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Friday, January 8, 2010

Time To Find My Happy

Thank God it’s Friday and time for…


Happy Hour Friday was recreated by the great minds of Otin & RxBambi.

I am still dealing with the nasty after taste of the latest shit sandwich, so this may be difficult. I have been known to smile while holding a shit sandwich in my hands but this week, not so much.

Maybe I should just pour myself a vodka tonic and call it a day? Or not? Not. 

I have crawled out from under my rock to find my happy. I think this is what the good doctor would order. Here’s to putting on my big girl panties and finding my happy…

I am happy…

…that I got an early morning phone call from this guy(my 20 year old son)that lives in Florida, just to say he loves me. And no he wasn’t asking for anything. This made my day.

Jason and I cropped

…that this guy(my eldest son), who is laid off for the winter is so willing to care for the little’s when ever we need him to fill in. I am also happy that every once in awhile he stays after I get home and drinks a couple glasses of wine with me. I am happy that even though his friends give him shit for these things, he is not embarrassed to hang out with his mom and take care of 2 little people that adore him.

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I am happy for my cell phone and computer that keeps me in contact with my sweet adorable granddaughter from Florida…


I am happy that she does so well in school and that she has parents that care so much about her. I am happy that I get to be her grandma.

And of course with her mom(my eldest) and my son-in-law too. I am happy that she is a teacher and cares so much about the children she teaches. I am happy she is married to such a great guy.


And my daughter and her boyfriend in Idaho. I am happy that she is pursuing her dreams and having a fun time while doing it. I am happy that she found someone to enjoy these adventures with .


I am happy that her adventures lead her to snowboard in the mountains and to beautiful places like this…


And this…


I am happy to see video’s like this , of my grandson that lives in Florida. Just seeing this makes me smile. I am so happy to be his grandma.

I am happy that this wonderful daughter of mine is his mother…


I am happy that she has been discovering herself and all her many talents & gifts. I am happy that she got to be home recently, even if it was too short.

I am happy that I don’t have to be outside working in these below 0 temperatures.

I am happy that our vehicles have started every day in the cold.

I am happy that it is suppose to make it to double digits come Sunday! Yippy!

I am happy that the friend I am a PCA for is finally getting to take a vacation. Her brother is taking her on a month long get away which they left for today. Even though I will miss her and that this means I will not have income for a month, I am still very happy for what this trip will do for her and her spirits.

I am happy that my husband supports me in doing as little as possible today, since I am off of work and at home with the little’s. Which of course means I won’t just be doing nothing but it does mean I have given myself a free pass to not “see”  the “what could/should be done but can wait until tomorrow, when maybe I’m not so exhausted” kinds of things. And not feel guilty about it.

I am happy that the little’s are doing much better and that our home is finding it’s way back to normal living. I am happy they are starting to cling less, and are acting like the secure happy little people I know them to be. I am happy they are finding their happy once again.

Jordan and Nevaeh cropped 

I am happy for the grace that heals and teaches me lessons so that I can pull myself back up, brush myself off and continue to move forward in this life.

I am happy because courage and resiliency (the words I claimed for ‘09) seen me through 2009 and into 2010. I am happy that because of courage and my resiliency, I am not kept down and I always choose to get back up.

I am happy that even though times look or seem really tough, I know we will get through.

I am happy and thankful for all the support YOU each gave me this past week in regards to my last post.  Seriously, YOU made all the difference.

I am happy that I chose to participate in Happy Hour Friday so that I could find my happy.

I found it! I found my happy.

Thank you Otin and RxBambi! This is one happy hour I needed to attend. Here’s to the 2 of you and all those that participate in finding their happy.



Cheers to all of you that choose to find your happy even when it’s hard to find or your just not feeling it.

I hope you find your happy today.

Happy Friday. Hope you have a good weekend and that you and yours stay warm in this cold that seems to be hitting a lot of us.

Love & Hugs, Lori




Claire Marie said...


TechnoBabe said...

I am so glad to hear that things are getting better at your house. You have lots to be happy about. Great photos of your family.

otin said...

You really do have some wonderful family, and quite a bit positive in your life. Sometimes things drag us down, but when you realize that the positives far out weigh the negatives, then everything works itself out in the end! Happy Friday!

LPC said...

Go Lori. I knew the kids would get better. They have you.

Bina said...

Yea! You found your happy again! and I just LOVE the video of your grandson singing. How cute is he!!!!

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Your being able to count your blessings like this in spite of the shit sandwich is a model for us all.

You are an inspiration Lori.


Madison said...

Your husband is one lucky man.

Jan said...

Oh, my friend - this post makes ME happy!

Hugs to you, dear woman - have a lovely, happy weekend!

Brian Miller said...

i am glad you found your have a great list of things to be happy about...i would be happy if th door to the coffee shop would stay closed and stop blowing frigid air on my

Kathryn Magendie said...

I recognize the photo of the waterfall - if that's the one in Oregon - I have a photo so similar to it....

and I'm glad you found your happy!

Kathryn Magendie said...

I recognize the photo of the waterfall - if that's the one in Oregon - I have a photo so similar to it....

and I'm glad you found your happy!

mommytoalot said...

I am happy you have found your happy. I am happy just reading about your happy. I smiled when I read about your son, who helps you and hangs with you. I smiled and was happy when I read about all of your children, your grandchildren. You are inspiring..and have I mentioned that boy, can you ever write.
to a good night

Busy Bee Suz said...

You have raised wonderful children and it shows in all your words about them. I love that you can find HAPPY while holding a shit sandwich...I hope this passes soon. YOU deserve ALL happy ALL the time!!!

Hugs to you and your family!

Natalie said...

Hey Lori, I am glad you are finding your way through the maze of pooh.I am right behind you, put the kettle on!xx♥

Jason, as himself said...

I'm happy that you are able to see all of these wonderful things in spite of the shit sandwich aftertaste. That is so tremendously hard to do.

But hey. You're resilient.

Theresa said...

I am happy you are my aunt!! I hope happy replaces the sandwich permanently!

Hilary said...

I'm so happy for you and your happy. :) And that wee one singing is just too cute for words.

wolfie185 said...

Great Happy List, glad you found your graditude!

Kit Kat said...

I am so glad to hear that the situation is getting better in your home! This makes me so happy! I am also so glad that you do this Friday post, and even force yourself to sometimes. It always makes me happy too!

Buckeroomama said...

I am happy that YOU have found your happy. I think you deserve all the happy that's out there and much much more. I think you are a blessing to your family... and dare I say, to us, too --your online friends, --for the inspiration of your generous spirit.

Alix said...

Hey Lori... I'm here to collect all your shit sandwiches. It's obvious you aren't hungry for them anymore and my ex-friend (the one I posted about yesterday that got such an awesome comment from YOU, that ex-friend... rememeber?) well, I think that ex-friend ought to eat about a dozen shit sandwiches for what she's done.

In fact, I'll send you her address and you can forward any shit sandwiches directly to her. With a note that says.... Enjoy a nice steamy one from me and Alix!


Your family is picture perfect. Where in Florida are they? You are probably due for a visit and a swing by Jacksonville... yes?

Anonymous said...

I threw out all the shit sandwiches in my life the year I turned 40 years old. I hated the bad taste they left in my mouth so it was time for them to go!

Your little ones look VERY happy, secure and content and that says a lot for you and the love you give them.

The Blue Ridge Gal

She Writes said...

Things are looking up since I last visited you! Glad to hear it :).

Lori ann said...

SO happy too. I knew you'd do it Lori, there is too much good and positive and love in you and your family to stay down. keep smiling, it looks beautiful on you.
p.s. your kids are so beautiful too, all of them. ♥

Debbie said...

You made me smile with your list of happies. Made me happy for you.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I accidentally killed my blog on Friday evening, so I'm finally now getting a chance to catch up with Happy Hour! :)

That is an amazing list of 'Happy' - so glad you found yours! :) Your family sounds absolutely wonderful...definitely cause to be happy for sure! :)

Now I'm off to play catch up on the posts I missed out whilst buried up to my eyeballs in code last week! :)

Ginger@When Ginger snaps... said...

You know what? Looking at your pictures and reading about all the things you have to be happy about made ME happy! This Friday thing sounds like something I'm gonna have to do next week!