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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I haven't done a Thankful Thursday post in a while... and today... I need to have a heart of gratitude as Thursday as my busiest day of the week.

1. Family: I know this is an obvious one... but sometimes after all of the pulling and needing, I take them for granted.
  • My daughter, Kiera, HAS to be right next to me ALL of the time. She is 7. Most of the time it is so annoying and I feel myself wanting to scream: "Go away!" Thankfully, I don't. I am thankful that she loves me and wants to be right near me. In a few years, she will want nothing to do with me... and I will crave these moments (at least that is what I keep telling myself) Here she is "holding" up the tree that Lyle is cutting down.

  • My son, Brock, who is currently obsessed... I mean OBSESSED with Super Mario Brothers that it is killing me. He has many obsessions and most of them he stays with for a while (thankfully). His 6th birthday is coming up on Oct. 23rd and he wants a Super Mario Brother's theme. Invitations went out yesterday... and I am coming up with some great ideas... it is taking my mind away from the marathon. I am thankful that Brock is smart, and that he is an individual. Despite all of the other Kindergartners who are obsessed with "normal" things... he likes what he likes and is happy to tell you why. BTW: He is being Luigi for Halloween - at least this week.

  • My husband, Lyle, who tolerates my running obsession, my unclean house (I cannot believe how dirty it is getting because I feel like I have no time these days), and my mood swings (literally, I want to quit school and my job every-other-day). Our 9th Anniversary is on the 20th... and I plan to get him just want he craves - time with me. (BTW: he chopped down this tree with an axe and saw - it was over 30 feet high)

2. Job - I know I complain about it most of the time and wish I had more time to do other things but:
  • it pays well for the work that I do - just having a job these days is a blessing
  • it is something that I am successful at, so I feel rewarded
  • it allows me to have "extra" money for splurges like knee high socks
  • I get to work from home 80% of the time and basically set my own hours in the office
3. Running - I am thankful that I can run, that I want to run, that it is keeping the weight off. I am thankful that I am in the last couple of weeks before my marathon... and despite the 20 miler that is scary me to death this Saturday, I feel ready! Below is my marathon outfit that I will be testing this Saturday.

4. School - Oh, how I dread the work and readings and take home exams... but I am learning so much. I love that Seminary is opening my mind up to so much and allowing me to explore God's word more thoroughly. I am meeting interesting people and making new friends... I feel like I am Jen Green, not just a mom and a wife... I am thankful that I had the money for this semester and pray that money "appears" for next semester!

What are you thankful for today?



I am so very thankful for my kids and hubby. And the supportive people in my life. Oh, and being injury free.

Love the outfit. You are going to rock that 20! Good luck!

teacherwoman said...

Lots to be thankful for! What a great post. And BTW, I absolutely LOVE your outfit! You are too cute!

Lisa said...

cute kneehighs!

I'm very thankful for my family too. VERY.

momof3 said...

I am thankful that my Entrance Exam (TEAS) is this weekend, and that for better or for worse, it will be over by 1pm on Saturday.

I am thankful for Jen Green, student/mom/runner/BLOGGER who writes posts like this to remind us that every day is a gift.

Rene' said...

I am thankful for my kids and husband and that they continue to support me in all of my crazy endeavors!

I love,love, love your outfit!

The Happy Runner said...

Nice! You have a lot to be thankful for :-)

Great pic of you -- so cute!

misszippy said...

Great post and lots to be thankful for in your life!

I am thankful for the life that I lead and everything in it.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I love your outfit! Super cute.

I am thankful for the sunshine today. My family and our health. I am thankful that I live in such a beautiful and safe place. I am thankful that I am saved.

ajh said...

love the outfit!