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1. I am thankful for rain. Lots and lots of rain. Yesterday we sat in it during a cross country meet and a few soccer games and a "Saints in the Street" volunteer morning. Today, because of the rain the last two days and through the night, all four soccer games were cancelled. We were walking into church when we got the last email alerting us to the fourth and final game cancellation. I did a little cheer and said a big prayer of thanks.
|At the cross country meet. He was just there to cheer. Afterwards, I realized I had taken 10 photos of him, yet none of Giant and Buttercup. You know, the kids who were actually running.|
|After a 30 minute lightening delay, Buttercup's team was able to take the field. They were part of a benefit soccer day which took place at IUPUI downtown. While sopping wet, they did appreciate the puddle-free turf field.|
|That yellow blob you see is Star. He was the extremely unlucky one to have both of his games occur in the worst of the downpours yesterday. COW took this from the safety and warmth of the car..|
2. I am thankful for hours and hours of unexpected time at home with my whole family.
3. I am thankful for a cleaner house. When we have hours and hours of free time at home after weeks and weeks of little time at home, you know cleaning will be added to the agenda. We spent one hour going from room to room cleaning up clutter and vacuuming. Thus the "cleaner". We didn't do any scrubbing or anything, but the canvas is now set for me to get some scrubbing done tomorrow.
4. I am thankful for football. While I could take it or leave it, watching football games is a huge bonding experience for my boys and husband. And with us participating in a Fantasy Football league this year, everyone has a dog in the fight. As we all know, dogs in the fight make the games even more exciting.
5. I am thankful for coffee and doughnuts after church. Not because I like to eat the doughnuts, nor do I like the sugar rush my kids get from consuming a doughnut. I am thankful for them, because it is something I can take away from a certain four year old when he is a pain in the neck at church. It really hits home (while he is sitting in the van and everyone else is in the hall eating) that his behavior was unacceptable.
6. I am thankful for modern medicine. Not that we need it right this minute, but when Cuckoo comes down with some horrible illness from repeatedly licking the pew in front of him at church this morning, despite multiple warning to cease and desist, that modern medicine will come in handy.
7. I am thankful for modern transportation and grocery stores. We live in the middle of Indiana. Without modern transportation and grocery stores, we would not be able to enjoy salmon for dinner this evening.
8. I am thankful for our Confirmation Prep Co-Leaders. Phoenix will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring (For you non-Catholics, this is the final sacrament of initiation into the Church. He will be a full-fledged Catholic come April.). To prepare for this momentous occasion, the teens have small group meetings to learn more about God's teachings, the Church, and what Confirmation truly is. COW and I volunteered to lead these meetings with another couple. They are great people we have known for years. Besides the fact that they bring all sorts of knowledge and spiritual leadership to the meetings, they like to talk and organize things. It's a pretty easy gig for COW and me.
9. I am thankful for cooler weather. Let's be clear, I do not like cold weather. I like cool weather, when it is the perfect temperature to wear pants and closed-toe shoes without being too warm. Let's be even more clear. I like cool weather, because I can forego the shaving of the legs and the painting of the toenails but not have to bundle up in layers of coats and gloves and hats and blankets.
10. I am thankful for COW. He normally makes me laugh, but these last few days, he has been in rare form. He even made me tear up and shake in an effort to not guffaw when he cracked a smart-aleck remark during Mass this morning. Oh, how I love to laugh. Although, he won't be allowed to sit next to me in the pew anymore, because laughing during Mass when you sit in the front row is just bad form. (Well, I guess laughing during Mass, regardless of where you sit, is in bad form. It's just a whole lot more noticeable when you sit in the front row.)
Hope your weekend is better than you expected.
Have a lovely day!
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