A Week of Thanksgiving (Ten Things of Thankful)

Every  time I read the Ten Things of Thankful posts by Lisa over at The Meaning of Me , I think what a great idea, I should join in on that!  This week I’m finally actually doing it.

The idea is to share a gratitude list of ten things each week in blog post form.

I had many reasons to pause and be thankful during the week.  A large amount of my list will be job focused since I worked a lot this week at the preschool.  I worked most the week filling in as the “cook” at the  preschool and it’s not my favorite thing to do but I knew they needed my help so I grumbled (at home) through it.

  • I’m thankful for a job I love most of the time when I know many others are still searching or struggling with jobs they must keep out of necessity.

  • I’m thankful for the other teachers and staff at the preschool who gave me plenty of grace and encouragement this week as I muddled my way through a difficult position to fill making lots of mistakes.

  • I’m super thankful for our dishwasher appliance at home after spending an entire week doing the 3 compartment sink method of lots of dishes.  There weren’t a huge amount of dishes every day but I kept thinking on regular plate day, it was like Thanksgiving except by myself with no one to dry the dishes.

  • Super surprises should really take up two numbers on my list.  The staff at the preschool surprised me on Thursday with a card (and gift card) expressing their thanks to me for all I do for them.  Wow.  I was completely stunned.  It feels really good to be loved and appreciated.  The day had already started with half the kids running up to give me hugs as I walked in the door, more than enough gratitude to fill my heart already.

  • The second surprise of the week was not work related but I was thankful for a last invitation for J to go swimming at a friend’s home on Thursday evening (We’ve had 90 degree weather around here).  The invitation was casually made in the summer and I’d decided it simply wasn’t going to happen.  I’m so thankful for friends who keep their word and last-minute plans working perfectly.

  • I’m super thankful we had French Toast in our freezer as a dinner option one night last week.  As you can probably imagine, spending an entire day cooking does not exactly make one want to come home and cook some more.  I’m also sort of proud that we didn’t eat out all week until last night despite my lack of a menu plan and winging it every single night.

    Bright full moon

    Bright full moon

  • While our lack of bedtime structure needs to change, I was grateful that both boys were up late enough that I could pull them outside to check out the amazing full moon on Sunday night.  My phone photos don’t really capture the beauty.

    I couldn't capture the color with my photos...

    I couldn’t capture the color with my photos…

  • Coffee!  I’m not sure I’d have survived this week without the stuff.  The teenager has early morning band practice 2 days a week and getting up and ready to go out the door is challenging but coffee makes it better.

  • I’m oh so thankful for the public school district and their free Wi-Fi!  G’s first marching band performance was last night and they did fantastic.  However, we had to have him there an hour and 15 minutes prior to the start of the game.  With a local festival going on in the same area as the football stadium, we just stayed and waited.  It would have been much too long of a wait for J but (Can you hear the hallelujah?) but with his tablet and free Wi-Fi, we were fine.

  • Finally, I’m thankful for a soft, comfortable bed which felt wonderful after such a busy week.  I was also thankful for the option to sleep in and stay there this morning (although seriously, when did 7a.m. become sleeping in??) once I got up and shared the news with our furry alarm that it was Saturday and we had no need to be up and awake at 5a.m.   She was quite (loudly) concerned about our deciding to sleep this morning.

While my list could go on, I must stop and start laundry and dishes and figure out how we’re going to spend our time on this holiday weekend.  What things were you thankful for this week?



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20 thoughts on “A Week of Thanksgiving (Ten Things of Thankful)

  1. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me

    I’m so glad you’re joining us this week, Jean!
    So many of your items often make my lists…coffee, a comfy bed. And I agree that as impressive as they might seem, the moon photos are never as good as the in-person sight. But still worth it. And you know what? I’m with you on the bedtime thing. It’s important to have a good bedtime routine, for sure, but kids don’t remember that we gave them a good bedtime routine when they’re grown – but they will remember that we pulled them outside to see a gorgeous moon. That’s the good stuff!
    Hope your week ahead is as great as the one you’ve shared here!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I’m glad I finally took the time to do this, I think it may already be one of my favorite things. 🙂

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. Lisa is pretty great 🙂 I think this is going to be fun and see myself sticking with it for a long while.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. I do love working with preschool kiddos. It is my favorite age although I do love that I also get to come home to my super independent older kids. Hope you are having a great long weekend as well.

  2. ivy

    Welcome! Wow great week. Its so cool when someone steps up and recognises good work. Congratulations! It was a great moon …even better supposedly on the 8th.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. It was so nice to be recognized especially since it was so unexpected. I did think that moon was better than the super moon on the 8th.

  3. clark

    Welcome to the TToT!
    it is simply the best bloghop on the planet! (with six sentence running a close second)
    good post (funny how no matter how big the moon is, our cameras and phones and such always shrink it down! That’s not right!
    but it’s good to have new voices here at the ‘hop…. any questions, just ask zoe (lol) no, seriously it’s a great community that Lizzi built
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I’m sure if I had a fancy camera (and knew how to operate it), I could get a good moon picture (maybe).

  4. Vanessa D.

    Oh I hear you on the coffee! I have this thing where remembering how hard it was for me to wake up early when I was in my early 20’s, I get up every morning with my boys to send them off to their jobs. The youngest gets up at 4:30 am for his, which makes for some very early days for me!

    I have suddenly got the most intense craving for French Toast!
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    1. Jean Post author

      4:30a.m.? YIKES! I thought 5:00a.m. was bad enough. That is so nice of you to get up with your boys. I don’t think I’d be out of my bed if I didn’t have to do the driving.

  5. Dyanne @ I Want Backsies

    Welcome to the TToT! Glad to meet a friend of Lisa’s!
    I teach preschool, and no matter how much fun they are, they suck the energy out of you! And you cooked for them all week? Wow! We are only a half day program, either 2 or 3 mornings a week, so we don’t have anyone cooking. What a lot of work, especially if you don’t have a commercial dishwasher!
    I tried to take a picture of the amazing sunset Sunday night that preceded that gorgeous full moon and it looked like nothing but a glowing dot on my iphone screen. Your picture turned out better than mine.
    Our school district has wifi for the kids and staff, but not for the public; however, a friend of my daughter’s knows the secret code to get it (I’m not asking how he knows it!) and he put it on my phone. Awesome when I’m spending hours there for volleyball games and other activities that require much sitting and waiting.
    Oh, LOVE the name of your blog!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. Yes, those kids do tend to wear me out more than I’d like to admit. I always like the days when I get off work early (I’m a substitute so my hours vary) and think I’m going to get so much done. I usually end up going home and taking a nap instead! I was happy last week (and tomorrow) I was just filling in for the kitchen person and that it is not something I do all the time. Oh, must be nice to have the secret code. Our school district has “secured” wifi as well. The open one has several “entertainment” sites blocked. You-tube works fine but there’s no scrolling through Facebook with it.

  6. Pat B

    It was nice for the staff to recognize your hard work, and the little children greeting you with hugs is rewarding too. I’m sure having a comfortable bed to sleep in was a real blessing each night after such busy days. We kept our kids up late one night years ago and went up on our roof to look through a friend’s telescope at an eclipse of the moon. We have all remembered that experience. So important to make memories.
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    1. Jean Post author

      It really was nice and for me, the hugs were more than enough reward. Oh, how fun to see an eclipse of the moon through a telescope! What a great memory for all of you.

  7. christine

    Welcome to the TToT! It seems a lot of people take a while to read lots of weeks before jumping in, but once they are here, they just can’t stop! 🙂
    I’m glad you are enjoying your job, despite the cooking. I have worked in a preschool for many years. That age of children is so much fun. Of course, I’d say that about any age.
    It’s a shame that we can’t capture the beauty of a full moon on our cameras. I guess we just have to appreciate them when we get the opportunity to see them.
    Hope you had a great Labor Day!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Yes, sometimes it is better to just appreciate the beauty of nature when we see it. I know there are times I certainly need to be more focused on that rather than trying to get a great picture of it. Hope you have a wonderful week!


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