Monday, May 10

Subtle reminders

Last week, I was taking a drive out to the country to visit some good friends. As I took in the peaceful beauty of my surroundings, I was reminded that I still don't stop often enough to think about where God has put me and how blessed I am today in this moment. It is easy to go from one activity to another, forgetting to capture those amazing memories along the way. Once again while I drove, I resolved to be content and even expectant at what the day would bring.

Over the past several weeks, I have had so many enjoyable moments of side-splitting laughter, good food with friends, walks around the lake and just relishing God's creation. I am thankful for seasons, new recipes, love from family, and so much more.

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Italy trip

I have been going through my pictures, and have enjoyed looking at this album of Italy. I was able to go over last year to attend a conference. This was the first time I have been back in twenty years. The pictures are made up mostly of places we lived as a family. My brother and I were able to go together, and we were graciously hosted by some friends of ours from language school in Perugia. I feel such a sense of nostalgia when I look at these pictures. I miss Italy so much. It was strange to go back as a tourist knowing I would be returning to the US after such a short time. Tonight I made cookies with Nutella in them, and I remembered how much I enjoyed the simple pleasures. Fortunately, you can find it here! Saturday, we are going up to my brother's house to celebrate a late Thanksgiving, only we will be making homemade tortellini instead of turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!