I am grateful for the quiet I had yesterday to complete my grading and get midterm grades in. I am grateful for the laughter which fills our home and how well our friend Sam fits into our family and the blessings he brings to our home and our lives. I am grateful that our friend Nicole and her three children were not at home when they were place was burglarized again. I am grateful for the power of prayer which somehow brings us through the most challenging of times. I am grateful for each day that I wake up and the lessons it reveals to me along the way.