Overflowing Gratitude

flushing toilet bowlI know many of you are busy today, but I have an especially phenomenal thing to be grateful for.  I must share.

Let me first explain:  My children don’t flush the toilets at our house — at all!   I’ve taught them not to; it’s much too risky.  Our disgraceful toilets overflow with two squares of toilet paper in them!

Even for skilled flushers, such as my husband and myself, sometimes we can’t shut off the water in time.  Our toilets have overflown two times only this past month!  Yuck — I know!

So, after six years and countless overflows, we found a decent deal, and made an oh-so-long-overdue investment.

Yesterday, my plumbing miracle arrived!

We were also awaiting my parent’s arrival from out of state and my three-year-old (Mase) got a little confused.  He asked the plumber, “Grandpa, you go jump on the trampoline with me?”

Thankfully, my six-year-old daughter let Mase know that the plumber was not Grandpa by laughing hysterically for at least five minutes.  Big sisters are good like that.

And now,
(drum roll please)
we have flushable nonoverflowing toilets!

It’s been such a beautiful thing!  I giddily spent the rest of the day flushing and reminding my kids to flush.  Now if I could just get my toddler to stop splashing in the toilet water.

Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Staying grateful for my overflowing blessings,
and my nonoverflowing ones.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  2. Woot! Congrats. I’d be thankful for that too!!!

  3. Isn’t it funny the things that excite us as adults? Once when we got our driveway repaved I was giddy with joy! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. It’s the little things – like flushable toilets – that make us the most happy. Happy flushing and Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Oh, as the owner of several spewing toilets (and a basement full of sewer more times than I care to admit), I can easily understand. This is a truly miraculous thing!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. haha! It really is the little things in life that keep ya smiling. 😉

    my mother loves to remind me that when her mom and dad built their first home, they had an outhouse! even in the late 50’s early 60’s, outhouses were common in the south. so everytime I know I have to clean my bathroom, but don’t want to, I think about outhouses and then I will clean with a smile on my face.

    hope you all have a VERY HAPPY Thanksgiving!!!

  7. Ha ha, what a great thing to be grateful for!
    The day before my wedding when we were all setting up at the church my new soon to be brother in law told the best man (who came from out of town) that my dad was the janitor. The “janitor” helped us set up and decorate all day. He never told him the truth and the best man wondered at the wedding out loud why the janitor was at our wedding. There was lots of laughing…but not from me, I wasn’t so happy about it.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!!

  8. Omg you cracked me up at his “grandpa” haha! Now I see a future post on the training of flushing?! 🙂

  9. Hahaha yayyy!!! Its a Thanksgiving miracle! Have a great holiday!!

  10. Sandra Tyler says:

    You are just too funny — you have this blogging this down cold. This is a riot! THe small joys of motherhood.

  11. It’s amazing what can bring true peace (of mind) into a home. Ash had a toilet overflow on her when she was three and she is still scarred at almost 10! Needless to say, she is not a big fan of flushing the toilet. So happy you can flush freely now!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  12. Awesome!! This post made me smile because it really is the little things in life that matter. Thank you for reminding me to be thankful for my toilets!

  13. Absolutely something to be grateful for. My kids don’t flush half the time and it is not good. We use our plunger a lot.

  14. Glad you guys got that fixed! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

  15. Yay for working toilets! Oh that’s hilarious! Our toilet overflew once a few yrs ago and I totally lost it. Of course, Brandon ended up cleaning it bc I was dry heaving the entire time.

  16. Yes… indeed a flushing, non – overflowing toilet is a blessing.

    Even though we have flushing toilets with no problems.. it IS a problem with my kids to keep them flushed. Whenever we have company.. I am never embarrassed about a dirty bathroom.. it’s usually embarrassing hoping they don’t enter to a “surprise!” haha
    I do try to warn in advance.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

  17. Ours don’t overflow but you have to hold the handle down and wait. We need new ones too. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  18. Congrats on your new arrivals! I hope they bring you all kinds of joy! And Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. HAHAHAHAHAHA.!!! My kids love the trampoline so much, they’d probably ask the plumber to jump with them anyway. Yay for flushable pottys! A few of ours had plumbing issues too, so we bought a new one at Lowes. The Lowes guy talked us into buying the potty that can flush 25 golf balls. Or, matchbox cars.!

  20. Now that sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving miracle!!! YAY!!

    If I were the plumber I would totally want to jump with Mace instead of installing toilets. But that’s just me! 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  21. How exciting! Those are the best kind of things to be grateful for. Enjoy your flushing and have a great Thanksgiving!!

  22. Awesome!! First carpet and now a new toilet?? Truly, lots to be thankful for!

  23. You always make me smile, congrats on the new plumbing and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  24. You right about the funniest things and what’s even funnier is that I can relate to so much of it. I hate overflowing toilets due to an overuse of toilet paper! Congrats on the now working toilets!

  25. definitely something to be thankful for lol 🙂 Happy thanksgiving

  26. It’s really the little things in life that we take for granted : ) Today I’m also grateful for flushing toilets and big sisters that laugh at their little brothers 🙂

  27. Sorry – I also laughed for a while when your son thought the plumber was grandpa.
    Glad you’ve got functioning toilets now. Happy T-day!

  28. YAY!!! Congratulations!!!!
    Hilarious that he thought the plumber was Gramps. A friend of mine has a daughter that thought the usher taking the offering at church was God.

  29. I love that Mase called the plumber Grandpa. That’s the best part of the story!

  30. I can relate and there is nothing better than a great flusher!

  31. That for SURE is something to be thankful for!

    Now you can enjoy your Thanksgiving!!!!

  32. It’s all about the simple things! I think it’s hysterical that the plumber was called Grampa!

  33. That’s awesome! Ours don’t usually overflow (unless there is more than the usual in them), but sometimes we have to flush them multiple times to get stuff down. So glad you got that problem fixed. Happy Thanksgiving!

  34. Sounds flushing AWESOME!

  35. Aw, its like Christmas came early!! I just wish my daughter would stop putting her hands in the toilet bowl.. I’ve caught her doing it and then putting it in her mouth– just the same as she does with the dogs water bowl. EWWWWWWWWWWW!
    What a relief to get to flush again!!

  36. Poor Mase! But that was pretty funny…I wonder what the plumber was thinking! House improvements, especially related to water flow are something to celebrate! Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you too! xo

  37. Happy Thanksgiving!
    All my kids have been “flushers”, and by that I mean they have all liked to flush things…like toys…which causes major problems!!! I’m so thankful we are finally past that stage…now if I could just convince my 10 year old to put the TP in the toilet instead of the garbage can… (sorry, TMI).

  38. wahoo!!!!!!!
    Happy Flushing!

  39. WooHoo! Great news! 🙂 Loved this post. So glad you guys are able to flush as you please now. Happy Thanksgiving!♥

  40. We live in a 70 yr old house with the same problems, and I can often be heard yelling at them from behind a closed door.

  41. Yea!!! This is so much better to be thankful for than my lipstick!! I’m so happy for you! It’s funny how these little things make us feel so great! You cracked me up with the plumber being confused for grandpa! Have a happy, wonderful Thanksgiving!!! Much love to you!! xo

  42. Oh how I enjoy your posts. This is the second one I have read about being grateful for a toilet. I agree this is a good one. Yesterday we were flying to Missouri from Utah to be with our daughters and I was in the public bathroom and thinking how blessed we are to have toilets. I do relate to your overflowing toilets. I truly do not believe my children teach their children how to flush the toilet.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day and just know I am smiling!

  43. Ha, my kids rarely flush the toilet either.

    HappY Thanksgiving!!

  44. Such a small thing and such a BIG thing at the same time!!! I’m happy for you =)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  45. Yay! New toilet!! It’s the “little” things. That one thing would have made me very happy as well!!! Now, if I could just get Logan to pee in the toilet. You might appreciate this. The other night I went into my bathroom and looked down at my toilet cleaning brush. The entire top was filled with yellow liquid. I think my son decided it would be a challenge to see if he could get it into the top of the holder without spilling. ??? Oh well!! again. . .. . . Yay!! New toilet for you! Happy Thanksgiving!

  46. my 7 year old son constantly overflows the toilet…..you don’t want to know the details. trust.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you! I hope you had much fun feasting…..and flushin! 🙂

  47. Oh I’ve been there, spooning out large amounts of toilet paper (and other stuff!) with a ladel, just so the water could go down but watching it rise anyhow and lovingly spill onto the floor…all before my morning coffee!!

  48. Smile, smile!

  49. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I am so excited for. What a wonderful Thanksgiving gift!

  50. Ha ha hey it’s the small things that make us happy right?

  51. –Congrats on your new toilet!

    btw, my kids are teens and they still don’t flush !! Sooo Not Cool.

  52. Hope your Thanksgiving was a beautiful one!!
    Yay for flushing potties!! And yay for overflowing blessings!
    So cute that your son thought the plumber was his grandpa 🙂
    Wishing you a weekend full of many more blessings.

  53. Now THAT’S a reason to be grateful! I love it! Seriously. Wow!

    Enjoy your new toilet!

  54. He he he…that is an exceptionally wonderful thing to be grateful for.

    I wonder how long it will take you to get your kids trained. in the flushing business? Mine still aren’t and we’ve never encouraged them not to. Hopefully yours catch on faster. 🙂

  55. That is just too funny!

  56. Best thankfulness post of the season! Love it, lol!

  57. Yay for flushing toilets! We had the same thing. Ours would clog over the littlest thing. I never realized what a REAL flushing toilet was like. It was a great investment. 🙂


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