The holidays are always filled with optimism and a bit of stress. Thanksgiving brings thoughts of being thankful for so much. It is good to take a look at everything around us and find the many reasons to give thanks!! And there are many, many reasons....
Of course I am thankful for good health, good friends, and a great job working with wonderful teachers and staff! This time of year is always difficult at an elementary school. I don't know what the reason for this is, but it has been my experience. I just know that the next three weeks will probably not be so easy--they never have been. These weeks between Thanksgiving and the holidays have never been my favorite. I think this year with all of the bad news about the economy might even make things a bit more difficult. However, after 19 years of doing this, I know that January will bring a renewed energy to everyone.
I am also very thankful for the wonderful family that I am blessed to be a part of. My children, Kerri and Patrick, my grandson, Cameron, my wonderful Aunt Teresa, my sister Judy and her family are so much a part of my every day life and I am grateful for this blessing, In addition, the extended Scott Family is such an integral part of our lives that I don't know what I would do without their love and support.
We spent Thanksgiving at my cousin Pat's house this year. Her husband, Phil, is not doing well. I have written about him in previous posts--a wonderful man. Pat wanted everyone at her house for this Thanksgiving and I am glad we were all there together.
My cousin Cecilia's daughter, Annie, was there on Thursday VERY PREGNANT as you will see in the picture that I am posting. Yesterday (Nov. 29) Annie gave birth to a new member of our family, Cole Jacob Grove. Annie and Jeremy have a two year old son, Mattox. Mattox celebrated his second birthday on November 28. Cecilia called us about 6:00 p.m. to let us know that all was well and that Cole weighed in at 9 lbs. 7 oz.
So welcome to the world and to our family, Cole!! You will have a great life, this much I know is true. You have great parents, aunts and uncles, great grandparents in Jay and Cecilia, and lots of cousins who love you! It couldn't get much better than that!!