As I wrote over a year ago, I have a wonderful friend (who I met through blogging, met in person not long thereafter, and has become one of the people I treasure the most in the world) who taught me the joy of writing lists of things I feel grateful for.
I began this post on Friday night, continued it yesterday, but only managed to finish it up today! This weekend I am grateful for…
Dinner-time conversation and laughs around the kitchen table with my family in the evenings.
Having the privilege to work in an environment that is challenging, rewarding, and stimulating.
Stiff muscles, which have worked hard and are growing stronger.
Geographically distant friends who keep in touch regularly via email, facebook and Skype.
Knowing that my actions made a positive difference in more than one person’s life this week.
Delicious, wholesome food.
The ever-growing friendship between my two boys.
The satisfactions of gardening.
Having exciting goals to work towards.
The comfort of fresh ginger, lemon & honey tea.
Kids on bicycles with happy smiles.
The gorgeous view outside my living room window as I type.
The stability of having a more-than-just-temporary home to nest in.
Finding peace within myself.
Lemon meringue pie.
Dreams, in which I can once again be with those I love who are far away (such as swimming in a sunlit ocean with my mother last night).
Stones that fit perfectly in the palm of my hand.
Feeling increasingly settled back into my home land.
Walking barefoot and feeling the earth and grass beneath my toes.
The capacity for children to overcome others’ prejudice with their straightforward engagement, ignoring gender, age or racial differences.
The reminder that sometimes the most necessary and effective thing to do is nothing.
Retaining hope and faith.
A sense of living a full, and fulfilling, life.