#44 — hand-me-downs!

Every few months,  my living room looks like this:

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The sorting process drives my neat-freak side a little crazy, and I still haven’t figured out a very good storage method,  but the end result is that Elianna’s dresser is stocked for another season and I haven’t spent a penny.  

I’m so thankful for all the hand-me-downs people have given us for her!

#38 — a lost little boy is safe

Well,  I wrote a post,  and then promptly lost it,  and typing on my phone is a bit of a painful process,  so I’ll just sum it up and leave this link and two screen shots of Jerry’s Facebook post that tells the story better than I can:

#38 — I am SO thankful this little 6 yr old boy is safe and back at home.   #39 — I’m thankful Jerry & Laine & Julianne got to have a part in the exciting story.  #40 — I’m thankful for how God answered prayer and led them right to this 6 yr old “needle in the haystack” (acres and acres of bush were being searched and miles of back roads all around his home area).  #41 — I’m thankful for my own little prayer that was answered, that God would stop the rain before to got to New Fish Creek.  (It was raining so hard on my way home from work at 8:20 that I could hardly see where to turn off the road.   Yet a few miles north of us,  the rain did not start until they had found the boy and gotten him safely into a vehicle. 

I can’t imagine what his family felt as they searched for him all day.  #42 –  I’m so glad he didn’t spend the night outside, because the story could have been much different.   #43 — I’m thankful for safety for Jerry,  Laine,  & Julie as they searched in the dark in the bush with no gun!

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/touch/story.html?id=10250116

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Thankful 33-37

33.  Thankful for a few slower days at home this week.  Last week I worked 5 days straight and then fell behind at home… so it feels good to catch up! 
34.  Thankful I don’t HAVE to work full time.  I work because I enjoy it (and the extra $ is definitely a huge plus!) but I am glad Jerry is past school, and work can stay casual and there is no pressure anymore. 
35.  Thankful to work for a company that encourages continual learning and pays for courses for us.  Last week’s 2 day Supportive Pathways course was so helpful for learning how to better care for our clients with dementia.   It was good to have the chance to stop and look beyond the diagnosis to the PERSON that is still there underneath.  It is heartbreaking to watch them slowly lose themselves, and the family too.  Dementia has been described as “the longest goodbye.”  It was good to learn how to walk beside them in this journey and best help them them. 

36.  In spite of the last several rainy days,  I’ve been enjoying the beautiful colors.   I’ve been gone from NB long enough that AB falls are looking beautiful again ;) (their colors are SO much more vibrant than ours!)
37.  Thankful for our first good tomato crop since we got married!!!  Apparently pruning before mid-August really helps.   Who knew :P

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Good tomato crops are huge, for a Siebert.  Even if this is still a far cry from what Dad’ s 170 plants produce,  I’m happy :)

Thankful 32

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This one deserves a post all of its own!

32.  I’m thankful my little brother is still around to celebrate his 25th birthday. 

I’m not going to say much else,  because words just can’t do justice to the feelings inside.   And if I get the call that he and his farmer cousins are done harvesting for the night and are birthday partying instead, I want to be able to join them without being a blubbering mess!   I’m just so thankful he’s still around to insult and bug and call with my computer questions!

P.S.  — The picture is actually from this summer,  when we met up in Edm for lunch,  minus Andrew & Janessa.

Thankful, 25-30…late!

26.  Thankful for so many hand-me-downs people have given us for Elianna.   The other morning, in a panic to get out the door: oh no!   I don’t have a raincoat for Elianna!   Ran out to the shed.   Back in 5 minutes with a raincoat in perfect condition.  Thank you Aunt Ann!
27.  Thankful for 6 entire hours of silence! 
28.  Thankful for friends that we can combine GP trips and appointments with so we can babysit back and forth.   We get in the appointments we need,  and the kids love the novelty of getting to play with their friends in McDonalds for longer than 10 minutes!
29.  Thankful for this amazing contraption.  My washer has been dying a slow death for about 3 years now.  I put a load of towels in this one today and WOW!  They almost felt DRY when they came out!   Normally they are still so wet that after I hang them on the line I wring them out even more,  and jump away so I don’t soak my feet.   So,  yes — I LOVE this thing!

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30.  I’m thankful for my husband and daughter and the fun we can have together.   Here Elianna has conquered the daddy-monster and (with some help from Mom) tied him to the rocking chair.   Victory!

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31.  I’m thankful for blue sky and sun and warmth and most of all,  for green leaves on the trees.

I’m trying to consciously take extra time to notice them and soak up the greenery and the beauty that comes simply from things being GREEN.  It’s such a small thing — green leaves.   We take them for granted,  and even call them an “ugly green” once June’s vivid green fades away.  

Why do I care this year?   Because The Caterpillars are 1/4 mile from our house.   They have been systematically wiping out the color green for the last 3 years or so, moving in our direction.   This year,  they hit our property,  but stopped to cocoon halfway through.  Next spring they are going to hit us hard and my yard will be brown by mid-June.  :(  The leaves might come back,  or they might not.   No guarantee on it.  
So I am enjoying them for now.   Soaking it up.   I wonder if a poplar tree would grow in a plant pot inside?!