I live in a place that looks like this:
I crave places that look like this:
Our current environment sometimes feels like this:
I crave environments that make me feel like this:
What are the most cherished gifts you have ever received?
For me that list is easy. They are the most thought-filled gifts and probably some of the least expensive ones I’ve been given.
This year I am especially inspired by two expat families who are determined to make Christmas memories for their children in spite of the land that we live in. For little cost, they have created memories that their family will cherish for years to come:
One named a plant Mohammed, created their own decorations, and turned that plant into their Christmas tree last year. Their kids liked it so much that this year when they had the option of a more traditional tree, they wanted Mohammed!
This time last year we had just said yes to our first expat adventure. We were facing massive unknowns, planning for the transition that this change would bring and choosing our attitudes.
This year as I reflected on that season in our lives the thoughts and feelings came back in a flood. In order to fully share that experience I have to take you back in time…
Although it sounds like something that small children can do, it takes a clear vision of the value of gratitude and a strong mind to practice thankfulness.
Below are 5 powerful reasons for adults and children to practice thanksgiving:
Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff. Max Lucado
October was a tough month.
As soon as I felt well enough to get out of the house I said yes to everyone I had been saying no to while I was sick. And although I was thrilled to see them, I tried to do too much too soon.
And I came home today feeling so thankful. As always, I turned on the music that would reflect my heart and speak to me. And then sat down to write. As I looked through interviews I’ve done and thoughts I’ve been noting, I stumbled across this quote from Einstein.
He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.