It must have something to do with human nature, but it’s really hard to fully appreciate something until you haven’t had it in a while. Here are a few things we’re thankful for this week:
1. Time together.
We love our families and holiday festivities, but for the last 2 weeks, we’ve either been working or traveling. Last night we went to dinner and spent a few hours together over mexican food. Then we drove around and talked about 2011, our goals as a family, and where we see ourselves this time next year. It was much needed, and much appreciated.
2. Weekends off.
When I started my job a few months ago, I knew that working weekends would be part of it. Though after working weekends at the church the whole year before, I have to admit I was ready for a break, especially in our first year together. In the next few months, we’re going to try an every other weekend schedule at work, leaving me free to hang out with my husband or make a few spur of the moment trips to Oklahoma or Houston. I can’t express how great it feels to have just a little more weekend time. And I still have enough work time to keep me appreciating it.
3. A clean house.
Yes, yes, we love Christmas decor (well, at least I do) and yet there’s something nice about boxing it all up and having a normal home again. Sure, I’ll miss the twinkles and the wreaths in the windows, but I do enjoy everything it represents to put it away until next December. Because again, who can appreciate it if it’s on display all year long?
4. The Classics
Each road trip we take to see family is about 4 hours in length. Sure, we enjoy a chat sometimes, but about halfway through we hit a wall and are ready for a little inspiration. We usually turn to This American Life since we can’t agree on music to listen to, but this trip we made a discovery. Enter Free Audiobooks app. Since it’s free, you have to do some searching for quality recordings, but it makes the time much more adventurous. Especially when you choose something like Around the World in 80 Days.
What’s something you’ve really appreciated lately?