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While this year has been full of hard things and hard places these last few days have felt just a wee bit different, so I thought it only appropriate to write about all the good things that I can think of. I hope you’ll join me in a session of thanks-giving…

  • not too long ago my sweet husband took me shopping for some new clothes. Those hard places haven’t helped in the weight department and nothing was fitting anymore which fueled negative thoughts. For the last week I’ve been able to pull on clothes that don’t hurt and look fabulous. It seems like a small thing to feel good about what you have on, but I don’t think it is.
  • I got a free car wash yesterday.
  • We danced in the kitchen singing Feliz Navidad at the top of our lungs. It is good to be silly now and then! Be the party!!
  • random hugs from a 15 year old
  • solo moments in a paper store finding oodles of treasures that delight the imagination
  • a mini date out with that amazing man I’m married to that reminded us of our early years when that cafe had another name…another visit might be in order
  • non task/project oriented talking with people – this is a big deal for me. At the moment, I hold no ministry titles or positions in our church, I’m just part of the whole and so I have found it difficult, being an introvert to engage in that relationship building conversation that comes at a coffee time or after the service. I kind of stink at it, but this weekend I managed to do some of that and it felt good
  • My borders fit exactly!! If you are a quilter, or perhaps a carpenter, that will make sense to you. I have a tendency to measure and sew and then something bad happens between measuring and sewing and my borders end up being too short and I have to add something and it is always disappointing because I am thinking that this time it won’t be like that…I’ll get it right. And this time…I DID!! which is a very good thing because those borders didn’t really have any place I could add something without it being noticeable.
  • I really enjoy my job. Last year I was working in what I thought should be the perfect environment, a fabric store, but it didn’t take long to realize that my physical body couldn’t handle that kind of stress. I was let go due to economic restraints and wasn’t too unhappy about it. Not long after I was invited to apply for my present position which utilizes my gifts, stretches my brain and allows me to serve. I quite love it, it is a good fit.
  • Hearing my former pastor singing when I was at his house to hang out with his wife. That might not seem like a big deal, but there was a long period of time when he could barely even talk due to nodes on his vocal chords. The man, I’m pretty sure, was created to sing, he has such a beautiful voice and hearing it again if only for a little while was a treat.
  • That wife of his is a gem as well and I am thankful to be spending regular time with her as she asks me questions that make me think and ponder things that need pondering!
  • Watching my little girl be a little girl. In this day and age of growing up so fast and being mature before their time I love that my little girl has been caring for her dolls and bears, dressing them, feeding them, driving them around and playing like a little girl. It does a mama’s heart good to see that she isn’t striving ahead to the years that will surely come.
  • Witnessing the light bulb moments! Long-division becomes understandable. Seeing the difference between simple subject, compound and complex sentences. A reason I love homeschooling.
  • Baking bread and cookies and some of these!
  • Decorating for Christmas.
  • Listening to the old crooners singing Christmas carols. My little girl always picks out a play list that includes Burl Ives and Perry Como and the big bands, there is something about those mellow voices that know how to do a Christmas song.
  • Handing each of the home-schoolers an empty menu plan as an assignment…suddenly we have menu plans for a month!
  • Almost a whole ceiling in the basement. This is a big deal. That basement has never had a ceiling and now it will! ¬†Woohoo!

That’s all for now, I should probably go hit the shower, but something good needed to be said…I’d love to hear your something good, share in the comments!