Seven Gratitudes, vol. 18

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This week I am thankful...

1

That school’s out for [my 2.5 weeks of] summer!

As of noon this past Tuesday, I have been a free woman. Papers turned in. Exams taken. Apartment cleaned. Can we just take a second and breathe in that reality together? Thanks. :)

My summer classes crank up in two and a half weeks, so imma be over here in the meanwhile reading my current obsession, loving my people, and generally rocking a liberated spirit. xoxo

2

For deadline-free time with him. For any time with him.

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Aaron is wonderful, I will just go ahead and tell you that. I am so thankful for his support these past few weeks--and for these past few days that we have been able to spend together without looming deadlines and examinations.

3

For three new dresses.

The Gap had three perfect dresses in my size and 40% off last weekend. I am thankful for the way clothes that fit both my body and personality push my shoulders back and my heart high. It feels so nice to slide into pretty clothes that meet my needs!

4

For the chance to be with my family in their places and spaces.

We have been here since Tuesday and my heart has come to overflowing. 

The curious cows in pasture just in front of Grandma's house. They served as greeters and entertainment Tuesday night. I'd talk to them and they would pretend to ignore me. As I turned to walk away, though, they would creep up behind me--just to freeze when I turned around. Silly critters! They made me giggle.

The curious cows in pasture just in front of Grandma's house. They served as greeters and entertainment Tuesday night. I'd talk to them and they would pretend to ignore me. As I turned to walk away, though, they would creep up behind me--just to freeze when I turned around. Silly critters! They made me giggle.

I have spent a lot of time on the porch swing this week hanging out with Grandma and our pup Barkley. 

I have spent a lot of time on the porch swing this week hanging out with Grandma and our pup Barkley. 

"The Building" in the side yard. I remember that day when my uncles moved that building from a neighbor's field--they picked it right up and moved it! That is "Big Bertha," the big rig, just there to the left. Grandpa has driven that truck since before I was born. Bertha's retired now, but Grandpa still drives for a local company.

"The Building" in the side yard. I remember that day when my uncles moved that building from a neighbor's field--they picked it right up and moved it! That is "Big Bertha," the big rig, just there to the left. Grandpa has driven that truck since before I was born. Bertha's retired now, but Grandpa still drives for a local company.

After a morning of running errands, Aaron and I met up with my Aunt Monica in downtown Spartanburg. She gave us a bird's-eye view from her office at the United Way. It was fascinating to catch a different perspective of a place I have called home base my whole life. Spartanburg is such a bustling hub! While we licked up ice cream from a local shop, Aunt Monica pointed out the local art, the stuff that inspires and flavors community life in Spartanburg:

After a morning of running errands, Aaron and I met up with my Aunt Monica in downtown Spartanburg. She gave us a bird's-eye view from her office at the United Way. It was fascinating to catch a different perspective of a place I have called home base my whole life. Spartanburg is such a bustling hub!

While we licked up ice cream from a local shop, Aunt Monica pointed out the local art, the stuff that inspires and flavors community life in Spartanburg:

After breakfast at a local farm Thursday morning with my grandparents, Dad (pastor by day, bus driver by earlier-in-the-day) showed us around his bus and workplace. 

After breakfast at a local farm Thursday morning with my grandparents, Dad (pastor by day, bus driver by earlier-in-the-day) showed us around his bus and workplace. 

5

For the opportunity to make supper for the folks who have nourished me my entire life.

Aaron and I threw together a shepherd's pie supper for my grandparents, great-grandparents, and Aunt Monica Thursday night. As I said around the table, it was a pure gift to prepare for them as they have blessed me all these years. There is grace in each stage of life, I am finding.

Aaron and I threw together a shepherd's pie supper for my grandparents, great-grandparents, and Aunt Monica Thursday night. As I said around the table, it was a pure gift to prepare for them as they have blessed me all these years. There is grace in each stage of life, I am finding.

6

For the fun of competition./For Granny and Poppy's super-serious game-faces.

In our family we don't just play Dominos--we go for blood. haha! I am thankful for the chance to be silly with my elders. And cutthroat, because, you know, COMPETITION. 

7

For the fact that God does not need me to be perfect, just present. 

Amen? Amen. 


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Thanks for counting a few quick thanksgivings with me this morning.

Please feel welcome to share a gratitude of your own!

Take care, beloveds.

L