30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 19 – Best Friend

Well, I know this is going to sound a bit cliché, but my husband truly is my best friend. He’s the person I want to talk to when things are good or when things are rough. He’s the first one I call when I have something to share.  He’s the one person I never get tired of spending time with. He makes me a better person, and I still get really excited when he walks through the door at the end of the day. He makes me laugh, and holds me when I cry. All this, plus he’s just plain handsome!

30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 18 – Something New

This is my new olive wood mortar and pestle. I’m super excited about it! I’m not much of a knick-knack kind of person, so when we travel I like to get things like salts and spices from the area we’re visiting. I also have kind of a weird obsession with wooden kitchen utensils. Anyway, I’m excited about this because it reminds me of our trip to Greece, and it’s the perfect size to break down the salts and spices I have from our other trips. Plus, it’s just super cute!

30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 17 – Memories

On our shelf we have a photo album that has 200 love notes from my husband to me. A few weeks after we got engaged, he realized that we had 200 days until we got married. He decided that for each of those 200 days he would write me a note telling me one thing he loved about me. I love looking at this album. I love remembering the fun things we did while dating. I love remembering the things that made us fall in love. I love being reminded of what I can do to make him feel loved. I love being reminded of how unbelievable well he sees the real me. I love that some of the notes are silly, some are deep, and some still sweep me off my feet.

30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 16 – Animals

Well, I haven’t actually see any living animals the last couple of days, unless you count tiny bugs, so I decided to take a picture of a stuffed animal. This works out better with the gratitude theme anyway. This is a photo of my teddy bear. I’ve had her since I graduated from high school. She was a gift from my best friend’s mom who said that when I was sad or lonely, I could hug this bear and know that I was really receiving a hug from her. This bear has seen a lot of tears and hugging since then. Sometimes when I can’t wake my husband up after a bad dream, I still grab this bear. If Matt wakes up and sees me holding tight to her, he knows it was a rough night. She is faded and worn, and I love her a lot.

30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 15 Technology

So, on our flight back from Athens I was a little pouty. Matt and I didn’t get seats together, and even though it’s only a two hour flight, I got a little mopey about it. Then a ridiculously drunk man sat next to me and proceeded to spill his beer all over while elbowing me in the ribs. What does this have to do with being thankful for technology. Well, in the midst of my moping, the Lord gave me this beautiful sunset to watch through my window. How amazing to have the technology of flying that allows us to see a sunset like this from ABOVE the clouds!

30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 14 – Movement

This is a picture of my husband crossing the finish line of the Athens Classic Marathon this weekend. He’s the one on the far left, and his actual time was 3:36:40 – a whole 9 minutes faster than his goal time. I’m so proud of him, and I’m so thankful that we were able to go to Athens this weekend so he could accomplish one of his life goals – running the original marathon route.

30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 13 – Written Words

I love words! Living in Europe, I’ve become fascinated with taking pictures of street signs because I love to see the words written in different languages. Of course, without context and a lot of picture clues, I don’t always know what the signs are about. :) This is a sign from a bakery we visited this weekend. When we finally got off the bus after being a bit lost, we were greeted with the unbelievable smell of amazing things being baked. It turns out the town we stayed in the first night has a bread bakery. Yummy! We saw an amazing bakery across the street and decided to treat ourselves to a couple of these things. They were full of honey and nuts. Unbelievable! I don’t know what the sign says in Greek, but I assume it’s something along the lines of, “Eat this because it’s delicious and will make you smile.”

30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 12 – Hands

Watching sporting events is always a very powerful thing for me. I think it’s the whole idea of someone pushing themselves to reach an amazing goal. Now, of course this isn’t true of all sporting events, but it is definitely true of a marathon. One of the most inspirational things I saw this weekend was a woman who did the 10K race. She has cerebral palsy and walked the whole race with a cane and a friend holding her hand. How amazing to accomplish such a thing. How incredible to have someone hold your hand the whole way.

30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 11 – Something Old

Whew! We just had a whirlwind weekend trip to Greece where my husband ran the Athens Classic Marathon. Needless to say, being in Athens made it easy to photograph something old. This is a view of the Acropolis from the roof of one of our hotels. Amazing!

30 Days of Gratitude :: Day 10 – Nature

I truly am so grateful for nature. I grew up in the mountains of California, and there is just something about being in God’s creation that makes me feel like all is right. When I was taking pictures this past weekend, this little ladybug and I made friends. I think he/she (’cause how can you tell?) is just beautiful.

Two more friends have joined the challenge!

You can follow Amanda’s gratitude here: Amanda & Carrie in Vienna

You can follow Leslie’s gratitude here: Kidd’s Ring