Here are a few things I find myself so utterly grateful for this week:
The opportunities my children have in our part of Maine. For my children, most of all, who so love music, and sing with their whole bodies and spirits.
Early morning starts that get us where we are going right on time, and which provide a chance to see the frost covered landscape in the golden dawn.
The efficient organization of MIT Splash registration and confident teens, eager to begin 18 hour days without us. And for the opportunities our teens have less than two hours south of us.
The hard-won table at a popular restaurant on a busy Saturday night, and a chance to reconnect with our teens for an hour.
A gorgeous autumn morning spent in Cambridge.
An unexpectedly shortened Splash Sunday and a chance to arrive home during daylight to a welcoming and cozy space, and time to catch a movie in the early evening.
Old silver and housekeeping shortcuts.
Those nights in bed when we just laugh, wrapped in each other.
Finally finding a cranberry-orange bread recipe that works and very close to the one my mother used to make.
Good smells filling our home.
All the prepping, cleaning, decorating and planning my family has contributed so that we may enjoy a full and festive house when family gathers here tomorrow. With this grateful heart, I give thanks.