counting my blessings

Today we had planned to take the kids out to the free admission Peterborough Zoo and for ice cream.

Last night we found our car won’t start.

It isn’t the battery.

The car gods must have heard we are planning to trade in our car for a slightly larger family vehicle this Wednesday.

This sort of thing, this feeling of powerlessness and frustration, tends to send me in to a panicky tail spin.

Mike is piling and splitting wood to burn off the worry.

I thought it may be a good idea to count my blessings and compile a short list of what I am grateful for.


  • We are all healthy and well.
  • Two vibrant, happy children and another on the way.
  • Mike’s wonderful job with wonderful benefits.
  • Our house in the country.
  • I get to be a stay at home mom and homeschool.
  • Poppy’s empathy/sympathy and resislient nature, wild hair, and sticky-uppy toes.
  • Silas’ intensity, eyebrow playing, story telling ways.
  • All of our secondhand furniture.
  • Free Slacker Radio (specifically the Billie Holiday and Classic Country Station).
  • A freezer full of organic beef, pork, homemade quiche, and corn.
  • Well stocked cupboards.
  • Our line of credit which saves us in situations such as this.
  • Being able to pay our bills.
  • Our large front gate is finally fixed.
  • The wood pile (that will keep us warm next winter) is slowly getting sawed, split, and piled by this wicked cool husband of mine.
  • Only using 2-3% of our propane tank last winter.
  • Our Hydro bill equal billing is going down.
  • I found a way to shave $411 off our yearly home insurance premium.
  • After much debate and research, we will be getting a white 2013 Nissan Rogue on Wednesday with a fair trade in price for our Versa.
  • New cars, their warranties, and all their new bits and perks.
  • Pachouli perfume.
  • When Silas farts and grins a surprised grin while saying “Oops!  I burped in my pants”.
  • The return of our “honey bird” (hummingbird).
  • Winnie the Pooh movies.
  • The lilacs and peonies and apples that grow around our house.
  • The two chickadees flitting about in the cedar tree as I write this.
  • Nag Champa.
  • I finally reached the bottom of dirty clothes mountain and found that was in fact the horrible smell lingering in our front room…ahem.
  • Our two clothes lines.
  • Every month, we get a little further out of debt…most of the time.
  • Our interest free loans from parents.
  • Friends.
  • That the kids’ adoration and excitement for dandelions exceeds even my own.
  • Being able to (slowly) build a new website and facebook page for Ellenberger Organic Farm.  They help us in so many ways and we enjoy being able to pay them back in tiny tokens such as this…until we can pay them back for real.
  • My anchor.
  • Kind cottaging neighbours who don’t get mad when Huck goes for a swim at their cottage and tears around like an idiot.
  • Our abundance of eggs.
  • Lemon meringue pie.
  • Play sand.
  • Netflix.

I know I am just scratching the surface here, but it does make me feel better.

Now, a no complaining + no whining policy is in effect for the rest of the day.

I swear.


go gently + be wonderful



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  1. Posted May 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm by Susan | Permalink

    First of all, it is so nice to see you back in your space. :)

    Second of all, thank you for sharing your struggles here. Blogs are often about the pretty stuff in life. I am guilty of doing that too most of the time. It’s hard to share the difficult stuff and you do it so eloquently. You aren’t alone in your struggles. This year I find myself in the same situation a lot. And we have 2 incomes! But penny pinching, wondering if I will have enough for groceries for the next 3 days until the next pay cheque, figuring out how I am going to fund my daughter’s birthday party without dipping in to the credit, saying no to her request to go to Science World this long weekend… it’s tough. Somehow it always seems to work out but you just have to go through the stress in the meantime. It saps your energy. But it usually works out.

    I guess I just wanted to acknowledge and share that you aren’t alone. And that I hope things get easier. Even if it’s just in some little way.

    Happy Sunday… I shall remember to make my own blessings list today too :)

  2. Posted May 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm by elizabeth | Permalink

    counting blessings
    listing goodness
    always helps, doesn’t it?

    you go gently and be wonderful, too!

  3. Posted June 1, 2013 at 11:12 pm by Vanessa | Permalink

    Hi Erin, so good to count our blessings. I’ve had to do the same recently. And my list wasn’t too dissimilar from yours. Although I would love to add your peonies, apples, your abundance of eggs and your lemon meringue pie to my list! x

  4. Posted June 2, 2013 at 11:23 am by Desiree Fawn | Permalink

    Good stuff mama <3 So wonderful to list it all out — it always seems like so much more and for that, we can be mellow and happy :)

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