Belated Thursday Thanksgivings

Where does a week go when one teaches four days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.? Thursday came and went without a word of gratitude from me. I’m falling down on the job here. I should note that even though I am on campus ALL DAY, I do not teach all day. I have two classes during the 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. session and two more in the 5:30-10:30 p.m. session. There is a that three hour “lay-over” between the day and evening sessions that allows me to run errands, eat lunch, catch up on grading, or put my head down on my desk and take a much needed nap. Good thing my little cubby is in the corner and no one can see me snoozing!

I have written several times about parenting a prodigal. The last several years have given me an appreciation for the parable of the prodigal son. I realize that, for me, the parable is more about how to parent such a child. God knows that I go astray often enough, and He does allow me to make my own choices. But when I reach my limits, He welcomes me home with open arms. In the case of my own prodigal, he has reached his limits, and he is seeking refuge at home. And it’s not just that he’s returning to his family and a dwelling place. He is also finding his faith once again, and he is returning to God. I have prayed and prayed; my prodigal keeps me on my knees. This week, God has been moving in so may powerful ways. I can only give Him thanks.

Last week, I had a treat at lunch time. I sat down with my bowl of chicken salad (okay, it was the grocery store deli chicken salad, but it’s almost as good as homemade), looked out the window, and there were four deer grazing on the weeds at the edge of the pond. It was a glorious sight! And yes, I managed to catch a couple of pictures of them. My husband, though, managed to “offend” me by asking if those images were REAL. Would you believe he thought I used some kind of photography trick? Nope, these beauties were grazing in our backyard. I am thankful to share in God’s creation.


I am thankful that I have a job and a career that I enjoy. Teaching is always frustrating, but when the students are interested in learning and dedicated to making themselves better for the careers they have chosen, when administrators and leaders provide support, it is a pleasure to go to work (even if one must work from sun up until sun down! I enjoy working with the other instructors and sharing bits of our lives with each other.

Life is good.

By Olivia Fulmer

I am the OliviaIrene of OliviaIrene Photography. I am a photographer, a teacher, a story teller. I use this space to tell stories of life, family, and faith through words and images. I'd love to share your stories as well. Join me in this journey.

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