Thursday, November 3, 2016

Dear November

It is 85 degrees in November, Garth Brooks is Entertainer of the Year, and the Cubs just won the freaking World Series.

I don't know what's happening, Universe, but I love it. If you were anywhere close to a television or the United States of America last night, you know that history was made just before the stroke of midnight. If you've known me in the last decade, you'll also know I didn't get much sleep. The Chicago Cubbies broke their century-long losing streak and likely caused thousands of grown men to cry. The worst part is that Jonathan has been in New Orleans on business, so I had to squeal to him via texted exclamation points. It wasn't the same, but it got the point across. We can pop the champagne when he gets home tonight. {I do have goggles if necessary.}

As I continue to try to lower my blood pressure, I thought I'd share a little insight into what has started as one amazing month. If the first three days of November can be this amazing, I am eager to see what the rest of them hold. Here are a few things I'm excited about...

This month my husband and I start yet another role at our church. Sunday will be our first lesson to teach as high school catechists, and I am pumped. We already know and love the kids in the class because of our youth group involvement, and they are fantastic. Lesson plans and notebooks and fresh pencils, oh my! I know there's a learning curve ahead of us, but I can't wait to jump into the material and see what we can figure out together.

Although I'm a big fan of the birth of our Lord/His resurrection, Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday. I don't want to limit thankfulness to one block on the calendar, but the atmosphere on Turkey Day is hard to beat. Gathering with family and friends, despite differences, with the purpose of simply appreciating being together is huge. There is much to be thankful for, and this November I want to find thanks in everything.

Soccer season is just about over and before we know it Nathan and Owen will hang up their backpacks for a whole week. November means a decline in activities and a break from school. And that means more people in my crowded house. However, I want to actually use that. I want to spend more time with my kids this month, and I want them to spend more time with each other. I am claiming November as the month of togetherness... whether they like it or not.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to rummage through the $5.00 movie bin...

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