The Grateful Life

No Shoes, No Socks, No Problems October 31, 2012

Filed under: Stories — Nicole Welle Nere @ 3:59 pm
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Caelum’s shining moment at Shannon and Erik’s wedding was during the ceremony.  As usual during Mass, he insisted on removing not only his shoes, but his socks in the pew.  After multiple occurrences of this, we’ve pretty much decided this one isn’t a battle worth fighting, as long as he’s quiet and puts them back on before we leave.  It seems everyone got a real kick out of seeing the ring bearer walk up during communion barefoot!  We heard lots of entertaining comments the rest of the night.


Speech October 25, 2012

Filed under: Into the Deep — Nicole Welle Nere @ 11:59 am
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Two days until Shannon and Erik’s wedding, and a speech that still needs to be written.  Holy Spirit, please inspire me!


Snuggle Times Two October 22, 2012

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One of my favorite things is when I am nursing Everett on a Saturday or Sunday morning and Caelum comes to snuggle with us.  We’re usually pretty squished on the recliner together, and Everett has to be adjusted and readjusted to half lie on Caelum’s lap too, but it is the sweetest.  I may not be nursing my toddler, but I am still giving him all the loves and snuggles he needs in that moment.  And Everett gets to be close to his two favorite people in the world.  What could be better?


Being Needed & Wanted October 19, 2012

Filed under: Into the Deep — Nicole Welle Nere @ 9:42 am
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Today I am grateful for being needed and wanted.  The way a baby just needs his mama sometimes, just desiring to be close to her and held, because she is safe and comforting and makes the whole world a better place – that is a beautiful thing.  Annoying sometimes, yes, and heartbreaking sometimes too, when you must say goodbye in the morning, but something to be grateful for nonetheless.  It basically boils down to being loved, and there’s nothing better than that.  I love you too, Everett.


Luke 10:38-42 October 9, 2012

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Really trying to be a better Mary….my Martha side is burning me out right now.


Snow Boots October 4, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nicole Welle Nere @ 8:23 am

Four days ago it was 80+ degrees outside.  I was disappointed I couldn’t start wearing my fall boots and snuggly sweaters.  Well, just as I predicted, ND has skipped right over autumn and into full-blown winter.

Caelum was waking up this morning, and I thought he would be excited to run to the window with me and see; “Caelum, come look out the window with me!”  He lies there in bed, just looking at me.  “Caelum, come on!”  “Noooo, we have to get our jammies off first.”  Okay, fine, get dressed first.

After an argument about not being able to wear short-sleeves (he was allowed to wear his Vikings shirt for the 13th day in a row), he came to the stairs and sat down.  “Caelum, come look with me!  What do you think is outside?!”  “I put my shoes on, Mama.  I can do it.”  Okay, yes, you can put your shoes on yourself first.

Finally I get him to the door to look out.  “It’s raining!” he exclaims.  “Yes, it is raining, but what is on the ground?”  Questioning look.  “It’s snow.  There’s snow on the ground!”  “Yeah!”

I told him he had to wear his hat and mittens today because it was cold and snowing, and as he’s agreeing with me, he starts taking OFF his shoes that he had worked so hard to put on just a minute ago.  “Caelum, why are you taking your shoes off?”  “I have to wear my snow boots!”

Chris just gave me the look.