I've had some really lovely experiences these last few weeks, a couple of challenging ones too, but I'm thankful for them all...
- being offered lots of work this term
- giggling with kindergarten and their adorable sight word games, they just make you leave all your worries behind those little kids!
- Clementine's attempts at speech lately. I think that hearing aid just might be working! The other day I was buckling her into her car seat after pre-school and was chatting away to her while she watched the other kids going home with their carers. I was saying to her "This one's going home with their mummy, and that one's going home with their mummy. Who's your mummy Clem?" And she pointed to me and as clear as a bell, said "YOU". I'm thankful for that because it's the first time she's said "you" AND put it into context too. So exciting. I also think I'm hearing the "d" sound too, woohoo!
- am thankful that we've had the gal-pacas in our care for 2 weeks and we've all survived! They seem happy too, they're coming when they're called, they're allowing Felix to hand feed them, and even the dog isn't freaking them out as much. They also haven't escaped which is the best part.
- Sherb and his anti-thrip oil. Sadly nearly every one of those Mon Petit Chou rosebuds (above) are affected by thrip this year again. Sherb has taken matters into his own hands and has given them the specialised pest treatment. He is a wonder that man.
- Friends who offer to help with after-school sport allowing Ruby to stay in the routine she needs, I'm really thankful for that at the moment.
- People who know just what to say when there's not much to say. I was talking to a beautiful friend of mine recently in a carpark. She was asking about Ruby and when I was telling her the latest she and I were both feeling a bit teary. She asked me if she could pray for us and right there in the carpark, tears rolling down both our cheeks, we prayed. It was such a special moment, I told her later that I walked on cloud nine all day, I just felt so loved. Am really thankful for that friend and that moment.
- And I was talking with a neighbour who's recently lost her husband of many years. Once again, we were both in tears (this time at the letterbox) and she was so eloquent in telling me how she was feeling and about the life they'd shared. She said something that has stayed with me; she said that she knew her husband didn't have a lot of money when they married and that he'd talked about wanting to give her a nicer home and better things. She said that she'd always told him that they had just enough. She didn't want a bigger house or more things, she was just so happy with the life they had together. He'd given her a simple life and that's all she'd ever wanted. Cue the tears. I've been thinking about that a lot, it makes all the sense in the world to me.
- And am really thankful for our garden. It's coming along slowly but surely and there's just something really lovely about being able to go outside whenever I want and pick a few snow peas or sweet peas and a posy of roses or two. And smelling their gorgeous scent in every room in the house is pretty special too.
Am joining in here with you Bron!