August 20, 2009

Thankful Thursday

After Monday's post on teeth pulling, I thought I'd lighten things up a bit around here. Plus my stomach is still queasy every time I think about it.

So. . . here are five (OK, seven) things I'm thankful for this week:

  1. Good dental care, and gentle treatment options when our teeth need fixing. (See Monday's post.)

  2. An air-conditioned house. After an extremely pleasant summer, the dog days have hit these parts and it's hot, hot, hot!

  3. Finding a great used drum set on Craig's List for my son (and not getting abducted by the Craig's List killer). My son already plays in the school band, but with a drum set (and practice), he can be in the youth band at church. All I need is a good set of earplugs!

  4. That school is starting soon. Many of you moms may disagree, but I think 12 weeks of summer is too long. My kids are bored and on each other's nerves. . . and mine.

  5. For a husband that patiently listens to me rant, complain and carry on for who knows how long. (See #4).

  6. That God's mercies are new every morning. I need a refilling today, for sure. (See # 4 & 5)

  7. That my parents, who were BOTH unexpectedly laid off in the spring, have discovered a whole new life as retired people. Traveling in their RV, they have barely been home an entire week this summer. I have never seen them more relaxed or having so much fun.

For more thoughts on Thankful Thursday, visit Sonya's blog at Truth 4 the Journey.

Thought you all would enjoy this cartoon, done by a local artist. It's just too good not to share. :-)

Note from the artist: Please forward my cartoons to anyone that you think needs a laugh on a Monday. Just let them know they too can sign up for a FREE cartoon each week by going to

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SusanD said...

Such a wonderful list. I had to chuckle at #3. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, SusanD

Pat Achilles said...

Kelli, thanks for posting my cartoon! Hope everyone enjoys it. I belong to the Women's Business forum up here in Doylestown and, lots of the women business owners blog, that's what gave me the idea. I have kids going back to school too, but they'll both be in college this year. I'm very thankful that we found out about Skype, because we'll be able to hear and see both kids while they're away. My son's in DC and my daughter will be studying abroad in London, so I'll miss them, but at least we can talk and keep up with their adventures.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad your parents have found a new freedom in retirement! What a blessing in disguise, yes?

The cartoon is TOO cute!

Greg C said...

Our kids were bored too and ready to go back to school. I loved the cartoon. It fit me.

Kelly Combs said...

#4 - I am so glad to see someone feels like I do. I love my kids, but hello, we all need a break from each other now and again.

Glad to see you join in the TT fun.

Jane In The Jungle said...

LOVE the cartoon!!! I'm with ya on #2 & #3. My oldest son's drumset is downstairs...still need earplugs!!!!!!!!!!!
And I want to be like your parents when I retire also!!!

skoots1mom said...

you're funny
love the cartoon

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh what a great list. I sure should add the a/c. What a blessing your parents are having a great time that is a huge blessing too.
Thanks for sharing.

Runner Mom said...

Your list is great!! And, I love the cartoon!! Child #2 would say something like that!!

Hop over to my blog when you get a free minute:), I have a t-shirt request!!

Love ya,

Cheryl Barker said...

Enjoyed your list, Kelli. I'm thankful for some big news we got last night -- our Kelli got engaged! On her birthday, no less! Woohoo! :)

Terri Tiffany said...

I loved reading your list:) ANd yay to your parents who are making the most of what life gave them! I miss getting ready for those school days--it is a fun time. Enjoy it!

♥ Teresa ♥ said...

Hello! This is my first week joining in for Thankful Thursday and I think it is so very awesome! I enjoyed reading your list of all you're thankful for.

I, too, have an incredible husband for whom I admit I am definitely not worthy. He puts up with SO much and hardly ever asks for anything in return. The Lord truly blessed me with an amazing man almost 19 years ago!

I enjoyed reading about your Craig's List purchase. I am a total CL addict! No really, I am! I desperately need a 12 step program. I look at it off and on all day long. However, I have been very successful in getting lots of really great deals and I have spent very little money. I've also sold a lot of things, too. But my need to look and look and look is, well....a little obsessive! :0) Do you do this, too, or did you just look for that one item and that was it?

Well, it was nice to 'meet' you! I hope you have an incredibly amazing weekend!

Many Blessings,

Teresa <><

Runner Mom said...

Hey! Me again! We would love a Penn t-shirt!! My email is Just let me know your address so I can send you some $$! I'll send you my address for the shipping. You are so sweet!! He will be thrilled!


Nana Jul said...

I am Thankful you stopped by to read my list, and Praise Jesus for the so many Thankful women with wonderful blogs! I am Thankful I chose to participate!

Sue J. said...

Love the cartoon! CJ saw that and said, "Yep--that's Mom!" (Am I terrible for being tired of my kids? That year-round school concept might be worth pursuing.)

Enjoying your writing, though I've been short on comments this week. You've had quite the summer--enough material for the rest of the year, probably!

I'm sure Dan would have something to say about those yellow rash guards...but, by the time he gets back, we'll have declared a winner!

Have a great weekend!