: 1 :
Feeling grateful for unexpected notes from students.
This last week I've had a few former students send me notes that just made my day. Even though I feel good about my decision to take a break from teaching this semester, I do miss teaching because I miss contact with students. Both from my years of teaching high school and my years at the college, God blessed me with some of the best students ever.
: 2 :
Feeling grateful for medical support.
Although the progress Jules has made this year deserves its own post, one of the pieces of her therapy finally dropped into place this week. This past fall, she was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, and we've been meeting regularly with some professionals. Even though I'm not entirely sure that the diagnosis is correct, it's something. Since September, the one thing I have been pushing the insurance company to authorize is occupational therapy. They finally did, and OT started this week. She's excited about it, and so are we.
: 3 :
Feeling grateful for Jules' tender heart.
This week, Jules let me buy her candy bag from her. She has collected 5 pounds of candy since Halloween, and I told her I'd pay her $3/pound for it. Fifteen dollars + money from her piggy bank has been burning a hole in her pocket, but before she spent anything on herself she wanted to buy a Doc McStuffins coloring book for Addie.
"Because she can't earn money like I can."
Jules may struggle with some things, but loving others is not one them.
: 4 :
Feeling grateful for the soccer season.
Oh, I know. You're thinking I'm just being sarcastic. And while it's true that soccer often fills my eyes with tears--and, no, they're not tears of joy--I know what Jason gave me to help me through this season.
Even though I know that it should be enough that Jason loves soccer, that his love and enjoyment alone should be enough to make me happy--and I am happy he has found something he loves and enjoys so much--I have struggled through both his Portland Timbers season (starts Sunday) and his coaching season (starts in 1 week).
This year, however, I got a big ticket item (literally) to look forward to, and I know that it's Jason's way of supporting me through soccer season.
So, when the Fed Ex guy dropped off the Timbers season tickets on Wednesday, I smiled.
: 5 :
Feeling grateful for help in teaching.
A few weeks ago I tried to enroll Sydney in a local alternative school (one that offers some traditional instruction time for homeschooling families), but they had just capped their enrollment and couldn't take her right then. Then last week I got a phone call, and the school had room in a Tuesday/Friday class. This past Tuesday was her first day, and it went really well.
She went again today, and also got to take a beginning sign language class.
My heart is happy that the homeschooling burden has been lifted just a little bit, and that Sydney is getting something that feels like formal education. I'll be meeting with the teacher to make sure Sydney's instruction is on target, and she'll be taking the state test in the spring. Of course, I wish I had known about the school back in September, but it falls in the category of better late than never.
: 6 :
Feeling grateful for nighttime cuddles.
Even though Addie starts the night off in her own bed, she still finds her way into our bed almost every night. This week we've really tried to encourage her to sleep in her own bed--Jules even has even given up sleeping in her bed to sleep with Addie--but it's only worked twice. Although sometimes it does get a bit exhausting, I really don't mind it that much because she is just so sweet snuggling up to me.
"I love you, Mama," she whispers before falling back to sleep with her hand in mine.
I'm okay giving up some sleep and space in my bed for that sweetness. Because someday will come soon enough.
: 7 :
Feeling grateful for Bible Study Fellowship.
Every Wednesday, I get to meet with some amazing women to talk through our study of the book of Matthew. Oh my goodness, friends, I love it. I love talking about Jesus and what He did during his ministry on earth. I love listening to other women talk about Jesus. It's just so good.
Feeling grateful for any moments this week? I'd love to hear about it.