Count your blessings…sometimes we forget how many we have. Today is a good day to remember.


“Better to lose count while naming your blessings than to lose your blessings to counting your troubles.”  ~Maltbie D. Babcock

Today is a gentle reminder for you and me that sometimes your blessings are piling up and you may forget, or rather perhaps you just aren’t tuned in, but then you can be cued to pay attention out of the blue.

Now don’t get me wrong when I say this, because I do know just how blessed we are, and have been in the support of our family and friends as it has related to our struggles and challenges these past 18 months, but now all of you will be passing those blessings along to so many other families that have faced what we have faced: here’s how.

Yesterday as I was driving back from a breakfast with a friend who is pregnant and I was ruminating about all the things I want to talk about in my upcoming blog posts, I got a call that reminded me of just how blessed we are, so I am putting in pin in those thoughts because you all deserve a shining light.

As many of you know, I started a team this year for the March of Dimes walk here in LA on April 30. As the Wondertwins, Q and E, are the product of their goal-oriented parents, (seriously I am like a retriever, if you throw the ball and my goal is to catch it I will run after it every-time as long as you pat me on the head and tell me what a good girl I am…I mean, it borders on being a problem, but we can talk about my neurosis another day:))., they set a very ambitious goal of raising $10,000. Since there seems to be no Fundraising 101 guide to appropriate and achievable amounts of what one should commit to in these situations,  I threw the number up not quite sure if we could do it, but with the sentiment “wouldn’t it be amazing if we could”.  We should now stop briefly to note I have not used a pledge sheet since I was in elementary school, and I am quite sure I was collecting cans and bottles for a terrarium for our class or something equally horrifying and hilarious for my easily embarrassed 8 year old self. And so now in present day, with that $10,000 number out there, I began to stalk and harass all of our friends and family.

The irony of all this is that I normally dislike fundraising, not because I don’t think it’s an amazing skill and ability, just ask KSP, I pretty much donate to everything including the constant stream of door to door solicitors, which is also a bit of a problem. (BTW,  I am now cut off from giving money to the door to door folks, so don’t bother coming by to ask me to pay for your club team baseball trip, can’t do it).  For me asking people for money, or help for that matter, makes me uncomfortable; however, I do love and have made a career out of negotiating multi-million dollar deals with advertisers and do not have any problem asking for what I believe the value of opportunity to be…how weird is that?  Anyway,  all of this held very true throughout my life, until recently.

For obvious reasons,  I have become very passionate about the families that go through the hardships of prematurity and the fact that over a half a million babies are born prematurely each year. For those that don’t know much about the March of Dimes organization,  it provides resources to these families which is an incredible gift in a very challenging time especially since many of these families are financially struggling as it is. So to participate this year through walking and fundraising and to try to give was the least Team Pruitt could do to help out. So, here’s the point. As I have gently pestered so many and you have so graciously given, well, guess what, (there I go again with the guessing)….drum roll please…..you all have made the Pruitt Wondertwins the second top grossing fundraising team in the Nation!!!

Amazed, touched, moved, grateful, loved and loving, hopeful, fantastic and my cup runneth over….and yet still these words do not begin to express my overwhelming pride, joy and thanks to all of you. We are just $2,000 short of our goal but the contributions continue to come in and we are hopeful that we will get there, but even if we don’t (pause for gasp, did she just say that?) we are so blessed which we knew, but now you should know, just how much you have blessed other families. So thank you to you and tonight when you close your eyes please count your blessings and remember to add one more for the families you will help. Much love to all. Love, the Pruitt Wondertwins and their parents

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About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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3 Comments on “Count your blessings…sometimes we forget how many we have. Today is a good day to remember.”

  1. Nis Says:

    Now THAT is an accomplishment that will ultimate bless many, many children and families! YAY Team Wondertwins!

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