Today was a good day.
Sure, it had it's fill of flaws...I got notification that a grant I submitted for one of my heartsongs (Family Resource Center) wasn't approved. To a professional grant writer, that probably means funding was tight or timing and/or fit were off. But to me, that means Pre-k kids at FRC won't be able to go on a field trip to the Strong Museum. Something that most of us in Rochester can do every other Saturday without thinking, but for them is an experience of a lifetime.
Just as that threatens to bring me down:
--->I get a sweet email from a friend reminding me to appreciate my worth that perks my spirits.
--->My kids snuggle up with me on the couch to watch Rudolph and munch popcorn.
--->I'm able to video chat with the Ciravola family, which proves to be loud and chaotic, and absolutely warms my heart.
--->I solidify plans with my person to continue our "family" tradition tomorrow and am beyond excited to see her.
--->the boys and I do a simple craft that goes smoothly and we all enjoy!
--->I read an email from my boss, thanking me for a job well done this week, despite hectic deadlines, frantic schedules, and a migraine that threatened to do me in.
--->A Christmas present I ordered for a friend arrives in the mail and seeing it in person is even better than my vision!
--->My hubby makes dinner for the boys and I before he heads off to work, and the boys actually eat a good dinner without argument.
--->A video is posted on Facebook that makes me happy, puts me in the holiday spirit, and reminds me of my Daddy.
--->The boys and I go out in the first snowfall of the season and I get to take pictures of them just being kids.
These are the things I will choose to hang on to today. Not the bad news. Or the failed attempt at helping those that deserve it and need it most. I will focus, instead, on the silver linings in my gray cloud. The glimpses of love, support, encouragement, and hope that have sustained me throughout the day. I hope you, too, can find your silver lining. Goodnight.