Taking note of one good thing every day. This month was hard and good. From Italy to New York, the Evolving Faith conference to meeting my two new nephews, all topped off with cancer, what a ride. Still, I’m thankful and here’s my monthly review of why.
2 happy birthday mom, let’s fly to Italy
3 the warmest possible welcome into the town and family of the subject of my book
4 speaking about Annalena Tonelli and a love that is stronger than fear to 250 Italian high school seniors
5 I’m in Italy and I’m not thinking about Kavanaugh or Ford. I’m thinking about sacrificial love, courageous service, and hard, hard work, about community and peace and hope
6 university lectures I can sort of follow (barely) in Italian
7 one last bowl of gelato before leaving Italy
8 flying home-ish
9 good news from the doctor after a second biopsy – probably it didn’t spread
10 picking up Tom at the airport, now we are in the same country for a few weeks, like regular married people
11 night photography class and city lights reflected off water
12 collecting red, orange, and yellow leaves
13 leaf-covered bridges
14 listening to live music with my husband and taste-testing beer (I never like beer but it does look pretty)
15 trampolining fun with the newest kid in my life, fun to play little kid games again and who doesn’t love a good trampoline bounce?
16 coffee with a woman I met on the airplane, never done that before, I’m a no-talker on planes, but enjoyed how our thoughts and live have traced similar trails in recent years
17 quick pre-op physical (because darn it all, other than the alien beast in my neck, I’m perfectly healthy)
18 talking with an expatriate who had to leave her job abroad because of health issues, she gets it
19 Jones family Halloween party complete with relay games, scavenger hunt, and eyeball spaghetti
20 watching my daughter work on an experiment in her chemistry lab at University, then hiking Gooseberry Falls on a gorgeous MN fall afternoon
21 my husband cooked a feast for me while I worked
22 long run, ran the whole time, maybe the last double digit run for a while
23 deep and vulnerable conversation about the broken places in our lives
24 meeting my two new nephews for the first time since they were adopted
25 adding another sister to the mix, in North Carolina
26 Evolving Faith Conference
27 Still. Evolving Faith Conference.
28 true community living, a radically upside down way of life and love
29 talking books and publishing and dreaming
30 250 high school students with open ears and hearts to a message about moving away from comfort, toward need
31 giving directions to a Somali couple, in Somali, in my little suburb. Laughing together and welcoming them to the neighborhood where all are welcome.
What are you thankful for?