This week has brought some great things my way, but it has also brought its share of chaos and busy-ness. Which leads me to thankful thing number one…
1. Exhaustion. Because that means I have worked hard and been busy. It means I have been well and healthy enough to accomplish all the tasks of the week.
2. SHEEP! No, not our little wooly friends. This is the acronym for our homeschool co-op that started back up this week! Jacob participated in classes there for all four years of high school and I teach there. Even though Jacob graduated, I still opted to continue teaching the two science classes I taught last year. That is how much I love it! AND, since Jacob does not have classes on Thursdays, he can come be my helper!
3. More college success. Jacob received the grades for his first two assignments and he got 100s on both! Yay! Really proud too of how he is taking initiative in completing his work and reading.
4. The American Red Cross. I was able to donate blood last weekend. My motivation for doing it for the last 3 years is a young man I know who lives with Common Variable Immune Deficiency. Without weekly immunity boosting injections (immunoglobulin therapy), which are made using blood products, this young man would literally be the boy in the bubble. He is an amazing kid and blood donations are what allow him to live the life of a normal teenage boy.
5. Cooler weather. The last couple of days have brought a palpable drop in humidity and just that little tiny nip of Fall in the air. I love it! Fall makes me happy!
6. Hearing my daughter sing. Emma participated in a community musical theater group last year and auditions were held today for the coming year. Last year at he audition, she was so panicked that she was literally crying. I had never seen her that nervous. The crying actually ended up being a great help in her monologue! I don’t think the director was aware that the tears were unintentional. I have watched her grow in confidence and overcome her performance anxiety over the course of last year. It was quite a transformation. And as I sat there today watching her and listening to her, I couldn’t help but tear up with joy. Another heart-bursting mama moment.
7. Functioning washer and dryer. I hope I am not jinxing myself, but my Kenmore washer and dryer purchased in 1992 are still going strong after all these years! No joke—every time I put a load in, I say a prayer of thanks to God.
8. The Hubs. He drives me nuts, but he is an awesome guy. He works so hard for us. He is a wonderful provider, husband, father and friend.
9.Girlfriends. I know I have said this before, but I am still grateful. My girls who love me and pray for me. My girls who make me laugh so hard! They are medicine.
10. This exercise. I am really thankful for this focus on gratitude. I find myself throughout the week now, saying, “I am SO going to include this in my ten things this week!” My mind is looking for things to be grateful for and when I focus on those things, it is hard to focus on the ICK…which is why this is so fantastic.