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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


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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Hot Tea, Warm Friendship. Day 15

On the heels of my tea lament of the other day, today I have to give a public shout out to my new friend, Coreyanne. She is the one who inspired me to get back on that liquid gold. She has come to the rescue! Not only did she tell me that she had the tea for me, but she also made me some and then delivered it to me this morning at the homeschool co-op, already sweetened and ready for consumption! And in an adorable little thermos, no less—see the photo. Cute, right? And all British and stuff to boot! Keep Calm, Carry On, and Drink Tea

Nectar, I tell you! Sweet, golden nectar. I owe you, girl!

Kind, thoughtful gestures, like Corey’s, are precious. And though it may seem like a small thing, it meant a lot to me.

I am so thankful for the people that God has so graciously placed in my life.

The one who has listened to me nearly every. single. morning. for the last 5 years during our routine morning phone call.

The ones at the homeschool co-op who teach my son.

The one who, when I was a tired, stressed out young mom with little ones, was further down the road of life and mentored me during a tough time.

The ones who meet me for coffee or tea and chat and chat and chat—and who don’t seem to be offended by my incessant chattiness. (Thanks for that, y’all!)

The one who is such an incredible prayer warrior and who laughs at the crazy stuff I say.

The ones whom you meet and right away, BOOM!, there is that Soul Sister connection.

The one who first said to me, so gently and lovingly, “Have you ever noticed….” about Jacob and then walked beside us as we went through the testing process, because she had lived it too, with her own son.

The one who, without fail, always has such a kind, encouraging word to say to me.

The one who knew me during the awkward high school years and how, since then, we have stayed in touch, however sporadically, and when we have the fleeting opportunity to reconnect, it’s as if we see each other every day.

The ones, new and old, who give so much—big and small—to me and my family.

These are my people! I count them all as blessings. Every day.

“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” ~Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 (NLT)


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