Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel.
This week, the following things are making the list:
- The goodwill in this community. Last week I talked about Hattiesburg and the loss of our two police officers – what an impact that has had on our community and our state. Our officers have now been laid to rest and the outpouring of love and compassion has been overwhelming. I wish I could put into words how incredible this community has been, not just here in Hattiesburg but across the state as well. Officer Tate was buried in Starkville, which is a good 3 hours from the where his funeral was held here in Starkville, and his procession was over 30 miles long – when the first escorts were entering Laurel (31 miles away), the last were getting on the freeway. From here to Starkville, overpasses and exits were lined with people silently bearing witness and honoring both the officer and his family. I was worried that such a long distance would diminish the support, but it didn’t – not at all. If you get a chance, take a look at some of the photos that Eli Baylis has captured or some of the ones collected on the Pray for HPD facebook page. It will give you a sense of how this community has rallied.
- This sunset. Because sometimes, in the midst of storms and stress, you need to know that beauty still exists and we are all still striving towards something better and magical. (the image doesn’t do it justice. It was incredible)
- Our families. We are now down to 26 days until we close on what will hopefully be our new home, and we couldn’t do it without the support of our families. We are blessed that both of our parents are in a position to be able to support and help us the way that they are. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think this would be something possible for us, and I am so, so, so grateful.
- Sweet Husband. He graduated with his Masters in Education this past Saturday. It wasn’t originally the path he wanted to take, and I had to push him a little to start the journey. But he finished it, and while I’m not looking forward to paying back the student loans that have accrued, I am thankful that he took a hard look at what our family needed and made the decision to do it. he’s a good one, that SH of mine, and I’m grateful that he prioritizes what our family.
- Friends. We had a small celebration with close friends in honor of SH’s graduation. We have a handful of friends that we can count on to always be there. Sunday morning I apologized to SH for there not being more people at his party (for his bachelor’s grad party there were at least 100 people if not more – because my SH is quite the social butterfly…with a very large circle of friends – and he said that it was OK because he didn’t invite many people, and the people who came where the people he wanted to spend his evening with.
- The light at the end of the tunnel. We are now down to 1.5 days with children and 4 days of work left. I’m so ready for summer to get here – for my Sner to come for a visit, to have time to work on the things that matter to me, to be home with my doggies and SH. I’m ready.
For what are you thankful today? What blessings are you counting this week?