13 September 2013


This was the first morning in awhile that I woke up with a big, goofy smile on my face. I didn't wake up already stressed out about school or the wedding. I didn't run to the shower so I could get out quickly and start my never ending to-do list.

The past month, my calendar has been so filled and I have been so busy that I haven't had much time to enjoy all the wonderful things that have been happening around me. I have been merely going by the motions instead of being an active participant in my own life.

This morning I am feeling thankful.

I am thankful that in seven short days from now I will be lucky enough to marry my best friend and officially become Mrs. Jones.

I am thankful that so many of our family and friends are making the trek to Massachusetts to celebrate with us.

I am thankful for my mom and sisters, my best friend, and sister-in-law who have been checking in on my constantly asking if I need any help. I am thankful that throughout my most stressed out, dare I say... b*tchy moments, they have remained calm, cool, and collected for me.

I am thankful for my mother-in-law who has been feverishly planning a rehearsal dinner in our honor and asks me how I am feeling throughout this whole process.

I am thankful for my friends and family who are unable to make it to the wedding, but have sent us many wishes of a happy matrimony.

I am thankful for my 19 bright eyed first graders who look at me with the desire to learn each and every day.

I am thankful that those 19 little first graders have vibrant personalities and help me laugh and enjoy school while I am there.

I am thankful that my new school has been understanding and is allowing me to take the time off for my wedding and honeymoon.

I am feeling thankful.

Overwhelmingly thankful.


  1. 7 days ... wow - it's all coming so fast now. I've been following both of your blogs. As a first grade teacher, you've given me great ideas to use in my classroom and I've enjoyed your pilgrimage back home to live ... wishing you all the best and savor this special time. Oh, and I'm very jealous ... 19 kiddos - I've got 26 this year!