Attitude of Gratitude

Welcome to November. Halloween was pretty low key here at the MacDonald house. Little Russell wore his special "My First Halloween" outfit that we got him. Next year we'll definitely dress him up.

Joe of course got "scary" to pass out candy to the kids. Seriously the kids in the neighborhood know that our house is the "one with the scary guy". I do tell him he's not allowed to scare the little kids though.

We did take time to carve pumpkins and take some pictures with little Russell. It's so funny because he tends to look so serious in his pictures but really he's often talking, smiling or making faces at us.

In addition to working on getting out and doing some good in the community this month I want to also focus on being grateful. I have so many wonderful things in my life and I know that no matter how crazy things get it could always be far worse. I am going to try and post as often as possible and share something I'm grateful for through the month of November. I would love it for everyone who reads this to leave a comment about something you're grateful for. It can be something big or small. I love reading about what wonderful things we all have to be grateful for.

Today I am grateful for the little things. A roof over my head, clothes to wear, food to eat, electricity, running water, indoor plumbing... You know those things you don't often think of but that make your life so much better or easier. As mentioned in a previous post I have been watching a lot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. It's so sad to see families living in houses that are falling apart, that don't have running water or heat or that are even so full of mold or vermin that it's making everyone sick. I am so grateful to have a house to live in that keeps me comfortable. I can stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I can also keep little Russell safe and comfy in our house. There is plenty of space for the cats to play and we have space for all our things. I feel truly blessed.

Another thing I'm grateful for today was I finally got a hold of my nurse Brooke. She was one of my nurses at Spring Valley Hospital when Russell was born. She gave me her phone number to let her know how Russell was doing since she wasn't working again while I was in the hospital but I lost it somewhere between the hospital and coming home. At first I figured she might not even remember me since she's got to see a lot of patients but Dr. Hartman did tell me he'd talked to her and she asked about me at my postpartum check up. I figured if she still was thinking of me 6 weeks after I should probably make an effort to get a hold of her. I finally just decided I'd call the hospital and try to reach her that way. I called a few weeks ago and found she wasn't working until tonight so I called again and YAY she was there. I got her number again so we can stay in touch and she can come meet Russell. He definitely looks very different now than he did when she last saw him. Even though our conversation was brief tonight she did say that Russell's birth was the scariest thing she's been through as a nurse. WOW. I am so grateful that she kept her cool and made the quick decisions that needed to be made so that Russell could be here with us today. She and my other nurse Carol were so supportive through it all so I'm excited that I got back in touch with her.

So let's spread that attitude of gratitude. Share what you're grateful for here, on your Facebook or Twitter account or on your own blog. If you get out and volunteer let me know how that goes too. So excited for a great November full of things to be thankful for. 


  1. Heather you are so awesome! Thank you for always constantly being so positive and for reminding all of us to give back! That is so awesome that you got in touch with the nurse, I am sure she was so happy to hear from you and know that Russell is doing so well!
    Looking forward to more of your awesome posts and updates! :)

  2. AWW thanks! I'm so glad you're reading my blog and getting something out of it. I am so happy I got to talk to our nurse. She was wonderful and so critical in Russell's birth. She reacted quickly and knew when things were getting beyond her capabilities. At that point every second counted and she was amazing. I am excited to see how a positive attitude and gratitude through this month will help improve my life and hopefully the lives of others. :)


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