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In which we pretend to be British and other thankful stuff.

What a week it’s been here—a couple of weeks actually, since I missed last week’s Ten Things of Thankful. I have had the opportunity to reflect on all that I have to  be thankful for in this life. I have laughed and cried these last couple of weeks. And more than anything, I have been aware of the gratitude I have for my family and the fact that all we truly have on this earth that is of any real and eternal meaning are the relationships with people, with family.

Now, on with the thank-fest!

My greatest joy this week, and easily my most thankful thing, was to hear that my dear sister-in-law received normal results from a biopsy she had on a lump in her breast. I have such gratitude in my heart and such relief! I can only imagine how they must feel!

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Last week, after dropping my daughter off at school, I had a near miss with a young man who what about to cross a busy street in front of the school. I am so grateful he was not actively crossing the street when I made that turn…both our lives would have been irrevocably changed in an instant. Oh, what could have been! I am so thankful.

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I was excited to go hang out with my book club girls last week. I just love those girls—they crack me up. This time, we read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. It was a good read, but a horribly tragic and depressing book. I always try to find something redeeming in the books we read, but it was hard with this one. Maybe, it is to be careful what you wish for, or that vanity and narcissism can only lead to a very dark place. One of the ladies offered this: What if we could all see what our souls look like? A very interesting question. If you’ve read it, I’d love to hear your take. After our book discussion, we opted to lighten things up by watching the film The Importance of Being Earnest based on the Oscar Wilde play. Very clever and funny.

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Do we have any Walking Dead fans out there? Okay. Well, don’t judge me, but I am hooked. I mean, really, it’s not about the zombies, y’all! It’s about the people! It happened before last season and I swore I would never be interested in such fare as zombies, but there was a Walking Dead marathon last July (2012) and I was done for. And so, I was excited and, yes, even thankful, to see the new season begin last Sunday. Rick Grimes is BACK! Woot!

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I teach two science classes at a local homeschool co-op. And I have to tell you how thankful I am for the awesome kids in there. They are so smart and funny and they make me laugh so hard. Plus, Jacob doesn’t have classes on that day, so he can go with me and be my helper…which I do need! Especially with the elementary aged kids. It is a blessing to be a part of their lives and really very humbling that their parents put them in my hands each week! I love it!

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Last week, I went in to my local Target and found this precious gem:

Yes, it’s candy corn, which I only love during the fall months. But then they put it with peanuts! What genius is this?? The perfect combination of salty and sweet. Genius, I tell you! And yes, I have gratitude for candy corn. Call me crazy, but it really hit the spot that day!

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Okay, I realize that is not technically ten things, but since it has taken my over 4 hours to get our video loaded, I’m going to close my list here. So, here for your entertainment, is Emma, Jacob and me, doing, what is, I am sure a perfectly smashing job of massacring the Queen’s English. Do forgive, and have a laugh at our expense! You can blame it all on Harry Potter.

And so we feign our best British accents…for you, Lizzi.

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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.

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Better late, than never.

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:

Ariel, Disney's Little Mermaid - by Emma

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! Winking smile So, thanks! I am thankful for you and for caring enough to miss me! Smile

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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.

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This week’s top ten.

Thankfulness abounds! Here are this week’s top ten!

1. Another year of life! Today is my birthday! Woot! And I don’t mind telling you that today I am 44. Double fours, baby. Proud to say it—wrinkles, bingo wings, stray hairs and all!

2. An afternoon this week to sit outside and work on writing, studying and breathing in the fresh air while Jacob is in his classes.

3. A rare moment of school celebration from Emma. She doesn’t get too stoked about things…compared to me, Miss I’m-so-excited-and-I-just-can’t-hide-it, anyway. She was very happy about success on a test in a class she is finding to be a challenge! I was happy for her!

4. I met the mom of the young man I wrote about recently who was bullied! I basically tackled her, er, grabbed her arm as she was leaving church last Sunday. I was not going to let another opportunity pass by without meeting her. I really enjoyed chatting with her and meeting Alex as well (who is such a cool kid!). I had another opportunity to visit with her this week and am glad to say I count her among my new friends. We share similar experiences with our boys, which is great, and finding people who share common ground is always so awesome.

My adorable parents5. My awesome parents have been blessed this week to be in Hawaii!!! Hawaii, y’all! Thanks to the generosity of some friends of theirs, they have been having some much needed time together, relaxing and having some fun. They deserve it!

6. Laughing with my family this week. One night this week the movie The Dark Knight was on TV. We were all watching it and fascinated, okay, weirded out, by Christian Bale’s voice. If you’ve seen it, then you know what I mean. If you haven’t then, consult the following example, starting about about the 3:05 mark:

 

What’s up with Batman’s voice??

 

Anyway, Emma said, “What is up with his voice?? It’s so weird!” Hubby and I heartily concurred. Jacob, in his deadpan way, said, “His dad fed him a bag of rocks every night for dinner.”

We all just cracked up.

7. Snail mail. Yes, people actually send cards and letters these days. I was so blessed by the sweet birthday cards I received this week. I am a big believer in Birth-weeks versus Birth-days. I am all about extending the celebration all week! I love when I get belated wishes…it just means I get to celebrate longer.

8. My students in my co-op classes. Classes started at our co-op last week and those kids are just so gosh darn adorable. They are so smart and funny…some are high energy, but, hey, I can handle it. They are so fun and make me smile. My elementary zoology class is learning about land animals and this week I had my students draw their favorite animal. One kid drew an elephant. Another drew a camel. Another a horse. Instead of drawing an animal, one kid wrote me a note about how she wanted to me to go watch the Coldplay Vevo video for Paradise on youtube, which, of course, I did. “It is not fanmade, I swear,” she said. She is very serious about her videos, apparently. Anyway, she is adorable. Here is the video for your enjoyment:

Coldplay–Paradise

 

9. New recipes that are a winner. I get tired of cooking the same stuff over and over and so occasionally I like to branch out and try something new. I tried a chicken recipe off the back of the Lipton soup mix box this week and everybody liked it. Score!

10. Phone calls with the fam. Had a lovely chat with both my younger brother and my sister-in-law (wife of the older bro) this past week. Our lives are busy and don’t lend themselves to lengthy phone chats very often. It is good to be able to catch up.

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On Saturdays 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.

Ten Things of Thankful

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