Friday, July 31, 2009

Positively Positive

A few days ago, Sue at Sullivan and Murphy tagged me to post five things about myself.  I've participated in a couple of these blog tags before, so I've been wondering what I could share that would be new and different.   I finally decided I would post about five of my pet peeves, and I've spent all week thinking about what to include, and the more I thought about it, the madder I got.

untitled All of that was before Joycee at Granny Mountain introduced me to Positive Day.  Positive Day is the creation of  Jennifer at Dust Bunny Hostage and was inspired by her 13-year-old daughter.  Since I've always considered myself to be a "Glass Half Full" kind of person, I decided that I had wasted enough time this week thinking about my pet peeves so I would instead post five positive things about myself.  Here goes.

  1. I couldn't ask for a better family.  How did I get so lucky?  First, I had a happy childhood with two wonderful parents and two siblings that I still love to hang out with.  Then I was lucky enough to meet LBeau and acquire another great family.  We raised three outstanding boys, and we now have two beautiful daughters-in-law and two precious grandchildren.  And I'll share a secret.  We're expecting grandchild number three in February.  Congratulations to Ben and Claire, who are shown practicing for parenthood with our granddaughter Lauren.lauren 004
  2. I have some terrific girlfriends, most of whom I met through church, so I need to give a shout out to Asbury United Methodist Church as well.  We share books and other stuff (thanks Janice), give parties when our children are getting married (that's happening more and more these days), offer advice, do lunch, and just enjoy being around each other.  Judging from this picture, I'd say we are doing our best not to contribute to Alabama's ranking as one of the fattest states.tailgate party 015
  3. I love my home.  When we built it in 2001, we built it as a spec house, never intending to move in.  We had our old house on the market and had bought a lot to build on.  However, our house sold before we even broke ground, so we decided to move into this house "for the time being."  So eight years later, I think we're here for a while.  I'm lucky that my job provides me with great resources for keeping it "fixed up."  Today I'm getting a fresh coat of poly on the front door.Beaumont Residence 013
  4. Now that my children are "on their own," I'm fortunate that LBeau and I have been able to do some traveling.  It's such a thrill to be able to see the beauty and wonder of God's creation.aug2008trip 157
  5. Sometimes I wonder what I did to deserve the good fortune of being born in this time and place.  When I think about all of those people who don't have the privilege of living in this great country, it just boggles my mind.  Accordingly, I'm feeling pretty positive about the ability to delete all of those emails I get that go on and on about some injustice or another in our country, most of which aren't even true.  Okay, I'll admit that this last thing about the emails was going to be one of my five pet peeves, but see, thanks to Joycee and Jennifer, I can focus on the positive.  I can choose not to read those emails and simply hit the "delete" key.

So that's what I want you to know about me.  Now you can head on over to Dust Bunny Hostage and see what everyone else is positive about.


Baumbastic said...
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Baumbastic said...

I have always thought of you as a "glass half-full" type, so you just reinforced that!

Oh, and congratulations on #3! I know you are just loving those grand-babies.

tale of many cities said...

congrats on the new little one on the way!! beauTiful home!!! i can see why you've decided to stay there! :) it's always nice to take inventory of lives, and in spite of the 'clutter'.. we can appreciate our blessings.

have a great weekend!

The Petersons-hairstyles for girls said...

Wow, you do have a lot to be thankful for! Your home and family are beautiful!!

Lianne said...

You certainly are blessed. Congrats on the upcoming addition to the grandchildren!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Lou Cinda said...

I KNEW you were a glass half full girl!! I am too! I would much rather focuson the positive!

Congrats on granbaby number 3!!
Beautiful home, just beautiful!

Gorgeous group of ladies too!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Lou Cinda :)

jennifer said...

Your grandaughter is looking at her Daddy in such a sweet way! Girls and their daddy... it looks like it has started already.

Thank you for saying what you did about changing your perspective. It blessed me to know that Diva Daughter's idea had changed your feelings during the week.

It was so nice to read your post and I appreciate your participation today - more than you can know.

Dianne said...

beautiful photos to illustrate the things you're grateful for

it's a wonderful life isn't it? :)

Candy said...

Great post. I'm glad you changed your approach 'cause I would probably be mad now too, instead I am thinking life is good...isn't it!!! A good lesson there for those that 'have ears to hear'
Blessings, Candy

"It's a wonderful Life!"
Good looking kids, good friends, good scenery, and good delete button!

Rachel said...

Great post! And I love the idea of positive day!! Your Grandbaby is adorable, and congrats on the new one on the way!!

Thanks for joining Alabama Bloggers - welcome!!

Domestic Designer said...

Great post! I am glad that you focused on the positive. It was fun learning all these things about you. I would say that you are one lucky lady. Have a wonderful weekend!

Travis said...

I'm here from Jen's linky.

Isn't it great when something catches your attention and changes your whole attitude for awhile?

Happy Positive Day!

g said...

Hi, KBeau!! Thanks for being such a faithful reader of my Paris posts. Now I'm home and at my own computer, I have more time to visit friends.

I like this post of yours - funny how you started the week by trying to think of pet peeves and it got you madder - this is a much more constructive exercise. Brava for Jennifer's daughter, such a smart one!

Your home is gorgeous. What a lovely place to live. And congrats on grandchild #3. Lucky, indeed!

Have a lovely weekend!

Thom said...

I just love how family and friends are so important. The photos were an excellent addition. Happy Positive Day 2009. Aloha

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Kathy, Congratulations on the expected addition. Your home, your family, your friends -- all beautiful. I think your glass is more than half full. laurie

Lisa Ring said...

Congratulations on Grandbaby #3! Also, you deserve "pink toesies;" you waited long enough for them!!!

Areta said...

Love the picture of Ben and Claire! Congrats again!

Soosie said...

Kathy, I am trying to get caught up on Blogville after Gran Camp..I really enjoyed seeing your 5 blessings, even though i wanted a chance to read your 5 pet peeves,
because I figured most would be grammar latest pet peeve is everyone calling Julia Child, Julia Childs..I think most people think it's Childs because this is what your hear:Julia Child's book, Julia Child's, the movie is coming out on Friday , I am doing my best to inform the world it is CHILD. Thanks for letting me rant.
I love your house and your family..esp your bro. :>)

darnold23 said...

Great like you. Congrats on the new baby as well. I actually read the earlier post about the sandals and am surprised that I did not comment. Connor is with us this week, so most of my blogging is late at night. My house reminds me of an earlier post you did when Walker had been there for a visit. I'm stepping over and around all sorts of trains, trucks, blocks and kitchen tools. Lovin' it. Now, go buy yourself a new crock pot and come join the party:)