Sunday, November 18, 2012

Stuffed with Thankful Thoughts Linky

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First of all, I'm thankful for this linky party, because October and November have been crazy busy and I haven't had a reason to sit down and write on this blog in some time.

I'm not kidding when I say crazy busy.  For three days this week, I was at school from 7:30 am until 6:00pm.  That's the length of time a lot of my kids in the after school program are at the school, and I have a new found appreciation for how they must feel at the end of the day.  My bedtime of 9 o'clock can't be much later than theirs, either.  I am going to miss working in the after school program so much that it already hurts to think about it, but getting to leave school at 3:30 and having time to run errands while it's still daylight will be kind of nice.  But I'm thankful for the opportunity to show the staff and admin how dedicated I am to my job, and I'm very thankful for the paychecks working this hard has afforded me.

Here are a few other things I'm thankful for:

1. God's timing
Had my plans at 17 come to fruition (getting into A&M, living with my best friends, etc...), who knows what I'd be doing now.  Instead I spent a few years at community/junior college, transferred into a university later, took a job that I started out loving and then ended up hating and finally came to the after-school program.  The timing worked out perfectly to put me at this school with these kids that I have grown to love as if they were my own brothers and sisters or nieces and nephews.  I know I'm where I was meant to be.
(Without God's timing, I wouldn't have had these kindergartners back in '09, who started me on a 4 year adventure that has led to right now.)

2. My family
We are loud, we speak our minds, our boys aren't making the best life choices but I love my mom, grandmas, aunts, brother and cousins.  I also love my "weekday family" of my wonderful roommates and puppies.
 

3. God's provision
God has given me more work opportunities than I can even take sometimes, but He's helping me get to be completely self-supported, and I am so grateful.

4. Friends, new and old
I treasure my alone time, it's true, but I'm so thankful to have friends to teach me the aspects of social conduct that I still don't get sometimes (small talk is it's own circle of Hades, I'm sure of it), to listen to me whine and to bounce ideas.

5. Kids
So many jobs are boring, or routine.  Working with kids never is, and for that I am thankful because they keep me out of a rut.  They continue to challenge me to try new ideas.