Have you read that book? You should.
As I write this, I am sitting home alone. (1)
I am not trying to get as much done as possible during "quiet time," and I am not using my precious post-bedtime TV hours. And, I even folded and put away all the laundry before I sat down at my computer. (2) This is a precious moment for me. If only I had a bunny and a yellow bow, my contentment cup would be full.
My birthday present from my parents arrived this week! (3) It came far 'cross the sea from the British Isles, and I cannot love it more. I'm a little stumped as to where to find an A1 frame, so for now, it hangs proudly in my kitchen sans frame. Introducing my life motto:
|'cept mine's navy with white writing (source)|
Life has slowed down just a tad this week (4), which has been an extremely welcome change. I've been feeling like life has been whipping past without a chance for me to take a breath. I took a breath or two this week, and the increased oxygen has helped improve my stamina.
Look what Leo and I found! (5)
Oh, and this at Costco, too! (6)
Also thankful that we have one parent who likes to play in the snow (not me), and one child who likes to stay inside by the fire (with me) and play Memory.
You know when you get an unexpected shout-out? The unexpectedness of it makes the positive reinforcement all the more meaningful. I got an email this week (9) from a distant relative who had come to visit for an hour or two. She wrote to tell me how impressed she was with my mothering, specifically my patience and ability to turn every instance into an opportunity to nurture and teach. And, yes, I am quoting the email for you. I am actually absolutely certain that patience is one of my weaker traits, but that whatever I was doing with my kids seemed like good parenting to her gives me an enormous boost. Enormous! I am still floating from this one.
And then, BONUS! Lizzi emailed to see if I'd like to help cohost this little thankful gathering! (10) Whoop! I admit that it's bittersweet since I'll be taking Lisa's place, but I'm excited to sit at the Cool Kids' table, nonetheless. Tada!
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, Mother of Imperfection, Rewritten, Thankful Me, The Wakefield Doctrine