Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sundays of grace #4

This is my weekly attempt to list a few of the things I am grateful for. It is easy to lose perspective and forget that there are many things going just fine and even better than fine, if I could only lift my head up long enough from the IVF crazy train to notice. These Sunday posts mark a commitment to remember the multiple people, places, and aspects of life that I am grateful for (Concept adapted, er...ok, stolen, with thanks, from Sprogblogger and Sassymama).

1. Sitting in front of a wood-burning fireplace with Will, watching the logs glow and crackle in the middle of winter. We don't have a fireplace in Manhattan, but when we go Upstate, this is one of our favorite wintertime rituals.

2. Long country drives: Another favorite weekend activity when we're in the country is driving down gravel roads in New England, seeking out Greek Revivals, Eyebrow Colonials, Shaker buildings, and old farmhouses. It's wonderful time spent together, witnessing the beautifully shifting landscape and seeing so many homes anchored in history and yet still present today in their simplicity and solidity. We hope someday to maybe own one, but for now (and the next several years), we find pleasure in just admiring these homes from afar.

3. Medical research and science: Medicine saved my life when I was diagnosed with cancer a decade ago, and recent research advancements have made it possible for us to try for the family we've always wanted. Fingers crossed that this technology can actually make it possible. At least it's given us a fighting chance.


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  1. You know, I really like this idea about blogging for what you are grateful for. I think I'm gonna start doing it myself!

  2. i love sitting in front of the fireplace. it's so awesome. makes me feel so much better about the 9 inches of snow outside! :)

  3. I really enjoy these posts. We all need to be reminded to keep perspective, and I thank you for the reminder.

  4. I think I need to start this ritual. These posts always warm my heart. And it can get a little frosty in there from all of this.

  5. I, too, am grateful that I was born in an age when medical science can make my dreams possible. I cannot imagine going through this 100 or even 50 years ago, can you?

    Good luck on your IVF -- I hope it works!

  6. Hi Mo! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)
    First of all, I like the idea of having a weekly post on gratitude. I try to keep a gratitude journal (idea from the book, Simple Abundance), but haven't written in it lately. You've inspired me to start up again.
    I also wanted to comment on your last post. My RE and acupuncturist said NO caffeine or alcohol and stick to ONLY organic meats and dairy. No extra hormones needed. There are also some great food suggestions found in the book, The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis. Sorry, this is becoming a novel!

  7. What a great post MO! It's so hard sometimes to think of the things that are joyful when you are suffering. I know how that feels. Keep your head up. Good luck!


  8. I love this idea of a weekly post of things you are grateful for. I sure hope this next cycle gives you something else to be grateful for.


  9. Gratitude is always beautiful!
    And fireplaces are awesome. Happy Sunday!

  10. Curling up with a book in front of a wood fire is one of my absolute favorite things. Such contentment.


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