Day 1: I am thankful for blooms on the trees. Looking out the kitchen window while I washed dishes, and there are blooms on the neighbor’s fruit trees! The soft pinks, the bright whites, the pale greens make me happy. On the weekends when I sleep in (meaning I’m not up at 4 am) I love laying in bed and hearing the bird songs. There is a new energy inside of me, and I’m itching to get outside and adventuring. Looking forward to some hiking, camping, and gardening. Listening for the sounds of the first neighbors mowing their lawns. I’m so ready for the sunshine and warm weather!
Day 2: I am thankful for days full of friends. I got to start my day off at a surprise party for a dear teaching friend who is in need of some encouragement. Several of her former students put together a party with a slideshow, doughnuts and coffee, and cards and posters for her with us all signing words of encouragement. From there I got to go to brunch with one of my friends from school. We stuffed ourselves on delicious pastries and laughter. Tonight I got to hang with another friend and we just chatted about “conspiracy theories” and life outside under the stars until the breeze picked up.
Day 3: I am thankful for invitations. One of my former students told me she made the worship team at her church, and shyly asked if I would come listen to her play. I got up and got ready to attend her church to support her. Unfortunately, I must of gotten the dates wrong because it was some boy on the keyboard, and not her. I stayed and listened to the service and was thankful for my own church that is much smaller and more intimate. When we get back from the break, I will have to find out what day she plays and try it again.
Day 4: I am thankful for tissues. This morning I had something happen that is rare for me — a bloody nose. I was working on a book drive, when I sneezed. Total mess! I’m thankful there were tissues close at hand! Three tissues later, I was able to stop the bleeding. An hour later, it started up again. I’ve only ever had a continuous nose bleed like this when I was pregnant with Baby. The boys were super helpful, although Baby didn’t understand why I wasn’t helping them clean up the game room since I always help. Three rounds later, I finally felt like I could shower and then do laundry.
Day 5: I am thankful for R who saw a need and filled it. This morning started off with a meeting that went completely sideways from where I thought it was going. That was upsetting. Baby refused to listen, then insisted I was being mean when I finally yelled at him. My ambitions are bigger then the day, and I was stuck in the GAP — meaning my attitude was crap and I kept trying to adjust it. In the middle of all this, R saw that I hadn’t unloaded the dishwasher that morning, so he did it without being asked. Why is it those little acts give me the biggest pause? Yes, he is old enough to do jobs without me asking (or nagging), but the fact that he did it in the middle of me having a came-apart day was what means so much. I promise that tomorrow I will get my priorities straight.
Day 6: I am thankful for nature — and plans B and C. My friend Kiersten and I decided to take the kids hiking today. Spring break is warm, right? When we got to the trail head we were planning on doing, there were several feet of snow. We were all in jackets, and one of her kids was in shorts — this wasn’t going to work. Plan B was to go lower on the mountain and hike a different trail. There was a little bit of snow on this trail, so we started off. Found out it wasn’t a bit of snow but a lot of ice. After skating our way down the trail for a good 20 minutes, we turned around to come up with plan C. A park. The kids were the most excited for the tree that had fallen down, and the spent a good amount of time hauling the tree branches into a pile (I’m sure the workers who were waiting for us to leave the tree alone were happy to not have to haul all those branches). We ate lunch, played by a river, dug the sand in the volleyball pit, and headed home. Oh, we got to see them cut down another tree that had been damaged when the first one fell! We are all thankful we got to get outside and play with friends.
Day 8: I’m thankful for good friends. We held R’s birthday party at the swimming pool today. It was fun to watch my teenager and his friends play and be silly together. To watch them challenge each other to go off the high dive in different ways. How they jumped in and out of the games Baby and I played in the shallow end without making a big deal of having to involve him as well.
Day 9: I’m thankful for delivery services. I know since the shut-down these companies have been working overtime with so many people shopping online now. I’m thankful that I can see something I want or need online, and it magically shows up at my door a few days later! I’m also thankful that I don’t have to go wander stores trying to find gifts or candy or spend more money then I wanted to on items I didn’t need because I was able to order it online. In case you were wondering, my No Buy Year is still going. I just realized today that Easter is around the corner and I hadn’t gotten anything. I was able to order it all, and packages will be showing up to save me for the holiday. Crossing my fingers I remembered everything.
Day 10: I am thankful for my students. Sometimes it is hard to know if you are doing more then just keeping the tiny humans alive and busy for the hours I have them each day. I hope they are learning what I’m teaching, I hope they are listening to the life skills I want them to have. Often, I give my all and I have no idea if they even paid attention to anything besides the wiggle chair or the fish in the tank. I know when they aren’t happy — I had a student last week fire me because he didn’t like being told that he had to work. Today I was invited to an extra-curricular activity, and of course I showed up! It was nice to know that I meant more to her then just the lady who talks in front of the room every day. I’m thankful for these kids who do hard things and face hard challenges that I will never fully understand. I’m thankful I get to be a part of their life, and hope I do right by them.
Day 11: I am thankful for courage to do hard things. For the next two weeks, I will be doing a book drive for the Primary Children’s Hospital. My goal is to raise over $8,000 so that each bed (289) in the hospital has access to $50 in books. I’m so excited, but also nervous since this is a lot of money and will be a lot of work. I put out a video explaining why I picked this hospital as the recipient — talked about the friends I lost to Leukemia and the marathons I ran. I am thankful for my kids who encouraged me to make the video (it was emotionally difficult) and my parents who listened to drafts until I got my wording right before I filmed.
Day 12: I am thankful to the people who have already donated to my book drive! It has only been a day, and already I’m up to $470 in donations! WOW! I’m excited to fill this wish list to the best of my abilities, and I need to come up with more ways to get my message out there. The kindness of people blows me away all the time. I also love hearing how this hospital has helped other people, and hearing their stories of why they are donating to my cause.