I’m pretty sure that when I post on Fridays, the first line literally every time is, “whew, what a week.” But, we just do not slow down around here, and here again, WHEW, it has been a busy week!!! And we are so thankful for it. So before we get our Thanksgiving Break started (no school ALL next week!!!), I wanted to share some of the highlights from this past week and what we’ve been up to.
Last weekend, we celebrated Veteran’s Day with our very own special veteran, and at the VEO in Atlanta, helping to serve a BBQ lunch to veterans in the community. The VEO is an extraordinary organization that is privately funded and provides housing, training, and new purpose to homeless veterans in the Atlanta area. In fact, our friend Tyler Bowser, who is the community outreach coordinator for the VEO is a product of the amazing program they have in place (and in fact, there is a great article in the AJC about Tyler, the VEO, and his incredible story. Read it here). The organization has become really close to our hearts, and we are thankful that we are able to help and serve them, in the humble ways that we can.
We have a condo in Atlanta. Scott and I purchased it right before we got married in 2006, but since we moved to Loganville in 2011, we have been renting it out, and have had incredible luck with amazing tenants. Until June. We had a seemingly lovely family move in, pay their first month’s rent, and then never paid us another dime. Long story short (or maybe long story long, haha), it has taken us until this week to regain possession of our condo. We have hired attorneys, filed paperwork, gone to court, had setbacks (they filed for bankruptcy and our rent payments were worked into their bankruptcy repayment plan, but, you guessed it, they still didn’t pay), been lied to, been misled, been given the run-around, you name it, we’ve been through it. BUT- the hardest part is over, and we have the keys in our hands, and the condo is empty. And we are SO THANKFUL for that. You know that quote that goes something like, “be kind- everyone is fighting their own battle?” Welp- this has been our battle, on our minds in one way, shape, or form, for the past 5 months. Now, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we want to get this thing SOLD!
I went to the kids’ school and feasted with them at lunchtime for their annual Thanksgiving feasts on Wednesday! It is SO AWESOME to have all three kids at the same school, and I’m not having to rush back and forth and create more chaos! I was able to eat lunch with all three (right in a row!), and it was so much fun. It was also fun seeing my other mommy friends with two or more kids, and how we all just hung out in the cafeteria as we each had the next child’s lunch to attend. They were each so excited to see me and spend their lunchtime with me, and I am so thankful for those little lunch dates.
And now we’re ready for the weekend! Scott and I have both had LONG work weeks, and we are ready for a break. We’re heading up to Blue Ridge tomorrow to celebrate my mom’s birthday and have Thanksgiving with my side of the family, and then to Aiken Monday and Tuesday to spend time with Scott’s side. Then Wednesday morning, we’ll be back home, and volunteering to serve food to low-income veterans and their families with the Atlanta Food Bank and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. And on Thursday, we’ll have our Thanksgiving dinner at home just the five of us. On Friday, after all the Black Friday shoppers have returned home, we’ll go out, as per tradition, and get our Christmas tree and begin decorating! So, we’ll still be a bit busy next week, but busy with traveling, laughing, serving, hugging, eating, relaxing, and enjoying each other’s company. A week full of a lot of good family time to reflect on all the blessings that we have to be thankful for.
I hope you have a great Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!!