Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thankful Thursday

On Monday I went from the high of having a beautiful sunny day and just one baby at home to the low of Gary calling me to say that Koen got sick in the van on the way home from school. After almost 12 years of this parenting thing, I am so tired of illness and being quarantined etc. We leave on holidays soon and we want to be healthy for that. I have done the puking on the plane thing way too many times (not me, my kids and Gary–on the way home from Thailand AND Disney World AND on the Carribean cruise). My spring allergies are out of this world right now even with nasal rinses and Reactine. So, now that my complaining out of this way, here we go...

This week I am thankful for:

1. Movies on Netflix! This week Gary and I watched The Zookeeper's Wife and I didn't even realize it was based on a true story.

2. Our trampoline. You can see our yard is small but it is well used.

3. Spring. Bring it.

4. My family through blood and circumstance. We're going to miss our little baby when she leaves (my guesstimate is about four more months) but hopeful she will remain in our lives forever just like some of the others that we have fostered.

5. These two getting along. It's unbelievable the difference between when all three kids are together compared to just two of them. Koen was home sick on Tuesday and they spent the whole day playing together (fingers crossed: Nya doesn't get what he had).

6. Orthodontic coverage. Well, $1500 covered ;) Kai just finished with his expander and now he's onto a retainer. Very curious what they will say in 8 weeks – I'm assuming braces $$$.  I wonder if a retainer alone will make enough of a difference as it's all I had as a teen.

7. My first ebook from the library! I'm a paper book kinda girl but I'm giving this a whirl.

8. Being able to donate blood. My hemoglobin was 134 and bleed time was 13 minutes (I know because they include these stats now). It's in you to give!

9. A job. I am thankful that I can bring in an income through substitute teaching. I can't imagine trying to rely on blogging for that (it's a full time job if you do) and fostering is not a "career" in the sense that you are paid for their needs but not much beyond so it's not a way to bring in money (specifically at the low level that they have kept us at). I also appreciate the flexible nature of the job as I can say "yes" or "no" depending on life at home.

10. An upcoming trip. It has caused me some stress planning for it as we've never left a foster baby with someone else for this long but I look forward to a change of scenery and time with just the original five Chapmans. I know baby will be well cared for but I still feel bad that she won't understand where we went. I'm really trying not to think about it because it breaks my heart. Big thank you to my friend who will be caring for her, I so appreciate it!

I would love to hear what you are thankful for today!


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