The summer and the beginning of my marriage has been accompanied by the many challenges of married missionary life. There are several days where the challenges seem to overshadow all of the blessings that have also been given to us. There are days where Ben and I both are sort of stuck in this rut of fear and frustration and that horrible “thief of joy” comparison. How can one avoid fear, frustration, and comparison? Living in the present and being thankful for all that we have been given.
So, in an attempt to be more thankful for the present moment, Thankful Thursdays will be posted every other week. This week, I am thankful:
- For my husband, for his patience and support
- For the generosity of God and for the generosity of so many people around us
- For being able to use my frustration as motivation
- For getting ready to kick my student loans in the face and for the opportunity to sacrifice for my [future] family.
- For getting to spend time with my family on Long Island last week and for trips to the North Fork.
- For floppy sun hats
- For having a plan to kick our student debt in the face
- For “The Mermaid and the Unicorn” and the enjoyment I’ve gotten out of reading the first several chapters. (Spoiler-free book review coming soon! Make sure to check it out!)
- For our visit to Rochester, the Museum of Play, butterflies and puffball quails, and for the Sherlock Holmes Great Escape Room
- For free tickets to a production of “Steel Magnolias” in Playhouse Square and a night out
- Cannoli in Cleveland’s Little Italy
- Our Sweet Lady Undoer of Knots