Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday Thanks Tank #189

I am sitting on the couch next to the fire. It has been a busy day, full of activity. My son had his first trumpet concert tonight. I was a proud, proud momma sitting in the crowd filled with families. He's getting so much older - it's exciting and startling. I marveled at his composure, at his ability, at his interaction with the other kids. I bought shoes for him this week- in the men's section. I'm having trouble comprehending that. When did my little boy turn into a man-child. It's wonderful to see him becoming and growing.

I miss writing this post. In fact, most Thursdays, I still make a list. I just don't make time to post it. I suppose it's a shame. I don't really know about that. But, I know for me there is something powerful about typing up a thankful list. I am not sure why it makes me pause more to reflect on my thankfulness but it does.

So, here I sit, with a quiet house, a fire glowing, lights on the tree shining and a thankful heart.

Today, I am thankful for:

1. Realizing my limits.  I have not done everything that I did last year for the holidays.
I digress, I did not get around to shipping 2 packages until today- the last day of priority mail shipping guaranteed for Christmas delivery.  You know what I found? Nothing. Not one person in line. Did I get lucky or what? Blessed, I tell ya.

2. Sales. My mom is the queen of finding a good deal. She tops most in this regard. Today, she discovered our Disney store had everything in the store 50% off. That was incredible.

3. Confidence. I"m watching my nervous child bloom with confidence. It is a beautiful thing.

4. Being able to let go. I do not understand some people. I never will. I am thankful that I can let it go.

5. Music... specifically seeing my son play his trumpet.

6. Christmas Cards. I love getting cards. I just love them so much.

7. The uncertainty of the future. With all of the talk about the Mayan calendar, I have been reminded that we don't have any idea what each day holds. I am thankful for the surprises of the day- both good and bad. I am thankful I don't know what is coming next.

8. My husband's dedication. He works for Amazon. He's been putting in long hours. I mean, 6 days a week and the kind of days that start when the sun hasn't risen and end when the sun has been set. He works hard. I am thankful for his job and mostly, how hard he works.
By the way, I love this precious picture that was given to his Amazon building as a thank you:

There's more, so much more, to say but the warmth of the fire is making me very sleepy. I mean, I can't prop my eyes open while I type tired.
I'm headed to bed, with visions of Christmas morning dancing through my head.

Take time to be thankful. You will be glad you did.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Look at My Nails

There were a lot of hand motions during my daughter's Christmas program.
My daughter did a fantastic job.

None of the hand motions were as adorable as her show-off-my-nails moment.

Clearly, she was very excited to have her nails newly painted with red and glitter sparkles nail polish!