I am so blessed to have a job that helps people.

Today I got the sweetest hugs from a family thankful to have Momma back home in Michigan!

The Momma spent a lot of days on the road traveling back.  And now she’s home!  And she’ll be moving in to her new condo as soon as the moving trucks get here!

Tonight I am thankful for work that matters!  I am thankful to have been able to help get Momma back home!  And I am thankful that Momma has a great family around her!


“Do you know where my phone is?  I want to set my alarm for 6 tomorrow.”

That line may not look too impressive.  But, boy it is!

My youngest is a picky eater.  A seriously picky eater.  Like, I thought I was bad; but I don’t have anything on this kid!

For days and weeks and months and well . . years, this child complains that we have no food in the house.  There is lots and lots of food in the house.  There is not Cheetos, Oreos, Cocoa Puffs, or Sun Chips.  Yesterday I heard how this child was going to starve to death in this house because we have no food.  He looked in the fridge.  He looked in the freezer.  He looked in the cabinet.  I assured him that we did in fact have food that he likes.  But he would have to actually cook it.  He declared that we still had nothing that he liked.  I let him whine for a little bit.  Then I took frozen chicken, dumped it in the air fryer, and pushed two buttons.  Viola.  Of course I mentioned how he should not eat this (one of his favorites) because there was nothing in the house that he would like and he would surely starve.  *insert eye roll*

Then a miracle happened!  One of those rare parenting miracles that gives great hope!  The child paid attention!!!!!!!

Today the child was hungry.  He took a frozen pizza, put it on the pan, and baked it!!!  *que trumpets!*  I have a selection of frozen foods for children to grab things and cook them easily.  I have told the children this for a very long time.  The older three will heat up the frozen food and eat it.  And now, the youngest may start doing it too!!

And then, before bed, the child asked to set an alarm to wake up and make muffins!  He is planning on making food again tomorrow!!  Hooray!

Tonight I am thankful that it appears that all of my children may now be on the path of realizing that they too can make food!!!  Maybe soon they’ll realize that they can wash things like dishes, laundry, the bathroom, etc . . . But we won’t go there tonight.  I’ll be happy with today’s progress!!!



This old lady gave us a scare!  Her name is Owl. She is my oldest barn cat.  She is small, but feisty.

Several years ago she had a seizure or a stroke (not sure which), that left her unable to walk for awhile.  She lived inside for awhile then.  Slowly she fought her way back.  After months she was back to her old self.  And she’s hasn’t had anything major since.

Until this past weekend.  This past weekend she came inside, curled up on my office chair, and slept for about two days straight.  She barely moved.  When I picked her up, she rested her head on me.  She couldn’t even hold her head up well.

I thought maybe it was just the end of her days.  She is old.  She’s lived a good barn cat life.  We kept her comfy.  Day 3 she moved a little more.  Day 4 she ate some food.  Today she ventured outside again!  We brought her back in.  I don’t think she’s quite ready for the outside again yet.

Tonight I am thankful that Miss Owl is doing better!!!  She is old.  Whatever happened here definitely took a lot out of her.  But she sure is a fighter!



Proud Momma

When I first became a cheer coach, I had two girls in elementary school; one who was old enough for the cheer program and one who was too young for the cheer program.

My heart feels truly blessed to watch both of these girls now in my last year as a cheer coach.  Yesterday started the Instructional Cheer program for kindergarten thru second graders.  Yesterday my oldest daughter helped coach.  Tonight my youngest daughter helped coach.

I am such a proud Momma!    These girls could hit all the cheer motions perfectly for hours and I wouldn’t be as proud as I am now.  Performing a job/sport/activity with care is admirable; but caring about people more than the job/sport/activity is where you find a richness in life that many dream of.

Tonight I am thankful my girls, who were once little and needed a coach, now both want to help coach and spend time with little girls. ❤


Yesterday I was on the road almost all day.  On the way home, I did notice that the gas level was pretty low.  But, there were no gas stations between my home in the last 15 to 20 miles of our drive.  Eh, I could stop in the morning.

I stayed up late last night working.  I woke up late this morning because I was so tired.  I drove the kids to school and the gas light came on.  But I was in my pj’s with no $$.  I had left my purse in the house.

I was going to leave to take a child to the orthodontist.  Ok, we could leave early  for the orthodontist and get gas then.  Except, one of my doggies decided to take a long morning stroll.  I called and called and called for her.  When she finally came back, we had no extra time to get to the orthodontist.

When we pulled in the driveway, my gas gauge was sitting on the red line.   I spent my time in the waiting room planning out which gas station was closest, with right turns, and less stops.

After the appointment, we headed straight to the gas station!  The gauge was slipping below the red line.  We hit mostly green lights.  And we made it!

Tonight I am thankful that I did not have to push a minivan to a gas station today!  The child with me today asked if I prayed that we would make it to the gas station.  Oh yes, I did!!  And we made it!



For the last few football seasons at least, every time we play this one specific team, it rains.

It is about an hour drive away.  We drive all the way out there to sit in the rain and wind.  I just don’t look forward to playing this team.

But not today!

Today the sun was shining!  There was no rain!  And we won!  That is always good!

Tonight I am thankful for a game in the sun today!  It sure was a nice change of pace for this particular location!!

One of Those

Today was one of those super productive Saturdays!  Rounded out by a late night shopping trip to Meijer for groceries AND over $100 is clearance savings!  Da-da-da-daaaa!

I am exhausted.

Tonight I am thankful for getting a LOT done today!  And I am thankful that my bed awaits me!!  🙂  I think it misses me just as much as I miss it! 🙂