*Warning! Nauseatingly sentimental blog post ahead!*
not going to lie, today is a very tough day to be an ex-pat. I started the
morning like any other day. I ran Bailey 8 miles, took a shower, and started
working on my daily chores. And then it hit me- today is Thanksgiving. And I
started moping. I sat on the stairs and hugged my pups and shed a few
homesick-laden tears. I resolved that today, I would excuse myself from all
household duties and lounge around ruminating over how much I missed my family
and how badly I wanted to sit around the kitchen table with them for a not-so-friendly
game of trivial pursuit.
And then I snapped out of it. Because today isn’t about
focusing on what my life is lacking, the sacrifices we’re making, and what we’re
missing out on. Today is a day to deliberately show gratitude for the multitude
of blessings that my life is overflowing with. Because let’s be honest, I’m not
with my family today because I’m out in the world, living my dream, supporting
my wonderful husband, and spoiling my pups. So without further adieu, here are
the things I’m most grateful for today.
...For long runs through
...For the best jogging partner a girl could have.
legs and lungs that will carry me 8 miles while my mind is free to wander,
process, and pray.
...For friends who see the nasty forecast and offer to drive
several miles out of their way in peak traffic just to take me to the gym.
...For a dog who gets me out of the house no matter how hard the wind is blowing
or how freezing the temperatures are. It’s always hard to get started, but I
never regret getting her out.
...For my husband who is so much more than a best
friend to me.
...For my husband’s job
that more than provides for our needs and still allows him to be home and
present for dinner each night.
...For the choice to stay home and play mahjong
instead of drudging off everyday to a job that sucks the soul out of me.
a husband who encourages me to go back to school, to write novels, to follow my
dreams…even if my dreams never bring in any income.
...For my sweet Sam, who
brings joy to my loneliest days and warmth to my coldest nights.
...For Scottish sunrises. We don’t always
see the sun here in Aberdeen, but when we do, it’s something to see.
friends who drive miles out of their way in peak traffic just to give me a lift
to book club.
...For books, who keep my mind learning and my imagination
working. And brilliant and interesting women to discuss them with.
AWA who fills my social calendar up to the brim, as if to say, “Go away
Seasonal Affective Disorder. You’re not welcome here.”
...For friends who in
the last 6 months have become a surrogate family to us.
...For friends’ dogs,
who have also become extensions of our family.
...For I-phone’s iMessage
program which allows me to text my friends and family back home for free.
...For all four of my grandparents.
...For a brother who is fiercely loyal and
...For a sister who inspires me to have the right sort of values
...For parents who modeled an expat adventure to us and taught me to
color outside the border-lines.
...For parents who raised me to have a
relationship with Christ.
...For my relationship with Christ.
freedom to write this blog. For the readers who support it. For the archive it’s
providing of our lives, that already we look back on and cherish.
Tanvi is organizing a Thanksgiving Pot Luck dinner for the AWA tonight, so I
will still get to gorge on turkey, potatoes, and pecan pie. She’s
even arranged for the Texans game to be playing while we’re there, which is
just a small detail that means so much to us displaced Americans. I’m beyond
grateful for such a large expat community who totally understand why days like
this are tough. And for local friends who still reach out to send a happy
Thanksgiving message, even though the day brings no significance to them.
all of these things, I’m extremely thankful.
I’m constantly grateful. I’m undeniably blessed. Happy Thanksgiving! I'd love to know the many ways your life is blessed, so please comment away with the things that you are grateful for!