Monday (should be Sunday) Thanks

Sunday Monday Thanks.  My children never cease to amaze me, and I am constantly learning from them.  When we asked our two daughters to make a Christmas list, my oldest daughter added, “7.  for everyone to be jolly at all times.”  If this does not put life in perspective, I do not know what does.  Not to mention, 4 of the 7 items on the list are books.  One proud English teach of a momma here. . .


A friend I have known for over twenty-five years e-mailed me this morning asking if my girls might be interested in her doll collection.  She wrote, ” . . .it’s time for me to pass them along to the next generation . . . [and] I was thinking that your girls may like them.”  The collection itself is not what touched me, but the fact she thought enough of my girls to pass on a sentimental collection.  Who knew when we were sitting on the page bench in the Illinois House of Representatives twenty-five years ago talking about boys, about which representative tipped the best, and about when we would next soak up the sun we would one day be talking about bequeathing items to others?

In the mail today I found my FREE “You Just Got Joy’d!” cards, and I was ecstatic.  I am looking forward to using these in the next few weeks in an attempt to brighten the days of others (which, in turn, brightens my day . . . can’t beat that).

The hub and I have a visitation and a funeral to attend out of town.  As we were trying to figure out the logistics of a dog, two small girls, two jobs, and volunteer coaching, my salt-of-the-earth friends stepped in without hesitation with one covering practice and the other watching my girls while my hub and I travel.  I am deeply grateful for them as is my hub.

Today is the birthday of a dear friend whom I met at church over five years ago.  A phenomenal writer, she was there for me every step of the way during my breast cancer journey with just the right words when I needed them.  Not wanting to bother my hub with the numerous appointments as I felt he had enough to deal with considering his wife was losing her breasts, she said, “You need to let him in,” and so I did.

Motivating words from a teacher and author whom I know I met for a reason my first year of teaching.  She mentors me, incites much laughter in me, and, most importantly, loves me unconditionally.

For what are you thankful this Monday?  Share below in the comments section so that others may realize how much they have in which to be thankful.

Sunday (or Monday) Thanks

I am thankful for . . .

three days to spend with my family.

exploring a new place to eat.

meeting some incredible students who make me laugh.

another person agreeing to participate in Card Shower Requests.

catching up on a week’s worth of laundry.

a generous neighbor volunteering to fix our roof.

For what are you thankful

Please share in the comments section or link to your blog.  By posting what you are thankful for, you may remind someone of what all he/she has in which to be thankful.



Sunday (again, a little late) Thanks


In reviewing this past week, I am thankful for . . .

an amazing Book Club Babes discussion combined with a FREE exploration of the St. Louis Art Museum.

donations from woman blessing Tonya to benefit the Fall Festival at my youngest squirt’s school.

songs sung by the choir at Troy UMC which caused many a goosebump on my skin.

a good talk with woman blessing Pat.

my oldest daughter’s love of playing the cello.

woman blessing Christin thinking of me.

a long nap in the afternoon.

For what are you thankful?  Share in the comments section or add a link to your blog.

Listening to Tim Price’s sermon at my church a few months back, he encouraged us all to pray without asking for anything, but instead pray a prayer of complete thanksgiving leaving your wants and needs for another time.

This gave me pause to think how I should devote this day of rest and all days to thanking our Creator. So, every Sunday consider participation with me in Sunday Thanks.

Please reflect on today, the past week, or one incident in particular. Share what you are thankful for in the comments section or link your post of Sunday Thanks using the blue button below.

Perhaps, your sharing will encourage someone else to realize just how much he/she has in which to be thankful.

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Thank you . . .

Sunday (a little late) Thanks

Busy yesterday simply savoring the time with my family, I failed to post my Sunday Thanks, but did not fail to be thankful.  My girls have recently gone back to school, and I missed them those two days they were gone last week.  In the summer, we are together morning, noon, and night, and that’s how I like it.

I am thankful for . . .

Kryptonite Boob Sweat (breast cancer survivor here with new and improved kryptonite boobs), the naming courtesy of my friend in Virginia, woman blessing Christie.  Having destroyed a third cell phone (by accident, of course) in a matter of four years, take or leave a year, I had to break down and ask my friends to text me so that I could add them to my contact list.  Admitting that storage of my previous phone (may it R.I.P.) in a sports bra while climbing Monks Mound is not conducive to technological longevity was humbling, to say the least.  Adding my friend’s humor to the situation made it all worthwhile.

witnessing a man in his seventies climbing the stairs repeatedly at Monks Mound (I need to step it up a notch).

two surprise “packages” (cards) in the mail.

amazing mission trips completed by the middle and high school students at Troy United Methodist Church.

a loved one’s body finally at peace.


For what are YOU thankful?




Sunday Thanks: August 10, 2014

I am thankful for . . .

my oldest daughter caught reading the next book for her Book Club Babes.

IMG_0924a new use for cucumbers (dessert!!!) from our garden.

the Hub’s grandpa given the green light for chemo.

completing two ups and downs without any cardiac failure.

20140810_095308din din with the in-laws.

some quality time with my family.

the laughter of my girls while playing with the neighbor.

For what are you thankful?

Sunday Thanks: July 27, 2014

Even with all of life’s ups and downs, I like to take time out each week and reflect on what all I have to be thankful for . . .

VBS Double-Fisting . . . the girls participating in a morning and evening VBS and finding evidence of their learning around the house . . .


Picnicking in the park on a beautiful day.


A heart-to-heart with my pastor . . .

An annual adventure with my squirts. . .

A positive medical report . . .

Much laughter with my buddy at a failed technical attempt . . .

Happy tears at the thought of my family’s summer . . .

My youngest daughter’s excitement over her new haircut . . .



A surprise squeeze from a former volleyball camper . . .

oliviaThe anticipation of a family adventure . . .

For what are YOU thankful?  Share in the comments section.