gratitude sunday

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gratitudeย โ€” the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • Beautiful sunsets
  • Visits with my brother and niece — they don’t get to come off the “Cape” often, but when they do we make the most of our time together ๐Ÿ™‚
  • The annual “reset” that New Year brings each January — I am not one for resolutions, but I do value the taking stock, reflection, and planning for coming year
  • Our amazing chickens — yesterday was the first day since they starting laying a few weeks ago that all six gave us an egg (or as we joke “paid their rent” ๐Ÿ™‚ )!
  • The traditional burning ceremony our church holds each first Sunday of January — it’s always one of the best attended services and it feels great to collectively let go of the personal emotional baggage from the previous year ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Trying out a new recipe and it’s a successful! I made this cake for our family gathering on Monday and it was a delicious hit, yum.
  • Being given the contact details of a local farmer who sells organic chicken feed at a super price — we’ll save a lot of $$ buying from him in future (and he’s super nice to boot!)
  • This break from my studies and the grind of daily classes — I am starting to feel my batteries recharging and beginning to look forward to the next semester. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • But in the meantime, it’s been nice to return to fiction reading. With so much to keep up with reading assignment-wise during the fall, I was left with no time (or desire) for leisure reading.
  • New Year’s eating traditions: I love this part of the festivities. I made the traditional PA Dutch pork and sauerkraut for James (and I confess it smelled so good, for a second or two, I questioned my vegetarian status!) and I had sauerkraut with collard greens, ย beans, and soba noodles — a total hodgepodge of ethnic NY’s good luck foods but delicious nevertheless. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • The year that has passed — last year at this time, I had zero idea of what my life would like now, having just been made redundant a few weeks earlier. Sure, life is always uncertain, but I am excited by the direction my work has shifted in 2015 and can’t wait to learn more in the coming year!

welcome january and 2016!

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january

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february

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march

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april

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may

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june

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july

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august

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september

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october

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november

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december

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2015 was a challenging year in many ways, but one that also brought us many blessings for which we are very grateful. In my absence these past few months, I started a new two-year degree program in graphic design — something I had dreamt about for some time but suddenly, finally became possible. I found most days during my first semester back at school exhilarating but also exhausting and a proper work-life balance always just out of reach. I am hoping that, with the major transition behind me, the spring semester, which starts in a few weeks, will be easier to manage. Although I must add that my hard work paid off with a 3.92 grade point average! ๐Ÿ™‚

There were many other highlights of the past year. We were lucky to spend time at the beach and make a ย couple trips to New York, where I took in wonderful concerts by Iris DeMent and Lyle Lovett. We also went to a reading by David Seders in October, which was a fun night out! Our garden gave us so much this past year, and I found it incredibly satisfying to put up so many pints of preserves. The summer was also full of our favorite festivals — the local folk festival, the peach festival, the chili pepper festival, the fiddle festival — all were great fun! We enjoyed a baseball night out with my dad for father’s day and visits with my brother and niece. I wake up in the morning surrounded by the love of a husband, two dogs, and a cat. All of our chicks from the spring are fully grown and providing an abundance of fresh eggs. The days guide us from season to season, each seeming richer than the previous. The sun rises and sets, and we are blessed.