Family, Life, Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday January 14

Happy Thursday! For Thankful Thursday, I reflect on these two. Julie and Aubrey have grown into amazing young women. These two are strong, independent, and straight-up good people. They take things as they come. They are accepting of others. They are supportive of each other. They go out of their way to help when needed.

Ten years ago I met an acquaintance that would change my life. It was not the easiest year for me. That acquaintance became a friend. Nine years ago, that friend became more. Almost 8 years ago, I married him. Julie and Aubrey have accepted us without question. He’s not their dad and has never tried to be. I jokingly said they treated him like a pet. So, I am thankful for their acceptance.

When we have faced difficult circumstances these two have dropped everything to step in and help, even if it is just being around. No hesitation, just what can we do? Or, they just do. I’m thankful for their empathy.

Both had lived life on their terms. It’s not always easy to take a chance or do your own thing. I’m thankful for their adventurous spirit.

I’m thankful that I was the one that got to make them.
I’m thankful to be their birth-giver.

Leave a comment or LinkyLink below. I would love to know what you’re thankful for. I’ll be by to visit this evening.

Career, Change, Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday January 7

It’s Thankful Thursday hosted by Brian of Brian’s Home. He wants us to post what we’re thankful for. It’s a great way to focus on the positive. Make sure you link up to the Blog Hop at Brian’s Home and get the code to put on your blog. Then visit all the participants.

This is an image I took on my last day of teaching. I taught the day, packed my stuff, and walked away from an 18-year career that I loved. The school was wonderful. Administration was supportive. I had a great group of students.

Education and classroom instruction has seen many changes over the years. The expectations, administrative tasks, and teaching challenges were becoming too much for my stress management.  It was time for a change.

I left the classroom and stepped into a learning and development role.  Over these three years, the role has changed and grown, and I have been able to shape it into a job that incorporates technology and creativity, as well as instruction. I really love what I do and have a manager who guides me in my weakest areas and allows me to use my strengths. I’m thankful that my husband helped me figure out the skill set transfer. I am thankful for a manager who was willing to take a chance on a teacher, even when others weren’t as certain. I’m thankful for a company that has let me be a part of their learning program and have input.

Happy Thursday. I’m looking forward to reading all of your Thankful Thursday posts this evening. Comment or Linky Link below and I’ll stop by!

Live life. Give joy. Be at peace.