Friday, November 30, 2012

Thankful: Day Thirty

Once there was a month of November....and a busy momma who had a big to do list, and the plan to blog thirty days of thankfulness. And the momma did blog, and post a few photos, and scurry around doing all of the busy things mommas do. And then, Thanksgiving arrived....and the momma and her beautiful little girl made pies and rolls and all sorts of delicious things, and the momma and the daddy and the little girl packed up and spent Thanksgiving Day at "Gramma and Grampa's house"....and the momma and the Gramma and the little girl did go shopping the day after Thanksgiving.

And then.....
the momma got sick.  With a big nasty, mean germ that meant lots of coughing and sneezing and sleeping for the poor, tired, sick momma. And the little girl and her handsome daddy did everything they could to help the momma feel better.

But the momma fell behind on her blog. And on the laundry. And the dishes. And the housework. And a million other things.  And the momma was tired, and still sneezing and coughing, and sick and frustrated.

And on the last day of December, the momma said "forget it"....I'll just try again with the December Daily.



Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankful: Day Twenty Three

Today, I am thankful for shopping. Yes, I know, I know . . . Mom and E and I do go out with the "crazies" on this day . . . but it's not really about the bargains - it's more about the tradition of being together with my mom and my sweet girl. :)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful: Day Twenty Two - THANKSGIVING DAY

Today, I am thankful for the opportunity to rest and relax with family. For a day set aside from work and school and the busy-ness of life to simply GIVE THANKS and be together -- grateful for all we have been given.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful: Day Twenty One

I am so thankful (and excited!) that my daughter has FIVE WHOLE DAYS OFF OF SCHOOL! I miss her when she's gone!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful: Day Twenty

I am thankful for worship.  Thankful that my daughter's school makes it such a priority -- they had Thanksgiving Chapel and Morning Prayer this morning -- thankful that we start our week with worship at our church .... a place where we center ourselves and ground ourselves and are reminded weekly that we are poor, miserable sinners .... who are blessed to have eternal life because of what Jesus did on the cross for us!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thankful: Day Nineteen

I am thankful for sleep. I feel like I never get enough of it -- but I am thankful for a safe, warm, comfortable place to lay my head at night to rest and recharge for the next day of crazy-busy.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thankful: Day Eighteen

I am SO thankful for our small group Bible study at our church (called a CareCiple group).  This is the third CareCiple group I've been involved in ... the first was a singles group where I met hubby!  The second was another young married's group. And then there's the group we are involved in today. We've been a small group for a few years -- we have everything from newly weds to couples that have been married almost 13 years.  New babies, kid stories, problems, challenges, prayers and praises -- these are some truly special folks I am blessed to have in my life!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankful: Day Seventeen

Today, I am thankful for my mom.  We went to a local Christmas craft fair this afternoon (something we've been doing for years and years!) . . . always so much fun to spend time with her just "goofing around". I love you, Mom!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Thankful: Day Sixteen

I am thankful for the opportunity to volunteer in my daughter's classroom.  I help with reading for an hour in the morning on Friday. So great to get to know these sweet kids and be present during E's school day.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thankful: Day Fifteen

Today, I am thankful for awesome clients like this one....We had a great meeting this morning -- we're revamping this group's website and creating some fun children's programming too. I am a lucky girl to be able to freelance from home for groups like this one!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thankful: Day Fourteen

I am thankful for my yummy lunch (a divine chicken salad sandwich and a comforting cup of hot tea) and my warm and cozy home.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thankful: Day Thirteen

I am thankful for the bounty we enjoy in this country.  Yes, prices are going up on just about everything, and the economy is questionable -- but I am thankful for the simple fact that I can go to the local grocery store and fill my cart with everything my family needs - and pay for it.  We are blessed. It's easy, at times, to remember the little things.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thankful: Day Twelve

This morning, I am so thankful that my daughter is feeling much better - - - after a rough several days of a very bad ear infection and some related concerns.  Thankful that she does not need additional surgery (as we thought, for many hours) and thankful that she is well enough to return to school today. She was VERY excited this morning!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thankful: Day Eleven

Today, I am thankful for our church -- where we are spiritually fed each week, and where I see my daughter grow in her knowledge of Christ. Such a blessing -- and one that we often take for granted.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thankful: Day Ten

Today, I am thankful for a quiet, "home day" Saturday. We haven't had one in a long time.  After a very busy and stressful last week, we certainly needed one.  The morning was filled with paints, a sheet tent, cartoons, books, dolls, toys, some computer work for mommy and some much needed rest and refreshment for this little family.  Peace. Happiness. Bliss.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thankful: Day Nine

Today, I am thankful for a family friend that just happens to be E's ENT.  After a pediatrician visit yesterday that left us with some unexpected bad news, I am thankful for the doctor friend that "fit us in" today so he could take a look....and come to find out the bad news was not true at all....E just has a nasty ear infection ... with rest and meds she will be good as new. In the span of 24 hours, I went from thinking E would need surgery to knowing that a few basic prescriptions would get her on the road back to health. Thankful, indeed.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful: Day Eight

I am thankful for my daughter's small, private Christian school. Yes, I grew up there and we still attend the affiliated church.  But today it really hit home for me. I attended the all-school spelling bee this afternoon (E was a finalist for first grade - go E!) And before the event started, the principal led everyone in prayer. Prayer! Not something you'd see every day in most schools. But it's common here. And for that, I am thankful!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Thankful: Day Seven

Today, I am thankful for naps. After a crazy few days of a sick daughter, a school board meeting, a big client meeting and various other forms of crazy, I could not go any more this afternoon. I curled up with our kitty cat and took a nap before getting sweet E from school. I could have slept much longer, but at least I was able to get a little bit of rest!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thankful: Day Six

Today, I am thankful for a freelance schedule that allows me to "drop everything" to stay home with my sick daughter. (And thankful for a retired Daddy who can stay with E so I can still go to an important meeting this afternoon). I am also thankful for our sweet Percy-cat, who takes watching over a sick E very seriously! He loves that little girl!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful: Day Five

Today, I am thankful for coffee, and for a husband
who pre-sets the machine at night, so we can stumble
 to the pot to obtain this delicious brew each morning!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Thankful: Day Four

Thankful for the beauty of God's creation!

(more photos from our weekend at Sky Ranch)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thankful: Day Three

I am thankful for the opportunity to try a new adventure 
with my sweet family this weekend. We went with part of our 
Bible study group to Sky Ranch in Van, Texas.  
Tops on our list? Zip-lining through the trees! Check, check, check!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thankful: Day Two

I am thankful for the sounds of piano practice by my six year old at 7 a.m. "Oh Come All Ye Faithful"...."Jingle Bells"...."Trumpet Voluntary"....and much more. Such joy in music! What a gift!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful: Day One

We are rapidly hurtling towards Thanksgiving, Christmas and the end of 2012.  Sweet E is in school all day. So many people have said to me "you have more free time!". Not so - I am busier than ever! But I am thankful. Thankful to volunteer at E's wonderful school. Thankful to have freelance work that I love. Thankful to have the flexibility to try to "do it all". We are blessed, friends, so very blessed.