Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gratitude challenge week 22...

This week's prompt is:

Something I use daily.

Okay, so other than my Mac and my iPhone, which were both too cliche to pick, I only use one other thing on a daily basis...and sometimes even more often than that, especially since moving to South Korea.



My faith.

Yeah. It's pretty strong lately. And I'm relying on it an awful lot right now, to get me--and my family-- through this huge transition. I'm not sure where I would be without it.

What do you use daily?

xxoo
Brooke

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Gratitude challenge week 21...

This week's prompt is...

Things I like about summer.

Oh, summertime, our relationship has been complex over the past 39 years....

I was overweight for years. Summertime was awful. I would sweat and get faint all the time, and got rashes in weird spots from the moisture on my skin, and the heat around my body. It was embarrassing and gross. I hated summer.

But then I lost 100 pounds. And then I spent the summer moving and playing and going places and enjoying the heat....especially since I was no longer suffering from heat stroke and excessive sweating.

But there are a lot of other things to enjoy about summertime, too.....here are a few of my faves:

1.) Camping. (We camper camp. Don't hate it unless you've tried it. It ROCKS...especially for a fair-weather camper like me.)



2.) Nectarines and watermelon.




3.) The smell of fresh cut grass, and rain on the horizon. (Growing up in Fairfield, I learned how to detect rain just with the use of my nose.)



4.) Priest Lake. (Google it....it's my own personal heaven on earth.)



5.) Sunflowers and daisies.



What do YOU like about summertime?

xxoo
Brooke

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Gratitude challenge week 20...

And this week's prompt:

A friend.

Yeah. We're doing this one again. Which is fine by me, because I've got some lovely friends. This week I decided to brag about my awesome friend, Jess, who is a fellow writer and foster mom....



...Not to mention a kick butt chick who makes me laugh and inspires me daily.

She writes incredible stories. And she's a class act in the mom department, too. She really does make me want to be a better wife, mom, and author.

Buy her books. She writes under the name Jess MacCallan. And she's awesome.

xxoo
Brooke

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Gratitude challenge week 19...

Sorry I missed last week. Living without internet or cell phones for the past few weeks while we got settled in South Korea was rough. I am well aware that billions of people live without so much more than just internet and cell phones, so don't come down on me. But man oh man, I felt so isolated and disconnected. It sucked.

But now I'm back.

And this week's prompt is: Health.

You know, this is one of those things I take for granted until I am in poor health, and then I realize how grateful I am for health.

Watching my mom age, and struggle with her health (mobility wise) is hard. I know that I'll get to that point eventually, and it scares me. It makes me sad to watch my mom, who used to be spry and active, struggle to do even the most mundane things, like walk to get her mail sometimes. That makes me extremely grateful for my legs, and how easily they move and walk and run.

I am also grateful for my new stomach, and the health it affords me. I've lost 100 pounds, kicked pre diabetes to the curb, told neuropathy to suck it, and decided to live to meet my grandkids. And I'm so grateful for that. I really am.

What health benefits are you grateful for??

xxoo
Brooke

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Gratitude challenge week 17...

....This week's topic?

Something I take for granted.



This is easy for me. Right now we are waiting for our alien registration cards (our family moved to South Korea recently) so we are without internet or cell phones.

And we are climbing the walls.



True story.

I never thought living without these things would suck this hard. But it does. Oh, yes. It sure does.

What do you take for granted?

xxoo
Brooke

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gratitude challenge week 16...

....and this week's prompt is:

The Simple Things in Life.

*big, guttural sigh*

Oh, how I adore this prompt today. Right now I am living in a foreign country. I do not speak the language. I do not know my way around. I am working my butt off at helping my kids feel comfortable and happy. I am keeping myself together and telling homesickness to piss off.

And so far...it's the little things that keep me together.

1.) A cuppa cocoa.



2.) My scriptures.



3.) The smell of bread coming from The Paris Baguette Company down the block.



4.) The sound of my children laughing.



5.) Slippers.



6.) Costco.



If you can't focus on the simple things, you're missing the whole freaking point. :)

What simple pleasures do you adore?

xxoo
Brooke

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Gratitude challenge week 15...

...and today's prompt is:

Things I Like About Spring

Oh, how do I list these, there are so many.....

I used to like spring above all other seasons because it was my birthday season. But now that I'm an adult, and I have an appreciation for heat and warmth and color, I like fall or Indian Summer. However, spring comes in at a close second.

So here goes nothing...the things I love about spring:

1.) Blossoms on the trees. (I'm especially excited to see the cherry blossoms in Korea soon!)



2.) The smell of impending spring. (Growing up in Fairfield, I learned how to detect the upcoming seasons by the aroma in the air. Yes, it's real. No, I can't teach you.)



3.) Daffodils.



4.) Happy children playing outside.



5.) The resurrection of Christ.



Hmmmm...I guess that's it for now. There's a lot about spring I like, but those are probably my top 5.

What do YOU like about spring?

xxoo
Brooke