“To fully live–to live full of grace and joy and all that is beauty eternal. It is possible, wildly.” Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts
It has been another fuller-than-full week. We have a three-day weekend ahead, and truly, lots of fun planned with friends from various segments of our lives, but still I brought work home to sandwich in between the adventures. It is what it is for now, and I see light shining in the darkness.
All the more reason to be thankful!
- Still no Snake, but thankful there have been no scary Snake appearances and no smooshed, stepped on, or otherwise maimed Snake, either.
- Thankful for a job that fulfills me even when it overflows its boundaries.
- Thankful for new ways of being, new strategies emerging from chaos, and others who begin to see from my vantage point for the common good.
- Thankful for health, successfully fending off The Cold despite the guys succumbing to its sleep-stealing, snot-inducing, detestable ways.
- Thankful for a flock of quail on the church patio, just being their darling little Alfalfa-styled selves.
- Thankful for others who have been patient with me when I oh-no-she-didn’t deserve it.
- Thankful for opportunities to share from the beautiful lessons I’ve learned in pain. Thankful for the women with whom I can pray and forge new relationships and prayerfully bring joy so they won’t hurt similarly.
- Thankful for the rich community of women who surround me with thoughtfulness, love, and joy. I can’t imagine doing life at this stage without them.
- Thankful for the extra hour of at-work time today, innocently offered by a friend who took Tween to a fun event he would otherwise have missed, and extra-thankful for the project that lickety-split came together after weeks of head-banging-on-desk just in time to pack up for the day.
- So thankful for a husband who decides that his wife’s sudden craving for Chinese food absolutely warrants follow-through, who places the order and goes to pick it up. A bonus no-cooking night, and delish Chinese food? Chill some chardonnay, and did you say, “Shoulder rub”? Oh, yes please!
Happy weekending, friends!