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Thankful Thursdays #33: a good score

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I made a thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day until next Thanksgiving.  Here’s what I am thankful for this week!

Thursday: That the water pump on my car wore out in the summer rather than the winter.  In the summer I can fill the radiator with water for free until we can afford to fix it, rather than buying two jugs of antifreeze a day!

Friday: Packages in the mail!  I won a cupcake pop mold from Five Great Kiddos and got it in the mail, along with two bags of candy melts, chocolate jimmies, and lollipop sticks.  I also got some extras I wasn’t expecting, like cloth flower pins from The Pleated Poppy,and a matching set of paper goodies including a journal, greeting cards, recipe cards, magnetic listpad and grommet tags.  Thank you, Susan, you are too generous!  I can’t wait to try the mold out and make some cupcake pops with it.  You all know I’m crazy about cake pops!

Saturday: That the move from our old church location to the new went smooth and fast. We were all done by 2 PM!

Sunday: The tremendous blessing of our new church building, which we worshiped in for the first time.  We have more room than we need, definitely plenty of room to grow into, it is in great shape, and we got it for almost 1/4 of the cost of its value.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Monday: That my sister got an order for 5,000 lip balms shipped by the deadline.  (Danielle owns a gift boutique where she sells her own bath/beauty products which you can also order online.)  She enlisted my help among many others and when I saw how much had to be done in such a short amount of time, I was a little worried about it, but we got ‘r done!

Tuesday: That I was able to use up the rest of an open package of ground venison before it went bad.  That would have killed me-I hate wasting food, especially good food!

Wednesday:  Remember that test I took a while back?  Well, I got a good score that was high enough for them to consider me for a career (permanent) position and I had my interview this morning.  I won’t know for sure for two weeks, but the interview went well and I expect to be permanent by August 1. :)

Thankful Thursdays #30

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I made a thanksgiving resolution to find something to be thankful for every day until next Thanksgiving.  Here’s what I am thankful for this week!

Thursday: More friends with benefits.  This time I’m thankful for Steve and Carol, who have chickens and go deer hunting.  We buy eggs from them and more recently got a big haul of ground venison and venison sausage from them.  For dinner on Thursday, I made more Green Chile & Cream Cheese Burgers with the venison and it was fabulous. I was nervous to try it but I couldn’t tell the difference between it and beef, except it was even better.  Any time I can get meat that didn’t suffer in a CAFO so that I can eat, I’m a happy girl.

I've got my green eggs, now all I need is some ham! :)

Friday: The $20 my parents-in-law sent with our anniversary card. We used it to have dinner out at Ghengis Grill, one of our favorite restaurants.

Saturday: My Aunt Ruby came out of her open-heart surgery with flying colors.  We visited her on Saturday, and while she was very sore and weak, she was doing very well for having just gone through such a serious surgery.

Photo taken by Ruby’s daughter-in-law, Racine, pre-surgery.

Sunday: For my Fathers.  My human father, and my Father in heaven, both of whom I love dearly, and I’m blessed to have their love in return.  This is one of my favorite pics of Dad and me (the love oozes forth!):

Monday:  Goodwill, baby!  I was able to get my mother and myself some much-needed clothing on the cheap and picked up a couple stuffed animals for my itty bitty sweetie for 75 cents each.  Jessie (who actually isn’t itty bitty at all, but I don’t care, she’s still my itty bitty) loves stuffed animals, especially if they are used because she loves investigating the new smells with her snout.

Tuesday: For a little ego-deflating.  I needed it, because I was starting to get cocky, thinking I was going to ace this upcoming test at work because I have been cramming for it, even going so far as to print out a list of commonly unknown or misunderstood words and study them on my breaks at work.  Then I timed myself doing the type of math problems that will be on the test (I made them up) and I totally sucked.  I can do the math, but I need to go 50% faster (this is a timed test).  The test is on Saturday, so at least I know what I need to focus on every day until then!

I timed myself for eight minutes, the amount of time we will get for the math section, and I was only half done when the timer went off.

I know it looks like a lot of chaos, but these doodles got me 100% correct answers the first time through (I checked them with a calculator).  That’s the silver lining!

Wednesday: The library.  Without it, I do not think I would love my job as much as I do!  I am able to listen to audiobooks while I work, and I can do it for free thanks to the library, where I check them out.  Today I picked up The Sentry by Robert Crais, and Divine by Karen Kingsbury.

I just realized I don’t think I’ve ever really described my job so if anyone is interested in the kind of work I do, you can click here to find out.

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