In chronological order, you will see that I have MUCH to be thankful for this week. I also have much to be praying for...
1. Mrs. K. Big Sis's preschool teacher is loving and gentle...and firm. All of those qualities are important for my daughter. More than that, she seems to have really connected with Big Sis. (Apparently they both enjoy singing, too!) She has encouraged her in her reading. Twice now she has had Big Sis read a book to the class! The first time was planned, and she chose to take in The Statue of Liberty. Last week was more spur of the moment. The class had been learning about Queen Esther, so she took in our copy of Queen Esther Helps God's People for Mrs. K. to read to the class. Instead, my little girl had the opportunity to read it to them! It makes this mama happy to see a teacher responding to her daughter on so many levels. (And I happen to really like her myself, too!) I know she is capable of reading aloud, but am curious what the other children think of it...and if they get to see the pictures!
2. Meeting Cathy Gohlke. Though I was not finished with Promise Me This yet, I knew I was loving every bit of the book. Cathy Gohlke ( author of historical fiction) lives near by, and Friday night she had a book signing. Since Big Sis and I were the only ones there specifically to see Cathy, we got to really talk for about an hour. Actually, there may have been MANY interruptions, being that Big Sis is five. Cathy was so sweet and understanding with Big Sis and made her part of the conversation when appropriate. (That is the three of us pictured below. Yes, I'm that short. In another shot Big Sis is on Cathy's lap!) I suspect I could sit and talk with her all day. I will just share now that going to meet an author is a bit weird in the sense that we were having a real conversation though we had just met. (Who am I?? I never would have thought that I could do such a thing! It might have something to do with a mutual love of books. I had NO idea what to expect.) Oh, and yes, a review will be forthcoming. Feel free to buy it now. It was set around Titanic and WWI. I have finished it and highly recommend it! It will likely be one of my favorites of the year.
2. Encouraging friends. I really appreciate the way that my friends encourage me. They don't gloss over my not-so-good qualities and sinful nature, but they really do encourage me! This week I had multiple conversations/emails that I was thankful for and needed to hear.
4. Prayer. Not only knowing that we can pray and be heard, but knowing that family and friends are praying for Brother right now, too.
5. A less sensitive tummy. Maybe. I can be hopeful, right? Little Sis might be accepting the significantly cheaper "Gentle" formula over the Nutramigen. We were spending $35 every four to five days. She's been having a scream-fest for a couple hours each night (twice)...in the middle of the night, but the rest of the time she does not seem phased by this new formula. So now we need to figure out if the formula change is affecting her or if it is something else.
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