What am I thankful for? A lot of people just say the vague and typical things they are thankful for. Such as, family, friends, and good food. I like to be thankful for the little things, things other would see as insignificant. I am thankful that I am able to be at Fontbonne, that God has sent me here to meet these wonderful people I call my friends. Thankful I was able to get back on the schedule of Bread Co to make a little extra money, and most importantly letting me see the light of day today. These little things have helped me stay sane during the stressfulness and hysteria of preparing for end of first semester courses and registering for classes.
What are you thankful for this season? Think about it.
Well, I had my last cross country meet of the season last weekend, and I must admit I miss it already. Waking up and running solo just isn’t the same as waking up and running with my team (although I must admit, not waking up quite as EARLY to run is a huge plus). But, we had a meeting with our coach today, and we are well on our way to preparing for next season, with indoor/outdoor track in between. So I may be running on my own for now, but I know that I have plenty of time with my team to look forward to in the future!
Being able to run with a team that I love is just one of the many things I am grateful for at Fontbonne. To be completely honest, Fontbonne wasn’t really my first choice school, but one of the things that won me over (besides the stellar dietetics program!) was the fact that I was being recruited by the cross country coach. He persuaded me to come visit and meet the team. Once I spent more time here, I was really swayed by the small size and friendly people. And when I look back on it, I couldn’t imagine myself happier at a different school. So yes, when I sit down to my plate at Thanksgiving (although it won’t have any turkey on it!) I know I will be thankful that I go to Fontbonne.
This past week I submitted my homework and felt there was nothing left to do but enjoy the weekend with family and friends. I spent a good portion of Saturday with some co-workers scrapbooking at the Scrap Shack… yes, it really does exist.
During our time together we shared lots of laughs, memories, and of course food. But I had the lingering feeling that there was something missing. When I got home that night and both my kids were in bed I knew exactly what detail had been missing all day- my kids and hubby.
Although, I was so blessed to have a day away to be creative and hang with friends the main focus of my world was missing. So, with that in mind as the holiday season starts up, I vow to remember my small details — Ted, Emily and Dale in everything that I do. I will do this through not merely words but my actions and activities. That is why when I got my postcard about Christmas Around the Campus this week that I knew I had to make sure that I got in our RSVP.
We went as a family last year and were astounded by the campus, the students and faculty. Both Ted (my hubby) and I felt the positive spirit and direction that Fontbonne has. My son, Dale, who was ten at the time, wrote a letter to Santa that he was sure was just somebody there at Fontbonne. I told him to not be so sure — such a little skeptic. A couple of weeks following Christmas Around Campus, he received a letter from Santa, and it had all the stuff that he had wrote about, along with talking about being older and being skeptic… hmmm, should he have ever doubted Santa?
We loved every aspect of Christmas Around Campus from the rolling hamster/snowballs to Mrs. Claus’ cookies and the buggy rides and so much more. We were sad that we had to make it a day trip and didn’t get to spend more time there. So, if you have a doubt about helping with Christmas Around Campus or attending it, I would encourage you to do so. For all of you “elves” who were there last year, I thank you, and for all of you racing around this year, my family thanks you too. Thanks for making a difference by paying attention to all the small details.
Blessings on your week- Sherry
I’ve been pretty busy over the past couple weeks so I haven’t had much time to blog, but this week is a great week to get back on track! With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, I have been thinking about everything I’m thankful for. While I wish I could list everything, I know this would be an impossible task because I’m thankful for so much. So this short, short, short list will have to do.
I am thankful for my wonderful parents who have always supported me in everything I do, who drive all the way to St. Louis to visit me, and who let me shop in the mom and pop store every time I go home to visit!
I am thankful for my older sister Kenzie who bought me hot chocolate when we got lost on the wrong side of the mountain when skiing in Colorado. I am thankful for my older brother Zack who always let me tag along with the boys and roughed me up when we were younger so I’d be tougher when I was older. I am thankful for my little sister Courtney who gives the best hand massages and makes me laugh hysterically!
I could go on forever listing the rest of my family that I am thankful for and why, but for now I will just have to say that I am thankful for all four of my grandparents, as well as all my fun and hilarious aunts, uncles, and cousins! I am thankful that we have been able to get together on so many occasions and to be as close as we all are.
I’m thankful for my old friends from Tarkio who will be my friends for years to come, as well as my new friends I’ve made at college who will also be my friends for years to come.
Until next time,
“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” –Alan Cohen