The Gallery: Proud Mama

This week’s Gallery Theme is “Something I Am Proud Of“.  Oooh, a tricky one, because we don’t want to sound like we’re bragging, right?

Too bad. I couldn’t pick just ONE thing, could I? Nah.

I’ve said it before, but I’m proud of how well my kids have adapted to moving 3,000 miles away from the only home they’ve ever known – they’ve settled well, made new friends – they’ve even lost their accents. (Well, they say so. I say THEY have an accent now, too.) I’m most proud of how well they are doing in school, and how much they LOVE it. (Just like their mom did…only without a trace of awkward geek in them.)

I’m proud of myself for NOT giving back my unruly puppy, who had me so overwhelmed the first week we had her that I spent most of it in tears, seriously doubting my decision. (Good for her she was so stinkin’ cute…) She’s now a completely mad 1-1/2 year old, and I love her to bits.

I’m also proud of myself for taking part in the school’s pantomime earlier this spring. Not so much for being IN the play – I am an “actrisse” at heart – but for having the courage to get up in front of all those other moms and dads in spite of knowing that I had been cast as Ali Baba primarily because my American accent was funny.

Note: while I did play a male character, none of the above are me.

I’m proud of my husband for taking the risk to move his family far, far away from home and the familiar. While he has moved probably a dozen times in the course of his career, he had never done it with a family and it was a big decision to make. Oh, and while we are talking about taking risks, I’m proud of the Hubs for taking part in the school’s Fashion Show fundraiser when I volunteered him for it when I wouldn’t do it myself. No way…...

I could go on, but then I’d sound like I was bragging. *grins*

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What or who are YOU proud of????

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Day 23 of Giving Thanks: I’m thankful for the opportunities that have come our way, and for overcoming the fear (of change, of new things) and pursuing them. We’re living the dream, baby, and I’m grateful for every minute that we are here, even when I am lamenting the lack of Pumpkin Spice Latte, flavored International creamers, and proper Mexican food.


  1. Good for you both for joining in everything..I hope when the time comes I can be that brave. It must be scaring moving that far from home, but do you feel this is home now? How long have you been here? Lovely post. x

    • Strangely enough, as much as I miss things (read: foods and restaurants…oh, and family) from the US, when I’m there I’m anxious to get back here – the pace is just less stressful, and life is more peaceful. My son considers himself half-American/half-Welsh.

      Now, if I could just find a way to get ingredients for my Mexican dishes, Goldfish crackers, onion soup mix, and other things like that without paying an arm, leg and kidney for them, AND get a few friends to come over for a visit, life would be pretty much idyllic!

  2. You certainly have a lot to be proud of – and rightly so.

  3. I am proud of ALL of you, and thankful for you on this American Thanksgiving Day!!

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