I have so much to be thankful for, including Michelle’s Big Time Literacy Blogging Challenge and today’s “Gratitude Lately” prompt.

“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.”    –  Robert Braathe 


I am grateful to the very special group of third graders I had this past year.  With all of the hate and violence across our country and the world this summer, thinking about these children that are the future of our country gives me hope.

On a similar note, I am grateful for the opportunity to listen to our First Lady’s speech tonight at the DNC.  The intro video brought tears to my eyes.  One young woman said, “She’s not just a woman standing next to a man.”  And a young man says, “She is making her own place in history.”  And then Michelle Obama gave an incredible speech that you just need to hear if you haven’t already.  Thank you, Michelle Obama!

I am thankful that the project I wrote about last July, my son’s Minecraft room, is almost complete.  I procrastinated for too long, but tonight I wrapped up that wall and will never again make a promise to stencil anything!  However, the painting is done and the new carpet comes tomorrow.  Thank goodness!

Last, but not least, I am thankful for my amazing family and every second I get to spend with my son.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”  –  Robert Brault



Gratitude 11/26/15


Thanks to BigTime Literacy for a Thanksgiving Linky!

I have so many things to be thankful for:  my family, amazing friends, my home, a job, Netflix… But of everything I have, it is my son that brings me the most joy.  I am grateful for every moment that I spend with him.

♦  Showing me all of his creations, including “Viral Cat Video” comics.

♦  “Mommy, I lava you.”

♦  I was at work before the kids arrived, not having the best morning when my phone rang.  It was Troy, telling me that he finished his Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School that he had been reading.

♦  When given a choice to research and write about anyone, he decided on Stan Lee.   And boy was he cute!


♦  He looks up at the sky at 5:30 in the morning and notices the stars…comments on their beauty.  Once not long ago, he would make this walk up to Ma’s house very differently.  He would walk, see the moon, and howl.  (He had an obsession with wolves.) Now just sixish years later, he sees something very different.  In these almost ten years on Earth, he has grown.  He continually impresses me.  And at some moments it hits me…I LOVE this kid more than anything imaginable.  He is my world and I couldn’t have imagined a better one!


Just plain grateful…

Our literacy coach has started an exciting new blogging club with some of our fourth and fifth graders.  Their assignment for this week was to create a post of five things they are thankful for and reading them encouraged me to write about everything I am grateful for.  After very little blogging since the beginning of the school year, I think I am ready to jump back in..

Dear Son,

I am so thankful to be your mother.  You make me proud each day by the choices you make and the amazing things you can accomplish at only eight.  As your birthday approaches, I am reminded of all of the wonderful moments we have had together in the last nine years.  I was terrified and excited when you came into this world, and I am still terrified of all the mistakes I might make in raising you.  However, each day I see what an amazing young person you are and I am encouraged and grateful.

Love always and forever,

Your Mommy

553242_809838410664_787109558554736052_nDear BFF,

Working with my best friend is truly an amazing experience.  I suppose that it would not work with every pair of friends, but you are one of a kind.  You are your own worst critic, but please believe me when I say that you are a superb teacher and person.  I am grateful for your support, your humor, and your understanding.

Every brunette needs a blonde best friend,

The Brunette

Dear Little Sis,20141125_220136

As a child, honestly, you were kind of evil.  You broke my glasses, bit me, and all around terrorized me for fun.  However, you have become a friend and confidant. I am so proud of the mother you have become, your boys are fantastic because of you.


Your Big Sis

Dear World,

I know that, although my life isn’t perfect, I am a very lucky lady.  In addition to the people mentioned above, I have a supporting, loving family.  I have phenomenal grandparents who I love and respect more than words can say.

My job, although stressful, is my passion.  Everyday, as children enter the building, I am confident that this is the career I was destined to choose.  There are days I cry and doubt that I can do it, but I realize I am lucky to have a job that I am passionate enough about to become so upset.

With a house over my head, food in the fridge, and Netflix on my iPAD, I am content.  Even more, I am just plain grateful…