Thankful Thursday

On the way home from a very busy day, I got to thinking that I’m incredibly lucky. So I wanted to take a minute to reflect on that.

I’m thankful for my awesome kids, who provide many challenges and opportunities for me to grow, but give me so much love and affection in return.

Lake Mangamahoe
Lake Mangamahoe

I’m thankful that I was able to make it to the lookout today – the view was great, but the feeling of accomplishment was perhaps a little better. Normally it’s all water, but we’ve been very short on rain lately. I’ve never seen the lake so low.

I’m thankful for the blackberries we picked, which are now in a pie in the oven.

I’m thankful for my supportive and awesome husband (he gets bonus points because he’s out buying wine for me as I type).

I’m thankful for all the wonderful friends and family we have along with us on our home schooling journey, they make it so much richer.

I’m thankful for my writer friends, most of whom have crossed the bridge from ‘writer friends’ to ‘friends’, but for some reason I call them writer friends to all those not in the loop so that it helps them place these people in my life.

WP_000403And I’m grateful for this kiddo today, a lot, because she is sweet and she’s hit that beautiful point where she is confident enough to pull me up if I have said I’d do something, and forgotten, without making it a big deal or a guilt trip. She is wise enough to tell the difference between when I am saying no because I really can’t do the thing she wants, and when I’m saying it because I just need a little more encouragement. And because sometimes she lets me have my way just because she loves me and wants to make my life easier – though will stand her ground and make sure I know when something is truly important to her.

She has her priorities, she is developing this fantastic sense of who she is, of what justice and fairness looks like, and of how she wants to operate in the world. I adore her strength, her conviction, her determination, her sense of self.

I am very lucky. And yes, she did pick that flower for me – purple is my favourite colour. She’s also a details girl.

I may not be writing again yet, but I’m feeling pretty good about where life is at. I hope you’re all having an awesome day, and that you know I’m also thankful for you 🙂


Ahh sunshine

So, I finished writing Snow White yesterday wooo, I felt SO good about getting something done, and I’m actually pretty happy with the first draft. It’s out to a couple of people for feedback on what needs tweaking before it gets a brief polish and goes up on my story page. It doesn’t need to be perfect, so I’m happy 🙂

And I just finished meeting with the guy who is interested in a writers group. It went better than I had expected (but then, I always expect these things to be awkward and strange) and it sounds like he is keen to catch up again in couple weeks and see if we can pull some more writers from the area in. So, fingers crossed it all goes well!

So what’s on the agenda for the weekend? I really have got to get the plastering done, and hubby has to mow the lawns and we have to wade through a weeks worth of washing now that the machine is finally going again. The house is looking tidy otherwise though and it’s going to be nice to mostly just chill out. Oh, and get back to reading Lifelines 🙂 I feel well and truly up for it now!

Hubby took Ivy to dancing this morning, the first time ever that she has gone and I haven’t been there. And then something really strange happened… they went to the supermarket, and the Warehouse, and came home. They were out all morning together – OH BLISS. It was a strange thing to see the evidence that my life will now be easier with hubby having his licence. I feel less tense, knowing that all the driving duties can now be shared and that I don’t HAVE to go everywhere with everyone all the time.

Also they got me this lovely little flower arrangement, which shows that if you have a tantrum about no-one loving and appreciating you they will make the effort to prove that they do. Ivy picked it out. Aww, I do love them so. My family that is, though the flowers were nice too.