Thankful for Days 17-24

Day 17

Today I am thankful for my little nephew. I may not get to see you very often Matthew, but I am truly glad I get to be your Aunt. You are growing into a very handsome, loving little boy.

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Day 18

Today I am thankful for my sweet little niece. Isabella you are truly a blessing to this family. I have enjoyed watching you grow into the beautiful little girl that you are and I am so thankful that I will continue to get to see you grow up.

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Day 19

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to travel Europe for 3 years. We got to see some amazing places and create memories that will last a lifetime.

One of our favorite trips—-Budapest

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Day 20

Today I am thankful for my stepmother. While we may not have always gotten along, you have made my dad happy and that is all that matters to me. I am thankful that you hung in there with 3 very stubborn girls. We love you!

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Day 21

Today I am thankful for my grandmother. You may not be on this Earth anymore, but I know you are watching over us from Heaven. I am thankful for the many years we got together and am super glad I always had someone to run to when I got scared. I miss you dearly.

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Day 22

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to buy a home and the fact that our offer was accepted.

Day 23

Today I am thankful for having a job that I enjoy for now. I know that may not seem like a big deal but trust me it is. I enjoy the people I work for and I do not wake up and dread going into work.

Day 24

Today I am thankful that I am almost finished with getting my Bachelor’s. It has been a long time coming and I can not wait to have my degree and move on to getting my Master’s. I have truly loved everything about Psychology.

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Thankful for Days 12-16

Day 12

Today I am thankful for my two little furbabies. While they may get on my nerves some days, they for sure know how to make me smile. Life would not be the same without them.

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Day 13

Today I am thankful for my wonderful father in law and mother in law, Ken and Robyn. They took me in no questions asked and we were able to develop an amazing relationship because of it. I am forever thankful for all that they have done and continue to do for us.

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Day 14

Today I am thankful for my mother in law, Sandi. While we may not always see eye to eye, we are thankful for all that you do. Brody loves his Gigi.

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Day 15

Today I am thankful for our Aunt and Uncle, Faith and Tom. You guys have truly been there for us more times than I can count. We are forever thankful for you two and truly love the bond we have made with you both.

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Day 16

Today I am thankful for my new step father. I am so very thankful that God brought you into my mom’s life as you truly make her happy.

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Thankful for Days 5-11

Day 5

Today I am thankful for my 1st baby sister, Dusti. While life has not always been sunshine and rainbows with us and I would not want it any other way. As soon as you were brought into my life I knew that I would always have a friend in this world. There has never been a dull moment since you came into this world and you have made my life so much brighter. I am so thankful that I get to be your big sister.

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Day 6

Today I am thankful for my 2nd baby sister, Tabitha. Life was going along just fine with Dusti and I and then along came a little brown-haired baby girl who forever changed our lives. I have truly enjoyed watching you grow into the beautiful young lady that you are. God truly knew that Dusti and I needed you in our lives to help balance us out.

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Day 7

Today I am thankful for my 3rd baby sister, Haley. I can honestly say that you were a true blessing to our family of 3 girls already. You are growing into a beautiful young lady with such a big heart. I am enjoying watching every minute of you growing into who you are meant to be.

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Day 8

Today I am thankful for my 4th and final baby sister, Madison. You were our surprise that we never knew we needed. You are slowly growing into a beautiful young teenager(Happy Birthday today) who has such a loving and caring heart. I am beyond proud to be your big sister.

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Day 9

Today I am thankful that I got to have 15 loving years with my grandmother before God finally called her home. From that day I knew that I would always have a guardian angel watching over me. I am thankful that God allowed me to have those few years with her to learn what true love was all about. She taught me to always put others before myself. I am forever thankful that I got to call her mine.

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Day 10

Today I am thankful for my wonderful best friend. She was brought into my life at just the right moment 17 years ago and my life has not been the same since. She has been my rock on a number of occasions and I know that I can always count on her. She is the most loving, caring and beautiful person I know and I will forever be thankful for her amazing friendship.

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Day 11

Today I am thankful for my dad. While we may not always see eye to eye I am so very thankful that you are mine. While you may not have always supported some decisions in my life you believed in me and knew that I would make the right decision for myself.

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Thankful for Days 1-4

Day 1

Today I am thankful for my relationship with God because without Him nothing is possible. 1 John 4:19, “We love because he first loved us.” Without Him, I would not know what true love really is.

Day 2

Today I am truly thankful for the love I get to experience with my wonderful husband. He does so much for Brody and I and always puts us before him. I am so thankful for all that he does for us. I have never felt more loved, safe, and respected. I love the small gestures he does to show me that he loves me even after 8 years of being married.

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Day 3

Today I am thankful for my little blue-eyed boy. Brody has truly been a blessing in our lives. He brings so much joy and light into our lives and always knows how to make us smile. God knew what He was doing when He allowed us to be his parents.

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Day 4

Today I am thankful for my loving mother. She taught me how to be a mother and showed me how to be strong. She showed me that sometimes we must put others before ourselves and that no matter what we must have respect for others. I will always be truly thankful for her.

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Update on Brody

Well, the beginning of the month has started as an exciting and stressful time in the Kirkley household. On the 1st, we took Brody to his neurology appt and she told us that his latest EEG was normal and because it has been 2 years since his last seizure, we can start weaning him off his medicine. If there are no seizures by the end of December then he will have outgrown his epilepsy. I am stressed because I do not want to watch him have another seizure ever. I would not wish that on anyone. I am also excited and who wouldn’t be; to say that someone they love has outgrown epilepsy is something people wish and pray for once they are on this side of things. Epilepsy is hard on everyone that is close to it. As a mom, knowing there is nothing you can do while your child is having a seizure is one of the worst feelings ever. As the patient, all the appts, needle pricks, EEG’s, and medicine can be scary especially if the patient is young. As for my child, he would not understand what had happened once he woke up after the seizure and I am sure that was scary for him. I remember the day Brody was diagnosed that I asked why us; why him? I silently cried until Brody went to sleep and then I cried myself to sleep laying beside him in the hospital room. I remember waking up multiple times that night just to check on him. I remember the many times after when he started running a fever, which is how his epilepsy started, and making him sleep in the bed with me and kicking my husband out on the couch or into Brody’s bed. I remember the week we came home from the hospital and making Brody sleep in the bed with us just so I could feel if he was going to have a seizure. I remember being the mom at the park and never letting him out of my sight. I know that we have until December to know anything, I can see that we are slowly seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I truly believe that with God anything is possible. I also know that there needs to be a greater awareness for epilepsy as so many Americans suffer from it. We are almost on the second phase of the weaning, we were at 4 pills a day and are now at 3, soon to be 2. Here is a picture of us leaving the hospital hopefully for the last time for this reason.

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Melrose (Young Living Essential Oil)

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I have to admit that my husband did not believe in just using oils. For the past month, my husband has been complaining about an earache and even went to the doctor multiple times and was diagnosed with an ear infection. He was given medicine, but one night he could not take the pain anymore, so I got out my quick reference guide and looked up earache. I knew that I had to do something because I did not like seeing him in so much pain. I found that I should apply a drop of Melrose onto a cotton ball and have him place it in his ear. We did this for a few nights and it worked. The pain was gone. Plus, this oil blend smells amazing.

If you would like to start this journey to a healthier you message me.

If you would like to place an order you may go here. If you place an order through me I will include a free oil along with a quick reference guide.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I’m just a mom and wife sharing my experience! As always, do what you feel is best for your family. 

1st Grade

Brody man started 1st grade last week. His grandmother and I took him to pick out his book bag and a new lunchbox to help him start to get excited about starting back to school. This is what he decided on:

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Two days before school started we got to go meet his teacher and I had to fill out some paperwork. We also were able to droop off his school supplies so that we did not have to worry about it the day school started.

The night before school we let Brody decide what he wanted to eat for dinner and we let him pick out his clothes. We played Legos and watched tons of cartoons. Pretty much we decided to make the night all about Brody and what he wanted to do.

And then it became morning. I thought I was ready for it and that it was going to be easier this time. I mean we had got through kindergarten just fine. Yes, I did cry that first day and the second, but it got easier. I was not prepared to turn into a big baby all over again.

Well, we got up made him breakfast and prepared his lunch. He got dressed and was ready for mama to take some pictures.

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Even Tiger wanted to get in on the picture action. Then it was time for us to leave to head to the school. Traffic was horrible this year. It took almost 30 minutes just to get to the school where it normally takes 10. This was fine because it gave me more time with him before he officially became a first grader. We finally got to school and had to find somewhere to park (ended up having to park in the grass behind the school). There were so many people dropping their children off.

I did not have to walk him in this year, but there was no way either of us were going to be ok with that. He was not ready either.

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Clearly in the second picture you can see he was not ready to let me go. And I am so thankfully that I got this picture. I was not ready either. I was not prepared to have him go to first grade. I wanted him to be a baby still. At least I knew he was in good hands. His teacher is amazing.

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He had a great first day and had so much to tell me when I picked him up.

Needless to say it does not get any easier on the first day of school. He will always be my baby in my eyes and I will cry every first day of school for the rest of his life.

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****And yes I cried while writing this****

Angel’s Haven

Today I wanted to share about an animal rescue mission. Angels Haven all started with one sweet little dog named Angel.

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They have went on to rescue over 30 dogs and at least 5 cats. Their mission which is shared on their website, can be found here, states that they simply want to rescue animals that have been abandoned and help them find their forever homes. As one can imagine rescuing animals can be costly with vet bills, food, cat litter, and flea medication. They also get the animals spayed or neutered if they are not already. 90% of the time they have been footing the bill out of pocket, but recently one of the rescuers was diagnosed with cancer and has not been able to work. All they ask for are donations or to help get their word out to help place some of the animals with their forever homes. Why buy when you can rescue? Here are some pictures of the animals currently in their care:

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They also have 4 new puppies, one of which has been fighting for his life. They have been having to feed him with a bottle and he seems to be having trouble keeping things down. Here is a picture of two of the newest puppies(one on the right is the sick one):

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All donations are accepted. There are always in need of Dog food, blankets, Clorox wipes, paper towels and PP pads. You are also able to donate through PayPal. If you would like to help you can visit their website for more information which can be found here.