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Remembering September 11th and Cherishing the Moments…

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Like all of you, I have been spending today remembering the tragedy of September 11th. My thoughts are with those of you who lost loved ones on this day twelve years ago. I cannot imagine the grief and sadness that you and your family have had to endure and continue to endure.

I have spent much of today giving silent thanks for all the blessings in my life. I am so grateful that my family is healthy and happy, that my kids are doing well in school, and that I am surrounded by people who love and support me.

One of my highs this week was secretly observing one of my kiddos at recess. Yes, I know this may sound weird, LOL … but my hubby and I were concerned about one of my kids in particular and wanted to make sure that he was adjusting to his new grade, new friends etc. And since we only live several blocks from the school, we dashed over there at recess time and watched him for about 10 minutes. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that he seems to fit right in and was smiling and laughing with all his buddies. We also noticed that they spent a good part of recess reading over a note, discussing the note, smiling about the note etc.

So of course, I had to ask about the note at dinner time last night. Thankfully, my son is not one to keep secrets and was happy to produce the adorable “love” note that he received at school. This note reminded me that my son is quickly growing up (no more are the days of girls having cooties).

It is so much fun to watch your kids grow and flourish and pass through the different stages of life but it sure does go by quickly…

[h2s_box]Every Wednesday, I share my high(s) and low(s) for the past week and I encourage you to do the same in the comment section below. My high(s) will simply be the best or most exciting thing that happened to me over the last week or so and my low(s) will be something not so great that took place. [/h2s_box]

Collin founded Hip2Save in 2008 and has over 10 years experience as a deals and lifestyle editor, strategist, and creative copywriter. She is debt-free and has been featured in Parents Magazine, Today.com and MSNBC. Connect with Collin on LinkedIn

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  1. Crystal

    My thoughts go out to all of the victims of 9/11 as well. I can’t believe that it has been 12 years already.

    My 4 year old daughter started school last week and my high has been hearing all about her day when I pick her up from school. She absolutely loves going to preschool and that makes me feel very happy and relieved.

    My low is that my nearly 2 year old son has to have surgery tomorrow morning. I know that he has to have the surgery but I’m scared out of my mind. I doubt I will get any sleep tonight. My son is happily playing with his toys right now and he has no idea that he has to have surgery tomorrow. I just want everything to go well tomorrow.

    • Lucky

      Good luck on the surgery 🙂 .

      • Crystal

        thank you.

    • Wendy

      I said a little prayer for you and your little one. I have 2 young children and can understand your anxiety. I’m an at home mom right now until I can land a job and my husband suggested that our oldest child, who is in kindergarten, ride the bus. My mommy protectiveness kicked in and I was like ” no way, I’ll take her and pick her up as long as I can”. I can’t imagine my child having surgery. As parents we would do anything for our children to keep them safe so when a situation arises that is a necessary evil ( surgery for example) we feel so helpless and anxious/ scared. I know it’s easier said than done but take a deep breath mama and focus that worry and anxiety on being there with your little one. Play with him and love him like you always do and you can be strong for him tomorrow. Please let us know how things go to settle the nerves of all mama’s reading this.

      • Crystal

        Wendy, thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words as well as your prayer. I’ve been spending time with my little man all day, taking him to his usual gym classes and just cuddling and kissing him all day. He is just the sweetest little boy and I just feel so absolutely helpless about tomorrow. I’m positive that I will fall apart tomorrow at the hospital. I’ll try my best not to but its not something that I can help. I am fiercely protective of my children and this whole thing is just tearing me up inside. I’ll try to update when I can.

        • DAWN

          Crystal I said a prayer for you and you son, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers tomorrow. I can only imagine how anxious you must be feeling I can’t imagine my son having to have surgery. God bless you!

          • J

            Many blessings and prayers to you and your family Crystal!

            • Crystal

              Thank you Dawn and J.

        • Wendy

          I don’t know where or when you’ll be able to update us. I guess you can come back to this post and update when you get the chance…that would probably be easiest. I’ll be checking it from time to time (I’m on this site several times a day) and I’ve checked the box to notify me of follow up comments. Your little one having surgery is tugging at my heart strings tonight. Again, will be thinking of your family.

    • JA

      Thinking about you guys today. Hope all is well.

      • Jessie

        Hi Crystal, just letting you know that you & your family are in my prayers. I am having my church pray for you, your son & family as well. keep us updated on his recovery.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Your little boy has been in my thoughts today. I hope the surgery went well and that he is on the mend.

      • Crystal

        Thank you everyone for all of your thoughts and prayers. It means so so much to me. This is one of the reasons why I love Hip2Save. Everyone is just so nice and caring. My son is recovering right now but he is awake and alert and smiling!!! Again, thank you all for thinking of my family. This wasn’t a good day but we got through it.

        • Wendy

          Yayyyy!!!! I’m thrilled that your little one is recovering and smiling! I’m always amazed at how resilient children can be. Thanks for the update and give him a big hug for us (or if that may hurt him, a kiss on the cheek will do) 🙂

          • Crystal

            You are so right Wendy. Children are so resilient. I’ve been smothering him in kisses these past few days so I’m sure he won’t mind one more 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Margaret

    My gosh, that note is ADORABLE! You have to save it so you have it to look back on later…my parents kept all of the funny notes we wrote to them/to our siblings, and some of them are hilarious. My parents call it their “treasure envelope” 🙂

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Such a great idea – LOVE it! 🙂

  3. Ketsy

    My high for the week is that I feel like a rocket scientist because I got my new airprinter working. lol Huge accomplishment since English and Spanish booklet were necessary and so was youtube and the disk and online tutorials ! 😀

    My low…um none really. Time management is always an issue. I like to do the fun stuff and not so much the chores. Im different than other moms I know I guess because I actually admit it. 😉

    • kat

      Same here! I hate chores! Feels good to say that lol.

  4. Emily

    Aww, a first love note! Sounds like he’s fitting in a lot better than you originally though! Glad to hear it!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks! I feel a lot better knowing that he has found some great buddies.

  5. Sarah

    Haha, I love that note! So sweet.

    My high this week (and probably my high of the year thus far) is that I am going to be an AUNT! I am so excited. The baby will be here late April/early May.

    My low was that I found out today that one of the professors in my graduate program (who is also my academic advisor) is going to be retiring at the end of the semester. She scared me at first because she can be so intense, but I have grown to love and respect her, and am so thankful for all I have learned from her.

  6. kathleen

    How old is your son?

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      He’s 12.

  7. Melissa

    Collin, thank you for taking time on your site for remembering this tragic day in our nation’s history. Secondly, I have to comment on your son Nick’s photos. Maybe it is just lately, but it seems to me that his eyes are almost always closed. When I see his photos they makes me smile because he reminds me of Jason Lee’s character in the tv show, “My Name is Earl”. Earl’s eyes are always closed as well whenever he gets his picture taken. It is a running gag. Anyway, I sense that Nick has a great sense of humor and that those closed eyes are not just accidental!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Hi Melissa,

      That cracks me up that you noticed that about him. You are quite observant. 🙂 AND you are so right… he’s one funny boy!

  8. Ann Dee

    Well he’s a cutie so expect a lot more notes like that from here on out! (: Thanks for sharing!

  9. buzl91

    Yes it it sad to think about what happened 12 years ago. So many people lost their loved ones and the SADEST and FRUSTUATING part is that our government was responsable of all this.

  10. Queenjen87

    My high for today was cleaning out my binder. It needed it. Plus everyone at work today wore red white and blue and we each put a flag in our window to remind us.

    My low was picking up my 3 year old from daycare and having to sign a note that she bit another kid. She has a nice shinner too, and she says the kid who she bit hit her with a toy. Not sure who was retailiating to who though :/ thought we were past that stage. It hurts mommys heart to have to take away rewards and privileges for the night. But I must be strong!

  11. Jolene

    Regarding secretly observing Nick @ recess — I did the same with my son out of worry/concern over 10 years ago. Here’s some peace-of-mind to ease your worry: Today my son is a happy, high-achieving, sociable 18 year old enjoying his freshman year in college away from home. Nick will grow to be the same, I assure you 🙂

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks, Jolene! 🙂

  12. JA

    It’s cute until she starts calling the house everyday, having her friends chase him around and ask why he doesn’t like her and writing “I love you forever” in Sharpie on the back of a shirt he was getting friends to sign. Yuck.

    Bravo that you have the kind of relationship that he feels comfortable enough to tell you about it. So very important to keep the lines of communication open about stuff like this.

  13. Holly-Marie

    That’s the most adorable thing I have ever seen.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)


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