THANKFUL FRIDAY

Hey...you know when you have a secret that you really want to share, but you can't? I've been sitting on a nugget of a secret for some time now. It wasn't really my secret to share, but I knew something pretty spectacular and sweet and it was something just between me and the person who told me the secret. I am a pretty good secret keeper. It's kind of my thing in the family. I'm the secret keeper. Usually I don't have a problem with this. It doesn't bother me to hold onto some bit of news for another person, but sometimes you get a hold of some news that is just so beautiful, you want to tell the world. This was one of those secrets. It was a secret about Misti and Mark, told to me by Mark and I couldn't say a word about it to Misti. And boy howdie! That nugget of information was HARD to keep to myself. Last weekend, Mark proposed to Misti and I finally got to tell her my secret.

The weekend I went to Oklahoma for John's service, I stayed with Misti and Mark in Norman. That late afternoon, early evening a small group of us gathered on their front porch for reminiscing and wine (reminwining?). I left for a couple of hours to have diner with the Jens and Robin and when Robin and I got back to the McClellan Manor, Misti was asleep on the couch. So Robin, Mark and I sat out on the porch talking about nothing and everything. We talked about the past and relationships and the future and marriage. I learned a lot about Mark that evening. Then Mark grinned like a little boy and said "I'm gonna marry Misti." The twinkle in his eye would have rivaled Santa's. It was so authentically and honestly said and the look on his face was undeniable. It held all of the love and joy he had for Misti. My heart swelled for them. It wasn't because Mark was going to legally wed Misti one day. My heart swelled for them because I could see that marriage or no marriage that this man truly loves and wants to spend the rest of his life my friend. 

I'm really thankful to be able to spill the beans on that secret, but more than that, I am thankful for this bit of good in Misti's life. We want good things for our friends. What a week for being thankful! Engagements and babies! Such wonderful things to be thankful for. I am thankful for the time spent on my yoga mat this week and sharing my practice with a fellow teacher. I am thankful for the progress made on the bathroom. The plan is to be done with the bathroom this weekend. Micheal has pulled everything off the walls and spackled and taped and is all set to paint the trim tonight before sitting down to watch the World Series. Because I don't know if you've heard this, but the Kansas City Royals are in the World Series and it's pretty big deal. His plans are to paint the walls and ceiling tomorrow before the next game in the series starts. It's all coming together (around baseball) and I can't wait for the finished bathroom. I'm thankful for all the work he's put into getting it done quickly. 

I am thankful. For a whole bunch of wonderful. Here's to a beautiful weekend and truly Thankful Friday!