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Ten things of thankful

on 7 March 2016

I’ve had an exciting and busy last two weeks so I’m here today to share in my thankfulness and blessings. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a smile, a gift,  or an expression of love that leaves me filled with gratitude. This last week is an extraodinary example of that so here’s my recollection with Lizzi and her co-hosts

I’m thankful for my ability to put my thoughts into words. I may not be able to process changes right away but I can always write things down or talk them through. I’m teaching my oldest son that this is good therapy for him too. I’ve been experimenting with creating memes and word pictures. I was lucky enough that the wonderful Babies Bloodhounds and Booze featured me with some funny folks on the web not once but twice! I’m so grateful to her, her talent, and that she thinks my Memes are funny. 

I’m thankful for the days when I feel like my ego’s bruised I find a positive quote, message, or comment about how something I wrote made a difference. I read and cherish those moments and I’m feeling inspired again. 

I’m thankful that I can lose myself in a good book no matter what stressful things come up into my life. Taking time to put my feet up and sail away into a new adventure is always the cure for what ails me. 

I’m thankful for living in Canada and all the beauty I get to see every day. I take walks daily and I go to the river with my kids and we perfect the fine art of skipping stones. Or throw sticks in the water and watch them race down the current. 

I’m thankful for each time I let myself down by losing my temper and yelling that I’m always able to apologize and learn from my behaviour. It’s a great lesson in perseverance and kindness. 

I’m thankful for taming my laundry beast (saying borrowed from Meaning of Me) who understands my struggle with laundry. Today I celebrated washing, folding, and putting away six loads of laundry! I tend to get overwhelmed with five just sitting there mocking me, so this is a huge thankful brag. 

I’m thankful for my bravery and I invited some potential clients to discuss my Beach Body business. I seek out people who show interest but this time I just went ahead and offered my knowledge after hearing a conversation where an acquaintance was struggling with their health. 

I’m thankful for my husband’s career reaching new heights in his company. Last week he won a very prestigious honour and the President presented him with an elite award and there was a celebration. I felt so proud watching my love make his speech thanking me and our son’s for all the sacrifices we’ve made to get him to this position. I’m so happy for his hard working staff and management team.  I had invited some relatives to come to the event and that made it even more special.


I’m thankful for the trophy, plaque, flowers and gifts for our kids that were gown to us for my husband’s store leader of the year! His staff is very proud of him and sang him a song of congratulations. All the messages, comments, texts, and phone calls from our family and friends expressing their happiness is so appreciated. 

I’m thankful that with the award we get to take a special trip all expenses paid to South Africa! We’ve never been anywhere besides our honeymoon ten years ago so this is a trip of a lifetime and we’re so excited to bless the rains and the sunshine in Africa! 

35 Responses to “Ten things of thankful”

  1. It is wonderful for us to feel gratitude , to have this awareness, will always bring you to recieve good things in your life, enjoy your holiday, you deserve it.

  2. Wow! That is fantastic! A trip to Africa and its A.E.P!!! That is an amazing prize! You will have the most fantastic time and create memories that will stay with you forever!

    • jsackmom says:

      It’s the most fabulous trip to look forward too. I’ve always wanted to go to that side of the world. Definitely one to cross of our bucket list. ???

      • Absolutely. I have been to North Africa many times but never ventured South where all of the good stuff and people are so you guys are super lucky for sure…!

        • jsackmom says:

          The continent fascinates me with all it’s beauty. What a gift for you to have traveled there so often. ?

          • I did think that but to be fair, the people in the north are very angry and untrustworthy people with religion driving much of their lives. The further south you go (not necessarily to S.A itself) the better they are although there are certain parts that are still a little restless such as Zimbabwe and Nigeria. Having said that, you get bad people in all walks of life so we must take as we find….
            I am sure you will have an absolute blast and I know it will be the holiday of a lifetime!

          • jsackmom says:

            Yes I understand more as I research as I become more aware of the tension in the North. Our trip is very regimented of where we will be traveling so for that I’m grateful. ?

          • Cool. You will have an amazing time and all of the people you will meet will be without doubt some of the nicest most genuine people you have ever come across.
            I will be wanting a FULL report upon your return!

          • jsackmom says:

            Absolutely I keep thinking of a quote I came across about traveling and finding the good. I’m going to document everything that I’m allowed to share on my blog. As the trip is all arranged by my husband’s company. I get all tearful thinking how special this all is. ?

  3. bobcabkings says:

    Great thankful list

  4. What a wonderful two weeks for you! Congrats to you and your family – well deserved.

  5. Colleen says:

    Once again I am thankful to have a friend that can ‘write’ the ‘right’ words to express Gratitude and Kindness to others …. always….Love You Jeanine! ❤️

  6. Such a heartfelt and thoughtful post! Loved it 🙂 xoxo

  7. herheadache says:

    I completely agree, know what you’re saying, as I am continually grateful to live in Canada.
    That trip sounds amazing though. I have never been to Africa. Seems like a world away. Hope to hear all about it.

    • jsackmom says:

      I love all the beauty of our country and where else can you experience all four seasons, sometimes in one day? ? I’m preparing for the trip and loving the beautiful book we received as part of the travel package. I’m loving all there is to offer of this incredible part of the world. I will be documenting our travels and blogging about it. ?

  8. New Journey says:

    great post….and a trip to Africa….congrats to you guys….what fun….can’t wait to hear about your journey over and back….kat

  9. Sandra says:

    I love how your husband was commemorated, that was truly awesome. You know what I loved most about this post thought, and it gave me a GREAT idea (me and my ideas!) I loved that you said that sometimes when you’re feeling down, someone says something great in your comments and it changes the entire tone of the day (well, you may not have said that verbatim 🙂 But wouldn’t it be such a terrific thing, if we, as women who tend to undervalue our worth ALL THE TIME, took the time to write to positive comments in a little booklet to look over during those times when we felt down about our writing and ourselves? Just a thought. I honestly would do this if I have the time because I think it would be such a great pick-me-up.

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you so much Sandra I’m feeling so proud and blessed. I have kept a lot of comments since I started my blog in my notes. What a fabulous idea to put them into booklet form. I would love to do that post it anonymously of course. I’m so emotional just the thought of having a special place to live for those thoughts and sentiments has me all teared up. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with me. ❤️

  10. valj2750 says:

    Very cool post. I totally understand the laundry beast. Congratulations on your trip. I’ve heard South Africa is a beautiful place.

  11. Lizzi says:

    So SO many gorgeous things to celebrate here, and I’m enormously glad. I could feel the happiness oozing out of this post, and it was delightful to read. I’m so happy these wonderful things are happening in your life 🙂

  12. This truly is a beautiful post!
    Congratulations to you, your husband and your boys for making such a phenomenal team :).

    Six loads of washing?! I’m shocked that you got through six loads of washing. Bravo!

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring post.
    South Africa is looking forward to your arrival.

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you so much it really does feel like a miracle most days to get through one load of laundry lately. My son likes to dump them over, put them on his head and pretend he’s a robot. ?
      Thank you for the beautiful compliment I just received word that we get a wine tour while we’re there. The anticipation just keeps growing daily. ??

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