Camilla’s Gratitude List: Week of January 29, 2012

January 29, 2012, Sunday, I am grateful for:

Thomas and Lillian’s excitement about cleaning.
Friends who are test reading and proof reading my book.
The smell of a clean house.
A beautiful day.
Thomas’ enthusiasm for tasting new and different food and drink.
French fries.

January 30, 2012, Monday, I am grateful for:

The sense of touch and the way my sheets feel against my cheek.
Listening to my intuition.
My Momma, Patty Romano.
Kerry Connolly for test reading two chapters of my book.
Monica McDivitt for test reading two chapters of my book.
Cheri Hill for test reading my book.
Rachel Flower for test reading my book.
Sharlea Taft for test reading two chapters of my book.
Alisha Peters for test reading two chapters of my book.
Daniel Svoboda for contributing his artwork for my book cover and for use within the book.

January 31, 2012, Tuesday, I am grateful for:

Lillian wanting me to tickle her.
Kymberlee Simantel.
Deep breaths.
The guy at Papa Murphy’s who gave me the coupon price of $7 even though I forgot my coupon. I had exactly $7.34. Kindness of others is truly remarkable and perfectly timed!
Pepperoni pizza with Thomas.
$1 ice cream cones.
Sitting next to and reading to Lillian.
Thomas and Lillian, Thomas and Lillian, Thomas and Lillian.

February 1, 2012, Wednesday, I am grateful for:

Thomas having a good morning in school.
Thoughtful friends.
Money to put gas in the car and buy a few groceries.
The guy at the smog check place accepting a competitor’s coupon and saving me $6.

Walks with Thomas and Lillian.
Thomas and Lillian asking to hold my hand.
Hugs from friends.
Smiles and laughter shared with friends.
Opportunities to meet new people.
A warm house to come home to with kids so happy to have me home.

February 2, 2012, Thursday, I am grateful for:

Healthy eyes.
An eye doctor who gave me 6 months of contact samples.
Kindness and generosity.
A good day at kindergarten for Thomas.

February 3, 2012, Friday, I am grateful for:

Clean, fresh contacts for my healthy eyeballs.
A walk with my kids.
A sunset watched with Thomas and Lillian.
Kymberlee Simantel and Wade Hodges.
Great time, laughter, good wine, yummy food with friends.
Time away from my sweet Thomas and Lillian.

February 4, 2012, Saturday, I am grateful for:

Good coffee.
Those who cheer me on.

Those who support me.
The Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society.
The families that make up The Registry.
My MacBook Pro.
Washoe Lake.
The peaceful and quiet drive my kids and I had around Washoe Lake.
Thomas and Lillian enjoying our drive and the stops along the way.
Nature and how she fills me with peace and faith.
A dinner loved by all tonight at Team TLC Casa.
Movie night with Thomas and Lillian.


Courage To Lose Sight

“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -Christopher Columbus

It’s amazing how much clarity and focus we receive when we choose to lose sight of our comfy shore . . . not to mention the confidence and joy it brings us . . . –Camilla

Happiness Journal for Camilla: Week of January 22 2012

January 22, 2012, Sunday, Happiness is:

Thomas and Lillian sleeping later than usual.
My nice, warm and cozy bed.
Eatin’ grits with Thomas.
Boiled peanuts.
Going for a walk with Thomas and Lillian.
A warm home to return to after a cold and windy walk.
The love all three of us have for reading and books.

January 23, 2012, Monday, Happiness is:

Touching Thomas’s soft face.
Tickling Lillian.
Laying next to Thomas and Lillian on my bed while we are reading.
Watching Thomas play in the mud.
Filming Thomas make a “movie”.
My electric blanket and heating mattress bed.
Justine Reyes of Take 2 Performers Studio.
A full belly!

January 24, 2012, Tuesday, Happiness is:

Hot black coffee.
Knowing that Thomas’ rough moments will soon turn into moments that he learned something.
Being in the library.
Being Kind.
Jumping into Thomas and Lillian’s world and their imagination.

January 25, 2012, Wednesday, Happiness is:

Feeling the sun.
Being uplifted by the joy from Thomas and Lillian.
A clean, uncluttered house.

January 26, 2012, Thursday, Happiness is:

Hanging out with girlfriends, drinking wine and eating GOOD food.
Learning about healthy alternatives.
Coming around the corner to find Thomas laying on the floor engrossed in a book.
The ability to smell.
Hugs, smiles and laughs with friends.
Thoughtful and kind people.

January 27, 2012, Friday, Happiness is:

Lillian laying on the couch in my office and reading her books while I work.
Picking up a very happy Thomas from school.
Watching Thomas play with his friends.
Complimenting others.
Spreading smiles.
Helping Thomas and Lillian make choices.
The view from our backyard.

January 28, 2012, Saturday, Happiness is:

Working on my book.
Adding content to our Team TLC website.
Helping Thomas and Lillian with each of their blogs.
Adding content to my blog.
Bacon and scrambled eggs.
Adventures with Thomas and Lillian.
The peace and joy nature give to me.
Seeing the breathtaking beauty and gift of nature.
Thomas and Lillian realizing how special, important and unique they each are.
Watching a GREAT movie with Thomas and Lillian.
Eating popcorn with Thomas.


Make it Up

‎”Sometimes you know the story. Sometimes you make it up as you go along and have no idea how it will come out.” -Ernest Hemingway

It’s a true gift when we can joyfully keep on turning the pages of life not knowing what the next chapter holds and having faith that everything’s gonna be okay . . . –Camilla