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I Am Thankful

I am thankful for the health and well-being of my family. I am thankful that my son has a fully-functioning left ureter. I am thankful that both our senior citizen cars still run, and run very well. I am thankful that both our senior citizen dogs still run, and run well. I am thankful for my warm house. I am thankful for food in my cupboards. I am thankful for basic cable. I am thankful to be able to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. I am thankful our new TV hasn’t started smoking as the old one did. I am thankful for Netflix. I am thankful that M can watch Thomas on Netflix. I am thankful that we got to eat Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday surrounded by friends who feel like family. I am thankful that today we get to eat Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by family who feel like friends. I am thankful for second-hand and hand-me-down clothes for my son. I am thankful that I am so blessed with objects that I get to worry about where to stash them out of the way when my son has his birthday party. I am thankful that I have the means to try to make my son a spectacular birthday cake (“TRY” being the operative word.). I am thankful for indoor plumbing (I don’t think we are all thankful enough for this). I am thankful that the standard Thanksgiving foods (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes) are “selective eating” neutral foods. I am thankful for my laptop. I am thankful for my scanner. I am thankful for working internet service. I am thankful for all these things that allow me to compose this thankful post on my blog which I love. And I am thankful for all of you, dear readers.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What I Learned This Week – 9/9/12

I learned this week that the power of positive thinking does in fact manifest great things.

My fellow blogger LazyHippieMama this week manifested herself a trip to Disney World. She simply asked clearly for what she wanted and ye shall receive!

This week I stumbled and bumbled and begged the universe for my son’s urologist to give us a good report. It wasn’t a glowing report. But he also didn’t say anything was wrong either. (Which, as a mother, leaves me a little in limbo.) He said the portable ultrasound my son had a month ago was good enough to see that his kidney was still large (bad), but not dilated (good), and that it could take several years for it to return to a more normal size (as it has been enlarged since the womb). He said we should come back in November for a regular ultrasound, just to keep an eye on things.

My son at the McDonald’s Play Place, about an hour after the doctor gave us a good review.

This week I also became the proud owner of a new modem, then in turn, a new router. But, maybe this was manifested too. After all, I never doubted that we would have Internet back soon. OK, so I didn’t doubt…much.

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My Fears-Part 2

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(In case you missed it, here is the link to My Fears-Part 1

When I moved into my current house, I discovered my extreme fear of bats. My house is over 100 years old. As the bat removal guy said, my house looks very nice from the curb. But when you look closely, there were all sorts of nooks and crannies for those filthy vermin to live in. We had multiple bat appearances. The final straw was when two bats were in my house during the first week my husband moved to third shift, hence not home to rid the house of them for me. So, we called the bat removal guy. It cost a fortune, but the barriers have held, except for one time we had an unwelcome visitor. The bat guy came back and patched up the spot that birds had pecked open. I find my piece of mind totally worth the money we spent. But I was too cheap to have the bat shit cleaned out of my walls. Extra insulation, right?

My other big fear is one probably very common to people across the country at this moment. I have a fear of not being financially secure. My family was in a better place than most when my husband and I started losing our jobs last year. (Of course, we are in a state that has been in a recession longer than the rest of the country. Which sucks.) Our credit cards and cars were paid off and we had some savings. But my son’s medical bills have eaten away at our savings. We should still be OK for the near future, but one major medical procedure and it could all be gone. And I find myself unable to get a job at the moment, because I need to be able to have open availability to take my son to specialist appointments and spend the night with him in the hospital if necessary. We don’t really need any financial/government assistance (other than unemployment) yet, but I believe it could be coming soon.

So, I try not to live my life in fear anymore. A few years ago, two friends of mine tried to open me up to the law of attraction, or the power of positive thinking. I was very resistant. But I gradually found it was easier to get out of bed and leave the house every day if I expected good things instead of bad. I tried to read the book “The Secret”, but it was very repetitious. I did better with “The Secret” desk calendar, which broke the book into small paragraph tidbits of information.

It is in this mindset that I decided to get pregnant with my son. If I had expected the worst, I could not have brought him into this world. This mindset is what helps me deal with his kidney issue that we are still waiting to hear if it has been completely resolved.

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