1. Instant gratification and NCIS. This past summer we borrowed season 1 of NCIS on DVD from my mother-in-law. We have plowed through these wonderful shows and have just started season 8. There is a HUGE benefit coming to a book or television series late- instant gratification! You don't have to wait for the next show or book to be published or aired to know what happens next! (What book or TV/movie series do you love??)
2. Candlelights in the windows of our house. After Christmas my husband granted one of my long time wishes. We now have candles in each of our windows in the front of the house. They are battery operated and work on a timer! On clearance, they cost $4 each at the local hardware store. For the last twenty years or so I have admired homes with candles in the windows. They are so inviting! (And if the Underground Rail Road is near, they will know we are a safe house. Okay, that is just a bit of humor there...)
3. Friends who are positive. I would hope that all of my friends have a positive influence on me, but I am especially grateful for one friend who is very purposeful in staying positive. In a recent email (which was not all good news) she made sure to end on a positive note. She made me stop and think about how often I just type an email and don't really consider the impact of my rushed tone and words. Attitude is everything!
4. Anticipation of time with friends. Today I leave for an overnight girls get-away! I will be taking my baby with me, but still look forward to the time away in Lancaster, PA. As much as I would like to be off-duty this weekend, I know that I would not want to be left alone with all three children all weekend, so I can't ask that of my husband, especially since our baby is still rather fussy (though the screaming has stopped).
5. Most of all, my husband. Tomorrow is he turns 32.
(Um. That's right. I'm leaving my husband the weekend of his birthday! What an awful wife! I had committed to any weekend in January before I realized his birthday was on a Saturday...and the cabin was already booked. He is totally okay with it; he may be more okay with it than me...)
Derek is an incredible father and husband. I do not thank God for him nearly enough. But truly, I am blessed, even if I always feel "old" compared to him with the four years age difference.
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