January 11, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Before we get started, the Sodee Natural winner is: the Partain Family who said, "I would love to try the Eczema cream. I have a 7 month old son who gets patches of it on his arms. I haven't found anything over the counter that I can use on him, so I feel so helpless when I can tell it's bothering him and I can't do anything for him. :("  Drop me an email and we'll get you set.

Our challenge from two weeks ago was to celebrate your 2011 victories.  I think many of us can be hard on ourselves.  I could definitely and easily rattle off the things I need to work on, but I believe it's important to see how far we've come.  

I thought of three victories I've had this year.  They are a bit personal, but we're friends :)

1) I've come to appreciate my boys even more.  If you've been reading a while, you know we've been trying to get pregnant for over a year now.  While there have been many moments of frustration, I really feel that it's made me appreciate the children I do have so much more.  I've been trying to cherish the little moments with them more.

2) I've learned to reach out more.  Believe it or not, I'm kind of an introvert.  When I added Wake Up Wednesday last year it was because I felt compelled to reach beyond my comfort zone and to give more of myself.  While I still have a long way to go, I feel like I've also come along way and have started many unique friendships I never would have.

3) Balancing.  Don't get me wrong.  This is really a work in progress.  However, when I was asked to take on a big responsibility at church this year (primary president) I wasn't sure everything could possibly fit in my life.  I kind of thought it might all come crashing down.  Well, it didn't.  After nine months of it I am loving it and I have about 30 new very young friends.  I've been helped a lot to make everything fit.

Now this week's challenge is one of my very favorite challenges we did last year at this time.  Give compliments to strangers.  This one if so easy and often has a big payoff.  It's so fun to watch someone's expression totally change as you point out the good in them.  I will be heading off to New York this weekend, so I'm excited to have lots of opportunities to try this one out.

So, did any of you celebrate your victories?  I would love to hear about it.  Thanks for being here.


  1. I thought about this one a lot! This past year was a big one for us. I graduated from college, we bought our first home, and I've learned how to happily transition into being a stay at home wife (the mom part is coming later this year). I've learned how to continue learning without being in school- which is huge. It's been a great year. Balance is something that we all have to work at I think, but we're always blessed for doing the important things first! I'm glad things are working out in primary, I'm sure you're doing great!

  2. I posted about my victories on my blog: http://happilyeveraftertaketwo.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-year-triumphs.html It was a hard thing to do. I have a hard time complimenting myself, but it's one thing I'm trying to work on, so this challenge was good for me. I totally hear you on the primary thing too. A year and a half ago I got a divorce and moved to the other side of the state with my two kids. I had literally been in our new ward for two weeks when they asked me to be the primary president. I didn't think I could possibly handle all the stresses that came with my new life PLUS the stresses of Primary, but it turned out to be exactly what I needed. At that time in my life I needed the sweet simple testimony of our Heavenly Father's love for us that only a child could express. It turned into one of my favorite jobs. I recently moved again and was released, and believe it or not, I totally miss it! :)
    Good luck this weekend, I am so excited for you! I can't wait to see your show:)

  3. Oh!! Thank you, thank you for the give away! I'm so excited we won. I can't wait to try it out on my little dude to help ease the itchies. I'll let you all know how it works, when we try it out. :) Have a blessed day.

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  5. Our victories have been more like blessings but I still wanted to share. My husband quit his job back in December wanting to do more in his profession and become a firefighter. We felt guided to make the transition and did so having faith that all would be well. Well long story short he didn't get hired on here and we are now looking else where. But our victory is that we haven't had steady full time employment since September and we have been so blessed to make it this far. Small miracles have happened. Friends inviting us over to dinner when the pantry starts to get a little bare, people anonymously dropping off clothes, Christmas presents anonymously dropped off for my two boys, the list goes on and on. I never thought I would be in the position I am now to rely on such help. It has been very humbling. You may never know the good you do for others and what peace and comfort it brings. Thank you Cheri for inspiring us to reach out and lift others up. I hope you have a fantastic trip to New York. I can't wait to here about it!

  6. I had one huge victory this past year! I finally finished my master's degree. This was a pretty big deal because I ended up having to take a class that I needed after having my son in September.

    Another victory was deciding to be a stay at home mom. This idea had always made me nervous, but now I love it! I've learned that I can still have a routine (crucial with a new baby) and not lose my mind. I've also learned that I can make some small income by still using my teaching profession. (Private lessons instructor here I come.)

    Thank you for encouraging us to celebrate any victories!

  7. I love the idea of looking back on the past year's victories! So let's see..
    In 2010 we found out we were pregnant. Great, we wern't trying so it was definately a shock. The pregnancy had it's complications and we could have lost our baby. So he makes victory #1 for us, he was born March 26, 2011 and prefectly healthy. It's pretty humbling when you have no control over a situation and there's nothing you can do but pray.
    #2 my husband's company had a lock out last year and we struggled. We were blessed by many people through out the year. He is now back to work and we are very grateful for his job, without it I likely wouldn't be able to stay home with our children.
    #3 I rediscovered my love of reading and how I can work it into my crazy hectic schedule. This may sound little but for me it's huge! I've read a handful of books since becoming a mother. I really struggled with how to balance everything and have finally started getting things together! I've also started a blog about it. Something I thought I couldn't do! Guess that's another victory! confidance to believe I can! You can check it out at www.monkersandrutabagas.blogspot.com

  8. I feel for you! The pain of trying for children is something entirely unique in it's ability to crumble you. It took us 2 years for our first And 5 for the last. And it's something that people don't really fully understand unless they have been there. Email me if you ever want to talk.

  9. This possibly sounds a wee bit terrible, but early on it became clear that Olivia was a feisty little daredevil and I told Chris that if I could get her to a year old without having to rush her to the hospital for an emergency (broken arm, cracked skull, stitches, you know.) I would consider that a personal victory. I'm happy to say that while she's challenging that again now that she's learned to climb the chair and then table, I made that goal! I also got down to a size 8 through healthy eating and exercise and girl, I graduated a size 12 and don't even remember being a size 8.

    I feel you on the pregnancy thing. It took until Nicole was three years old for Olivia to come along. We had actually started looking into adoption a few months before I got pregnant with her! A challenging year of trying, and then another year of letting go and leaving be and accepting whatever the Lord put on our path (we were told that Nicole was a miracle baby.) ...now I feel like it was just a test, the Lord needed me/us to hit a certain point with Him. Plus He knows best, maybe Nicole needed more time by herself, I don't really have the big picture! Thats why when I found out I was expecting number three I just laughed and laughed and laughed. it was a 'my mind is not quite able to wrap around this awesome thing' kind of laugh. (and when I found out I was pregnant with Olivia I bawled like a baby, but so did my hubby so fair's fair.)

  10. I feel for you. We have been trying to get pregnant for almost five years now...

    As a side note, the ad in your post in Google Reader was a bit strange and inappropriate today: it was advertising young Thai girls, complete with weight and height information (thaimatches dot com it seemed to be). If it is possible, perhaps you should try to modify what kind of adds there can be.

  11. Cheri, I recently started following your blog and I LOVE IT!! I was unaware that you were trying to have a baby, but I personally know of 6 people who were really struggling and looked into Acupuncture and had it work for them. just FYI.. I really enjoy your posts, Thanks bunches :)


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