Day two...practicing patience. Our buyers' inspector came to our home today. He went through it with a fine-tooth comb. I no likee that. It's very difficult to hear someone go through and point out the flaws. He noticed things that we live with and forget are even an issue... an outlet that doesn't work (never has since be bought the home, but it's in a place that we've never needed a plug), the gallery ceiling fan is quirky, a lightbulb under the stairs is not up to code (who knew?)... things like that. There were two major issues, in his opinion, both of which we had already disclosed to the buyers. (I literally told them every flaw that I could think of because I didn't want them to have any surprises.) The inspector was a very kind man, but he did his job well! With little gadgets, ladders, flashlights, you name it. He was pretty thorough!
It's really odd to have someone going through your life, your home, the home that you love. All of a sudden, all of my fears came to surface again. "What if's" make me immensely insane! Deep sigh. Practicing patience. Practicing faith. Practicing lots of positive affirmations!
This morning, I attended a meeting with the High School team for teacher conferences and planning next year for Quayd and Grace. I can. not. believe. we are planning Quayd's senior year in High School! Quayd has been in resource classes since he started school. It was wonderful to hear that he's getting all As on every assignment that he's turned in in his English Creative Writing class... a mainsteam class! Today, we planned his next year, in which he'll be taking mainstream everything but math classes all year! This is HUGE! He was so excited! He also chose his last electives... some fun classes in the arts, including a Social Dance class. The wrestling coach/counselor was teasing him that he should sign up for wrestling. His favorite teacher made the comment, "Social Dance has two girls for every boy. It's a fun class." SOLD! To the soon to be 18 year old cute boy! Social Dance it is! There was, as always, much good spoken about Quayd's positive and cheerful personality and his willingness to help those around him.
Grace's teachers were also full of praise. It's delightful to attend their IEP meetings and hear such great things about them. Grace has one teacher who did not need to be there and asked to come so that she could let me know how much she loves her. She said, "I want Grace in every class, every hour, every day. She's so polite and kind." TONS of praise. It was a great experience! Grace is doing great in school, as well. They really are good kids. Love it! I love these kids!
Today's "patience project" was cookies to be shared. I baked cookies that I've been wanting to make for four months, but since I've been watching what I eat since NYC, I've resisted. Since I'm sharing, I thought it was a good time to try the recipe. OH MY WORD! These were SOOOOOO tasty! I may never try another recipe... why would I? These are perfection!!!
Almond Joy Cookies
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tsp. vanilla
4 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
5 cups chocolate chips
2 cups flaked coconut
2 cups chopped almonds
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips, coconut and almonds. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Share and Enjoy! Perfection, I'm not kidding!
I'm posting early tonight because I may be heading over to Carol's a little later to hot tub. It will be a serious late-nighter, if I go. BUT. My foot is begging me to go! Carol invited, if her earlier plans end early enough. How can I resist the offer, if things come together!!? Therefore and in behalf, I'm blogging early to be ready to roll!
Life is good! Live it joyfully!
Forget all the reasons why it won't work
and focus on all the reasons it will!