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Thankful Thursday #113: brown paper packages & the happy

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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve gotten into a semi-habit of posting every weekday except Tuesday, sharing two recipes in addition to my pregnancy updates and Thankful Thursdays (when I do them).  This is another busy week, however, with six dozen cupcakes to make, so this will likely be my only other post this week.  I do have some great recipes to share and hopefully can do that next week!

But I do have a Thankful Thursday this week.  Joshua has been getting some mail lately, and we’ve been having a lot of fun opening it since he is still in womb jail for another three months and his scissors privileges won’t be awarded for another five years or so. I think we’re enjoying his gifts even more than he will, though! :)

Joshua got this adorable outfit from his Grandma Miller.  She sent it after she found out we were having a boy and wrote a short note that said, “I couldn’t resist!”  Aww!

Monkey butt! hehe

If you’ve been reading a while, you might recall me referring to my “foodie mama.”  Marina is my foodie mama because she has been an inspiration to me ever since we met online back in 2008, and she is the reason I started entering my baked goods into the fair. She’s won hundreds of ribbons! (Check out some of her recipes, many ribbon-winners, that I’ve shared here.)  Anyway, she’s going to be a foodie Grandma now, and she sent this package to her newest grandson:

Included in the many gifts for Joshua was some foodie stuff for me, including a   signed copy of her cookbook (yayyyy!), homemade vanilla, lemon sugar, and vanilla sugar.  I’ve already used the vanilla and it’s so good – I’ll be sharing one of the recipes I used it in soon.  The package also contained a “Family” picture frame, a book of positive quotes (I need this on the days when I’m feeling particularly fat or worried about the future), ADORABLE dinosaur baby slippers (look at them! Couldn’t you DIE?), onesies with matching hats, a pack of bibs, baby washcloths, and pacifiers!

Our friends Jack and Santana sent us what is sure to be a lifesaver.  Getting gifts from parents is great because honestly, I never would have thought to buy or ask for a toy bar that attaches to a car seat/carrier, but when I saw it I was like “Duh! Of course we need that!”  Also, every kid needs a set of plastic keys, and I love that they sent a beautiful book to add to our son’s library since I plan to read to him every day.

Then I got the surprise of my life when I was leaving for work last Friday and found this waiting on the porch:

Someone had fun shopping our baby registry!  Two big things we needed are now in our grubby little hands – a stroller and a pack of these fabulous user-friendly reusable cloth diapers with snaps that expand to fit your baby from 7-35 lbs:

Thank you so much, Jenna!!  Sometimes I just can’t believe God loves me enough to give me people like you. <3

I have to say that being pregnant is so much fun, because people get more happy for you than almost for anything else.  Especially when it was a long time coming!  It’s been a while since I graduated or was engaged, but unless my memory is worse than I imagine, people weren’t as excited about that as they are about this baby.  I have never seen so many smiles as when I announced I was pregnant. Something about new life…it gets you happy.

I’m so happy, you’re so happy, and then people buy stuff because they want to help, and it makes the happy even bigger.  It’s just a really happy thing all around.  And I’m thankful.  Not just for the stuff, but for the happy that Joshua is bringing to everyone.  Thanks for being happy for us. :)

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

24 responses »

  1. aww so fun! womb jail….hahaha i love it!

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  2. Love all your mail loot! I still have a package coming your way – soon, I promise! :D

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  3. how fun! such bounty and blessings. the grandma picked outfit is ADORABLE!

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  4. Wow you have so many blessings to be thankful for Veronica! Thank you for sharing your happiness with the rest of us.

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  5. The monkey butt is THE CUTEST!!

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  6. Love the little monkey outfit! You have lots of nice things for Joshua already, that is awesome! I think people are especially excited because we know how long and how badly you’ve wanted this. We are happy for you :)

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  7. Eeep Joshua is going to be so spoilt, I am so excited for you :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  8. You deserve it. You’re going to be a fabulous Momma.

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  9. It is so fun to follow your pregnancy progress! You look adorable and you absolutely are glowing (in the pics of you in the last post). I love the middle name and the gifts are adorable!

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  10. Your gifts look awesome! They will all come in so handy!! =)
    I hope you are having a great week!

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  11. thebetterbaker11

    How awesome! The anticipation of anything magnificent ahead is part of the ‘expected’ fun! LOVE all those beautiful gifts…oh how loved you are! Very sweet post. XO

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  12. thebetterbaker11

    Remind me again…when is your due date?

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  13. Wish this was what I got instead of bills in the mail…what awesome loot!!

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  14. Aww how sweet are people to be sending you such adorable things!!

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  15. what a beautiful baby outfit.. every baby out there will love it

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  16. what a HAPPY message . cant wait to see josh on the 7th !!!!LOVE YOU THREE MILLERS GRANDMA MILLER

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  17. Can’t wait to see your little boy wearing those cutest clothes…

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  18. Congratulations on your precious baby boy! I am enjoying seeing your pictures of yourself with your big beautiful smile!! I would love to have a copy of Marinas cookbook, how can I go about getting one? Thanks and have a blessed day!!
    Lisa

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    • Thanks Lisa! I messaged Marina to see if she has any left – I’ll private message you when I find out!

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      • Thank you Veronica! I appreciate it very much! I can’t wait to see photos of your precious baby boy! I bet you can’t wait to meet him!
        Lisa

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        • Oh I can wait. I’m enjoying every second of this experience and don’t want to rush anything. :) You can see him in 3D on this week’s update.

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          • Looking forward to it! When I had my last daughter 21 years ago they didn’t have all this new great technology, but I loved seeing her with the ultrasound they had available at the time. You are right in saying you are in no hurry for your baby to get here, time flies way way too quickly! Being pregnant is so so special, there is nothing like it.
            Lisa

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  19. Yes, there is happiness in the air! Your blog does make me so happy lately :) Seeing all the baby stuff, your updates, your pregnancy pics… I love it all! How can one NOT be happy talking about babies?!?! I was just thinking how I wanted to send you something…. there’s no deadline right? I love those adorable monkey baby clothes!!!!! I’m gonna have sooooo much fun picking out something for baby Joshua!!

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  20. Please email me your address too!!! :)

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