Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

It's Thanksgiving Eve, and I'm lying in bed thinking about all of the things for which I'm thankful. One of the most recent things I'm adding to my list is Random Acts of Kindness shown by family, friends, and strangers. This is a picture of my new big-book stand that is being shipped to me "free" thanks to a completed donation request via Donorschoose.org. You can visit my projects here. I'm also thankful that I can occasionally make donations/perform random acts of kindness too. It's hard for me not to squirrel away "all" of my $, and give back, but I've come to realize that paying it forward means so much!
I'm going to rattle off a list of what I'm thankful for now as I feel each person or thing deserves to be mentioned. So here goes: I'm thankful for...

  • my health (I'm doing pretty good now...nothing to complain about here)
  • the health of my child - I am thankful every day that he is normal in every way, and has not had to face challenges that surround me every day
  • my husband - oh dear, how he puts up with my mood swings, laundry on the floor, and messes I make in the kitchen. As much as we have our ups and downs, I really love you!
  • my mom - she's probably my best friend. We talk on the phone almost every day, and she is my #1 supporter of everything I do. When I sigh that I don't want to buy one more thing for my classroom, she throws the googly eyes and jingle bells I was looking at into her cart. She's a born "giver."
  • my other family members - they are quirky, funny, witty, annoying, loving, disgruntled, or whatever...they are MINE and I take them as they are. In return they accept me.
  • Pinterest! Um...I'm thankful that I've found so many cool projects to do from this site.
  • my students - they teach me what it's like to be a child again, when the "S" word is stupid, or the "F" word is fat...and they help me remember what a magical job I am blessed to have. 31 little squeals of delight as I quiz them with a shape "password" to enter the room - they remind me to make teaching fun!
  • pictures/memories - I'm glad I have these to look back on the ones we've lost and to remind myself of what joy I've had with them. Gma, I think about you all the time, and I miss you every time I take out my hot glue gun (which is often) to do a little craft. You're always with me!
  • stores - after reading about the Pilgrims who had it soooo hard, I'm really glad I can zip down to my Fred Meyers and pick up groceries to make yummy food instead of having to grow it all myself or go hunt. Same goes for buying clothes.
  • the internet - I find deals online all the time, and the convenience of online shopping is awesome - I'm into the diaper delivery service big time.
  • friends at work - I love having friends at work who know what stresses me out and who are there to support me. My colleagues are the best
  • my natural strengths - I'm thankful that I have some natural talents like being crafty/artsy...I love sewing without patterns, and creating things on my own. It is plain old-fashioned fun.
  • rain...I know this is putting my Oregonian stamp on myself, but I LOVE the rain and am so thankful the hot days of summer are long gone and it's finally gray and rainy. I think it's the best kind of weather!
  • cartoons - they are always there on demand - even in the middle of the night when a teething baby can't be consoled...Barney at midnight is my best friend
  • modern medicine - I guess Barney made me segue into thinking about Tylenol...lol...Thanks modern medicine - I love you!
There are many more things I could list but I don't want to bore you. I'm thinking of things that are like my weird little microwave egg cooker, and my starbucks Iphone app that earn me free drinks. There are many things that I am thankful for, but health, friends & family are truly the greatest.

Link up What the Teacher Wants to read about what many other teachers are thankful for!

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