September 1 AP 244– Jamie. I appreciate all of the times she has soothed me while I cry, and her comfort and encouragement through the most difficult and precious moments of my life (the passing away of loved ones, bringing my son into the world, getting married, separating from my husband… She’s seen it all with me.) I appreciate growing up with her as my sister and knowing she will always be in my life, unconditionally. More specifically, I enjoy her smiley and bubbly personality and her Cool Calm & Collected demeanor… often a stark contrast of my own. I love her “goldilocks” curly blond hair, her gorgeous eyes with curly eyelashes, and her little waste and baby-making hips :). Oh! And her tiny hands and feet. Love you, James.
September 2 AP 245– So much love and support I couldn’t keep track of it all. I lost track of e-mails and comments, y’all. I’m terribly sorry if you took the time to write to me and I didn’t reply. I eventually just gave up and let them sit in my inbox until they became overwhelming. BUT I read EACH and EVERY word that you said, and it all meant the world to me. Some of you made me downright cry, some of you made me laugh, and I felt loved by all. Thank you.
September 3 AP 246– A NEW healing process: new hopes and possibilities. I tried to get my marriage on track on a healing process but was unsuccessful. Obviously. So now here I am with a chance at a new beginning. I can appreciate that at least.
September 4 AP 247– Feeling pretty. I’d convinced myself I was (too) fat and ugly and I never blamed anyone for not wanting me because I wouldn’t want me either… But then out of the blue, for no particular reason, and in the midst of dying my hair and painting my toenails blue and shaving, I just looked at myself in the mirror and thought, ‘Wow. I am beautifully made. And I want to take good care of myself and this created body.’ I love my hair that’s growing out, I love my brown eyes and long eyelashes, and I love this petite little frame hiding under all this depression weight. I’m going to get it back, darn straight! 😉
September 5 AP 248– My awesome brother T. Matt and my newly sewn/fixed purse and cardigan. What a good brother. Also, I appreciated a freaking awesome Sunday lunch (Food Woman MEAT LOAF) and all the new things going on at Cypress. I’m glad that earlier this year I decided to make CWC my home church.
September 6 AP 249– People reaching out and spending time with me and making for an easier transition period. Also, Ben and I seem to be cooperating when it comes to visitation agreements and parenting decisions and routines.
September 7 AP 250– Text messaging. Often the only cure to Lonely Mommy.
September 8 AP 251– Tay!!!!! I love that kid! I love him like a brother. And this September eighth he bid farewell to teenagerhood and launched right into his twenties. I appreciate spending time with him, and his Tay shoulder giggle and that big grin I catch on his face all the time. I appreciate that brain up in his head and his hard work at school. (He totally worked his butt off trying out for the OSU marching band, but he’s only a lower classman. Next year he’ll make it, y’all! Watch and see!! I WILL have a cousin in The Best Damn Band In The Land, and you bet I WILL be proud as heck!) I also appreciate Tay’s support and concern, and how he is willing to stand up for me :).
September 9 AP 252– Fall! It’s not technically Fall yet, but the weather is changing already. Let’s see… what I appreciate about Fall: campfire smells, beautiful foliage, hoodies and long sleeved weather wear, crisp fresh air, bonfires and roasted marshmallows, cozy blankets…
September 10 AP 253– Nick and his friendship. Dinners, letting the kids play, talking…
September 11 AP 254– I got to see: Bockscar, the plane that dropped the bomb on Nagasaki, “Little Boy” atomic bomb from Hiroshima, and a real piece of the Berlin Wall. Crazy. Dad, Mom, Matt, Adry and I spent the day at Dayton Air Force Museum and saw all kinds of interesting things. Adry loved the planes of course. It was a very pleasant day. Good memories.
September 12 AP 255– Inquiring children’s minds. They want to learn, they want to know, and the world is still fresh and full of wonder at every turn. Ugh, the inspire me.
September 13 AP 256– Caramel apples. mmm.
September 14 AP 257– William Barclay. And his bible study series. He said he wanted to make the “best biblical scholarship available to the average reader.” That guy knew his stuff and I learn so much from him. And his head isn’t in the clouds. I have trouble with many bible studies because they’re often so idealistic and religious. When Barclay studies he shrugs off preconceived notions and culturally formed morals and just gives a raw study of the bible. And I know I’m not explaining that well, but I don’t know how else to. He’s realistic, down-to-earth, and science-minded. He takes into account EVERYTHING when studying the bible: author, purpose, culture, history, language, interpretation… And he is NOT a literalist.
September 15 AP 258– Columbus, Ohio. So many things I love about Columbus. Some of them I’ve listed here in a post I wrote not that long ago… And I also LOVE this post that Alexz wrote about Ohio back in March: Dear Ohio. Please read it!!!
September 16 AP 259– A great boss: her concern and willingness to listen. How many people get to say they love their boss!?
September 17 AP 260– Having a great helper and getting my garage project all done. So THAT’S finally off my back and out of the way.
September 18 AP 261– Buckeye football and community. Can Buckeye community really be described? I am far too appreciationed out to go into why I love Ohio State football fans. So, hey– YOU tell ME what you love about Buckeye community and I will post your response.