G is for Growing up Grateful.


One of the values I hope to instill in the boys is to be grateful for all the blessings in their life. There is something so rewarding about doing a good deed and knowing that the person appreciates it. I hope to teach my boys to be grateful for all the little things in life, not just the large things.

A couple of days ago, I told my friend Alexis to stop over and cheer my boys up. They had woken up a wee bit grumpy from their nap. Well in she walks with two little gifts. I wish I had taken a photo of this wrapping job. It looked like my 16-month-old boys had wrapped it themselves. Don’t worry she admits it!

The gift was cylindrical in shape, very flat, and the jagged paper was stuck together with a couple of pieces of tape. A teeny smile was visible from behind the boys’ pacifiers. They started ripping open their gifts – I swear that’s their favorite part! With the paper on the floor they held their gift in their hands – two Ziploc bags filled with some cheerios.  They started devouring their snack immediately. This thoughtful gift brought so much happiness. It wasn’t grand or over the top, but someone had thought about their favorite things – something she knew would make them smile and then delivered it. These are the kinds of moments and gestures I want the boys to grow up appreciating and doing for others. It’s the little things in life that we can all do for others, and it’s the little things in life for which we need to remember to be grateful.

On a different note, I’m grateful for growth. The twins had a follow up doctors appointment to check their ears, from the ear infection they had last month. All checked out fine, they got their shots and after some tears we were on our way. Before we left though, we snapped a photo in the room, because this was the very room we were in when we went to the doctors for our one week check up. So here is a photo of the boys at one week old, and then another of wiggly twins at 16- months-old!

Mason and Cameron one week old


Cameron and Mason

And Now at 16 months old….

Cameron weighs 23.9lbs (from 5lbs 9 oz)

and Mason weighs 25lbs (from 5lbs 10 oz).

Mason Left and Cameron Right

I also happen to be grateful for digital photography – these twins are movers and shakers! Here are a few of the funny photos we took to finally get an “acceptable” one:








What are you grateful for?


About Twin Mom

34 year old, born in a small steel town in South Africa, now living in a large Steel City in the US. Mother of twins and loving every moment.
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17 Responses to G is for Growing up Grateful.

  1. Sista says:

    I’m grateful for my wonderdul family and blessed that you gave me two amazing little nephews thanks Sista x

  2. Your boys are so adorable!
    I’m grateful for being given a second chance when I messed my exams up!
    Oh, and thankyou for my comment!

  3. I can see why you are grateful :0)

    And what a perfect gift!

  4. Pamela R says:

    what a great “G” word and leaning to be greatful even for the lil things is the best way to go throught life!

    Poping in with vB M2R =)

  5. What GORGEOUS babies! I want to come over and give them some loving :) What a wonderful post about being grateful. Thanks for stopping by! I liked you and started following.

  6. Awww, they’re adorable! I always wanted a twin, so I definitely hope they enjoy it! Great post and happy A-Z blogging.

  7. Wanda says:

    Leigh your boys are handsome. Its the simple gifts that often mean so much.

  8. Aww… Such gorgeous photographs! Like you, I’m most grateful for my family. My husband is amazing and my four-year-old daughter is my favorite person in the world. Love this post!

  9. They’ve grown so much! Thanks for sharing the pictures and to answer your question, I’m grateful for my kiddo being okay. Earlier this evening he came to me with bloody hands and an even bloodier forehead.

    Turns out he tripped and hit his head on our gate. I still can’t see the gash on that’s a bit on top of his left forehead but at least the bleeding stopped. No stitches necessary. Also grateful I wrote a post on symptoms of concussions so I knew what to watch out for.

  10. What a wonderful post! Often, in our fast-paced world, we forget to be grateful, thankful, for our many blessings. Your two sons are so handsome, and they’re obviously happy. Congrats to you and your husband.

  11. Ang says:

    Wow, they have grown so much so fast! I love how grateful you are–sure beats being grumpy about life like so many people! Happy Easter!

  12. Leigh love this post and pictures. love your G word! I remember those days when my twins were small, now they are taller than me and 12 years old time sure flies.

    I am grateful for many things, but I am most grateful for my husband and my kiddies, they are the loves of my life.

  13. Nishana says:

    Adorable boys! What a blessed family. May God Bless Always.

  14. molly mae says:

    Great Glog! – I mean blog – got mixed up with the “Gs.” Great photos! Gorgeous twins are Growing! Gorgeous Glowing Leigh – you and your family are beautiful in every way.
    I’m Grateful for a loving family and love-filled friendships. If you have that, everything else falls into place – GUARANTEED!

  15. Courtney says:

    Oh my goodness! How cute are they!! :)

  16. Regina says:

    A grateful heart is something I hope my kids always have too. Your boys are adorable.

  17. mamawolfe says:

    Your boys are darling! Gratitude is so important to teach our children…the only things I want them to take for granted is that I will always love and care for them, no matter what. Great post!

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