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Good Things, the Tenth. April 2018

This month almost got away from me without keeping track. I missed a few days and had to remember what had happened then.

Here’s my good things from April. Paying attention and taking note of one good thing, every day.

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1 Extreme egg hunting among thorns, trash, skull graffiti, and donkeys

2 Teenagers babysitting. Pillow fights. Tackle time. General awesome chaos

3 Settlers

4 family road trip north

5 long-term friend, sharing my heart

6 40

7 a surprise 40-celebration with cupcakes

8 teenage humor and a scary mannequin baby

9 brother! nephew!

10 kayaking at sunset down snaking rivers through mangroves

11 camel train at lac assal

12 here’s the International School of Djibouti!

13 SCUBA diving, snorkeling off hidden beaches, rain on the boat

14 sunrise service at Turtle Island, one life deeply impacted

15 a beach emergency, my nephew keeping calm, my son taking charge like a pro, my daughters helping and keeping spirits up, excellent urgent care at the French hospital from German surgeons. #scaredbutthankful

16 school board meeting with coworkers and friends who share the vision and are eager to be involved

17 cooking.so.much.good.food. #openhousetomorrow

18 people from all aspects of our lives, from all over the globe, celebrating our graduating twins

19 waffle bar Thursday and Settlers

20 local running team sprinting past me, the slow 40-year old, including two girls in head scarves, spandex shorts, and tank tops. Rock on, girls!

21 three kids walking into the sunset together, last night in this country for two of them

22 tears at the airport

23 empathy from a fellow mom of boarding school kids

24 bacon bits

25 a quiet, empty house

26 phone calls with giggling 12-year olds

27 Turkish kebabs, bread, and expressing thanks for good husbands

28 coffee with a global friend

29 a hike in Arta Town at sunset

30 the power came back on. Eventually.

Good Things, the Ninth. March 2018

Taking note of one good thing, every day. Learning to pay attention.

1 boys, now men. girls, now women.

2 thick, Kenyan, mountain fog

3 Herman the Python (was going to post a photo of two boys who have asked for a couple of years now to be on Djibouti Jones. I can’t find the picture. Sorry guys.)

4 a longform essay, terrible first draft, tolerable second draft

5 a desert hare

6 friends who are joyful servants

7 welcoming a new boss

8 American Easter chocolates, melty in Djibouti

9 hilly 15-mile cool-weather running

*image by Jessica Gardner

10 feeling shepherded

11 finding out a friend is a fellow podcast junkie

12 fruit cups with kiwi

13 #3

14 sunrise over an abandoned ship in the ocean

15 beach-tired

16 lost down the time-tunnel of photographs for a graduation slideshow

17 that time he posted a photo on instagram

18 hearing a friend’s voice over the miles

19 work at home day during which I work

20 lunch out with friends who stay

21 the ability to travel, at a moment’s notice, when needed

22 generous wisdom, vulnerability

23 a long quiet

24 they’re home

25 baby giggles

26 watching the tide sweep in at Turtle Island

27 lunch meat surprise: rabbit

28 school movie night

29 more mystery meat lunch: lemon pepper chicken for a crowd

30 long run, long conversation, new friend

31 Watching the sunset while grilling kebabs at the beach

Good Things, the Third. September 2017

Taking note of one good thing, one beautiful thing, one thing to be thankful for each day.

1 puzzles and apple cinnamon tea

2 our puppy splashing through the ocean at sunset

3 helpful car mechanics

4 sleeping in late on the last day of summer

5 the first day of school at the International School of Djibouti

6 leftover pizza

7 “thank you for learning my language. I congratulate you and I love you.”

8 hot wind on my face

9 spicy lentil soup

10 licking sticky fresh halwad from my fingers

11 my 9/11 birthday baby

12 bringing friends from the airport at midnight to crash in an air-conditioned room, drink a cold glass of water, and share a meal. Welcome home, we’re glad you’re here.

13 a dress with pockets

14 ten friends sharing the best burgers in town, chez moi

15 sand between my toes, salt on my lips, ocean water like a bath

16 this, from To Bless the Space Between Us

Awaken your spirit to adventure;

Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;

Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,

For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

17 a squishy baby in my lap

18 a visit to a friend’s new shop, Tiki Do’ Boutique

19 a long phone conversation with my son

20 on my run I only sweat through my shirt down to my belly button, leaving a good two inches of dry-ish shirt

21 honey mustard curry chicken with rice, pumpkin maple granola, steamy pumpkin bread smeared with melty pads of butter, and dear friends

22 untangling spiritual thoughts with a trusted friend as we walk in the dark

23 a quiet, solitary day with my hands full of books

24 a silvery snake, three-feet long, gliding out of my way on a run at dawn

25 best chocolate chip cookies I ever made

26 volleyball, again, always

27 remembering a life, a mother, a grandmother, a mother-in-law

28 a song, a truth, everything is holy now

29 beach volleyball

30 plumbers who do the work

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