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Ten things of Thankful-Long weekend memories

on 23 May 2016

There’s something about this time of night when my house is quiet except the snoring coming from behind my bedroom door. I feel most peaceful at night so that’s my favourite time to write. This long weekend is always looked forward to but the snow we encountered wasn’t. I suppose it still shocks me to see hail but this was at least two inches of the white stuff. Which reminded me of why I can’t plant my garden in May. In Canada tomorrow is the day we celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. 

I always thought she was a classy lady and I loved her collection of hats. Her daughter Queen Elizabeth always reminded me of my dear Mom. They looked a lot alike and I would tease my Mom and say all she needed was a cup of tea and a crown and she’d pass for royalty. Tomorrow is just another day to most but to me it’s a day to celebrate those memories I had with my Mom. 

I’m thankful that I can take that trip back in time and remember my special memories of my Mom, childhood traditions, and recognize Canada as being part of the British Common wealth. 

I’m thankful for a busy but satisfying week that we had. Sometimes I get flustered with having something scheduled to do everyday. This was one week I welcomed the distraction. 

I’m thankful that my husband took a week off and we were able to fit a lot of preparation in before our trip. He was also able to see how busy our week is with my sons behavioural aid lessons, preschool, and medical appointments. I’m grateful that I had my husband here to shoulder the load of what I usually handle on my own. 

I’m thankful for a field trip that both my husband and I were able to attend. This was the first time ever with two kids I was happy that my youngest son could have us both there. We attended the zoo and spent a lot of time in the dinosaur exhibit with our group of six kids (including our son). Fortunately we were able to see a few animal exhibits as well. 

I’m thankful I was able to see the Mama and her baby gorilla. When we had gone last time the baby was newly born and they weren’t available to be seen to the public. Which is understandable as a Mama and her baby need that private time for bonding and cherishing a new life in the zoo family. 

 I’m thankful I was able to spend that time just observing without snapping any intrusive pictures. The gorilla family had lost it’s alpha male Kakinga just the day before. There were flowers placed in a vase and the mood of the gorillas was somber without him there. I always enjoyed going to see him because he acting the most human of them all. It was sad to learn of his passing and bitter sweet to know of one life ending and one of his baby’s he sired beginning. 

I’m thankful for that fun day at the zoo with my husband and our son. The next day after waiting four months we were able to get him an MRI appointment. We were just arriving home from our field trip and the hospital called me. It was relief and a very difficult day for me as it brought back a lot of triggers of my sweet boy as a baby in the NICU. 

I’m thankful that my son did so well in the machine and that we were able to be with him, the anesthiologist, and nurses. We were able to ask a lot of questions but I will never forget the image of my son lying their so vulnerable before the medicine took affect. Now we wait for the results to give us more answers to the puzzle of his health. 

I’m thankful that I had time to cry, write, pray, and feel all the overwhelming emotions that accompanied me home from the hospital. My family may not have understood what I was going through but they allowed me to be alone so I could experience it without guilt or scarifice. 

I’m thankful that we were able to do some shopping as a family at the mall. This not an excursion that happens very often due to our youngest sons sensory threshold for the noise and crowds. We went after dinner when it was quiet enough and that made all the difference. I tried on and bought some fabulous cocktail dresses for my trip. My little boy got Batman shoes and my big boy got a Toronto Blue Jays hat that he’s been wearing ever since. So all in all a wonderful week full of surprises, fun, and gratitude. 


17 Responses to “Ten things of Thankful-Long weekend memories”

  1. 80smetalman says:

    Well written Jeanine! Pass on my condolences to the family of the gorilla and you are going to have to post photos of your holiday.

    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you so much Mike! I sure will I want to go back and see them one more time before we leave. I will be journaling and blogging about our adventures. As soon as I get a capable wifi signal. ?

  2. Colleen says:

    A rainy long weekend here in Creston ~ No snow though ~ And it didn’t rain on our parade ~ which is always a blessing …..
    Have a good ‘Victoria Day’ with your boys! ~ ((Hugs))

    • jsackmom says:

      We were just talking about that! I’m 13 years we seen two nice May long weekends living there. I will admit I was surprised to see the snow. I’m glad you didn’t get rain for your parade. ?

  3. SyndeNial says:

    Not really rainy but plenty of gray :/ I love this post. I’d do it myself but Im too lazy <3 Happy belated Vday beautiful

    • jsackmom says:

      Life on the coast eh? I woke up to that for 2.5 years and I couldn’t get used to it. I will admit the snow was shocking to see. It did disappear as fast as it fell though. This week is all about the planting of my garden. It’s a fun and supportive linkup at the TTOT I’d love to see you there sometime. ?

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  5. kage2015 says:

    You went through so many ups and downs with all the emotions. So very draining. You were able to remember so many memories and make new one.

    • jsackmom says:

      I sure did and yes it can be draining feeling so helpless. The good memories and my prayers have helped me get through the hard times. ?

  6. Canuck Carl says:

    What an amazing experience to see the mother and baby gorilla. They do mourn the loss of their own.

    And Jeanine, you yourself have a precious mother’s heart. I could see the word picture you drew with your son lying so vulnerable.

    May God strengthen you and encourage you in the days ahead!

    • jsackmom says:

      Carl thank you so much it’s wonderful to see you pop in and read and comment on my blog. ? The gorilla’s show of love and protection was amazing to witness. My son is my hero with his strength and tenacity. Both my sons make my Mother’s heart stronger with their love and resilience. ?

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