Now, I'll simply give him a peck when he arrives and ask him how his day went. And then sit on my rear while he washes the dishes.
1. I am thankful to have Hubby and Phoenix back from their trip. And not just because I am excited to have people with whom I can share the big chores.
2. I am thankful for our church/school community. Our closest relative lives two hours away from us, so over the last 14 years we have formed a local "family" for whom I am very grateful. Tonight was the end-of-camp cook-out, and while there it made me smile to look around and recognize so many people I consider part of that group. So many arms to hold babies when a mama just wants to eat in peace. So many eyes watching out for kids playing on the playground while they catch up with each other. So many kids I adore waving or smiling or running up to say hi and give me a hug. Yep, family.
3. I am thankful for the kindergarten kids I got to lead around camp this week. They were a sweet bunch and gave me no trouble at all. I get all teary eyed when I think on the fact that these are the boys who will be Turken's classmates for the next 9 years. They will play a part in the kind of young man Turken will become. Their parents will be my new friends. (Seeing as how I'm now the old lady, and all my current friends are at the end of the elementary school years, while I'm just getting started all over again. I'll need new friends who will someday become old friends.) These kids will join the ranks of the many, many kids who know me as "(fill in the kid)'s mom". They'll become part of our school/church family.
4. I am thankful for time with my friend who moved to Japan. She is back in town for an entire month! This week I got to have a nice, 3-hour long dinner with her at the restaurant which has become our tradition. I look forward to many get-togethers with her over the next few weeks.
5. I am thankful for Buttercup. Between Hubby and Phoenix being gone, VBC, and the other boys' soccer camp, there is too much for one person to do. Buttercup has stepped up and been a huge help this week, even getting the little boys up and ready to go on the one morning it was my turn to drive the big boys to camp.
6. I am thankful for carpools. I only had to drive all the way to Butler for the soccer camp (an hour away) twice. Four out of the five mornings, I only had to drive 4 minutes to a local gas station to make a drop-off. Without the carpool, either soccer or VBC would have had to go.
7. I am thankful for Hubby's job. He is able to work flexible hours, I am able to stay home with the kids, and we are able to do so many things with them. For sure and for certain, there never would have been a trip to Puerto Rico if Hubby had a different job.
8. I am thankful for the big van. The five extra seats we have is the reason we can participate in carpools. I can help friends when they need to leave their kids for a few days. I can have my nieces and nephews up for long visits over the summer. My kids can simply invite their friends over if we run into them out and about town. It's a monster that won't fit in most parking garages, but it serves us well in plenty of other ways.
9. I am thankful for fans. Despite the fact we got a new furnace last year, our old house just isn't conducive to proper heating and cooling. The kids in the front of the house would roast at night (and I'd be rather uncomfortable) without fans.
10. I am thankful for our newish kitchen. It's been five months since our kitchen/mudroom remodel was completed, and I'm still in love with it. The mudroom has completely changed my life. I simply look at everything in that huge room and think, "I used to have to trip over that junk all over the house." And the island in the kitchen? Makes me happy. You know how in family sitcoms, the kids always plop themselves in the stools to talk to mom while they have a snack? It's real. Islands are magical.
This things of thankful exercise is so good for getting out of a funk. I feel so much better.
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