Grat Friday - Happy August editionWhat a week of transition! It’s not particularly fun going from 0-60 in 24 hours, but hey, I don’t set the school calendar, and ya gotta do what ya gotta do. Once we get into a routine, though, I thrive on our crazy-busy life. A couple more weeks and we’ll get into the groove.

It was a wonderful week filled with gratitude:

>> It’s an amazing feeling to bring your firstborn to college. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity he has for learning and spiritual growth, the warm and gracious welcome we received at school, the kindness of his roommate and his family, the other lovely new families we met, the magnificent new student convocation ceremony, and the encouraging and caring support from all my friends who were so kind and thoughtful to wish him well in this new adventure as well as those who checked in to see how the mama was doing with everything.

>> So grateful to have had the opportunity to celebrate the life of a true gentleman, and to have had the privilege to know this dear sweet cousin who will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. As one of the clergy said of him at the memorial service yesterday, Lorne lived an extraordinary life. He was so warm and engaging, genuinely interested in what others were saying, broadly cultured and profoundly accomplished in his work and family endeavors. I’ve never thought of him without thinking of his huge, room-brightening smile. May he rest in peace having blessed so many lives.

>> I’m grateful that my high school boys got off to a great start this week. Can’t believe I have two seniors and a freshman! Many thanks to our amazing principal and to the teachers and staff who got everything set and ready for the new school year.

>> To my hair colorist, who did yeoman’s duty to make me less blonde! The whiter my hair gets, the blonder I need to be, but I have to put my foot down when I’m rockin’ Marilyn platinum!

>> I am grateful for my two sweet, loving Havanese doggies, Phoebe and Maisie, especially since today is Miss Phoebe’s 9th birthday. My baby girls are my shadows, following me around the house all day long, napping on my sofa or under my desk, and waiting for me outside the bathroom door. They give me unconditional love, endless kisses, comforting cuddles, and they are truly part of our family. It wouldn’t be the same without them.

How bout you? What are you grateful for this week?


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