I am thankful for my classroom assistants. They had a scheduled inservice during instructional hours today. Even though I'm quite capable of taking care of my little group it's so much easier when you don't have to take everyone when one kid in a diaper needs a change.
I am thankful for a new bell choir director and the return of bell choir! Yay! Our new director comes to us with a life time of directing experiences and half a life time with bells. She has a kind, gentle, and firm leading hand. Yay!
I am thankful for things to do while I rest and heat, rest and ice. I'm starting to explore the yarn Sis brought back from Peru for her scarf. I did one swatch and it was too wide and the stitches were a mess. Now I'm going to try a finer gauge and see what I get.
This is a sett (gauge) sampler. I think they're just the right size to use for a scarf. We shall see.
I am thankful for time in the day to be thoughtful about what we do. We are trying to balance a student needing to work but being little more than a baby and needing time. It was good to talk about ideas for him.
I am thankful for Mom and Aunt Jane who sang to us when we were very young. They created memories of music and song before we knew what either were. Thanks to this heritage I can't remember a time in my life without singing.
I am thankful for Jacob, a patriarch of the Old Testament. I've been reading a chronologically arranged study Bible. Several days ago I finished the story of Jacob-who became Israel. At the end of his life he gathered his sons to him and gave each a blessing. He knew each one of his sons strengths and weaknesses and how they lived their lives for good or ill.
It reminded me of conversations I've had with my Dad and how he knows each of his children and their unique strengths and weaknesses. I've been so taken by this new knowledge about Jacob and fathers that I have not been able to read further. I keep going back to think about this again.
It finally came into my noggin that just as Jacob knew the good and the bad about his sons and that my Dad knows so much about us how much more does my heavenly Father know all of this and more about me. Yes, this has been talked about so often over the years that we can know God the Father because of our fathers but to have such a specific example has been quite enlightening. I may just go back and read it again.
I am thankful for growth. Today, it's about academic growth. Every school in our district made progress toward state targets. Every school but one made their growth target. The special education subgroup across the district made their growth target. We have one school above the state target of 800 and two more nipping at their heels. Fabulous!
I am thankful for changes. At least today I am. People are constantly saying, "change is good." as if that makes the difficulties better. I finally have my comeback that, "not all change is good but good can come from change." We're focusing on the positive changes coming at church knowing that the next few months to a year or so will be full of difficult changes of occupying new buildings and building new routines. Understanding that good can come from change helps me to anticipate positive outcomes rather than dreading the changes themselves.
I am thankful for helpfulness. I asked the after school coordinator if she had any tutors willing to interpret for me for Back to School Night. She did. The most lovely young woman came ready to help with my Spanish speaking parents. None of them came. She stayed and wrangled the dozen children who showed up with their parents. One gift card coming right up!
I am thankful for heat wraps and menthol rubs. My shoulder tendonitis is improving. I've learned to keep a heat wrap on for the bulk of the day and use the rub at bedtime. Rest, rest, rest. I can knit in little bits.
Using up little balls of yarn, baby hats go a lot faster than kids hats:
I am thankful for Giraffes. My blog is so sad without photos so I decided on a day of silliness. I walked around my house taking pictures of giraffes. Please forgive the fuzzy photography. I think the giraffes were being shy and trying to move away.
A vintage travel organizer.
(5 year old me in the background)
Bobble head giraffe.
Art giraffe, from So. Africa
For more giraffes and a cool project see: http://www.onemilliongiraffes.com/
I am thankful for quick errands and a restful day. My bank closed yet another branch. I'm wondering if I should be worried or if they overbuilt. Walmart wasn't too bad even though it was the first weekend of the month and I found everything on my list.
I am thankful for being able to help. It feels good to have the skills and the time to be able to help out someone that I'm not responsible for. I guess this falls under the opportunity to use the gifts God has given.
I am thankful for blueberry smoothies. I wasn't hungry when I got home from work but knew I would be if I didn't have something before choir. Frozen blueberries and soy milk did the trick this evening.
I have a ton of photos but it's all kids from work and I can't post those!