Linking with Cami at First Day of My Life
"It's not what the world holds for you. It's what you bring to it." L.M. Montgomery
Traveling in Europe was great fun. We met many awesome people...and witnessed firsthand that even though we may come from different cultures, speak different languages or hold different customs.....we're all pretty much the same. We're people with the same hopes, dreams and desires. I'm thankful for so much, especially for.....
-bonding tighter with my girls. We've become closer......I see them in a different light....almost as if somehow we've all grown up a bit. I feel privileged to be their mom. They're great people....kind, gentle and good.
-The many wonderful people we encountered along the way....Jacob - the sweet older Jewish man, the two women from Kent that we met at the Anne Frank Annex, the older couple from Texas who told us they were amazed at our family and we were of theirs, the locals in each city who showed us only kindness and helpfulness.
-the stories we heard that forever changed us - Anne Frank and the people who hid in the Annex desperate and hopeful to live....Corrie Ten Boom's gentle family and their sacrificial lifestyle that resulted in most of them dying in the worst imaginable way.
-the sights that are forever embedded in our minds - the sparkling Effiel Tower, standing in front of Rembrandt paintings and other known artists, the buildings and churches rich in historical significance......and so much more.
-mostly though.....that He takes our lives and forever changes us....It's my bond with Him that I am mostly thankful for. He's taken my life and given me more than I could ever have dreamed possible. I want to live good and give back....so that He's never sorry He loved me enough to pull me out of the darkness I was in.....He's my hope....my courage....and the reason life has become this good.