Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Thanksgiving List 2/19

What an awesome God we serve!  So many blessings are given to us each and everyday, and I'm trying to make it a point to focus on more of them.  It's too easy to get caught up in the woe me game, but that is not right. 

Here are some of the things I'm thankful for no particular order:

1.  My Husband

He's great!  I love how many skills he has.  Our washer was broken (again) on Monday.  Bryan came home and fixed it. The door lock mechanism was broken.  Instead of just ordering the part and waiting a week for it to arrive, he tore the part open and was able to fix it.  So cool!

2.  A working washer

One of the machines I take for granted on a daily basis.  I don't have to go down to the creek to wash clothes folks!  Talk about a blessing.  And my washer holds a lot of laundry!  Thanks so much Dad for giving that to us!!!

3. Homeschooling

I love being the one to see that look in my kids' eyes when they figure something out.  It's such a blessing to live in a country where we have the ability to do this still.  Jeffrey is figuring out this reading business, and helping him sound out words and just seeing the joy he has when he knows he read something.  Wow!  That's about all I can say! 

Even though I never thought teaching middle school would be my forte, I have to admit that I'm really enjoying having Jayme in sixth grade.  She's learning so much, and is able to have some pretty involved conversations about what she's learning. I love the connections she makes between subjects. 

Having Owen home has allowed me to ensure he's being exposed to literacy and math.  He's listening to the ABC song with us, drawing on his iPad, and just being involved in every way possible.  Where he can't speak, I can't imagine just sending him away for the majority of his day and having no real idea what is happening. 

4.  Potty Training

Between Sydney, Owen and the puppy...let's just say it's been a potty filled month.  But...Owen is now wearing underwear most of the time.  I still have him in a diaper at night--but he's stayed dry the last two!  We've even ventured out of the house a few times in underwear.  I'm impressed! 

5.  Our Puppy

Cinders LOVES the snow!

Cinders is getting big!  He's just over 20 pounds now at 11 weeks.  He's getting used to life at the farm, and we're getting used to life with a dog.  He loves playing fetch, and I have lots of good throwers to keep him busy.  No wonder he's sleeping through the night already!

6.  A night of sleep

Owen slept through the night last night!  It's the second time in about a week, and it is refreshing!  I'm still getting up once with Simon, but he goes back to sleep easily, so I don't really count that as disturbing my sleep.  (Weird as that sounds....when you're used to being up for at least an hour in the middle of the night, waking up long enough to walk downstairs and hook a nursing baby up doesn't seem bad at all!) 

7.  Hay

Our cows and bull and sheep need to eat.  We were blessed with an amazing deal of $3.50 a bale for 20 bales. It came out to be just a few bales short of a ton, so a great price on local hay. My step-dad helped me get it yesterday.  (Or I should say, he loaded it and unloaded it...I didn't help too much...)Yeah for hay! 

8.  The Crockpot

The bake element went out in our oven.  Bryan was able to take it out, and we got one ordered.  Sometime this week the new piece will arrive, and we'll have our oven back.  Until then, I'm super thankful for the crockpot!  Hot meals with no oven.  And they get to cook all day, making dinner super simple!

What things are you thankful for this week?

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