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Friday, November 26, 2010

Half Full Friday & Aloha Friday weekly question

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." -Melody Beattie
Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eye Girl originally started in June 2009.  Now the it is hosted by Sprinkles at Wyldechylde.  We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us. So by participating, we are deciding to see the glass as half full, instead of half empty. We are choosing to concentrate on the positives, instead of dwelling on the negatives. Our Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that. They are a list of the things in our life that have brought us happiness over the past week. We are determined to find the something good in every day. Are you?
"Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower." ~Author Unknown
For the next week, we challenge you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.
"A happy thought is like a seed that sows positivity for all to reap." ~Miriam Muhammad
This is what I'm Happy for this week:
  • I'm happy for numerous & awesome conversations with all 3 of my sons'!  & that they will all be home for Christmas!
  • I'm happy for a wonderful & unique Thanksgiving with mom and youngest son!  It was a very nice day! 
  • I also got an apology from Sandy @ Words of Wisdom for forgetting my Blog of Note post from Wednesday and posted it today.  Sorry for anyone who visited and couldn't find me.  However all your beautiful comments brought tears and much appreciation.  Love you All!! :-)
"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self." ~Iris Murdoch
It's also "ALOHA FRIDAY" Everyone!!  If you want to join in the fun? Post your own question on your blog and leave your link at the Aloha Friday post at An Island Life. Then you can visit the other participants if you wish...It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends or see what people are thinking about this week and join in a conversation or two if you like.
"Blessed are those that can give without remembering and receive without forgetting." ~  Author Unknown
My question:  What is the craziest thing you ever did to get someone the 'perfect' gift?

My answer:   I camped out ALL night in front of a Target store for the release of the Xbox when it first came out for my middle son's birthday.  There were over 100 people when the store opened and Only 10 X-box units.  I was 3rd in line.  So glad the store handed out the 10 vouchers to us... and sent everyone else away... before unlocking the doors at 6am that morning.  No 'rushing' the store, fighting or injuries. 

This was many years ago.  I made some new friends that night and had a good time.  However, I realize now just how dangerous that was and would never do it today.  I have to add though, that my son was so surprised and very appreciative.  He still remembers that present!
"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." -William Arthur Ward
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Love & Hugs!
~ Coreen
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  1. Hooray for your kids being home for Christmas ~ that will be wonderful ~ what more could a mother ask for! :)

    Happy Friday Coreen!
    xo Catherine

  2. i painted a nutcracker for my wife once and personalized it...we never really got into the craze of needing big or popular gifts...

  3. A good selection of quotes, happiness can be found in the simplest ways.Many go out of bounds hoping to have it even more when it was right there.

    This must be your day, a shop until you drop kind of day.Once I went out at 5am to get to a sale and saw a short line, so I was relieved I had made it. When I casually walked over, what I didn't notice was the line went around the corner of the store and down for almost a block. LOL I stayed with the hard cores.When the goings get tough, the tough go shopping.

  4. The craziest thing I think I've done for a gift is just spend too much money....I can't think of anything. Of course, in about an hour, a memory is gonna pop into my head that would have qualified as crazy...

    I'm glad all your children will be home at Christmas!

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Pleased your children are home for the festive season.
    Loved the post, very inspiring thoughts there,


  6. I am very very happy to know that your kids will be with you on Christmas.. It's awesome and keep smiling & world will smile with you. Never ever give your smile away for anyone because it's not worth it.

    I wish you happiness in your life.

    Sabi Sunshine

  7. Wow. That gift story made my hair stand on end. I remember a friend telling me about standing in line for a laptop last year! You had guts and soo much love! Mothers are special!

  8. Love the Thanksgiving with 1 son, and promise for all 3 later. Camped out all night! We did do crazy stuff for our kids..

  9. Yes, Yvonne is a sweetie. Hooray for the boys coming home :)

    My craziest thing for a gift? Bought the ugliest statue I could find and gave it to my niece. It now is a tradition. Someone different gets the statue for one year. It has become a real laugh getter :D
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  10. Gosh, did you bring a tent, I hope the weather was good!! I had a painful biopsy and the anesthetic didn't work. I could barely walk, but I left the doctor's office and went straight out to shop because I had seen a great gift for my daughter-in0law earlier and I wanted to buy it before it was sold out!

  11. That's really sweet of you to camp out for a gift for your son. I've never done that for a gift but I have done it for concert tickets when I was younger. It was actually a lot of fun.

    I'm so happy and excited for you that all 3 of your sons will be there to cel

  12. beautiful!!! you are an AWESOME mother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! brilliant!!

  13. So glad you will be together at Christmas. lovely quotes. I am always making gifts at Christmas, I tend to do that more than to be a shopper. take care.

  14. I always enjoy your Friday posts.;) I have no kids and spend my Christmas (and have done so for almost 20 years) with good friends, thus my holidays have very little focus of gift giving, thankfully.;))
    Have a lovely weekend dear Coreen,

  15. I shopped at least 12 stores to find my son the perfect video game. This is when they first came out. I finally chose one and when he opened it...I thought he would be over the moon...he cried!! It was the wrong one!! Sigh!! Who knew!!

  16. Hi Coreen, Hope you so enjoyed your Thanksgiving, from what I read you certainly have lots of fun and happy thing happening. I bet you are on a countdown for Christmas now, so you have your boys home all together. My mom and sis just left, so sad:(

  17. P.S. I have never ever camped out for anything!

  18. I hope that you had a really good Thanksgiving weekend! I don't think I've ever done anything crazy for a gift. I'm just grateful when I know that what I am giving is something that the recipient will really appreciate.


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