Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thursday Thanks Tank #209

I am thankful for:

Phone calls
Cooler temps. I'm talkin' low eighties! Gotta love Florida.
My puppies. They are five months old.
Lemonade stands.
Kind people who stop at lemonade stands. My kids have been doing lemonade stands to earn money for their school. My daughter's teacher had her husband (and dog!) stop by. And one of the last customers donated $20.
A great run. I've enjoyed some nice runs with friends lately but yesterday. I ran on my own and I kept a good pace. It felt great.
New friendships.
My husband wanting to talk to me. This list would be longer but my husband and I kept talking. It's a good problem to have. I just love talking to him.
Sleep... Zzzzzzz.....

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Thursday Thanks Tank #208

I have been going through a desert. I chose the dry land but I didn't recognize it for what it was. It was desolate. Beautiful but barren. Space to breathe but more space than I needed.
I am thankful for being called out of the wilderness.

I am also thankful for these things and so much more:
My friend's husband's safe return from a deployment to Africa. So wonderful to see a family reunited!
The kindness of strangers. Recently my 10 year old and 7 year old did a lemonade stand to earn money for their elementary school. They earned $97.50 in just over two hours. People were more than kind with donations. It was heartwarming.
The kindness of friends and family. Many of my friends, most of whom don't know my kids, and family donated to their fundraiser efforts. Super sweet.
Schools and Teachers. My kids spend many, many hours at school. I am thankful for everyone who is dedicating their time to my kids. Teachers give so much to my kids.
Honesty. I am thankful for those moments when you see a true honesty and it gives insight into the complexity of a relationship.
My recliner. The kids keep trying to claim it. It's my favorite chair and I love it. Sitting in it right now, as a matter of fact.
My puppies. We got 2 miniature schnauzers this summer. They are the sweetest things. It has taken a little longer than it should have to potty train them what with the chaos of our house, but I think they are doing great. My daughter asked me today why I talk to them like my sons. (Oh sweetie, they will still be here when you have all spread your wings to fly away.) Speaking of talking to them... I do it all the time.
A rare moment of clarity. I had the wherewithal (I really like that word, by the way) today to realize I needed to skip an activity to tend to an overrun to do list. Everything had been snowballing for a while and I realized that I could stop and give attention to areas that needed attention. It was good to know what I needed to do and not have any doubt about it.
Maturity. No, am not thinking of mine- ha! I have had several moments lately when I have seen my older sons (14 and 12) seem to mature before my eyes. They are making better decisions. It's so amazing to watch them grow and mature.
Laughter. My family laughs a lot. I love it. Love, love, love it!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

For the Love of Food- Planning Ahead

If you could only see my kitchen table. It's littered with cookbooks, magazines and printed recipes. My calendar is somewhat on top of the pile, as is a printed month meal planner. I'm not trying to be a great cook. I am just trying to figure out meals that will work for our insanely busy schedule. I am also trying to figure out easy meals (quick to make) that will taste good reheated. During the week, we rarely get to sit down together. So someone usually has to reheat dinner. We have several crockpot meals a week but there's only so many crockpot meals I can take in one week.

This is such a busy season. I know it is only just beginning in some ways. My oldest started high school. My second started middle school. My 3rd and 4th are in elementary school. It's the extra activities that are making meal planning a new adventure for me.

There's not much else to note about this. But if you could see my kitchen table, you'd chuckle.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thursday Thanks Tank #207: FAAW

I am thankful that my son has not had a reaction to peanuts during elementary school.
I am thankful for the teachers that have worked with me over the years to provide safe options for my son when food was part of a school event.
I am thankful for my son's extremely careful attitude.
I am thankful for a new discovery of Barney's Almond Butter. It's peanut free!
I am also thankful for Blue Diamond Almonds. Also peanut free!
I am thankful for friends who listen to me rant about allergy frustrations.
I am thankful for modern medicine.
I am thankful for understanding from others.
I am thankful that my son knows other students with food allergies.
I am thankful that my husband and I agree on how to manage my son's allergy (including any risks we take).
I am thankful for the companies that take food allergy labeling seriously.
I am thankful our healthy attitude about my son's severe peanut allergy.
I am thankful for FAAN (Food Allergy and Awareness Network) and FARE (Food Allergy and Research Education).
I am thankful for Twitter and being able to do searches on "#foodallergy" or "#peanutallergy"  That took has been invaluable.
I am thankful for FAAW (Food Allergy Awareness Week) and the focus if gives me for the week.
I am thankful that my son has been kept safe.