I am late this week to the Ten Things of Thankful party. And last weekend, I missed the party altogether! I missed y’all! There have been ups and downs this week, and to be honest I am the person who really tries to see the silver linings and put on a happy face. But then busy-ness and sickness and crazy people enter the picture, and dang it!, that has a way of interfering with my happy face plan! So I am happy to share with you some of my happy face moments from this week!
1. I know I keep bragging about my boy child, but daggone it!, I think it is deserved! He has earned some more fine grades in his classes! I can tell he is proud of himself. And we are proud too. He really has gotten the hang of this college boy thing and it is awesome to see him taking responsibility and doing what needs to be done for his classes.
2. I am so thankful that my daughter has her best friend. She is blessed to have her friend Harper, who is a such a sweet and loyal young lady. A positive and encouraging friend. I call her my bonus child. They are good for each other and I know there are a lot of parents who worry about the friend choices that their children make. We are blessed.
3. I have been loving the online book discussion I have been participating in for the last few weeks with my bloggy friend, Sarah, who is also an “in real life” friend. The book is The Fire of Delayed Answers by Bob Sorge. The book is about how God uses that time in the trials of our lives—that time when He seems to be delaying His answers to us—to help refine us. It has been so good to me and I am getting so much out of it and also reading the responses of others has been such a blessing. I encourage you to check in here on Wednesdays to be a part.
4. I had a couple of days this week when I wasn’t feeling so hot—just the general allergy induced crud, I think—and one of those evenings, the Hubs called me before he left work and said he would stop on his way home and pick up dinner for us all. I really appreciated it and was glad not to cook. He is a sweet fella.
5. And even though I had those few days where I felt kinda icky, I still managed to get to the gym for my dance fitness class three times this week. Basically, right now, it is only keeping me from getting fatter, because I have to be honest and say that my eating habits have really stunk of late. Still, I enjoy the classes so much. It is a lot of fun.
6. I am also thankful for my tea. I used to really love my coffee…and don’t get me wrong…I still do, but for several months, I have been on a tea kick. I think it’s that whole Downton Abbey thing and the desire of my daughter and me to actually be British. I don’t know. But in the mornings, I put the kettle on and fix myself up a cup, sometimes a pot! Something about the whole process is just so comforting.
7. And on that note, let me just say that I love when Emma and I talk in British accents. I am sure they are horrid, but it is fun and we do crack ourselves up. We envision ourselves at Downton Abbey, as Violet, the Dowager Countess and Mrs. Patmore. I am definitely a downstairs kind of person—Mrs. Patmore is me. HA! Emma’s whole Brit obsession began with Harry Potter, I am pretty sure. We do love us some HP. And now we love Downton, so we continue to pretend to be Brits. Oh, we have been known to do it in public too. I am working on Emma, because I don’t think she could truly embrace the British culture until she totally embraces the whole tea thing. So I keep on trying to encourage her to love the hot tea. I know what you’re saying—Isn’t sweet tea a big thing where you live? Yes, as Southerners, we drink lots of tea, but it is mostly iced and really sweet. She struggles with the whole hot tea, with cream and sugar, thing. I’m not giving up!
8. Emma was feeling a bit poorly this week as well. She stayed home from school on Thursday. I think she is just overtired and run down because she is working so hard on her school work, most especially her AP European History class, which is kicking her butt. Her take is this: History already happened, why do I need to care? I know, not a great take, but she does work hard in there and gives her best, even though history is her least favorite subject. Emma is my art-y child. She would much rather study that—which is okay by me, but we just have to get through some other things too. I am so thankful for the enjoyment she gets out of her drawing. This is what she did on her sick day:
I know I am biased, but I think she is pretty darn talented. She drew this, just by looking at a picture. And this photo of her drawing doesn’t nearly do it justice. She blows me away.
9. I have pretty much turned off my TV during whole government shutdown ridiculousness that is happening in Washington right now. Especially during the day and during any time I knew there would be news casts on. And I avoid the all-news-all-the-time channels for the most part anyway. I have enjoyed not listening to all the bickering and the lack of thought about what really matters by our elected officials and all the analysis by the talking heads and all the blah blah blah. Haven’t missed it. Give me Duck Dynasty and Parenthood any day. And I’m Happy, Happy, Happy!
10. I was about to bag the TToT for this week, because I thought…oooh, it’s already later Sunday afternoon. I was thinking I would get to it, but now it’s just late. I’ll just forget about it. Then, I saw Lizzi’s shout out on The Twittah. And I said, awww, how sweet! I need to do it and Lizzi missed me! So, thanks! I am thankful for you and for caring enough to miss me!
On Saturdays (usually—I realize today is Sunday! Ha!) I link up with the Ten Things of Thankful Blog Hop to celebrate all the things I am feeling especially thankful for this week. You can join in the gratitude at Lizzi’s blog—Considerings.