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Ten Things of Thankful Successes and Springing Ahead

on March 14, 2016

I will start out my thankful list by being really honest I loathe the spring time change. I love to sleep, day time naps especially since my youngest son has severe sleep apnea we’re awaiting surgery to repair. Knowing it was coming around the corner of losing that hour filled me a sense of dread. I had intended to change my clocks then my son woke up and needed some cuddles. By the time I got him settled we both fell asleep. Waking up Sunday on my couch and disoriented because I had no idea what time it was is quite a trip. I persevered to get through the day as it was beautiful and sunny and I couldn’t waste a moment of it. So onto to the thankfuls with your co-host of TTOT Fly on our Chicken Coop Wall
I’m thinking of my successes this week on this Sunday where I take 20 minutes for me to write this blog, tuck my kids into bed and get in one last kiss. They’re my biggest successes in life as well maintaining a loving relationship with their Dad. Today was a beautiful sunny day so we went to spend it at the zoo. Laughter, sunshine, and watching the Penguins swim after my happy boys as they played made me giggle and smile. The biggest successes in life are made up of who I love and who loves me. 💖


Penguins get very hot when they swim so they cool off by fanning their wings out at their sides.

I’m thankful that my family therapy program is going well and there’s been a lot of progress with adjusting and changing troublesome behaviours. I feel more confident about keeping myself in check and not overreacting and letting a trigger affect my progress with a difficult situation. I’m noticing the good and ignoring minor behaviours and dealing with major ones immediately. 

I’m thankful for the consistency, calm approach, and compassion that I’ve been able to tap into have been the greatest keys to our families success. We’ve been having regular family meetings and checking in with each other to talk about our feelings. Each of us feels heard and understood and then we usually play a board game or Wii after. 

I’m thankful for being consistent and getting four workouts in as well as some resistance training and yoga to build and stretch out my overworked body. It’s been a long slow recovery with my neck injury in January due to how stressed my central nervous system was. I’m happy to say I’m back to feeling 90 % better and know I’ll be back to more cardio and strength training soon. 

I’m thankful I did take the time to rest and recuperate when my body said enough. I’m not always the best at slowing down because the routine and nervous energy has been something I’ve thrived on. I’m learning daily what I can and can’t do and running on empty in my food fuel or emotional tanks is detrimental to my well being. 

I’m thankful that I started a new parenting group and I’ve met some like minded parents looking for strategies and I’m refreshing skills that I haven’t been using. I also attend a support group for parents of anxious kids and it’s been a tremendous support and lifeline for my family and I. One major thing I’ve learned is how difficult it is to have my mind and body in a fight or flight response. As well as anxiety lies to us and we are the truth of our feelings. Taking the six second approach to engage my senses I’m able to help myself and my children go from intelligent brain to primal. 

I’m thankful for beautiful weather and I got outside to do walking everyday this week. The sunshine’s an elixir in my life and I feel so much better if I get my vitamin D fix. It always feels better when I walk and I’m able to clear my head when life situations overwhelm me. I see and hear messages that I wouldn’t by being preoccupied. 


Angel wings in the sky

This week marked a very special occasion as my cousin’s daughter turned one! I’ve written more about her story last year Here and the challenges this sweet baby girl faced. With an incredible, tenacious, Mom with the strength of a warrior guiding her through life and a patient hard working Dad as well a ton of love and support I see nothing but success for Amazing Grace. 


Photo courteousy Love by Krista Evans and used with permission

I’m thankful that my son had a fun game to round out his hockey season. Both Atom and Novice teams were matched up and the kids had a blast playing against each other. Next season most of them will be reunited on the sane team as Atoms. I’ve come to know a few of these players and their families and my family and I feel blessed to have made some amazing friends. 

I’m thankful for visiting with my friend, chatting over wine, and enjoying some relaxation in my hot tub. As a special needs parent my days are busy with therapy lessons, school, hockey, and medical appointments. When I put those things all aside and focus on my self care the results are positive for all my family. I feel better knowing I’m taking care of myself and my happiness and that makes me a better person, Mom, wife, and sister! 

I’m thankful that I dropped all of the housework chores and took advantage of a beautiful +15 sunny day. We went to the zoo and had a fabulous time. I watched my kids interacting with the Canadian geese who were almost domesticated with how tame they were. A few of the exhibits were closed due to maintenance and the gorilla family were celebrating a new baby. We were able to see a live cam of the Mama and her little baby cuddling. It melted my heart and made me think of how I cuddled my own growing precious son’s. We’re really not that much different from animal kind and human kind when we all are united in love. 

A Mother’s love 💖

20 responses to “Ten Things of Thankful Successes and Springing Ahead

  1. Your list of things is beautiful, Jeanine. Angel wings? Wow. Just wow!
    I love your item about compassion and family meetings – that is truly wonderful.
    None of us likes the spring change (and admittedly the fall one is difficult, too, for different reasons). Today will be a bit rough, especially since yesterday and today are dreary and rainy and it’s difficult to see the longer daylight hours and appreciate that. But I love a good rainy day, so I’m here by the window reading and working and writing. I’m all set!

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    • jsackmom says:

      Thank you Lisa I believe it takes a special person to appreciate the rain. I lived costal for a short time and we had rainy seasons of 2-3 months long! The spring time change kicks my ass and takes me to 2 weeks to adjust to it. I always see those messages in the sky if I just slow down and pay attention. I saw this one from my hot tub and felt very blessed indeed. Enjoy your coziness of reading and writing. 😊


  2. Colleen says:

    Just like the stewardess tells you in the airplane “you need to get that oxygen mask on yourself first..before you can help your child” … Someone had to remind me of that .. one time in my life…
    You’ve got this Jeanine! – You’ve got your priorities right on!
    Keep reminding us! – Keep writing!
    We don’t change time here in .Creston but all around us does! – Same as Cranbrook for half the year .. Nelson the other. – We’re now on PST till the change in November.. Hoping that the ‘STOP
    The Time Change’ online petition goes through!!
    Have a good week!! 💗

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    • jsackmom says:

      I think of that airline stewardess advice every time I fail to implant it in my life. I keep on persevering even without that extra hour of sleep. That was one of best things about living in Creston no clock adjusting and of course the friendly people! The province of Saskatchewan doesn’t either. It made it confusing for me moving into Pacific and now Mountain I never know when to phone anybody. 😉


  3. 80smetalman says:

    Some very nice pictures here. Glad to see things have been going well for you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Beautiful post today, I also would like to tell you that I have nominated you for “The Versatile Blogging Award” please view on my blog, I see I have put MOM into your URL, so i will be putting that right in a moment. Thank you for a super post today.

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  5. herheadache says:

    A family day at the zoo sounds like a blast.
    Sunlight really does boost our moods. Hoping for lots more of that for spring.

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    • jsackmom says:

      It was so much fun! My feet and back were sore after my little one got tired. But nothing a soak in my hot tub couldn’t fix. I live for the sunshine it’s my happy place. 😃🌞

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  6. New Journey says:

    Great list, and I couldn’t stop looking at that sweet, precious, little face…what a little doll, you can see her reaction to the new world outside her mommy….what an expression…..love the quote in the precious post…and great writing….Happy St. Patrick’s day my friend……Kat

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  7. Nothing really beats a good day time nap!

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