Photo taken by me, Fall 2008
It's been a while since I've done a Thankful Thursday post, and from reading Simple Abundance, I've learned how important keeping a gratitude journal can be. So I've decided to make Thankful Thursday a round up of all my thankfulness over the whole week. I have so much to be thankful lately.
I'm so thankful for my family. I know I often start these posts rambling about how awesome my family is, and I hope to never change that. This week I took my step-dad out for lunch for his belated birthday. It's nice to spend time just one on one with him. We don't do that often. And I only remember doing that once a year with my father - every Christmas Eve. I think it's important to cultivate a relationship with my step-dad, he's done a lot for me over the years and it's a way to show my appreciation.
I'm also thankful this week for my mind. I don't mean that in a self-centered kind of way: I'm thankful that I have the ability to teach, and be successful in that. I had written a rather complicated program for one of my students to manage his tantrums, and this week he could almost talk himself through the steps to calming himself down. That's a huge success! I was also able to strategize with my coworkers on dealing with another child's aggression problems. I feel as though I've found my niche, and it's the most amazing feeling in the world.