Thursday, May 31, 2012

A couple weeks ago, the Hubby took his last final, concluding his first year of medical school (Well, he technically has one more test on June 11th, but that's another story). Medical school is very (Is there a word for very times 1 million) intense so you can imagine how happy we felt when Hubs completed this nightmarish exam.

A year of parenting on my own, never seeing my husband, the Hubs shouldering the burden of medical school, and my horrid med/no sleep experience made us feel like we were walking trudging through each day with a ton of bricks upon our shoulders. But, when I was able to sleep again and the Hub's exam was complete, I felt that burden become light (I wouldn't be surprised if my posture has literally improved).

Baby boss mostly ate cookies the whole time. I guess
He was thankful for cookies:).
I felt so grateful that I wanted to express this gratitude in a tangible way. In the Mormon culture, we do what's called Family Home Evening. Once a week, usually Monday, a family gathers together for prayer, spiritual thoughts/lessons, treats, and an activity. The Hub's exam fell on a Monday, so we dedicated our F.H.E. to gratitude.

Each of us wrote on a balloon things we were grateful for and then let them float away. It was great to watch my kids think carefully about the things that mattered most to them.

Poor hubby hadn't even had time to shave for days. 
We talked about how important it is to be thankful for all we have and let our Heavenly Father know. Regardless of whether you're religious or not, it is nice to watch your expressions fly into the air...going somewhere...(Probably to a poor bird who will choke on the balloon...but I digress).

Anyway, I just wanted to post quickly about how thankful I am for so many things. There's nothing like coming out of a truly difficult time to make the world seem so great. If you are currently going through a rough time, hang on for dear life until a beautiful moment comes... I promise it will.

PS- Send me a picture of you and or you and your family doing gratitude balloons to and I will post you on the blog! Can't wait to see your pics:).


  1. Yay, congrats on getting through the first year!!! It must feel soooo good!

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  3. Thank you Brooke! I'm sure you know how it feels:). Mark actually has to retake a test from last semester on June 11th. So, he's still But, we aren't as worried about this one (He did take it once before after all:) Am I mean for laughing at him?...yeah, a little). The final was the brutal one. How are you guys going to spend your summer? Florida again? Visits from family? love ya!

  4. I like this idea a lot, and it reminds me of a similar thing we used to do at camp around the last campfire, where people could take a wood chip and talk about what camp meant to them. This was an especially touching ceremony when we did it at camp for kids with epilepsy. It makes you extremely grateful to be a part of something so special. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for this idea,
    I wrote a reply to the post and then the internet ate it before it was posted... so I put something together over on my blog, I don't have any balloons or people to share them with so had to do it on paper,
    but really helped me see that I do have a lot to be grateful for even on the most difficult days.
    Take care

    1. I hate when the internet eats my stuff! lol. I'm so glad you were able to do your own form of a gratitude project. I'm going to go peak at your post:).


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