Here is my third week of #100happydays.  Enjoy!

Day 15 – July 21, 2014: Today we spent the evening working on our super secrete awesome project. And, what would an evening of work be, without a trip to Rona. A trip to Rona, means we are one step closer to being finished. Yay, us!!

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Day 16 – July 22, 2014: This evening, once my husband was done working for the day, we went out for an evening in the city. Here is my favourite photo of the evening. It was beautiful night, filled with laughter and smiles.

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Day 17 – July 23, 2014: Today included a drive to pick up another piece for our super secrete awesome project. My husband and all my friends were working during the day, so I ventured out on my own for the 4.5 hour round trip. To break up the driving, I stopped along the way to get a few photos of the beautiful prairie landscape. Simply put, we are so blessed to live in this part of the world. And, honestly, how can bright yellow canola fields in full bloom not make me happy?

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Day 18 – July 24, 2014: I tend to cook when I have inspiration, and since we cancelled cable TV and therefore gave up the cooking channel, I have virtually stopped cooking new and fun things. So, I decided I need some motivation in the kitchen and stopped by Chapters to peruse the cooking section. Now, my favourite TV chefs (and a recommended gluten-free cookbook) can provide me with old fashioned motivation through photography and the written word.

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Day 19 – July 25, 2014: In honor of a chill, relaxed day with my husband, I thought I’d take a picture of us happy together. (That said, if you have never tried taking a selfie of your hands with a large DSLR, it could be a frustrating exercise in ending a perfectly happy day – but I am happy to report that we survived and remained happy throughout the evening).  Note, I have a french manicure – this is one of the only ones I’ve ever had in my entire life, and its held up for almost a whole week!  This should be considered a double happy photo!!

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Day 20 – July 26, 2014: Today we went to the farmer’s market and an organic food store. While we were out we picked up some organic veggies and gluten free bread. I couldn’t help but take a photo of all the roma tomatoes – one of our favourite summer vegetables.

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Day 21 – July 27, 2014: Today’s picture is happy for two reasons. First, it’s a bunch of flowers from a garden and flowers are happy. Note, that it is not form my garden, but my neighbours (those of you who know me, know my goal this summer is to keep my herbs alive, at present flowers remain outside of my gardening skill-set). Second, I remembered to take the photo! This photo was the result of a busy day without my camera and then me running around outside trying to get a photo when I realized that I didn’t have anything.

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As with all my happy day posts, I’m wishing everyone a great week filled with happy moments!

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20140726 - Very Inspirational Blogger AwardA few days ago, Jasmine at Journey in the Woods recognized my blog with the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. I absolutely adore Jasmine, and I find so much strength in her writing as she shares her heartbreaking journey into motherhood and child loss with such astounding courage. Being recognized is always an honor, and I’m truly touched to know that others are finding my writing and my story inspiring.

To accept this award, here are the things I need to do (and in italics I’ve added the alterations I’m making to the rules, cuz that’s the kind of person I am):

1.  Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you. (done – Jasmine is awesome)

2. List the rules and display the award. (done – with my alterations added)

3. Share seven facts about yourself. (these will be fun facts that I haven’t mentioned in my blog before, because why not have some fun with this?)

4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (I am just going to list them in this post and not send individual emails, because I pretty sure the ones I list will read this and see their own blog names – I know not everyone will participate, but I want to recognize the blogs that I find inspiring.)

5.  Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Fun Facts About Me:

  1. I love all flowers, but my favourite flower is the Gerber Daisy. I think they are happiest of all flowers.
  2. When home alone and left to my own devises I live off Kraft Dinner. Not because it’s good, but because I’m never feel like cooking just for myself and Kraft Dinner is so easy that once I’m hungry enough, I’ll take the 10 minutes necessary to cook it.
  3. The only thing in our house that is visible from our wedding, is our rather unconventional wedding cake topper – Mario and Princess. I/we have just never gotten around to printing and framing a wedding photo and the few other things we kept are in a box in the storage room. (Even I find this a bit odd…)
  4. I love making photo albums from all our trips and shenanigans. I use the MyPublisher. It’s not always perfect, and they charge a tonne to ship to Canada, but I love the quality of the printed albums so I keep sticking with them.
  5. I have never had a full cup of coffee in my life. This means, I made it through my undergraduate and master degrees without a single cup of coffee.
  6. I keep threatening to get a cat. Not because we particularly like cats, but because I think our dog could use a friend and right now I don’t have the energy for a second dog.
  7. I love the song Safe Upon The Shore by Great Big Sea. I have virtually no connection to the song, as I live in a landlocked city and I have never even been on an ocean fishing boat, but I think the song may be one of the most beautiful songs ever. The band never made a video for it, so this is the best I could find on YouTube. Anyways, I recommend just listening without actually watching the video.  I think it is absolutely beautiful.

And, here is the reason I decided to participate – in addition to Jasmine, I want to showcase a few blogs that I particularly find inspirational. Know that I am not sending personal notifications to each blogger. So, if you are reading this and see your name below, consider this your nomination notification.  🙂

Before, I share my nomination list, which is listed in no-particular order, I want to add a few things. First, my list could most definitely have included many many more blog, but I had to draw the line at 15.  SEcond, I have chosen to nominate blogs from a few different genres – infertility / recurrent pregnancy loss, adoption, parenting, photography and general life musings. Third, to those I’ve listed, please know that I adore your blog and find inspiration from you.  Even though our stories may be different and our believes may be different, I respect our differences and enjoy learning from you. To each one of you, thank you for inspiring me by your approach to life whether it be overcoming obstacles, dealing with grief on a daily basis with grace and courage, or living life to the fullest and celebrating the seemingly small things. Not all days are easy, but each one of you has inspired me with your outlook and willingness to share your journey. Please know, that your contribution to my life has not gone unnoticed and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

bloomingspiders

spiritbabycomehome

My Hope Jar

Bruised Banana

My Crazy Beautiful Life

Twelve Week Eternities

The Adventures of Fanny P.

Waiting For Baby Bird

Awaiting Autumn

This is Queensland

Ever Upward

Priscilla Queen of the Dessert

A Calm Persistence

pinkcanuck

BonneVivanteLife

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