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Thankful Thursday | a quick one

I’m short on time this morning, so my contribution will be a little shorter than usual! 

This week, I am thankful:

for the fireworks we could see from the river

On the 4th, we paddled down the river to a spot where multiple people set off fireworks from their docks. It’s basically a free panoramic fireworks view.

Fireworks exploding in a night sky over a river.

And there’s no traffic back-up when you leave, which is an advantage over most fireworks viewing spots.

However, there is some muscle labor involved in getting back home! 

that we had temperate 4th of July weather

Sometimes, it’s terribly hot on the 4th of July. But this year the weather was fairly mild, as July weather goes.

for air conditioning

It was mild over the 4th of July, but since then, it’s gotten very hot.

And that makes me very thankful for air conditioning. 

that Sonia’s ER visit bill will be small

We met our in-network deductible for the year, which means all in-network care is extremely affordable from now through December. Yay! 

that we have Cigna insurance

I am grateful that we have Cigna, which is accepted almost everywhere. 

that I’m halfway through paying estimated taxes now

I sent off my July state and federal income tax payments and now I’m halfway done for 2021. Excellent.

Only two more sets of painful payments.

that my friend is coming to visit

Remember the friend we visit in Ohio? She’s coming to see us soon!

Kristen and her friend.

that storm Elsa isn’t going to be too bad

It looks like we are getting out of this with just some rain. Sweet.

that Sonia and Zoe’s pet-sitting is done for now

They had four jobs recently, and three happened simultaneously last weekend!

Last summer, there was very little pet-sitting to do because people weren’t traveling. So this is a nice sign of normalcy.

that Zoe got a spot in the literature class 

She was on a waiting list at the tutorial for the British Literature class, and we just found out she’s got a spot.

that this will be a pretty light homeschooling year for me

Sonia will be doing all of her remaining high school credits at the community college, which leaves Zoe as my only student.

Plus, Zoe will be doing some tutorial classes and community college classes this year too.

The main thing I have left is to get her through Algebra 2, and since it’ll be my fourth trip through that book, it shouldn’t be too challenging for me. 

Anyway, I think I should have enough free time to tackle my two anatomy and physiology classes this coming year. 

What are you thankful for this week? 

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Saturday 10th of July 2021

1. The rain from Elsa has been great for the garden I tend in my neighbors yard. I have 17 big green tomatoes. 2. We are going to a rock and mineral show. 3. Got some new clothes at tjmaxx. 4. I am getting cheese puffs in my publix order 5. Mr Ramos cut out an entire backyard full of bamboo by the root and hauled it away. He also had my back porch power washed. And The Junk Hunter hauled junk away. It pays to find help.


Friday 9th of July 2021

thankful that I have been resting and healing thankful that I had the energy to accomplish everything on my to do list thankful for random acts of kindness from colleagues thankful for a slow, sleepy, sultry summer thankful for coffee, as always


Friday 9th of July 2021

So glad your surgery recovery is humming along. How long until you are due to be all healed up?


Friday 9th of July 2021

My son and dil are making the 1000 mile trip home for a much needed covid delayed wedding reception. Can't wait to see them. This will be the first time we will have seen each other in 1.5 years. Busted my knees up and SO thankful for grocery pull & pickup. My produce from my garden is kicking in so fresh tomatoes, cucs, berries and green beans. A friend gave me 10 puzzles, when I am done with them I am passing them on to others.


Friday 9th of July 2021

Oh, yay for the wedding reception!!

I hope your knees are better soon.

Sarah G

Thursday 8th of July 2021

Thankful to be on a little overnight trip with one of my kids... as much one on one time as possible is one of my top parental priorities. I already took my oldest on a little trip in June, now with my second, next it will be my 3rd (the baby is too little). Thankful for a husband who supports me in this!


Thursday 8th of July 2021

Thankfuls all surrounding one issue this week. One of our kids got a pretty big and scary medical diagnosis this week. We're still in the information gathering stage and in further testing that's going to take a couple of months, unfortunately. BUT... 1. I'm very grateful for modern medicine and access to it. 2. For insurance 3. That medical personnel have been so very on top of things; I thought I would have to be a mama bear advocate for his needs, but they have been awesome on his care and follow-through. 4. For so very many friends, family members and fellow saints that are keeping in touch, praying, and asking to help. Seeing our pastor coming down the hospital halls brought tears of gratitude. 5. That I know, from past experience, God has planned this and will see him and our family through it, one day at a time, no matter how it turns out. That's a rock in a stormy time.

Thank you for reminding me to remember, Kristen! Needed that today and every day.


Thursday 8th of July 2021

Big hugs to you and your family, Amanda.

kristin @ going country

Thursday 8th of July 2021

@Amanda, So sorry to hear this. Prayers coming your way from New Mexico . . .


Thursday 8th of July 2021

@Amanda, Just want to send you hugs from one mama to another. I have a husband with a medical issue/disability and I so much agree with your #5. God will carry you. Praying for your family. Another Amanda

A curious reader

Thursday 8th of July 2021

@Amanda, sending you and your little guy good thoughts!

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