Thankful Thursday–The “No Spring Break” Edition

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My girls are convinced they are the only kids in the country who don’t get a spring break this week. They might be right, but there’s reason for it, which will come the first part of May.

Anyway, even though we’re still doing school this week, there has been some fun as well!

These are the moments I am grateful for this week.

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Four-wheelin’ fun

 

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Laughter

 

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Chicago!

 

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Field trip to the Shedd Aquarium

 

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He’s huge!

 

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Moray Eel

 

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Don’t recall this guy’s name, but he was my favorite

 

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Jellies!

 

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She’s a lovely distraction from math

 
 

I’m so thankful we decided to take that impromptu trip into the city. We had a lot of fun! It’s a favorite place for the girls and I, and I’m glad Ron was able to go along with us this time.

I’m thankful for a slightly slower pace this week. Since everyone else in the area is on spring break, we’ve not had lessons, evening rehearsals, or special groups.

I’m thankful for the young couple we met this week who have been used by the Lord as a huge blessing to us. It’s a pretty amazing God-story that I will be free to tell soon.

I’m thankful that in one week I will be heading to the Titus 2:1 Conference! I’m grateful for the help in getting there as well. My sponsors, Homeschool Blogging and Progeny Press have been so fun to work with already!

 
 

I hope you can find things, large and small, to be thankful for today. And if you’ve written a gratitude post, please link it up and visit others who link up as well.

 



Thankful Thursday–The Dad Edition

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 This is my dad.

 

Today is his birthday. I can’t be together with him to celebrate, so I’m going to celebrate him here instead.

Ever since I can remember, my dad has been my coach. The (few) times I played sports, he was always right there encouraging me, giving me advice, cheering me on. I recall one time when my volleyball coach laughingly told me to stop looking at my dad during the game and watch him instead!

When I decided I was NOT an athlete, even though he was (and still is) a sports fanatic, he lovingly supported the other activities I chose to pursue. As much as possible he attended the band concerts, the choir concerts, the non-athletic events.

Through the years, he’s been my coach in other areas of life. His gentle wisdom has been my comfort through many tough situations. His love for the Lord has been my example. His counseling advice I have called upon many a time.

He is a man respected and liked by others. Many, many times in my childhood I remember him running to the store to get milk, etc. and being gone forever because he ran into someone and stood and talked with them. His position as pastor and now as counselor was and is a perfect fit for his personality.

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His love for my mom set the standard for what I wanted in my own marriage, and the way he loves her still, is a testimony of long-term commitment.

Because of the distance that separates us, we don’t get nearly enough time together, but I so appreciate and love him. I am truly thankful for him and his presence in my life.

 

I hope you can find things, large and small, to be thankful for today. And if you’ve written a gratitude or thankful post, please link it up below. Be sure to link back here somewhere in your post, and take a few minutes to visit others.

 

 



Thankful Thursday

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I love my kids. I love being a mom. I love being a homeschool mom.

But there are times…

…when it’s really nice to spend time with just my husband. And thanks to a friend who had my kids over the weekend, that’s exactly what I got. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for that time.

We didn’t go anywhere special, except out to breakfast one morning. We watched a couple of movies, laughed through several Andy Griffith episodes on Netflix, and spent lots of time talking. It was so needed.

I am very grateful that my girls had a wonderful time with their friends and were able to create some fun memories.

They spent the time away with a family we’ve been friends with since my oldest was just a baby. And even though we live a distance from them, they are people who we continue to spend time with whenever we can. They are the type of friends who will stick close in our hearts and minds, even though an even greater distance will soon separate us.

The greatest type of friends.

I’m glad my oldest got to participate in an Apologia Biology lab class with the co-op group which our friends are a part of. And I’m glad that my blogging friend Connie (The Daisyhead) was also there and took a picture!

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On Sunday evening, after the girls got home, they had another unique experience with a group of friends.

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A Dad and Daughters Date Night!

A group of 3 dads got together with their girls and had a nice evening out–formal dresses, suits, and everything! An acquaintance took professional pictures, which we will hopefully be getting soon.

 

I hope you can find things, large and small, to be thankful for today. And if you’ve written a gratitude or thankful post, please link it up below. Be sure to link back here somewhere in your post, and take a few minutes to visit others.