20 April 2010

An attitude of gratitude... No.1

For a long time now I've been 'counting my blessings', it's the best way to stay sane.  With that in mind I thought I'd start sharing one thing per week that I'm truly grateful for.

This week is a whopper.

What a month this has been!  In fact, what a year this has been!

We started off the year by holidaying in New Zealand with our UK family.  My husband finally got to meet his little grandson; we both got to meet little Joshua who is the son of a very dear family friend; we caught up with extended family and got to visit with some very good friends.  Needless to say the time went too fast and we didn't get to do everything we'd planned.  We left New Zealand knowing that we'd missed calling in on a lot of folk we'd promised to see.

Our son went back to the UK as work beckoned, but his wife and their two chidlren were able to stop off in Australia for some time.  We had an amazing time together and were sad to see them leave again. A little bit of ourselves 'left' with them...

They just missed the birth of our littlest chickadee who arrived in this world early February.  We're having a wonderful time getting to know her and are always delighted to see the next stage of her development.
Our Palma chickies have been visiting us on their way back to Palma and I'm a little embarrased to tell you that I was absolutely thrilled when we discovered they wouldn't be able to fly back last Thursday night.  I know they have work to go back to, and I'm happy about that, but I've missed them so and it's such a joy to have their company for a little longer.

They're getting to know our littlest Chickadee and our family are trying to make the most of every available moment.  We take pleasure in the smallest of 'ordinary' things... like hanging out the washing together or chatting over dishes.  The sort of things so many of you take for granted.

This weekend we had a visit from 'old' friends that we've known since our children were tiny.  They'd been in Adelaide on business and had business in Sydney so we managed to spend some time together.

There's been so much to talk about!  We've had such fun.  We said 'goodbye' to our Auckland bound visitors and will continue to enjoy our Palma Chickies until Sunday when they are booked to continue their journey.

Tomorrow we'll celebrate my son's birthday together.  It will be the first time in years that we've had this pleasure.  We intend to make the most of it!

Someone once told me that 'home is where the heart is'.  'Home' isn't a place, it's a state of mind. 

April Blackbird 

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