G r a t i t u d e * S u n d a y

G r a t i t u d e  *  S u n d a y

{Sunday’s heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}

A Wooly Moss Roots Tradition


Treetrunk walking the path at Mt. Pisgah, May 2012.

-I’m grateful for the wonderful abundance of food we have right now. We are so blessed with our basic necessities and more. It’s a cause for reflection in gratitude, for sure.

-Hubby and his undying love for me and the kids. He’s providing us with a life where we feel safe, healthy and happy. Things I never really felt (so deeply) until partnering with him.

-The large windows in our living room. We watch the “wild life” every day and enjoy make believe commentary that we give to the squirrels and birds. The voices they have through our family’s goofiness is delightful fun us. It also serves as a distraction to screens.

-I’m grateful for complications because they are forcing me to slow my roll. And on that note I must say good day and good week because those complications are nagging at my body again.

Happy Merry Holidays everyone!

Gratitude Sunday

A Year In Review

The Pacheco Swan Family’s year in review. Skip to the bottom if you just want the photos.

Looking back on the year, and being honest, we were hit rather hard in 2012. “Parenting Plan” court dates, fractured friendships, pregnancy, moving, dropping the ball everywhere else in life, all while keeping this family going through the daily routine. With little to no help from the ones who we thought would have our backs. We formed new friendships and rekindled old ones. Our community has been pouring the love toward us. There are so many of you! We love you all!

(Light candles, smudge, hold hands, sing songs…)

Hubby and I also leaned on each other more than ever before. Hubby has been the rock for the family this year. Incredible only dusts the surface in revealing who he is. He’s been making me breakfast and getting my vitamins and tea for me every single morning during this pregnancy (32 weeks now – 8ish weeks left), amongst the other numerous things he does for us. He spends more time with our Treetrunk boy so that he feels supported through the pregnancy too. I love Hubby with all of my heart, soul, and mind.

In a way these hard times have been a blessing. Yes, let’s look at them that way. Because, really, when this family was put through emotional hellish circumstances, dealing with horrible people, not enough money and bureaucratic limitations…we did not crumble. We grew stronger. And that is what a family should be, right?

My family are the people I can grow with, learn with, love with, cry with, frustrate with, hold on tightly to and release knowing that time will be short so let us enjoy each other. And I’m finding more and more that our communities are an extension of all of this wonder.

We are magic! Thank you for being apart of all that magic.

Bits of family life 2012, in no particular order:

Treetrunk and Oboster Summer 2012

Treetrunk with one of his besties.

Oboster’s first homemade applesauce Summer 2012.

7 months Pregnant at Hendricks Park.

Nico and Treetrunk at Hendricks Park, December 2012.

Hubby at Mt. Pisgah May 2012

Treetrunk and Hubby at Mt. Pisgah May 2012

The Pacheco Swan Family


G r a t i t u d e  *  S u n d a y

{Sunday’s heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}

A Wooly Moss Roots  Tradition


Gratitude is such an interesting thing. It can lead us to find greater appreciation in the every day. All you need to do is look around you.

*Gratitude for the simple. We have heat, fresh water, indoor plumbing, beds. Nothing is fancy. “Just” a home, to give birth in, to raise children in, to make our life in.

*Gratitude for my family.
**My boys! I love them so. I cannot imagine my life w/o them. I’m thinking of those beautiful souls that were taken on Friday. If I think too much about it I see their confused scared faces in the moment. I can’t wait until my boys are home with us and I can breath them in.
**My amazing husband! Such a wonderful person. Thoughtful and kind. A loving and giving and involved father. He gets my toast and egg for me every morning before he has to head out the door for work by 5am. He has helped made this pregnancy so special. I’m so thankful I married my best friend.

*Gratitude for Mama friends/Sisters. I’m grateful to have a space where I can sing my praises and vent my frustrations. Thank you! I’ve learned so much from all of you!

That’s a lot to be thankful for. I say this a lot, because I feel this a lot, I am truly blessed in this life.

Gratitude Sunday

Gratitude Sunday

G r a t i t u d e  *  S u n d a y
{Sunday’s heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}

I’m starting something new here. I’m not sure how this will fit our current family rhythm but I’m excited to find out.


*I’m grateful for my boys, 11 and 12 y.o.
-Receiving something so simple as a school portrait brings me joy. My 11 y.o. smiling eyes are so wonderful and fill my heart with joy. I cried a bit when I opened the holiday card from his family up in B-ham. I’m so grateful that they send these to us.
-My Oldest working hard last week to complete tasks that may be easy for others but aren’t for him also brings me great joy. It’s hard to see your kiddos struggle. I’m grateful that I have resources to help him when I feel my own are drained. It’s been some happy jaunts forward only to be slammed in reverse 10 paces. That’s life on the teenage track though and I’m grateful for the experience.

*I’m grateful for my multi-talented hubby. Last week he fixed the fridge that had been out since before Thanksgiving and unclogged some relic plumbing in our bathroom. Functional! I didn’t realize how dysfunctional this family could get w/o a working fridge and bath tub.

*I’m grateful for our wonderful midwife. Wow! She’s a beacon of knowledge. She taught hubby how to put my dislocated rib back when it pops out. Awww! Relief…for now.

*We can’t forget the honey in the pot. Our little bean brings me so much gratitude. On days when I think “I’ve had enough!” I feel those little magical kicks and reprocess that negativity. Powerful! I look forward to seeing what becomes of this, already, bright bright soul.

Thank you to Another Day-Another Mom for introducing me to this wonderful little tradition.

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