Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause once a week and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to take Tuesdays and make them my highlight reel.
This week the following are making the list:
- Sweet Husband. I’m in the middle of IEP season, and he’s been helping me figure out exactly what to say and how to say it. He’s also been taking initiative with some things – getting out this weekend and finishing up some yard work while I slept. More than that, though, he works really, really hard, and that hard work has given him a sterling reputation in his field. So much so that people are coming to him and saying, “What do we have to do – we want you to work for us.” It’s a huge ego boost for him because as sweet and loving and blustery as SH is, he can doubt himself and his abilities. For him to be in this position is testament to his skill and devotion to the kids he serves. Love him for his passion and his willingness to bust his ass!
- A firepit. We’ve spent one night each of the last few weekends sitting in the backyard, cocktails in hand, watching the flames dance, while we solve the problems of our world and reconnect.
(he’s going to be re-working it…and creating a fountain and pond system behind the fire pit)
- New friends. I’m one of those folks who is an extroverted introvert. I can turn it on and be comfortable in groups, but really, I prefer to by alone or with small groups of friends. That means that it is hard for me to connect with others. SH is a social butterfly so it’s no biggie for him, but it can be excruciating for me. We spent some time this weekend at a crawfish boil with folks from work. Both SH and I had a great time.
- Allergy medicine. The oak and pine trees are starting to drop their pollen, coating our world in yellow dust. This is the most wonderful and most hellish time of the year. I ached and felt terrible Saturday night so was in bed early. Didn’t feel any better Sunday morning so I slept until 12:30. Then I remembered – take your medicine; you’ll feel much better. And I did. If I’m not taking my little red pills every 4 hours, I’m miserable. It’s going to be a long 3 months.
- Sleep. I managed to get quite a bit of it this weekend. Friday night it was 9 hours of sleep, which was almost twice as much as I normally get. And then there was that whole allergy-induced marathon of sleep. It’s amazing what it will do for you!
- Colleagues. As I mentioned earlier, I’m in the midst of IEP season. I’m now half-way done. I will be so glad to have it finished. I’m grateful to the people who have helped me and held my hand through the process. As a general education teacher, I truly had no clue. None. I have much more respect now that I’ve gone through it myself. Hug your favorite special education teacher; they need it right now.
- Opportunity. It doesn’t seem like much is going on here, particularly since I’ve kinda decided that when something in my life has to give, it’s blogging, but the wheels are turning. I can’t wait to have the time to work on all those plans lol!
- Spring. It’s here. We have tilled up a garden plot and I’ll be starting seeds this week. We’ve planted a hummingbird and butterfly garden and SH is buying all the plants I mention I might want. I really enjoy digging in the dirt. This place has so much potential, and I can’t wait to really start working on it!
How about you? How have you been? What do you know good? Let me know in the comments!