Today I am thankful for . . .
556. The gift of Vacation Bible School. We started ours at our church tonight. Mitchell and I are volunteers and Ty is experiencing his last year as an attendee.
557. The gift of Trimmed, Watered and Weeded flowerbeds. My peonies have finished blooming, so I cut off the dying flowers and trimmed back some of the leaves to make the entire plant look more appealing; I watered my flowers, which finally seem to be getting somewhere. We've had so much rain this past month that I think my plants went into wetness shock or something, and as a result they haven't been blooming much:( I also took some time to get at some weeds today. This needs to be a daily occurrence for me. Living in the country brings on a different kind of challenge with weeds, especially since much of our "lawn" is weeds! The worst weeds are quack grass, huge dandelion-type weeds and chickweed. The chickweed is especially bad -- and because it is so fine, it's hard to get it all right down to the roots.
558. The gift of Payment Plans. As the bills tend to get behind once summer comes (due to my not working), I am always so grateful that the utility companies are willing to let me pay with installments rather than one lump sum. It makes it much easier for us to break-up our expenses each month.