Gratituesdays: Dancer Girls.

These girls have been somewhat of a family to me for the past five years.

Breathe for Bonnie 2012

Before our dance ministry group started, I had a giant hole in my life. It had been years since I’d danced and wasn’t sure how to get back into it. Right after graduating college, I saw a notice at church that the group was forming and couldn’t wait to check it out. Now, five years later, we’ve grown not only as an ensemble but as friends. We’ve had the opportunity to share our love of the Lord through our love of dance. We’ve also danced for some very important causes. And more than that, dance is like therapy to me; we meet and have rehearsals simply to move and have “me” time, even if there is no performance. I’m so very grateful for the chance to perform and be creative with these women.

Do you have a hobby or passion that you’re particularly thankful for?

Gratituesdays: Friday Night.

Last Friday night I was sitting at home (very social of me, right?) annoyed that I was, well, at home. I was mad that there were things I wanted to go do but no one was free to go with me. And I was watching a movie that to be honest, I now can’t even remember.

And then I got a text from Breena. We potentially had plans but she never got back to me so I assumed it didn’t work with her schedule. Her text was an apology, she had gone to the ER again with her little boy, Ezekial, who has been making this trip a lot lately. You can read more about that on her blog, and her husband Andy’s blog.

Anyway, I asked her if she needed any help and her response was yes. She was at the hospital and she didn’t have a car, so Andy was going to wake their three other kids up in order to go get her. Wait, what? My exact response was “that’s silly.” Of course it would be a million times easier for me to make the trip…not to mention I really needed a purpose in my night, so off I went!

When I got to the hospital, Breena thought they were almost done, so I opted to sit outside (it was a beautiful night!) instead of going through the full security protocol (where I would still be sitting in the waiting room by myself anyway.) Buuuutt, an hour later, I was still sitting there. Breena kept texting me apologies and I assured her it was not a problem at all. I was literally having a blast sitting outside enjoying the night, listening to a nearby high school football game (which is one of my FAVORITE things about fall!) and talking about the weather with my new friend Tom (we shared a bench while his family was getting the car.)

My gratitude comes from the entire situation. Obviously, I’m not grateful Zeke continues to have to be rushed to the ER; but I am SO THANKFUL for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. What an incredible place right in our backyard. But more than anything, I’m thankful for God’s reminder that though I was feeling very alone, He needed me right there. And He gave me some time to enjoy the situation and remind me that He love me above anything else.

And then I got to dance in the car with Zeke on the way home 🙂

What are you grateful for this week, friends?

Image from Nettie Confetti on Etsy

Gratituesdays: My Mom.

A couple of hours ago I got this text…

While I’m at work, my mom is *happily* at my house painting my kitchen. And making drapes. And probably napping with my cat or planning the next 10 projects we should work on.

How did I get so lucky? So lucky to be blessed with someone who’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. Who is infinitely patient while I freak out and throw a tantrum (yes, this was our last night…) And who never gives up on me.

So thankful today (and everyday.)

That’s true love, friends. True love.

How’s your Tuesday??

Gratituesdays: Staycation 2012.

One of the best ideas I’ve had. A whole week to myself. To catch up with friends, sleep in, work around the house (which since I’ve moved in a month ago, I have not actually spent much time in) and visit my momma. And most of all, I’m spending a lot of time snuggling with this…

Yes, I’m adorable with my old man eyebrows. Pay attention to me, human.

I am so very thankful that I have ample vacation time with my job benefits. I’m also thankful for friends with unconventional schedules so I can share this time with them as well 🙂

Happy Tuesday, lovelies…how is your summer kicking off??

Gratituesdays: Sara.

It’s true. She has stolen my heart.

Maybe that’s a little melodramatic. But, really, have you ever just listened to a song and said to yourself, “If I could compose music, that’s what it would sound like.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sara Bareilles. My musical soul mate. My inner rock star. I kid you not, listening to her albums will give you fairly good insight to my inner dialogue. It’s almost creepy.

And she released a new EP today…trust me and listen. It even has a parental advisory, which I have to admit, makes me love her sassiness even more.

In the little moments of life, I’m unbelievably grateful that she’s articulated many of my emotions. Because sometimes you just need to get in your car, drive around and bawl your eyes out to some great music (come on, I know I’m not the only one who does this…)

And of course, I had to share my all-time-favorite version of my favorite song…enjoy!


What are you grateful for this week?

Gratituesdays: May 1…a day late.

Tuesday was May 1. For most people, this day probably comes and goes no differently than April 30 or May 2. But, if you work in college admissions you know that May 1 is perhaps the most important day of the year.

It’s like D-Day, Christmas and the Olympics all rolled into one. It’s what you work the entire year for.

May 1 is the college decision deadline for high school seniors.

And this year May 1 was a good day in our office.

Today (or yesterday) I’m yet again grateful for the completely a-mazing people I work with. Some of my best friends. I’m thankful for how intelligent they each are and how hard they each work.

And it won’t be long before we start working full steam ahead towards May 1, 2013!