Monday, November 8, 2010

FMM: Top 10 of 2010

I was hoping to talk about the fire pit today, in all its awesome finished-ness. That won't be the case today though :( You see - Harried Mom was supposed to call the stone place on Friday to make sure they had the little bit we needed to finish it in stock, and also have them gather it together for a quick pickup on Saturday morning. Harried Mom (who hates making phone calls) didn't see the point in this, as they either had it, or not, and we'd just get what we could Saturday morning. Alas, the stone place was closed for inventory Saturday morning. Why they couldn't do inventory after Noon when they close, I have no idea, but instead of spending the weekend out in the cold laboring away (which Matt did anyway, the yard needed a LOT of attention!) I got to putter around inside and tackled some things (does your house ever look like a bomb went off?) and the fire pit is now on hold until Thursday, when Matt has the day off.

Anywho, I was really wondering what, if anything, I was going to say today when I got a message from Becca from The Texas Darlings about Friend Making Monday. I can't tell you the last time I did FMM - or the last time I visited another blog, sorry peeps! - so it must be a sign that today is the day to jump back in and catch up.

Friend Making Monday is a great way to visit new blogs, get to know your friends better and make new ones along the way. If you'd like to participate, simply answer the question below and add you post to the linky on Becca's blog. Make sure you visit at least 5 other blogs and leave know you love comments, so spread some around :)

Today's assignment: What's my top 10 of 2010?......what is it that I am specifically thankful for in 2010? In no particular order, here goes:
  • Four healthy, happy kids who are, I hope, thriving
  • A husband who never fails to think of my happiness first ahead of his own
  • Jason, the surprise baby I didn't know I needed - he turns 3 tomorrow and I have thanked God for him every day since he was born
  • Sarah finally gave up pull-ups. I am SO THANKFUL for that. We just passed the 9 year mark of diaper changing, and have one kid to go. Anytime you're ready Jason - no pressure.
  • My own health & the fact I was able to run 13.1 miles back in September (and don't ask, the most I've managed since has been at most 5)
  • Turning 40. Surely that means I'm a grownup now, right? With all the wisdom that goes along with it? Yes, I'm thankful for it. Now I don't have to think about it anymore.
  • Being able to visit with my best friend from college not once, but twice this year. It had been way too long, and you don't find 'for-life' friends all that often. Michelle, we miss you!
  • Taking my family on a cruise! Yes it was crazy, but things always look rosier in hindsight - Matt was reading my post on it again last night & even he said it looked like we had a good time :)
  • Employment. Not mine, but Matt's. He's a government contractor and back in August we got the unhappy news that he might not have had a job for the coming year - I am so thankful THAT got resolved - for now, anyway. You never know with the government :)
  • In December Matt & I celebrate our 13th anniversary. Lucky number 13! I won't lie - this year has had some ups and downs - but getting through those and coming out stronger on the other side is what it's all about.
And that's my 10! The 10 I would mention today, anyway. Head on over to Becca's to link up your own 10, or just look around and find some new friends. You never know who you might stumble upon & become fast virtual friends with :)


  1. I love your top 10! And I thought 5 years of diapers was bad!!!! I have looked at all your cruise pics too and it really looks like a memorable time!

    Thanks for joining in!!! Have a great day.


  2. Thats looks like a perfect 10 to me! I'll be working on mine on and off the's cleaning day...yuck!

  3. 10 very wonderful things, indeed!

  4. Love what you said about Matt and Jason. You're such a nice wife an mom :)

  5. Great list, inspires me to think of my reasons to be thankful.

  6. I am thankful for the fire pit almost being done.

  7. I LOVED reading your list, Jen! I couldn't agree more with the last thing about "getting through and coming out stronger on the other side" really is what it's all about!

    Hope you have a great day!♥

  8. Newest follower! I'm so glad I found your blog, though it does look like another that I'll spend way too much time on. lol Can't wait to read more!

  9. Here's to diaper free days! :) And congrats on 13 years!

  10. Being diaper free would be great for you!

  11. LOVE your list, friend!! Love your posts, you're awesome. :)

  12. I'm a little jealous of you and I don't even know you.
    (1) I can't run 13 miles...and probably not even 5.
    (2) You went on a cruise and got to eat lots of good food. I'm a huge fan of good food and the ocean.
    (3) That you haven't killed your hubs after 13 years of marriage. I've made it to 8 but I'm thinking I won't make it to 13.
    (4) I really need to do this "making friends" thing.

    I'm friends IRL with Jenny Kate. I flew over from her site! =)

  13. Great list. Oh & the whole bomb thing, yeah my house too ALL THE TIME!

  14. great list! you are right - you should never take your health for granted. congrats!!

  15. What a nice list. And congrats on the 13 years!

  16. I meant to ask you if you sneaked Edward along on your cruise to help celebrate!
    Hope you guys have a super fun weekend!


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