Today is one of those days that I’m full of gratitude.
I didn’t sleep well and I woke up groggy. I would have loved to sleep longer, but Betsy was insistent that I join her in wakefulness. I served her up some Cheerios, poured some honey on top and then stumbled into the shower. If I drank coffee, this morning would be the morning for it.
It is quiet around our house these days. Josh is in Alaska helping Auntie Megan and Uncle Ben remodel our rental house. Jake is in the thick of training and is gone quite a bit. And Jacob is in the Czech Republic for another 516 days (not that I’m counting or anything). So that leaves just Sam, Betsy and I.
I think Sam felt the same way I did this morning. He was up late reading last night and wasn’t excited about getting out of bed. And once up, he settled himself into the couch with his book and declared it a reading day.
Soon enough it was story time! Once a week my sisters and I meet online with our littles. I look forward to it every week. Cousins were a huge part of my life growing up and I’m so glad that even though we live far apart, my kids’ best friends are their cousins too. Meeting online is brilliant. We use a Zoom room (you can get an account for free!) and everyone gets on camera and it’s chaos for the first little while. All the kids talking and sharing, their eyes and nose extra close to the camera. It cracks me up every time.
Then Elizabeth takes over. Megan and I abdicated our responsibility to her and she’s so good at it! She chooses a book and a craft for us each week and messages us ahead of time what we need to have on hand to be prepared. This week she read us The Little Yellow Leaf and then the kids finger-painted trees with falling leaves. They work on their craft while we’re all online together. Their favorite part is sharing their creations with their cousins. Then everyone says goodbye for 5 minutes and it’s over until the next week.
Which brings me to my heart full of gratitude.
I’m so grateful for my sisters.
I’m grateful for Elizabeth who pulls together an awesome story time each week.
I’m grateful for my nieces and nephews. They are seriously the best.
I’m also grateful for INTERNET! After a year of limited and unreliable internet, I wonder if I’ll ever take it for granted again.
And I’m grateful that my kids are old enough that I’m going to be able to take a nap this afternoon, right after I eat a slice of pumpkin pie left over from last night.