On day 6 of the lockdown here in Spain I started a gratitude series on social media. I would like to share it here, too, as some of you are not on social media. I will post eight days or so at a time until day 50. All of these gratitude posts are from during the strictest quarantine measures in Spain over March and April 2020. At the end of each post I will include some links to favorite recipes I have made recently.
Day 33: I’m thankful for the chance to laugh! After yesterday’s tears, I’m ready today for laughter, silliness, and goofiness. Here is Lydia dancing like a character from the Peanuts cartoons. We love to laugh, and a big belly laugh is a great way to relieve stress. What is the last thing you really laughed at?
|Day 36: Today I’m simply thankful for the gift of learning Spanish. I’m nowhere near fluent, but I’m certainly conversational. Studying since high school and living in three different Spanish speaking countries has helped, but do you know what has helped me make the greatest gains? NachoTime Spanish. It’s worth every penny. For less than $1 a day I watch video lessons, complete homework, and interact with other students and native teachers. I love it. I’m thankful for the gift of learning another language.|
|Day 37: Today I’m simply thankful for my family. I am who I am because of the impact they each had in my life. From my dad’s steady faithfulness to my mom’s humor and wisdom, to my Aunt Nancy’s friendliness and uncanny ability to have a conversation with anyone. From my sister Megan’s delight in the little joys of life and her empathy for others, to my brother Nathan’s innovativeness and tenacity. And lastly, my brother Charlie’s quick witted ability to make things right and put others at ease. I’m thankful for you all and for the ways our family has grown over the years to include other wonderful people: Eric, Maddie, and my nieces and kids. (Photo by Vanessa Alves Photography)|
|Day 39: I’m thankful for Bible Study Fellowship. If you’ve ever want to read the Bible in a way that helps you understand it and apply it, this is the place. The have in person meeting groups and online groups. I have loved being a part of my Spanish speaking group this past year. It’s one of the highlights of my week!|