If you had your heart set on waiting til Thanksgiving to find out what I’m thankful for, then stop reading now.
But if you’re like me, and crazy excited about all the good things that are happening and you can’t wait to hear them just like I can’t wait to tell you them, then this post is for you.
First, I am super thankful that Link is doing so well in Ohio! He’s attending school full time and is not only passing, but excelling! PLUS, he took on a part time job so he could have some extra cash to spend on himself. PLUS, he just signed his own lease for his own apartment where he’ll have his own bedroom. He’ll have two roommates who’ll bunk in the second bedroom and living room respectively. This new apartment is just below the one he’s in now, so his big group of friends are all nearby. PLUS, he’s posting pics of himself and all his friends on FB, and they’re all smiling. SMILING!
And it gets better! He recently saw a retina specialist in Ohio for a check-up. The doctor performed more in-depth tests than the ones here have, and he found no signs of leakage in his eye. He didn’t need a shot, and since he’s gone 6 weeks with no leakage, he doesn’t have to be seen again for 2 months. We don’t want to get our hopes up necessarily, but right now we’ve got our hopes up that the scarring from the infection won’t completely block his retina resulting in blindness in that eye. And he plans to see the cornea specialist when he comes home for Christmas, and that’s looking to be a pretty promising visit as well, since the contacts are still doing their job of keeping his corneas in shape.
I can’t even express how much ALL of this is a relief for us. I’m so incredibly thankful to see wonderful things happening for him.
And I now have hope, that with time, the other boys will follow along this same path, and things will eventually click into place for them as well.
Secondly, I am thankful I have a job that I love. Every day brings new challenges and new learning opportunities. Hubby and I talk often of the importance of being happy in your job, no matter the pay. I am far from being paid what I am worth. I handle all the billing, I’m the ‘go-to’ person for people with questions, including upper management. I oversee the front desk and of course I’m dedicated to providing exceptional service to our guests. Yet I make virtually nothing.
So when the Assistant General Manager pulled me into his office to tell me I was getting a 3% raise, I was shocked. Raises usually only occur at our yearly reviews, and I’d already had mine this year. He explained that all my hard work has not gone unnoticed and so our GM pushed for me to get a raise immediately. I was speechless. I managed to utter what I hope was a heartfelt thank you, and I literally floated on cloud nine the rest of the day. 3% of nothing is, well, nothing. BUT it really is the thought that counts. I feel a little bit like Sally… They like me! They really, really like me!
And of course I have many other reasons to be thankful. I’ll save those for the real Thanksgiving post, so you have something to look forward to.
Until then, I hope you all enjoy your shortened Thanksgiving week. I have a shortened week as well although I work Thanksgiving Day. (Time and 1/2 – on my newly increased hourly wage! )