30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 11

I checked a few things off my never-ending to-do list today, and delivered some materials for an upcoming program. It’s surprising how this simple act, driving to this familiar place, talking with my daughter who rode along with me, enjoying one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches we’ve ever had at an outdoor picnic table would feel so gloriously…normal.

This time spent driving was spent talking and connecting. She shared some of what she hopes for with friends, school, and the future. She helped me shop for an upcoming work project asked if she’d be able to help.

After our afternoon commitments, she got her first official makeup lesson. I watched her — this beautiful girl — and I was awestruck. At the way she is growing up and into herself right before my eyes, and the privilege it is to travel through this life with her.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Days 3-7

I’m so very thankful for coffee and sleep.

I know – so very cliché, but truthfully, I indulge far too much in one of these and not nearly enough in the other. It’s a bit of a dance. There were a few things going on in the world this week and somehow, I crashed out this week more times than I posted.

But I’m undeterred.

I’m thankful for grace and am learning to be a bit more compassionate.

I’m thankful for meal planning that helps take the guesswork out of dinner prep, and what’s more, our pickiest of eaters devoured the beef enchiladas for dinner last night. AND complimented me on them! 😳 I know – so much to be thankful for.

I am thankful for the glorious weather this week and evening walks with my husband.

I aim to do better this coming week in finding those little slices of each day to unpack as I continue to appreciate these moments.

30 Days of Thankfulness: Day 2

I’ve had a few things, simple things, hanging over my head for a while now – and today, I checked them off my list. I think one thing that has been so tricky about this time has been losing the little rhythms of life that keep things moving. Today felt a little closer to that old rhythm – the very best way.

Tonight, we all did bit of divide and conquer which means, we had dishes and Disney songs upstairs and the construction of the new speed bag and heavy bag set downstairs. There was homework help and heart-to-heart talks.

To top it all off, we ended the night with an hour-long game of hide-and-seek — with the whole house fair game, spooky music, and no lights on anywhere. Between the nervousness of hiding in the perfect spot, or moving to a better place without getting caught we all had some great fun and good times.

I have a million other things I {should} be have done tonight. Reading, writing, research, work, and I am likely going to do some now. But that hour of anticipation, of presence, of togetherness, is worth the even later night or earlier morning and the inevitable deposit losses from my face plant into the open closet door!

Here’s to more nights of games —

Hide and Seek,

Capture the Flag,

Flashlight Tag,

and Chicken in the Water (a.k.a. Soup)!