Due to a succession of all too many late nights, I have lost any sense of what day and time it is. It surely feels closer to the end of the week than the beginning, and that will likely hit pretty hard around Thursday when the week just keeps on going. That said, we are looking ahead to the holiday weekend, and marching into this week with relentlessly high spirits.
This week, I am so thankful for:
171. Family jam sessions after dinner. Loud music, crazy louder instruments, and raucous dancing. Nothing closes the day better.
172. Tuesday Playgroup. A pack of supportive mama's, and a small tribe of babes; relating, feasting, listening, sharing advice, and just living out the journey together. It's a weekly treat.
173. Health Insurance. Even though it is a pain, and a constant battle; we have insurance -- and that is such a blessing. We recently lost this round of appeals for Bella's care, but we are not done fighting. We have made too much progress to quit.
174. Central air conditioning. As much as I hate the house all closed up; it is cool. And outside, it is all too close to 100 degrees. Not exactly how I was hoping to start September.
175. Fresh fruit smoothies on super hot days. Like the honeydew blueberry banana chiller that we whipped up this afternoon to soothe away the middle-nineties temperatures. I am so thankful for our Vitamix; I've surely never loved a kitchen appliance more.
176. Our neighbor Mary. Knowing her has changed my life incredibly and taught the Craunlets how to love their neighbors. We celebrated her 94th birthday this weekend, and delivered her a plate of chocolate chip scones. We were hoping to have a mini birthday party in our sunflower house, and sing to her -- but a foot injury is preventing her from leaving the house, so we celebrated on her porch. Maybe for her 95th. In our crazy fantastic re-do of the Sunflower House.
177. A Sabbath picnic dinner in the Sunflower House. Not quite the lush and tall house that we dreamed of this Spring, but a charming and magical space none-the-less. One that is mostly taller than the Craunlets, and in full bloom.
178. Sweet conversations with Isabella, the Kindergartner, providing fascinating insights into who she is becoming:
I made a friend today. [smiling ear-to-ear] And she is a good friend.
Here Bella goes on to list examples of her character from what she has seen in the two days that she has known her. How she waits patiently to go down the slide. How she was quiet during quiet time. How she is a good listener...and on and on...until she pauses briefly.
And then I nod, and smile. And respond: Wow, she certainly sounds like a good friend. I am so glad; it is nice to have good friends.
To which Bella responds: I wanted to be her friend because she makes good choices.
Holding back tears, and smiling an equally wide smile as Bella's--I pray she always makes friends this way.
179. Increased Nate time, which is slowly becoming a much happier experience--thank goodness! One marked with freedom and small adventures. I pray both of these attributes increase, and moreover that Nathaniel becomes more and more of who he was created to be. I am so thankful to get to share in that journey with him.
180. Weekends. Now that school has started, and teaching, and all of the other work schedules, the weekend is such a sweet respite of family time, and Craunlet shenanigans. I LOVE those; their playful laughter together is salve to my spirit.
Hope your week is shaping up to be full of rich potential and much joy. We are at last acclimating to our new schedule around here, and finally starting to enjoy this new season more fully.