you, for enriching my life to a point where this is actually bearable.
2. My amazing family, who have really been there for me through all of this.
3. My IRL friends, Debs, Tam, Yvonne, Leigh to name a few. Even when I don’t see you, I feel your love and concern.
4. My beautiful funny doggies, Jasmine and Amber, and my kitty Cairo, my fur-kids.
5. My old, small, wonderful and charming new home. I feel happy here already, this house has a warm spirit.
6. My new bedroom curtains which were put up today. Finally I can walk around in the buff again 🙂
7. Oprah Winfrey, the world needs more people like her. She taught me to be grateful every day.

And I really try to do just that. That way, even in the face of sorrow, adversity or pain, life seems just that much better.


8 thoughts on “Things I’m Grateful For..

  1. Sarah says:

    i feel like i’ve missed so much! sorry i wasn’t around to comment and send my well-wishes on the lap, but wishing now for continued recovery and best of luck getting started next cycle.

  2. Baby Blues says:

    Thank you for this post. It does make me feel so much better. We all do have a lot to be grateful for.

    I just love our community. Ladies here are even more informed with what’s going on in my life than my actual friends and family. And I love that they “get it” with arms wide open.

  3. Chanti says:

    Hey Mands,
    Glad to hear that you are in a better place right now. I truly hope that your next cycle will be the one to give even more to be grateful for. I’m with you on the Operah Winfrey thing… man imagne 10 more people like her…
    I’m grateful that Vitalab exists. Went in for my hysteroscopy yesterday and the one nurse said they confirmed there 1st set of quads for the year. 3 embies put back and 1 split. Amazing… Hope we could at least have half that luck 😉

  4. Reproductive Jeans says:

    Always good to remember the things we are thankful and grateful for-thanks for reminding me of that today–and Im thankful for YOU=)

  5. Sticky Bun says:

    You are so right–this is such a wonderful community. The internet is a funny thing, but I’ve never been so grateful for how it’s brought this support system of wonderful women (and men) together.

  6. Bea says:

    I’m glad you have things to be grateful for, but I’m even gladder you can be grateful for them. And yay for walking around in the buff!


  7. Debbie says:

    This is a great post. Thank you, I really needed to be reminded of all the wonderful things in my life.

  8. Heather says:

    I needed this post too. I keep forgetting what I should be grateful for on a daily basis.

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