This week has flown by, but I was happy to document three things I was thankful for every day.
- The book, One Thousand Gifts, which inspired me to re-start these lists and so, so much more. The book literally haunts me and is the most honest, beautiful, thought provoking, gut wrenching, and convicting book I have read. I want to send a copy to everyone I know.
- The library summer reading program and Danielle for keeping track of the girls' progress. Oh, and Gunner for reading to Ina. Bless their hearts.
- Our CSA for yet another beautiful bunch of veggies. But I wonder, what do I do with a green tomato other than fry it?
- My mother in law for driving all the way up to our house to give Dan and I a few hours to ourselves.
- Wrapping up a challenging analysis at work and the fulfilling sense of purpose it brings.
- Our church - not only the work that has been done for the past 20 years, but the bright future ahead and what that means for my family. God is doing things there and I am so excited to be a tiny part of it.
- Family coming to Ina's first t-ball game! Side note: on Ina's first game - she was the first to bat and therefore the first to score a run which of course resulted in many cheers. She stood on home plate wearing a huge grin and taking in all the praise for a solid minute before the coach had to usher her away because the next kid had to bat.
- Dinner with friends who not only bring dessert, but also get their hands dirty when our project work was not complete when the dinner bell rang.
- Working with Dan as a team to build something and put tiny pieces together before they are spread across the back yard by little fingers.
- Morning cuddles with Cora before the rest of the family was awake. That child would lay completely still in my arms as long as I would let her.
- Ice cream trucks at church that lead to chocolate covered kisses and sticky, sticky fingers.
- Hearing Cora and Ina squeal together as they chase each other around the house.
- Corn on the cob.
- Strawberry juice dripping down Cora's chin, because despite her determination, she can't fit an entire strawberry in her mouth at once.
- I walked into Auto Zone fully prepared to fork over some cash for a new car battery, only to find out the old one was still under warranty.
- The ability to work from home. My selection of work appropriate clothes that fit is dwindling.
- T-ball friends and their families. Sitting at Ina's t-ball game, I really did get a sense of being a part of a "village" raising children. Everyone cheered for everyone's kids. Cora enjoyed lots of snacks that other moms/aunts/grandmas brought. We saw three families from our small group and some stopped to watch Ina play as they were leaving. I could get used to this.
- Progress on our outdoor project - she's coming along!
- Coming home to a sparkling clean house. I finally hired a nice woman to help me out, because while God gave me plenty of gifts, cleaning showers isn't one of them. I can scrub on that thing for hours and it still looks like it did when I started. Now that the house is clean, how long do you think I can keep the kids outside?
- Our friends Brad and Chessa for volunteering to watch the girls while Dan and I celebrated our anniversary. We dropped them off hungry and ready to play and came back to them playing games and reading in their pajamas.
- Nine years of marriage. Wowza. The road has been bumpy and windy, but we are still on it together!
Have a good end to your week and weekend! <3