I should either learn to knock harder on wood and/or stop jinxing myself by saying things are good and will be “back to normal” when…. I’m beginning to think that this IS my normal for now. I can accept that but, boy, it’s been stressful.
 Thank God my father-in-law is OK and expected to fully recover from his recent death-defying mishap. He’ll be undergoing surgery, scheduled for Monday, and can use all the prayers he can get while he goes through and gets over this final obstacle.
 I’m glad my boys are very nearly back to being their old selves again (minus the sleep apnea… yeah!). We’re not FULLY hydrated yet but we are certainly past the syringe-method of drinking and they’ve forgiven me that bullying. Thank God.
 I am so thankful for the consistent hope I feel regarding the improvement of tough circumstances in my life. I feel like in some of my darkest — or at least most stressful — hours, I am gifted rays of hope in some way. I know I’m being cryptic but hope is hope and comes in all forms, shapes, sizes and, often, in a way you least expect it. Hope, in whatever form, buoys me up in hard times even when, ultimately, the outcome is not necessarily what I WAS HOPING FOR. Like now, I have hope!
 I’m grateful that through all these stressful times, I’ve not gained any weight. Easter alone would generally do that to me. Though I’ve not lost any more (which is what I was hoping for), I’ve generally eaten “better” than I normally would have, curbed my stress eating (mostly), threw out the jelly beans, left the chocolate bunny wrapped, and have managed to maintain that 8lb weight loss I was bragging about 4 weeks ago. So, when all this chaos and crisis is over, or maybe even in the midst of it, I can go back to Weight Watchers and start where I left off instead of having to start all over again.
 I’m very excited and thankful for a good tax return this year. (Yes, we let the federal government save our money for us… it wouldn’t happen any other way!) As a result, we are planning some home improvement projects that might just make our home look respectable to the naked eye (LOL). Someday, maybe we’ll get to the end of this never-ending home improvement project we call home. I know most homeowners say it never ends but hope springs eternal!