Each week I summarize and post my gratitude journal.  I believe positive thinking breeds positive thinking and we can all learn to appreciate more in our daily lives.  I know I can! 

 

Gratitude Journal – March 20th, 2016

We made it through March Break!  I can’t believe how much happened in the past 7 days and I am sure parents all over feel the same way right now.

Getting one-on-one time in our house is a difficult thing to do with the girls being so close in age.  I am grateful I was able to have some one-on-one time with our middle daughter this week and even make a stop off at the local DQ.  We sat side by side eating our blizzards, watching people and talking about what we saw.  It was wonderful to see the world from her eyes, and I am sure it will be these moments that we remember when we look back in 20 years.

I am also extremely grateful for the one-on-one time I had with my beautiful wife this weekend.  We make a point to take time for ourselves a few times a year and get away from the hustle and bustle.  We always come back refreshed and missing our three wonderful girls.

Our getaway this weekend involved time with two dear friends who have a way of making everyone around them happier.  We spent Friday at a comedy show and my stomach hurt from laughing so much.  Next we met up with my sister in law for an evening out.  Believe it or not this was the first time that have done this as a group, since my wife and I met!  I felt like it was a glimpse into the future for me…….My wife and her sister are 14 months apart, which is the same age difference as with our two oldest.  I learned that sisters CAN read each others minds.  They have a bond that goes beyond words, and a love that shows no boundaries.  I am grateful for seeing this, and I am grateful for an amazing weekend!

DadsReflections.com

I was able to get a lot done on Dads Reflections before we left for or trip, but it was a little bit hectic.  Why is it that when we want to get away to relax we always seem to try to do more before we go?  I guess when you love what you are doing it doesn’t matter a whole lot.

As you know the site was switched over to a new theme and I published my first “real” father daughter article.  I was overwhelmed with the response and had over 200 unique visitors to the site over that 24 hour period.  Thank you to everyone that took the time to read it, and thank you to those that commented or shared it with their friends!

As a result of that article I will be talking with a couple of dads that have had similar work/life balance challenges and we will compare tips on how to do better.

I am also very excited to have been invited to guest on podcast with Walter Eggers.  His site and Podcast is called We RAD DADS and he has started something that will surely take off!  His guests share their struggles and retrospect in order to provide insight for his community of single parents, non-traditional parents, and blended families.  I have heard great things about Walter and I am extremely excited to get a chance to talk to him in the future.  I encourage you to check out his site and listen to his podcast – some pretty big names are lining up to get on his show!

You can find him at:  Walter Eggers at WeRadDads

we Rad Dads

Friendship

I have to end the week reflecting on friendships.  One of my childhood friends is police officer and received an award this past week.  I am grateful that she is living her dream and that she hasn’t changed her giving ways!

Last but certainly not least, I am grateful that I reconnected with a few friends again this week.  Some I reached out to, and some reached out to me.  At the end of the day it really doesn’t matter as long as we connected.

What are you grateful for?

Have a great week……….

Jeff

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