Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Giving Thanks

Just a few of the many reasons I have to be thankful this year:

*A short but sweet break from school and work, which means time to write a blog post, time to enjoy family, and even time to do a little pleasure reading.

*A job I absolutely love, that makes my heart beat.

*Students who help me grow, laugh, and most of all, keep me on my toes (you have no idea).

*Brussel sprouts. They are in season, which is reason to celebrate. I don't think people are thankful enough for brussel sprouts and all their goodness.

*The cutest little brother who I prayed earnestly for, who God delivered over 25 years late but right on time.

*Amazing friends who do things like help me take my dog to the vet (easier said than done), spend hours and days house hunting with me, and super glue my computer back together in a time of freak-out and despair.

*Good music.

*Kind people.

*Education. There are many women in the world who are much like me, but because of where they were born have never had the right or opportunity to go to school. And there are many children in the world who are much like my students, who are deemed unworthy and not teachable, who will never be given the opportunity to pursue their dreams and strive. It makes me feel sad for the world, because they are truly missing out.

*The seasons. Here in Central California we are having the most beautiful fall that I can remember, and I get to see the best of it as the sun rises on my way to work every morning.

*And last but not least, a place to call home.

That's right. I feel like I did the impossible...I bought a house! I will get the key and sign the final papers the beginning of next week. It's 1,000 cozy square feet of possibilities. It was built in 1937, back when houses were made with quality and character (yes, I realize I sound like an old lady). The backyard is full of fruit trees and planters ready for lots of goodness to grow (maybe even some brussel sprouts). I can't wait to show you the inside, which I will do as soon as I find a working camera. I feel like someone built this house in 1937 with me in mind.

Hope you all have a beautiful Thanksgiving and that you have time to give thanks for all your blessings.


Jill Foley said...

Congrats on your home!!!

I just finished that book last week : )

What an adorable little boy...

Rebecca Allen said...

Thanks Jill! I haven't started the book yet because my break just started today, but his last book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, is probably my all time favorite novel. I am a little scared I will be disappointed because my expectations are so high!

Jill Foley said...

I need to re-read A Thousand Splendid Suns...I don't remember it at all!

It's a good book...there were times when I had trouble following it. But I also didn't have large chunks of time to read so I would read a few minutes and put it down. Then when I came back to it I wasn't sure who was who or what was going one. I had to re-read parts a couple times : )

Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

So many things to be thankful for! I'm so glad that you are enjoying your job...you were made for it!! And, a house. That's so exciting :)

Jess said...

Becca! I've missed you friend! :) Glad you are enjoying your little break. I haven't heard of "And The Mountain's Echoed." But, I recently read "The Kite Runner" and it was fantastic. One of the most moving books I have ever read. I definitely can't wait to find a copy of "A Thousand Splendid Suns." I've heard nothing but good things. :)

Also, that little brother is precious! And I can't wait to see more pictures of your house. It looks so cute and quaint. I hope it has a spare bedroom, you know, just in case ;)

Happy Thanksgiving, friend! :)

Rebecca Allen said...

@Sybil- Life has definitely changed a lot for me in this last year. I am loving my job, but I do miss our team! I am hopefully going to come visit in December :)

@Jess- Definitely read A Thousand Splendid Suns...It is a hard read (the topics it covers), but so so good. And I do have an extra room, but I have NO furniture so you'll have to bring your sleeping bag...it will be like camp :)

JD said...

WOW... I'm trying to catch up from a year of hiatus, and wow, wow, wow, so much wonderfulness!!! <3 <3 <3 LOVE the house, LOVE THE LITTLE BROTHER??!?! How precious is he!!!?!

Praising Him for all the wonderful blessings, dear friend!