So, here it is the 17th. That seems to mean that I am a bit behind on my gratefulness POSTING. I posted something on Facebook about having a hard time reconciling the decision to spend less time staring at my computer in my 39th year and the 30 days of gratitude challenge. So, it is not as if I have not been feeling grateful for the past week. Oh no. I have just been FEEEEEEEELING it. Not posting about it.
We're gonna go all Dr. Who and time travel back to a week ago right now. I had just seen the Indigo girls. Then there was:
Day 10: I am so grateful for my sisters-in-law. Sally, Jenn and Jaimee. I got to hang out with Sally and Jaimee quite a little bit last weekend and they are awesome. Sally, who has been my sister-in-law for the longest, and thus has had to put up with my idiosyncrasies for a couple of decades now, and I, sometimes get into this 'holiday mood' where we plan elaborate celebrations that may or may not actually happen. By the time I left her house on Saturday evening, we had planned exactly 3 celebrations of light to happen in the next 3 days. Oh yes, there was to be Martinmas, a trip to the Japanese Garden, and Diwali all packed in there. Now, to be sure, Monday was a school holiday, and that always makes things a bit easier on our friends and fam who do that schedule every weekday. Needless to say, I started researching Diwali customs as soon as I got home. While we did not do lantern walks, or meet at the Japanese garden, we did manage a pretty spiffy Diwali evening at chez Hoesing. (Don't get us started on the Christmas house plan.... ) Sally is an awesome mama, a yogini extraordinaire, a great cook, a good friend, and a wonderful sister-in-law. I am so glad to have her in my life and family.
Jenn--It is bad enough living on the opposite side of the country from my brother Pete, but the fact that he married such an awesome woman makes it... well, too dang far. Thank goodness for Facetime and Skype, which by the way we need to do again soon. Unlike Phil, who got to sort of grow up with Jenn at Luther, I haven't spent nearly enough time with her, but every time I do, I end up laughing so hard my sides ache. Funny that--that you can judge a relationship by how much you laugh together. It's a pretty good gauge, isn't it. I used to have fits of laughter much more frequently than I do these days... but Jenn's sense of humor rubs me the right way. I dream of a day when we can live closer to one another, so I can experience that awesomeness more regularly. I think Jenn cemented her rightful place in my heart when, after Gus was born, she sent me some homemade granola. I still have the container it came in and think of her fondly every time I rehouse leftovers in it. She is also the mother of Grant, who the word cute was made for, and I am super grateful for the frequent photo updates of my nephews life. Thanks for being you Jenn!
Jaimee, the newest addition to the Hoesing fam, and yet somehow, it doesn't seem like that! When she called me and said she was coming to the Indigo Girls concert I was so excited (yet didn't buy my ticket then, why?) that someone else in my own family is a fan, too. Sometimes when I'm dorking out on one of my favorite things, it is nice to have someone to do it with! I'll never forget when I first met Jaimee and it was the night before the BIG DAY for Phil's marching band in his first season in Nampa. He was a bit nuts, and she just sat down and started gabbing with me and I thought--oh this is the ONE! :) It's a little crazy to watch your baby brothers who you have held in your arms grow up and get married, but it stops being crazy when you meet the women they choose and see how lovely they are. I love talking books with Jaimee, because she teaches kids my kids' ages, and so it's totally cool to have a real teacher to talk to about stuff. I loved hearing about her trip to London, and am pretty bummed that I didn't see the photos YET! I love it that she loves to play with the kids and that she said, "Well, they just grow up so fast!" when we asked if she minded being Magic Aunt Jaimee sitting near the kiddos at supper. She is sweet and wonderful and I am so grateful for her!