19 December 2013

thankful thursday

My husband is off through the end of next week. I'm loving that. Yes, we'll have some great quality time as a family, but there's, ahem, a honey-do list waiting. I'm jittery with anticipation.

I'm also using this time to catch up on writing--while the kiddos are distracted from their incessant questions and requests. Daddy gets to field those.

Oh yeah. There's also this matter of taking care of myself. Seriously. I have multiple doctor appointments scheduled. My dermatologist took a biopsy yesterday, so in about two weeks I'll have results on that. My podiatrist gave me another shot in my foot. This time in the joint of my pinkie toe. I thought the one in my nerve was bad. But I used my natural child birth breathing and relaxing techniques--and nary a sound left my lips. Well, except breathing. Woot woot!

I've got the girly doctor today and a physical tomorrow. Then whatever blood work is requested, I'll have done next week. Whew...

Thankfully, I can knock it all out sans kids. For real. Every time I sit in a waiting room or in the patient room, I have flashbacks to so many visits gone awry. Like talking to the doctor while nursing a baby. Or hushing a whiny child.

Or the one where a curious toddler opened a drawer and got his hand stuck in a speculum. Yeah, that was one special visit. (Ladies, you know what I'm talking about. Gentlemen, don't bother googling it. You're welcome.)

I'm very thankful for the time to care for myself, for my husband getting down time, my kids getting daddy time. They love it. And there will be tears when he returns to work after more than a week off. But every second of it will be worth it.

12 December 2013

thankful thursday

I'm thankful for the leak in my dishwasher,
and the landlord coming soon.

I'm thankful for the vacuum cord that was self-consumed,
and the replacement on the way.

I'm thankful for Louie so soft,
the dragons that keep watch,
and the joy they've brought to our home.
Spark and Arya
I'm thankful for the rain that feels endless,
the moments of sunshine that peek through,
and the shimmery visit from Jack Frost.

I'm thankful for my husband's job
that allows me to homeschool my kids
--even on the days of restlessness.

I'm thankful I've been redeemed,
that I can experience His life.

I'm thankful for the story I'm revising,
the one I'm piddling with,
and my crit partners who push me on.

I'm thankful for friends who make my life so rich,
both old and new,
for you and you and you.

(And no, this isn't a refined poem...it's midnight ramblings of thankfulness as I finally enter the blessed State of Groggy. I would almost NOT post it, but hey...it's my thankfulness, so here ya go.)

What are you thankful for today?

05 December 2013

thankful thursday

Oops! I just realized it's Thursday! Life's been a tad crazy since yesterday--because we got our cat! There is so much emotional upheaval in our house over that small creature.

Arriving home for the first time.
Louie...he's gorgeous. I mean, he's really and truly beautiful. And we cannot wait for him to fall in love with us. He's spent today hiding under the couch observing the comings and goings--unbeknownst to us! He'd been under a desk for a while, then sauntered off. It was many hours later we found him there, peering our direction. It seems he likes the company and the ruckus, but is still figuring us out. (There are plenty of obscure hide-outs he could have chosen instead.)

A lot of hearts were lightened to know he was in our midst the entire time. And those same hearts are anxious for him to fall equally in love with us--because the love is definitely poured out on him. Watching my daughter in particular, her heart in her eyes as she gazed on Louie, I said to her, "You know how much you love Louie?" A shiny-eyed nod responded. "He hasn't done anything yet to deserve that love, has he? But that doesn't matter. You love him anyway." Again, rapturous agreement. "God is like that. We haven't done anything to deserve His love, but He loves us anyway, even more than you love Louie." I treasured that awe-struck moment. It was so precious. Such a wonderful picture.
Figuring us all out.

The other poignant moment--one that makes me tear up when I consider how many details God had in the works before we even thought of getting a kitten--is what my younger son said: 
"I think God created Louie to be in our family."



Thank You Lord for your deep, prevailing love for us, your children. Thank you for sweet Louie. For creating him to be in our family, and for meeting the needs of my daughter's tender heart with an allergy-safe pet to love.

02 December 2013

blast from the past

I dug around on facebook for my High School English teacher this weekend. Her class was always my favorite, and my love of words grew so much during that time. Especially poetry--I began writing a lot of it at that time. And I fell in love with e.e. cumming along the way.

In fact, I met one of my closest friends in that class...yep, you know who you are. What a fabulous Junior year. Our English and History classes were a "team" and we did joint projects, got graded in two classes for one paper, even put on a Vaudeville show (yours truly and above mentioned closest friend were the co-managers of that bit of amazingness, thankyouverymuch!). All kinds of wonderful things. Out of the box, creative learning that fuels my love of that very thing as I homeschool. Hmmm...I never made that connection before, but it's so, so true.

Anyhow, "Mrs. N" has been on my mind this past year or so while I've been working on my novel--she never failed to encourage my writing pursuits all those years ago. When I told her what I've been working on, and why it made me think of her, she remembered me and my love of the written word. How sweet! (I knew she was a great teacher--that or she's a great pretender, but both work just fine for me.)