Happiness Highlights: Mothers and Daughters and Beaches

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what made me happy during the previous week. Why? Because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier.

Some weeks are easier than other to find the good, the great and grand and spectacular even. This was one of those weeks.

Emma and I spent four days on a press trip at the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort, an all-inclusive Caribbean resort that caters to families. It was as amazing as you’d imagine – and as volatile as you’d expect a mother-daughter getaway to be, proving you’re never too young to make your mother cry.

Yes, I cried. So did she. And we also talked, hugged, laughed, snuggled, and bonded the way only mothers and daughters can. I didn’t think it was possible to feel so close to a not-quite seven year old, and yet I am embarrassed to admit that I care very much how close we are. This trip highlighted that need for me, and fed it.

It also warmed my skin.

Every day, Emma and I would make a list of all the reasons we were lucky, our own happiness highlights of the day. We gave thanks for sunshine and white sand, for pools and non-alcoholic frozen cocktails. We counted fully stocked mini fridges, matching robes, and a balcony overlooking turquoise waters among our blessings. We giggled as we thanked God for doing the Macarena and the YMCA at a Sesame Street beach party, and Emma offered up praise for the bounce house more than once.

We spent four days overwhelmed with good fortune.

This was one of those weeks that makes me wonder how and why I got to be me, living this life of magic and tropical getaways. It was a week when my gratitude could barely keep up with the goodness that poured over me.

What made you happy this week?

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  1. jodifur says:

    I'm interested to hear your take on the resort because I'm looking at it for a family get away next year.

  2. Britt Reints says:

    I would HIGHLY recommend that resort. My only caveat is that it isn't a foodie experience – the food was average. There are some add ons available, but very limited and even tipping opportunities are limited – so it really is "all inclusive." I would love to go back with my entire family.

  3. The Patriots are still in the playoffs ( sorry about the Packers)I downloaded 7 new free books on my Kindle Fire and my husband and I are playing furious games of WordFeudA very generous friend gave us 3 free passes to Universal and we had a blast.

  4. Momma says:

    Funny how I was thinking today about what a magic life you have, since you and your family bravely started living outside the box, and how happy I am that DeannaBanana knows you, so that I get to read about your blessed experiences!We were on a movie date together this weekend , and our oldest daughter and I were talking about how we both glory in others' good fortune! What makes me happy is knowing what great women my daughters are! The oldest one can always be counted on, and this past week went to the border in Montana to rescue a woman and child from a homeless shelter because they were refused re-entry into Canada due to visa issues. She and the young mother and child stayed in a good hotel in Great Falls for the weekend, shopping and having a great time, then she put them on a train to Vermont to her best friends to try to work something out. The young woman's husband is a temporary worker in Alberta, a member of the Filipino community, and they knew they could call our daughter and she would take care of it.

  5. Amanda says:

    That looks like paradise! It sounds like you and Emma had a wonderful week. Here's what made me happy this week: http://ajigreer.blogspot.com/2012/01/happy-friday_13.html

  6. the muskrat says:

    I was made happy by the arrival and installation of 16 new windows with panes that are free of lead paint.

  7. Just Jane says:

    Never too young to make your momma cry and never too old to cry on her shoulder. Thanks be for mothers.

  8. Nanna says:

    Oh how wonderful!!

  9. Hockeymandad says:

    What made me happy this week is the way in which my little girls show they love me every single day.The resort looks fun! Glad you two had such a great time.

  10. Megan says:

    What made me happy was a four-day getaway to nice resort with friends that are like family. Talking, laughing and just relaxing together. Oh, and the awesome theraputic massage that came with a side of actual therapy – which was good thing!

  11. Lisa says:

    My happiness was hard to define this week. Not that it wasn't there, it was just quiet. There were no big moments or things I can put my finger on and say "aha! THAT made me happy!" This thing I'm doing is hard, and just getting through the week was happy. Figuring out how to hang onto my calm made me happy. Oh, and a bath bomb made me very happy.

  12. Sheila says:

    My happiness this week is named Zoey :)And vicodin bc of that whole "gaping wound in my stomach" thing.

  13. martymankins says:

    This trip of yours with Emma sounds Ike it was so nice. All inclusive and time well spent in the warmth.

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