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Every good and perfect gift is from above. – James 1:17

Looking back on my life at a season that began in the snow-heaped streets of New York City and is wrapping up in the sun-drenched hills of southern New Mexico, these are some of the things I’m most thankful for (not necessarily in order of importance):


Dancing with ‘roos in Australia. Such characters, these three. Maybe they were hoping for snacks?

1– Sharing a bus seat with a guy and his chickens in Mexico and dancing with kangaroos in Australia.

2– The fact that even now, in late November, I’m still wearing sandals and there’s not a snowflake in sight.

3-Truly yum sushi and sashimi.

Sushi Sashimi Combo @ Sunny's Sushi in El Paso, TX.

4-The gift that was my mother.

5-Seeing the sunset in nineteen countries with the hopeful expectation of seeing the same in many more.

6-Having worshipped with Maori in New Zealand, Irish and English in Wales, and folks from just about everywhere at the Brooklyn Tabernacle.

7-Truly great cannoli.

The experience of eating truly great cannoli is one of 10 things this traveler is thankful for.

8-My relationship with my husband – my sweetheart and best friend.

Oh, yeah, I missed my ferry, took a later one. But most importantly, I missed the guard rail.

9-Being spared from going down an embankment on a deserted stretch of highway near Dover, England when, while speeding to catch a ferry to Belgium, I didn’t quite make the turn.

10-My relationship with the One Who made all the preceding possible and cares for me with the forever kind of love.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What does your list look like?