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Grateful: Epiphany 2013 edition


An incomplete list of some things for which I am grateful this week (in no particular order):

  • That DS1 and I have as good a relationship as we do that I miss him when he goes back to school.
  • That DS1 can drive himself back to school.
  • That we still have enough cash flow to send DS1 to school with a small cooler of food – including fifteen of the infamous burritos.
  • That DS2 is not going back for another week.
  • A week of work that I love… even if it’s only a short term interim position.
  • That I was able to manage my own anxiety about the fact that so much about this interim situation is not finalized and in a great deal of flux.
  • The expressions of support I’ve received from choir members and congregation members as they’ve learned about the leave and my filling in.
  • That at least people here are still thanking me for being willing to step in.
  • Milder weather this week – more sunshine and temps in the 20s instead of the 10s.
  • A safe New Year’s celebration for me and G and the boys.
  • That the boys have the opportunity to spend time with their father – and a relationship with him that makes them want to.
  • That the boys had a chance to hang out with their friends this week.
  • For a co-worker who was willing to share his lunch with me Friday when I mentioned that I ran out of the house without breakfast – delicious tamales from Trader Joe’s
  • That it looks like cash flow might work until Friday when G gets his vacation pay out
  • That it looks like I might get a paycheck on the 15th – again helping cash flow here at Chez Journey
  • That there are starting to be more job postings for which I can apply
  • That my mail order prescription plan thingy got straightened out and received
  • That even though I’ve now entered the ranks of those taking daily medication – it’s only ONE and it seems to be working
  • That I was able to provide a strong ministry of presence to my friend who is battling a significant depressive/anxiety episode
  • New friends here through NaBloPoMo
  • Conversations with G as he engages in a J-term seminary class; his first class since he graduated from collegeĀ a long, long time ago.

Author: Not Fainthearted

A paradox wrapped in an enigma playing the accordion. I'm a sinner-saint, child of God working at the cross-roads of church and world. A Deaconess called to connect people living near the center with people on the edge and to help your life sing (literally and figuratively) while doing it. People don't always get the deaconess part. Could be the swearing, the corporate job, or the wine.


  1. That’s a pretty awesome grateful list for an incomplete list!!! It all comes back to perspective, doesn’t it?