A place to appreciate the many things in my life that I am thankful for

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Back to it

After an extremely long hiatus I am pushing myself to get back to my thankful spot. I’m going to keep it short for today.

Everyday I am thankful for these two very special guys in my life:

Chris and Nathan boating on Sharbot Lake

Chris and Nathan boating on Sharbot Lake


Time Flies

How has it been over 3 months since my last post?

Things got busy and I stopped writing. I am sorry for that. I never stopped being grateful for things, but I don’t know if I truly stopped to appreciate them as much as I do when I’m writing.

Since I last wrote Evolution Theatre presented a Double Bill of Mary Magdalene and Adventures in Sobriety and [boxhead] – unfortunately one of the actors in [boxhead] became ill and was unable to perform in 6 of 10 performances. It was an awesome show (or so I’m told, I never actually got to see it myself) and it’s a shame that so many performances had to be cancelled. Fortunately, the actor is doing better these days and we’re trying to work out a remount.

We sold out house and moved at the end of May, which was craziness, but we’ve come through it pretty well. There’s still a lot to do, but I’m grateful to have such a wonderful place to call home. The house itself is lovely and has a large yard for Nathan to play in. I actually think we’ve spent more time in our backyard since we moved in then we did all summer last year! Also, we have wonderful, friendly neighbours. I’m happy to be raising my son in this neighbourhood.

Just over a week after we moved I went back to work. It was actually easier than I thought it would be. I think the anxiety leading up to it was the worst part. Nathan adjusted really well to daycare, which I am extremely grateful for. I think that was the main source of my anxiety. Fortunately, we have an amazing caregiver who he loves and who adores him. I am so grateful for her.

My baby is no longer a baby. He turned one a few weeks ago and has definitely made the transition to being a toddler. It’s amazing to watch him everyday – he’s growing and changing all the time. Each day I am grateful to have this incredible little person in my life.


My amazing little boy


Thank you for sticking with me through this hiatus. I am grateful and flattered that you are reading. I will endeavour to be more diligent with my posts.

A Special SM

I still have a lot to catch up on, but I had to write this quick post about one special Stage Manager.

Nick Alain is stage managing Evolution Theatre‘s upcoming production of [boxhead]. I am grateful for that alone, however that’s not what drove me to write this post.

I’ve been swamped with things lately. Between raising a baby who’s getting more active everyday, managing a theatre company and  everything else on my plate, a few things have slipped through the cracks. I feel like I’m running to play catch up and I’m exhausted.

Today Nick e-mailed me to bring one of those things to my attention. I felt awful and quickly replied with apologies and a an attempt to right the situation. His response was extremely understanding. I know I’m running on a low amount of sleep today (Nathan is teething and kept me up last night) and am extra emotional, but his response made me cry.

So not only is Nick is a fantastic SM, but he’s also a really great person. I am so grateful to be working with someone who’s so patient, understanding and kind.

Thank you Nick.


To borrow a term from a friend, I felt like an ubermom today. Nathan slept well last night, it’s getting easier to feed him solids, he had a good afternoon nap, we played together and though he was having a rough time with his teething, he was pretty happy today. AND he went to sleep at a decent (and starting to become consistent) bedtime.
I’m very grateful for having such a smooth day. I know I’m a good mother, but having those ubermom moments feels pretty awesome! 🙂

Support, Part 2

Earlier this month I posted about a post-partum group that I have been a part of at the Ottawa Hospital. This Thursday will be my final session with this group, which is bittersweet. I feel that I have gained a lot from this group and am so glad to have shared a portion of my journey with these wonderful women. I am happy to know that my finishing opens up a spot for another struggling mother to hopefully get as much out of the group as I have. Although I am taking a step forward, I do feel as though I am leaving a security blanket behind.

Today, however, I started a new group. This one is Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is a more systematic, goal-oriented approach. It will hopefully help me break some patterns and deal with the anxiety that I am feeling post-partum. I am thankful that I was able to get a place in this group and left today’s session feeling very hopeful. I also had a good chat with one of the other moms after the session, which was great. It’s really wonderful to be able to openly talk to someone else who I know is in a similar situation to mine and not feel inhibited by the stigma that is often attached to depression. I am very grateful for that too.

I am also grateful for you, dear reader. Thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings and join me on my journey.

Me Time

Chris has taken Nathan upstairs, giving me some time to put my feet up, enjoy a cup of tea and indulge in watching my guilty pleasure of a TV show. I love my son more than anything, but it’s definitely nice to have some time to myself and I’m grateful for it.

Sleepy baby and Daddy

Going for “coffee”

I put coffee in quotation marks since I don’t actually drink the stuff, but still refer to going out for a hot beverage as “going for coffee”.

This morning I met up with a friend for coffee. We’re not particularly close, but we have several things in common and never have a shortage of things to talk about.

I don’t do things like this nearly often enough and I’m really glad that we got together. For one thing, it forced me out of the house and it was just a really lovely way to start the day. I’m grateful for that.

So if anyone wants to get together for coffee (or any other beverage) and a chat, I’m happy to oblige! 🙂

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