Monday, October 24, 2016

12:34 October 24

Today, I'm grateful for parents at the kids' school, who generously volunteer their time and resources.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

12:34 October 23

Nine years ago today, my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I think of him a lot, and thought of him for almost all of church this morning and most of my run home after.

I'm thankful for my dad, and miss him a lot. Especially at church, which is often a sad place for me, because so much of music and worship are melded to memories I have of him.

I wish my kids could have known him beyond the stories and memories I can share, but I'm thankful to have happy memories to share.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

12:34 October 22

I thankful for a full, fall Saturday with Mom here: pancakes, soccer, shopping, and football.

Friday, October 21, 2016

12:34 October 21

I'm thankful for a family trip to the Fair, and the chance to celebrate T's art on display there.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

12:34 October 20

I am sitting here at the end of a long, full day, feeling pretty exhausted, because I didn't sleep much last night. Mom arrived earlier today, and she's reading to Lala back in her bedroom. The boys are sitting here near me on the couch, chatting while Tobin draws. I am numbly scrolling through Facebook on my phone, just kinda waiting for everyone to be ready to be tucked in, so I can watch a little baseball or football, then go to bed early.

Then Evan says, sincerely and quietly, "Wow, Tobin, your drawing is so good. You should show it to [our art teacher] Ms. Purple; she'll think it's amazing." And my heart swells with gratitude that, even in my tired, listless state, I was witness to such a tender, kind moment.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

12:34 October 19

The leaves are starting to change and fall. I'm thankful for autumn.