People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have.
-- Richard Carlson
-- Richard Carlson
1. I am thankful for the half-day kindergarten option. It's a rare thing for schools to offer these days, and I am grateful our school is one to have kept it. Instead of having to sit at a desk or stand in line, Turken is out doing things like this:
2. I am thankful for my Bible study group. While it's been a while since we've actually discussed the Bible, I am so glad to be a part of this group. For one, they have kids the same age as Cuckoo and Turken. The little boys were starting to believe that 10-14 year olds were their appropriate playmates, so it's good to get them together with kids their own age. For two, every Friday, while the kids play, I am guaranteed an entire afternoon of socializing with some friends.
3. I am thankful for Phoenix. The boy turned 15 this week. I am so happy to see what a kind, compassionate, fun young man he is growing up to be. (I can't tell you how painful it was just now to type "young man". I prefer the term "my baby".)
4. I am thankful for dollar stores. Where else can you buy bags and bags of sponges for $4? The day of our Labor Day party was the last in a long line of hot, humid days. I wanted an activity which would keep the kids in attendance cool and out of the house. Baby pool filled with water + bags and bags of sponges + 25 kids = fun water fight of epic proportions
5. I am thankful for Buttercup. Stores only sell scrubby sponges with the really rough, sandpaper-like edge these days. We couldn't have the kids throw those at each other, so the scrubby part had to be cut off of each sponge. Buttercup offered to take care of that job for me. (And yes, I now have a big bag of scrubby pads under my kitchen sink which will last us until I am well into retirement age.)
6. I am thankful for the absolutely perfect weather we've had for the past 5 days. Sun, slight breeze, and cooler temperatures makes me a happy, happy camper.
7. I am thankful for all of the visitors we've had to our house lately. It started with COW's aunt last week, then COW's mom on Saturday/Sunday, our friends for the party on Sunday, and my mom, brother, and his family for the day on Monday. I so enjoy having people over, but it happens so rarely. It was nice to have such a full week.
8. I am thankful for our kids' schools' service hour requirements. Both the high school and middle school require the students to do service hours which count towards their grades. While I have always had the kids do volunteer work with me, these required hours gets us out and doing more even when we don't feel like it. This morning, I took 5 of the 6 kids to work at The Lord's Pantry. (Click the link. You'll see what we do there.)
9. I am thankful for the folks who run The Lord's Pantry and similar places. They are very good at showing us volunteers how to best serve those in the community who need it most. I know that every dime I give, every minute I give, will be used 100% in serving the basic needs of the poor of the Indianapolis community.
10. I am thankful for quiet mornings with Cuckoo. The 5 oldest kids leave the house by 6:30 each morning, and we don't pick Turken up until 11:00. Cuckoo and I have our little routine of cuddling, crying because he's hungry, eating breakfast, then feeding and watching the animals. We especially enjoy sitting out by the chickens and watching their antics. When they fight over a piece of tomato, we try to figure out what they are yelling at each other. We especially like watching when a moth flies through. A chicken trying to catch a moth is a funny sight indeed.
What about this week makes you rejoice?
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Have a lovely day!
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