Linking up with Simply Shaunacey for another Monday Moments of Gratitude, a place where we are intentionally grateful for the little things in life.
Being a contractor – I had my first convention of the season which also was THE first convention of the season. That means we had some issues to work through, but Judy got everything sorted out. I think we had a successful first event! We like to share some of the best conversations with each other but I also had a very sad one: I helped a dad choose curriculum for his six kids. His wife had passed away in September and now he was having to pick curriculum. His wife used to do that…*sniff* It was all I could do to hold it together while helping him. I think we came up with a good plan. As soon as we finished, I headed to the bathroom where I shed a few tears and said a prayer for this family. I’m grateful that I love this job. The hours are long. Our feet and voices wear out as we are on our feet all day, talking with literally hundreds of families but it’s also so rewarding. When they come in overwhelmed, confused or lost and then you help them figure out what will work for them and they leave smiling with a plan in hand and a skip in their step…well…its just priceless!
I also love my co-workers which makes the job that much better! We sure have fun together!
Connecting with Grade School buddies – Through the magic of social media, one of Michael’s friends from grade school saw that Michael was in Greenville for the weekend. They connected at the conference and then we went out to dinner with his wife and him. We met at a British pub in downtown Greenville called The Velo Fellow and then went to Spill the Beans for ice cream afterwards. It was fun for me to get to know a guy that I had heard about in the growing up stories!
Big kids – My husband helps me in the booth which means that we left the kids at home. I’m grateful that I have good kids who are responsible and trustworthy. I didn’t worry about them and knew that they would take care of things, especially the dog. If our goals as parents is to work our way out of a job, I’d say we are doing a pretty good job!
My parents – Of course part of the peace of mind is that my parents are right there and can help out. Annie is not driving yet so she needed several rides (co-ops, soccer…). Mom let her drive to get more experience. Only 3 more months til she is licensed and won’t need us anymore!!
My husband’s job – I’m thankful that his job is flexible enough that he can take PTO and come help me. I also appreciate that he has to travel to places like the Florida Keys for work. (Encourage your children to check out Coastal Engineering! He works on cool projects that involve water!) And I’m thankful that he can take us with him. SPRING BREAK ROAD TRIP!!
A much needed break – School has been kicking our butts -okay Annie’s butt – and Timothy’s been picking up a lot of shifts at his new job. For me this is the calm in the storm; my travel season has just begun. I’m so grateful that it worked out for all 4 of us to be able to take this trip to the Keys together. We don’t have a huge agenda. Key Lime Pie will definitely happen and that’s all I know for certain. Maybe a kayak tour, maybe a snorkel trip. Reading by the pool is pretty sure to happen and some fresh seafood. And did I mention pie? (Happy pi day people!!)
My nephew – Penny was so happy to see us but she knew something was up this morning. It was hard to leave her again. So glad our nephew lives next door so he can take care of her and will play with her.
My little family is growing up. It can be bittersweet but time stops for no one and I will focus on this last spring break trip together, making memories. I want to make the most of these days we have left together! You can follow along on my Instagram.
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Happy Monday and Pi Day! I’d love to hear what you are grateful for!