Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I don't want to say that today was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, but if I said it wasn't, that would be a lie. Merciful heavens, what a mess of a day! I mean, the whole thing wasn't awful, but about 7 hours of it sure was. Good grief.

I got a jury summons yesterday (my first), scheduled for the day before Mom and I were planning to travel out of state. I'm so bogged down with end of the school year/moving classrooms stuff that I've been staying up late and getting up early, and I'm just dadgum tired. My students were off the CHAIN today. I lost it with them, which I try really hard not to do. Then I felt bad, so then I had to suck up my pride and apologize. I forgot about our guest speaker (who does that????), so I had to scrap my afternoon plans so she could do her presentation. I reserved the laptops for us this afternoon, only to find out that 4 of the 30 were working. Thankfully, Tami provided a quick fix but by then, I was done. D.O.N.E. I came home and promptly spilled an entire cup of water all over my mail. In my haste to mop up the water, I knocked over a brand new box of Cheez-Its, spilling half of them on my desperately-needs-to-be-vacuumed floor. Right now I'm trying to be really still and quiet, in the hope that I won't mess anything else up today.

Upon reading this, I've determined that I'm acting like a brat. These are all what I like to call "first world problems". Laptops don't work? Spilled my Cheez-Its? Boohoo. There are people all over the world who don't have shoes. Or clean water. Or food. Or homes. Or families. I need to get over myself.

Today I am thankful for...

  • the grace, forgiveness, and never-ending patience of the good Lord...He gets to use all three with me on a very, very regular basis!
  • my family and friends, who love me literally just the way I am
  • this wonderful fella, who is celebrating 71 years of life today...I cannot even express how incredible I think he is and how much he is loved
  • my health, and the health of my loved ones
  • a positive post-op checkup for Daddy today...I'm glad he's healing up nicely
  • my job, my wonderful coworkers, and the energetic little people I spend my days with...I can't believe those kiddos and I only have four more days together!
  • four more school days
  • students who are very eager and excited (and able) to help me pack up the classroom...sometimes it pays to teach fifth graders!
  • a roof over my head, food in my fridge, clean running water, clothes in my closet, shoes on my feet, a car that carts me around, money in the bank, a brain that thinks and remembers, eyes that see, ears that hear, strong arms and legs and hands and feet
  • four more school days
  • some fun trips to look forward to this summer! Woohoo!
  • great ideas for next school year already swirling around in my head
  • a date Saturday to help Olivia pick a bridesmaid dress
  • a nice breeze during my walk this evening
  • my dishwasher and washing machine
  • patience, and I hope to exhibit much more of it tomorrow
  • peace and contentment
  • the pep talk dear Kimberly gave me today
  • getting to see a lovely rainbow this week
  • a sweet hug from a student as she left today... I needed that
  • the little robin I saw earlier with a worm dangling from her beak...such a good mama
  • farmers market season coming up!
  • hot showers and feeling clean
  • my new Island Luau candle that makes my little home smell exactly guessed island luau
  • some not too terribly hot weather to enjoy before the summertime sauna arrives
  • the realization that this time next week, my fifth year of teaching will officially be in the history books
  • getting in touch with nearly all of my cousins this them
  • Pandora radio
  • sleep and the promise of a new day!
  • four more school days



  1. glad to hear your dad is recovering well!! ...hang in there. my mom and sister are both teachers and I think it comes with the territory at this time of the year! my poor sis keeps having nervous breakdowns. FOUR MORE DAYS!!!!!

  2. Only a few days now, right? How well I remember those last few days in the classroom each year. There is a mixture of sadness, excitement and exhaustion! I congratulate you for another year well done and thank you for your commitment to nurturing and teaching children.
    I wish you a wonderful, relaxing summer filled with all the things that bring you rest and joy.
    ~ a

  3. Lauren, thanks for the pep talk! Yesterday was much, MUCH better than Thursday. We've got three more days now; you can do ANYTHING for three days, right? :) I hope you're feeling better, friend!


  4. Annesta, only three more days now :) I found myself starting to get very sentimental and sappy yesterday. Happens every year! I'm very much looking forward to summer. I just need to get my classroom packed up for the move to the other side of the building, and then the summer fun can begin.

    Thanks for stopping by, friend, and I hope you enjoy your weekend!



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