Thankful Thursday

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We are full force into “end of school wind down” around here. Tomorrow night Josh will be singing with his school choir in their end of the year program, we had our last parent/teacher conference of the year and there has been the last field trip of the year. In the next couple of weeks we’ll have an awards program and a last day of school classroom party. For the rest of us in the family, we’re seeing our calendars open up over the next few weeks as various other activities come to an end for a summer break. WOW… I am ready!! :)

All of these things bring me very naturally to my list of thanksgivings for this week…


* I am thankful for summer break! Every one of us needs a couple of months where the schedule slows down a bit and we can just “be”. Oh, how I’m looking forward to no homework in the evenings, no lunches to fix to take to school, and no weekly scheduled extra curricular activities. I’m looking forward to freer evenings and being able to sleep just a little bit later in the mornings.

* I mentioned above that we had our last parent/teacher conference this week. I am so thankful it went well. Josh is doing great in school! Earlier this year he was struggling so much with getting his work done in class and with paying attention in class. However, over the last 6-8 weeks Jeff and I and his teacher have seen such a huge change. It’s like he has suddenly figured out this school thing and “gets it”. Two months ago his teacher expressed concerns that he would struggle with the extra work he would have added with 2nd grade. This week she told me she no longer has any concerns and knows he will do great in 2nd grade!

* I am thankful for the teachers Josh has had in school to date. One thing about the kids starting school is that you can’t pick the teachers they have and you can’t pick the people they’ll be around every minute of the day. But we have been blessed to have excellent teachers that were just perfect for Josh the last two years. They have both been women that loved every child placed in their classrooms and they have been Christian women. While they are unable to verbally teach their children about the love of the Lord, they are able SHOW them the love of the Lord. And, believe me, each of these women do just that. I have had several conversations with both of them about their faith and how they live it out in their lives. What a wonderful foundation these women have provided Josh as he has started out this time of education in his life.

* I am thankful for the fun summer activities we have ahead of us! We've already got a sleepover scheduled and a trip to Missouri to see family. We also have VBS in June which is always something we look forward to around our house. And probably in July we’ll take a long weekend for a short family trip of some kind. Both Abby and Josh also have a few fun field trips scheduled through their summer child care program. They always look forward to these and are a bundle of energy and excitement as they anticipate each one.


As we wind down and head into summer there are many reasons to be thankful. To join us in sharing our thanksgivings, visit Lynn at "Spiritually Unequal Marriage".



18 Thoughts Shared:

Serendipity said...

It must be nice to be looking forward to the summer break! You must be very proud of Josh. God bless!

LAURIE said...

Oh Melanie I am also thankful for the summer break but as I look at my daughters schedule this summer ...I'm not sure where I see the "break"! ha ha. She is our last one at home so we are enjoying each moment with her even if she wears us out. (ha ha) Happy TT! -Laurie

Pia said...

what wonderful blessing to be with family. God bless you more, melanie.

Denise said...

Bless you sweetie.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Oh yes, with then ending of school, comes warm weather, lots of out door activities, so much family fun. It is a blessing and something to definitely be thankful for. It seems the warm weather and no school brings about more family time to be shared and enjoyed!

It Feels Like Chaos said...

I am thankful for summertime, too! What a blessing it is to have more relaxation time and fun summer activities!

Jerralea said...

This is a great time of year. I'm thankful for the summer season even though I do not like hot weather!

I hope you have a wonderful summer!

MyJourneyBack said...

Beautiful thankful post. Enjoy these special times and the memories they will inspire.
Blessings,
Sherry

Saleslady371 said...

Your post brings back a ton of memories when my kids were still in school. This time of year is very exciting and I picked that up in your writing. Have a fun sleepover in Mo.

Bonnie said...

What a great list! Had me looking at summer break for a few blessings I'd missed. I'm like you - I love the "quiet" that comes with summer break - it's a huge re-charge for us as well. Praying it's as big a blessing as you think it will be!!!

Diane ~ said...

Back in the day as a stay-at-home-mom, my happiest day of the year was their last day of school, because I totally enjoyed having the children around. Conversley, the saddest day of the year, was always the first school day of the year. diane~ sunflower songs

bp said...

I'm glad your son is doing well in school. The end of the year is a busy time full of memory making events for families and classes. It sounds like your family has a lovely summer to look forward to!

~ Being Woven said...

I spent most of my adult life teaching primary grades and understand your concerns and your praises. I am so glad that your son has been blessed by his teachers. You are ever-so-right that they make such a difference in showing the light and love of Christ even if they cannot teach it orally.
May your day be blessed. ~ linda

Christy said...

wonderful blessings!

Rita T. said...

Teachers are great blessings and so is summer. Have a wonderful weekend!

Hi! I'm Grace said...

Such a wonderful TT post, Melanie. God is greatly glorified in your blog. :)

Pia said...

thank you for praying for us, melanie. thank you for remembering to lift me and my husband up in prayer. God bless you.

Laurie Ann said...

Melanie, if you get 4 comments from me, please forgive. My dinosaur computer is acting up. I need more memory.

I'm so glad Josh ended the year well and is prepared for the next grade. Loved how you said that we need time to just "be." We do! I always looked so forward to a more relaxed schedule with Kristyn during the summers.

Thanks for your comment At the Well today. I do appreciate your taking the time to visit. Sorry I didn't get by yesterday....