Thanksgiving Perspective

I think being a mom of a child with exceptional needs has given me a unique perspective on being thankful. While I’m thankful for all of my blessings on this Thanksgiving, I find that I’m equally as thankful each and every day of the year. It’s nice to have an entire day to ponder the meaning behind gratitude and how it weaves itself into my daily existence because I am indeed very grateful. But as a mother, a wife and, more importantly, a woman, I try to honor the things I’m thankful for all year round…and these two are at the top of that list. Lola has taught me to appreciate in a different way and embrace all that life has to offer. Because I surround myself with...
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This Thanksgiving

Can you feel it? What…might you wonder? The holidays are officially here! You’ll have to excuse my over-the-top delight, but this year the holidays have taken on a whole new role in my life. While most are dreading the holiday season…the overspending, the congested traffic jams, the over-indulging of food, the holiday commercials and the annoyance of spending time with relatives you would not normally wish to be around…I, on the other hand, am welcoming it all with wide open arms. You have to remember, we spent the last three years in Costa Rica where holidays were celebrated (although just us Gringos had Thanksgiving dinner), but it just never felt the same. I was lucky to have my parents to share the holidays with (which unfortunately meant Rob...
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Happy Thanksgiving!

[quote style=”1″]We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder[/quote] Wow – so much to be thankful for this year. I tend to count my blessings every day, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ll be even more conscious of my treasures. I’m thankful for my health because without it I wouldn’t be good for anyone (although my mental health can be questionable most days). I’m thankful for my husband and his love because being in love is one of the greatest gifts in life. I’m thankful for my daughter because she is an amazing individual who continues to inspire me each and every single day. I’m thankful for the medication that is preventing her from...
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Embracing the New

Penned by Meredith Part of living in Costa Rica (or any foreign country for that matter) is that you must be open to new traditions. Lately I find myself struggling with longing for the past. The times where I was surrounded by my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and all things familiar. Like I have mentioned before, I am so grateful to have my mom and Steve here in CR, but I still long for the days of big grandiose Thanksgivings filled with a family’s love and laughter or blueberry pancakes at my Grandma Ruth’s Christmas morning or a matinée movie at the theater with the rest of the family later Xmas Day. But, things have changed. Family members have passed, others have moved, while some are still...
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