Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thankful Day 23

Vacation...I'm thankful for vacation.  Specifically, my husband's vacation.  For SO much of our marriage, he has had his own business, and with that came all the responsibility that came with it, including the fact that you don't get paid if you don't work.  He did take about one week off a year for us to travel to our family reunion, but other than that, it was work, work, work.  Now, he has so much vacation time, we literally don't know what to do with it all.  It's such a blessing.  He's taking this whole week coming up off, just to hang out around the house, and he will have the whole week of Christmas off too...and he's still rolling 40 hours over to next year.  What a blessing vacation time is, because it will let us get things done that have just been waiting for us to have a chunk of time available to get them done. So vacation time is what I'm thankful for today!
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thankful Day 22

I'm thankful for our homeschool group in NC.  I'm not a big "joiner" because I'm such an introvert, yet I recognize that they only way to meet up with like-minded people is to put yourself in places where they are, and with this move, that meant joining a local homeschool group.  I have to admit it's nice to be just a member, and not be any part of the leadership process ;-).  But more than that, it really is nice to be part of a group and to be slowly be surely making friends.  Today was my park day-the one I am responsible for as my "what I do for the group" sort of thing, and so even though it was only 40 something, we went and sat and chatted, and had a nice time, and that's something I had completely stopped doing in FL because my older kids were, well, older, and their days have to count for more, and so my littlest lost out.  So today I'm thankful for this group of Christian folks who send me emails and teach me to crochet and share my love of Publix (2 others have recently moved from FL too) and just generally have been a blessing to me.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thankful Day 21

I'm thankful for our co-op.  Wow, those are words I wasn't sure I'd ever say.  I'm such a rebel, and being part of a co-op means giving up control of my schedule and taming my wild-hair self to the routine of someone else's school plans.  But really, this has been such a blessing to us.  First, Sari's, just wow.  Amazing ladies.  I could never be like them, even when I grow up.  For my FL friends, one is like Steph K and the other like Tracy Lee, and they both are amazing, and they love my little girl, and she's doing great despite this newly developed super-intense separation anxiety.
And my TJ?  He's found a friend.  His friend's sweet mamma is not quite sure how to take me and my tendency to just say whatever I'm thinking and to not have nearly the social filter that the rest of polite society has, but she is really trying for the boys' sakes to make it work, and I admire her for that..I am, I know, and acquired taste.
Mimi has made a friend or two as well, and they even like anime, so that's a huge bonus.  She took a fabulous acrylics class this semester, and a health class based on Lifepaks that she LOVED because she loved the teachers, so that was a huge win too.
Anyway, the co-op had they end-of-semester family night last night, and it was really, really impressive, and I thought, "I love this."  I especially loved seeing all my little 2 year olds all around the room.  They would see me and smile shyly.  They melt my heart.  I think I may just have to ask to work with them again in the spring.
So tonight, I'm thankful for our co-op and for all the volunteers who work so hard to make it run like a well oiled machine every week.
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Day 20

I'm thankful I'm not homeless.  And I don't say that lightly.  There is a woman I pass every week on my way home from aqua fitness. She is older than I am, but not by much, and she is homeless.  She has a cardboard sign asking for money on the ramp coming off the interstate near my house.  Aqua fitness wasn't always at this same pool, so I didn't pass her before, but now I try to make sure I have money to give her.  It's my intention to put together a bag also for her and to try to see what she might need and see if I can help her out.  Our church has a weekly food pantry with a hot meal, but I don't know her situation to know if she could get there, etc.  Today it was 32 degrees as I was driving home.  She told me she was wearing 6 layers of clothes, but that it was really cold at night.  There but by the grace of God go any of us...So today, I'm thankful that I'm not homeless, but that I have the ability to help someone who is, and that God allows my youngest daughter to be part of that too, since she is with me.  I always try to support people in need because it's the right thing to do, and I want my children to see that and know that, and not be afraid to do the same, or worse to judge someone for their situation.  I know along the way there will be a scam artist or two, but I also know God will get them for that in the's just up to me to behave in the way He commands. and be obedient to Him.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thankful Day 19

I'm thankful for our town.  I was driving around the other day and I realized that when I told people we were moving, I'd always tell them we were moving to the neighboring city that everyone recognizes.  But the truth is, we don't live there, although the boundary line is walking distance from our house.  We live in a neighboring "town" that is 7 times the size of the city we moved from.  And as stringent as they are about their guidelines and keeping the town beautiful, I've come to love it.  It really is a beautiful place to live, and the convenience of it's proximity to everywhere we want and need to go it just fantastic.  When God finally sells our FL house and green-lights our buying a house here, I'm not sure what He will have for us, but I'm thankful today for the town we are living in now.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thankful Day 18

This boy.  I'm thankful for this boy.  He is our sponsor child through Compassion International.  He lives in Thailand, a country near and dear to our hearts as we have a close family friend from there.  Our sweet young man is the same age as our Sari- in fact their birthdays are a month apart.  What a blessing it is to be able to be part of changing someone's life, of teaching them about Jesus, of loving on them from half a world away by providing for their needs and the needs of their family too.  We love to receive his sweet letters and his drawings that show skill well beyond his years.  So today, and everyday, I'm thankful for this young man and I'm blessed to be able to be part of his life.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Thankful Day 17

Is it shallow to be thankful for my boots?  I'm loving being somewhere where I can wear boots more often.  And I really, really like these boots.  I got them at some teenie-bopper store that I was at with my legitimate teenie-bopper daughter sometime last year.  I love them most of all because they are flats, so they are comfortable to wear, but they also feel a little sassy because they go over my knee, or I can fold them down to knee height.  Fun!  Boot, and boot wearing weather, that's what I'm thankful for!
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