Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Well there have been some big changes in our home since my last Thankful Thursday post. For the first time ever, my children are enrolled in a traditional school setting. Also, I've begun to serve on the Women's Ministry Leadership Team for our church. As well, Emily is preparing to go on an outreach trip to Jordan in April over spring break. These things have kept us hopping.

I have a lot to be thankful for. Here's a few things that are on my mind today.

  • I'm thankful that my children both got a place in the school of our choice. Schools here generally tend to be packed and it's not uncommon to have children at home for months while you wait for a place to become available for them. It was totally God's hand at work.
  • I'm thankful that Emily seems to be thriving. She's coming home every day happy and bubbling about all that happened that day. (On a side note, Daniel is NOT adjusting so well, so prayers for him would be appreciated. He's just finding the transition from the laidback style of homeschooling to the structure of a traditional school setting frustrating. Yesterday he was complaining that he had to keep his head up ALL day and his neck was sore because there were no headrests. ROFL!!!! He's used to chilling on the couch while he does his schoolwork.)
  • I'm thankful for the group of women in my Esther study's small group. They are an amazing group of women with wonderful insight whom I've really gotten to enjoy getting to know.
  • I'm thankful for my husband and the care he takes of me. He's told me that I need to place myself above other priorities for now and not to worry about the house and all that it demands, but to make sure that I get to the gym regularly, go the doctor for a long overdue check-up and just tend to myself. Sometimes it's easy to get bogged down in all we have to do as stay-at-home moms, but it's good to be given the blessing to be a little selfish sometimes. (Incidentally, this will be the topic of my next No Regrets post, which is a couple of days overdue as I've just been overwhelmed with homework and not feeling well to boot. I'll get it up later today.)
  • I'm thankful for the amazing weather we've been having here in Doha. Cool in the evenings and highs of about 75. Perfect!!! (Must remember this in July when it's 120 degrees!!!)
  • I'm thankful for God having His hand over every aspect of my life. Through this study of Esther, I'm realizing more and more how nothing is coincidence and it's all part of His plan.

Ok, that's it for today. I'm off to the gym to work out and then to the grocery store and home to laundry and cleaning. I want to give big kudos to those non-homeschooling moms out there who do homework with their kids every night. Trust me, this is MUCH harder than homeschooling!! At least when you are the teacher you know what the assignment is!!

For more Thankful Thursday posts, be sure to stop by Grace Alone!


LAURIE said...

Sometimes change is good and other times it is difficult to accept. Looks like alot of change going on at your house. Is the Esther study you are doing the Beth Moore series? We are getting ready to do that one at our church. We have over 50 signed up already - we are offering it at 2 different times and I guess thats what the ladies want. Happy TT to you, Laurie

Denise said...

So glad that your children got into the school of your choice.

Rocks said...

Oh how I wish i have a group also like that of your Esther group :) I know we can get a lot of encouragement with such group.

Blessings to you!

Janet said...

I'll pray God will bless you and your children in this new school endeavor. I know how difficult this can be. But God is faithful--He opened the door. He'll be with you! Happy thankful Thursday!

Debbie said...

Some changes are actually good for us. It sounds like the school change was a good thing and I'm sure your son will eventually adjust too. I'm particularly glad to read that you are taking good care of yourself. Sometimes we focus so much on the needs of others that we neglect our own health. But if you're healthy and energetic, it's better for everyone.

Grammy said...

Family is the number 1 blessing we can have. I am glad things are going well for you. Happy tt.

Laurie Ann said...

So glad that things are going well. Please be assured I'm praying for Daniel. Happy Thankful Thursday to you.

June said...

Changes, can be good and bad. We can even mix faith with the bad and
with God grace make them good.
Where are you from? June

Marsha said...

I'm so glad to see you are adjusting to your life over there. I remember a year ago it was really hard for you. I had to laugh about your son! TOO FUNNY!

Have a blessed weekend enjoying your family. Oh to have some of that 75 degree temperature! Here in the mountains of NC it's been 4! We're having a heat wave today, it's 20! brrrr!

stacey said...

i love that your husband told you that!! and yes, i hate not knowing the homework instructions most days b/c the kids are supposed to know it! ha!

Bonnie said...

What a great gift from your husband. And he noticed!!! A great blessing. There was a lot in this post and I'm so glad it is all coming together. I love the valleys but oh when God puts on the "mountain of all going well..." It's fun to revel in that a bit. Now just feel better! Blessings.


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