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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Giving Thanks


Social media, as annoying and ridiculous as it sometimes is, can be kind of neat, too.

I'm really liking all of these "I'm thankful for..." posts I've been seeing. Maybe I'm just glad that they're not yet-another passive-aggressive rant or political statement. Maybe I'm feeling extra-thankful myself.

This post isn't about a cool recipe I've found (even though I AM working on a post for that!). It's not about a new item I've created for TPT (although I AM working on some of those, too!). It's simply to express a few things I'm very thankful for, today, and every day.
My family

 We are usually loud & crazy and all over the place. Whether I'm with family from my Mom or Dad's side- we are always laughing. I can definitely say that I got my sense of humor from my family!

I was so fortunate to have had both of my Grandfathers until my mid-twenties. The memories I have of both of these extraordinary men are precious and plentiful. My Grandpa G taught me how to fish, hunt for arrowheads, tend a garden, and fix things.  My Grandpa Bob was one of the sweetest, kindest, gentlemen you could ever know. A man strong in his convictions, he taught me to always do what was right and just. He always wore a wool cap and smelled of Aramis.

My Grandmothers are amazing, as well. My Mom's Mom is the family historian..she has kept a journal since she was 14 and has every one! If anyone in the family has a question about a date or event, they go to my Grandma Beck. My Dad's mother is the busiest 85 year-old I know! She is glamorous, driven, and always so happy to see everyone! Any fanciness I had growing up is from her. My cousins and I used to joke that she would chase us around only to put bows in our hair!

"A child needs a grandparent, anybody's grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world" ~Charles and Ann Morse


My Job

I am so thankful to be able to do what I do. Teaching children is a joy. Seeing the progress they make over the span of a year is so gratifying and my 22 first-graders make me laugh every single day. They are eager to hear me explain things like place value and adjectives. They want to impress me with their writing and reading. I do my best to fill their days with love, learning, and laughter. I'm so lucky to be able to do this for a living. I truly believe it is what I was meant to do.

What are YOU thankful for? Meditate on that thought for a few minutes. It makes my heart smile.