“Finish the Sentence Friday” and “10 Things of Thankful” are sort of.. sister linkups. Cousin linkups? I didn’t always participate in other people’s linkups, because I used to host my own! I co-hosted “Ask Away Friday” for a hot spell and looked forward to it all week. Personal blogging sort of died, or at least many of the original personal bloggers dropped off and found their own things. There are many of us still here, and many starting blogs every day. It’s nice that we still find places to call home every Friday. To gather, unwind, and breathe it in together. To connect.
In other words, I need to come here. If they build it, I will come. If they don’t build it, I’ll build it myself. I’ll share all my phone photos, silly stories, Facebook statuses, writing prompt reactions, and 10 reasons I’m thankful. So much changes day by day, week by week, and year by year.
10 Things of Thankful Right Now:
1 – Work opportunities beyond my wildest dreams.
Sometimes it seems like doors are closing in my face, which is the nature and name of this game, but somehow it always leads to much better doors opening. It’s like every setback leads to an amazing client seeing the real me, and liking it. I am beyond my 5 or 10 year plan now. It’s basically just another plane of existence. A different path. There will be setbacks and I’ll feel like I’m going back in time instead of forward, but I know it isn’t true. The dreams are getting bigger.
2 – That my kids have teachers worth fighting for.
I’m a big believer in being on the right side of history and there are some really strange things about this magical place we call home. I’ll never understand why they don’t plow the roads, pave the streets, or pay teachers enough. You might see Iron Man, but don’t underestimate the Incredible Hulk inside. I don’t think you want to see an angry Bowman. In fact, I don’t either.
3 – New friends for coffee dates.
And how I get to come home and tell my dogs about it! They love to hear about new friends.
4- And, old friends for belated breakfast dates.
Now when it’s a friend’s birthday, despite whether there are also parties, cards, gifts, I suggest breakfast, ice cream, or ice cream FOR breakfast – my treat. At the place of their choosing.
5 – A fresh new house renovation.
Boy, I missed it. I love the sounds of cement mixers and power tools in the morning, and how the workmen – who had become like family – are right back in our lives again. In the right place.
6 – That a new friend saw photos of Scarlet and said that she looked like such a happy soul.
And she really, truly, wholeheartedly is.
7 – I’m thankful that Des is too.
Every day, I’m thankful for this.
8 – I’m thankful that Cassidy is pretty ripped.
In fact, I knew I was going to photograph him in a tee shirt that’s his normal size, but I didn’t factor in that he’s been so active, that he needs a size down to show the muscles. ah, well.
9 – That I asked Cassidy to help me name a thing of thankful and he said, “Astro.”
And I was going to say that anyway on this list, but it’s true. Astro let me spoon him today. He’s totally melt in your arms, schmoopy, love. He’s also totally bizarre. He is mischievous but super submissive and walks into rooms with his head ducked down and his ears curled, but then is totally wild and loud when he needs to be. He’s so weird and cute and not cute and majestic and goofy and awkward. Oh my god. He’s me. Why didn’t anyone tell me this until now?
10 – Lastly, I’m thankful for the health of my family. (childhood immediate family)
And the ways in which we’ve been given, or have given ourselves, chances to grow closer. There have been slight scares, and extended family members with worse scares and that weighs on me. I’m thankful for the health of the original seven – and how we’ve grown and will grow.
I’m linking up with Finish The Sentence Friday (FFTS) for another great prompt. This week’s topic is “10 Things of Thankful (TToT)” And there’s still time to write yours. Link up HERE.