with much thanks

wow, thank you everyone. so wonderful to hear from you all. what a community! i wrote everyone back or commented on blogs for those of you who i could not find email for. you lovely anonymous ladies, thank thank you. sorry i couldnt send you personal messages. i am surprised how much interest there is in just daily life stuff. it really had me thinking yesterday. i am generally a happy person, but that doesnt mean that i dont have stress in my life. i actually have a whole lot of stress in my life that i never talk about here. like pull my hair out and cry stress. this life is something else and finding out what you are supposed to be doing is even harder, isnt it? for those of you who are living a life that you love, i commend you. if you suspect that you might not be, start looking around. i have been doing a lot of meditating on risk. i have decided risk is good. risk leads to growth. even if things dont work out how you think they should, you still grow and learn from the experience. and if risk means being happy and true to yourself and your family, then that is definitely worth it isnt it? ok enough sermonizing...

as for my life this week, lots of working on presents that i cant talk about here. dang. here is some daily mundane for you. eliot had to go to the doctor yesterday for his 4/5 year check up. why? not because he is sick, but because his school was all in a tizzy about updating medical records. ok, fine, i can do that. faxed in the form and found out that he isnt up to date himself. nothing like spending another $20 bucks on an unbudgeted office visit. to top it off the poor guy had to get four shots! neither he nor i saw that coming. that sweet boy took it like a champ. oh and remember how i thought he was going to freak out about getting presents for the foster kids? not at all. he came home from target and showed my friend sarah each and every thing, explaining "these books are for a little girl who doesnt have money to get christmas presents, this car is for a little boy who..." he so got it. that makes my heart feel good. eliot you are the best boy. i love you kiddo.


Blogger mo.wask said...

[had a typo in my earlier message... sorry] i've so been feeling the "go look for it". so glad you wrote that today. thanks. i think this community has made me realize that it is possible. now i just need to plan, organize and take the plung. kind of like jumping into a pool of cold water. so scared to even put my toes in at this point but i'll eventually dive right in.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Su said...

I know what you mean about risk. Its a great thing to do something brave even when you're scared of the outcome. I can apply that to many areas of my life. Life is change...and risk creates change which is good.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Poor little guy! 4 shots, that's not pleasant! Mine had to have 3 in November, and we both almost couldn't handle it.

What a sweetie he is for understanding that not all kids get presents!

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Allison said...

Well done Eliot! Kids can really be so wonderful, and I think if you explain things to them they can get it. You should feel very proud of your boy.

10:33 PM  
Blogger kristen said...

hannah, i was telling john tonight about your concerns with eliot and the presents and he said, "oh, i think she'll be surprised. he'll get it." i think sometimes we forget how smart kids really are. been missing your blog lately...i need to catch up.

12:00 AM  
Blogger molly said...

nothing worse than shots coming out of nowhere. you can tell eliot I felt the same way with my shots! ha.
how wonderful to hear his willingness to share in the wealth and spirit of christmas with other children. don't it amaze you how much children really 'get' sometimes?!

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eliot is seriously one of the sweetest kids. he always amazes me with his sensitivity to the smallest expression. i remember a few weeks ago i was over and he said something that i wasn't quite sure how to respond to; guess my eyebrows moved as i thought b/c he tilted his head, pursed his lips and then asked, "beth, what did your eyebrows mean?" love that kid!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

good parents raising good kids. there was a touchy feely reporter on npr the other night asking this guy about his take on financial planning as an "investment in others, combining giving away the same way we combine saving and spending". anyway-- the reporter consistently asked questions which underestimated the understanding of children, the willingness of people who have little to give much, and the impact that parents have in intentional acts of charity on their kids.

whoa big comment. all to say, that you're doing a good job.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

OH! and that picture before was brilliant, but i understand why you pulled it.

2:06 PM  
Anonymous jmac said...

taking my risk in life has been the best and worst decision i ever made.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

So dude. My mama is gonna take me to get my shots soon too. So not happy about that. But I'm pining for a new truck. . .do you think this is a good time to ask for it?
Peace out,

11:48 PM  
Blogger sue said...

How sweet that your son actually did good with the gift buying. Isnt it nice when little children do something for someone they dont even know, and hopefully they will do it when they have children too. Glad that you are feeling better too, life does get overwhelming sometimes, even if you dont know why, and feel like it needs to change. Some days I feel fantastic about how my life is, and then the next day it can all change in an instant.

2:39 AM  
Anonymous amanda said...

what a sweet babe you've got there. Big heart. Just like his mama.

7:30 AM  
Blogger Magpie K said...

Wow, well done Elliot, that's just such a heart-warming thought. You are a great mum Hannah.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm behind on my blog-reading as usual, so I missed your last post but just wanted to say congratulations on two years of your life in the so-called blogosphere! I'm glad I found Huffmania. Risk can be scary but so worth it... just went through that one myself and glad I took the leap... good luck with whatever you're contemplating. xoxo

5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree hannah. the nave does seem VERY LARGE.

love that eliot.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know a city great for risks! (call me. . . )

i had a feeling the target trip would go smoothly. special parents special kids

11:27 PM  
Anonymous jenny vorwaller said...

aww about the shots...):

9:58 AM  

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