Beautiful Moments

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Yesterday, I went to the doctor and received a few items of bad news. Nothing at all serious, but they are chronic problems. I have to take way too many meds. Came home from the pharmacist with 6 new bottles of pills I will need to take everyday. I hate taking pills. My doctor also suspects I'm allergic to either dairy or wheat. Crossing my fingers that the test results come back negative. I was very overwhelmed coming home from the doctor, so I pulled out a piece of paper and began writing down all the things that went right yesterday. I needed to see the beautiful moments.

::  Scale reported I'm down another pound. (6:31 a.m.)
::  Baby D plopped down next to me and gave me a big, slobbery kiss. (7:45 a.m.)
::  E gave me a hug as she ran to catch the bus yelling "I'll miss you every second, Mom!" (8:05 a.m.)
::  C asked me to "be comfy" with him; a rare occurrence. (comfy=hold/cuddle) (9:15 a.m.)
::  Sink is scrubbed to sparkling. Love a clean sink. (11:05 a.m.)
::  Birth announcements designed and approved by client. (12:15 p.m.)
::  Walked in on 5 & 3 year olds with arms around each other, watching a movie together. (1:08 p.m.)
::  Kids see me and scoot apart so I can sit in the middle. (1:09 p.m.)
::  Cuddle with all three kiddos on the couch. (1:10 p.m.)
::  Opened my fridge to find it packed full of healthy foods. Thank you, co-op. (4:30 p.m.)
::  Dinner on the table. Steamed broccoli is a favorite. (5:15 p.m.)
::  Family prayer and scriptures. Kids took turns telling us about their favorite miracle. It was adorable. (6:30 p.m.)
::  Silence. Kids asleep. (7:00 p.m.)
::  Friends came to visit and chat. (7:30 p.m.)
::  Husband finally arrived home. He was carrying bags of groceries. I married well. (9:54 p.m.)

It turned out to be a wonderful day, despite the start-of-day bad news. Being happy is a choice, not a consequence. I need to remember this.


  1. I'm so sorry, Hannah. What a great way to keep your attitude in check, though. I need to do that more often :). Let us know if there's anything we can do to help.

  2. Thanks for the reminder that, if we look, we always have more on the blessing side! May God continue to bless you an keep you in His loving care.

  3. I'm glad you were able to reflect on the good things of the day. I have plenty of room for improvement in that area and I want to teach my children to be more grateful and look for the good in their lives. It doesn't have as grand of an effect that hope for, but I'm laying the groundwork with Family Journal time. We take about 15 minutes every night to write down at least five things we are grateful for, some days we have more. My goal is to create a habit of looking for the good in every day.

  4. You are so awesome! What a great example you are.

    I have had to do this as well; often, since it's so easy to say "poor me", "my husband is deployed", "my life is horrible". But really...I am SO blessed!

  5. I hope everything goes well with you health. This is something I have to do to remind myself of the goos things in life.

  6. Ugh. Hope that maybe after a while the number of medications will dwindle. Sorry about that.
    What a fun day you had though. Sounds like they were all very sweet.
    Love you.

  7. I am glad you had a sweet day even though you got some bad news.
    Isn't it amazing how kids kind of feel when you need some sweet words, a kiss or some cuddle time?
    Sending you a big hug.

  8. Thank you for the reminder,

    Virtual hugs,

    Cate, x

  9. Thinking of you. Sorry about your bad news. Thanks for the reminder to really cherish the little things in life like kid cuddles and husbands. Love you!

  10. darn, i hate bad news.
    but i'm glad that you were able to spot the happy things during the rest of the day. what a great idea!

    lots of love to you!

  11. it's nice to see so much positive in one day. i hope you've inspired your readers to all take a moment and appreciate all they good they have in their lives. i know i'll be counting my blessings tonight!

  12. Life is full of such sweetness amidst the sorrow. I'm sorry more bad news has headed your way. Let's catch up about things soon...

  13. I'm sorry for your bad news, but find your way of going about it inspiring!! I hope you find some good news & keep enjoying the beautiful moments!

  14. I admire your ability to find joy and happiness in the little things. :)

  15. I am sorry for your bad news. This post was much needed today, for me at least. I hijacked your quote about happiness being a choice and posted it on Facebook, hope you don't mind!

  16. @Whitney: I don't mind at all if there is the proper credit. ;)

  17. Wow, Hannah way to turn things around! You go girl! :) I'm sorry about the doctors visit and the pills. Perhaps there is an alternative. Don't know what's going on but perhaps a naturopath?
    Keep it in mind. Take care of yourself and keep a good attitude like you've done. You are way futher than a lot of us!

  18. This made me tear up, it was so sweet. Way to look on the bright side!

  19. Amen!! Happiness is absolutely a choice! Love it!

  20. I am sorry to hear! But I am glad to hear you are deciding to be happy, I'm really taking that to heart right now! Thanks for sharing! :)


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