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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Gratitude Series Part IV



Just a reminder - these are past posts from social media. 

On day 6 of the lockdown here in Spain I started a gratitude series on social media. I would like to share it here, too, as some of you are not on social media. I will post eight days or so at a time until day 50. All of these gratitude posts are from during the strictest quarantine measures in Spain over March and April 2020. At the end of each post I will include some links to favorite recipes I have made recently. 

Day 30: I’m thankful for my body. Hear me out. Most of my life, I wanted to be different. I wanted to be skinny. Like, no-hips-lanky-size-4 skinny. My dear mom always told me I was strong. I misinterpreted that to mean big. Thanks to some major emotional work over the years (lots of prayer, Celebrate Recovery, counseling, restoring certain relationships, and forgiveness) I have been able to embrace who I am and how I was created. Some activities have also helped: running, yoga, strength training and even gymnastics. When I am moving, I am aware of my strength and physical abilities. This helps me be strong emotionally, too. And I also recognize the simple things my body does each day: carry me from one room to the other, cook dinner, pick up my kids, hug my husband. God made me strong, and my strength is in Him. I am thankful for my body.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Gratitude Series Part III




Just a reminder - these are past posts from social media. 

On day 6 of the lockdown here in Spain I started a gratitude series on social media. I would like to share it here, too, as some of you are not on social media. I will post eight days or so at a time until day 50. All of these gratitude posts are from during the strictest quarantine measures in Spain over March and April 2020. At the end of each post I will include some links to favorite recipes I have made recently. 


Day 21: When I was a teenager in Massachusetts, my mom planted red geraniums in the brick planters on either side of the front door. I loved how cheerful they looked against our blue house. She did it every summer at my insistence after that. Now, wherever I go, I buy geraniums. I’ve switched from dark red to coral red. They are dependable flowers that are easy to grow, even through the winter if you have a sunny window. Their color brings me joy and helps me feel closer to nature. I am thankful for geraniums.