It goes like this: when everything in the world seems terrible, you find one thing to be grateful for. For example, today I am thankful for my landlord, who was sweet enough to share a sampler of Albanian food with us when he had a party.
I'm also grateful for pumpkin season. My vegetable guy down the street just started selling them. I bought the cutest little green pumpkin, carried it home, and turned it into the pure gold that is pumpkin red curry.
But I'm also grateful for family. Sam's parents are all moved in to their own place here in Prishtina, and it is an absolute delight to have them nearby. I love being able to meet Carol for coffee. I love that Sam and his dad can have guys' nights out. I love having people I can talk freely with and cry on when life gets tough. I love being cared for in the way only parents can.
I'm also grateful for the friends we have here in Prishtina. Jackie and Skender—two friends from Prishtina High School—have particularly lifted our spirits this year. We often get together with them to laugh and vent and muse about life here in this little country. I'm grateful for the way they care for one another, and how they continually encourage us.
I'm grateful for Skype, and all the times it has saved my sanity.
I'm grateful for my amazing, hard-working, endlessly-entertaining husband.
I'm grateful that we live in Europe and will be able to travel this year.
I'm grateful that God, the creator of all things, speaks to me personally and cares what's happening in my life.
In fact, once I begin thinking about everything I am grateful for, it's hard for me to stop. What I love about the Gratefulness Game is that it builds a kind of momentum in my heart. The wheels of reverence and joy shake off their dust and begin to turn. Ego and self-pity slow to a halt. I remember my place in the span of the heavens: merely dust, but dearly loved and cared for.
who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)
May you be blessed, and may you know just how blessed you are,
Liz (and Sam)