I am in a season of my life (and by extension, my family’s lives) where a lot of doors are starting to open. For the past few years there has been work, prayer, more work and even more work and tears of frustration and wondering if things would ever change. The simplest opportunities required planning and strategy on a level that had me wondering if I was doing something wrong, but those situations have built me. I still have challenges and struggles and adversity, but it feels so good to be moving forward.
This week, the kids were out for Spring Break and we had beautiful, warm, sunny weather for three days straight. This, of course, meant that we had to take advantage. We visited a tulip farm and the colors of the blooms defied description. Every year photographers try to capture it, and their work is breathtaking, but it is one of those situations where you have to be there. A person could spend several days out there just taking it all in, much less putting it on canvas or paper or glass or plastic or fabric or whatever. Sharing it with people I love made it more wonderful.
This morning, my family got up and went to a preview of the new elephant exhibit in the Oregon Zoo. It is one of the largest in the world. I went to the zoo a couple of times while the habitat was under construction but the whole thing made my jaw drop. Once we had seen the elephants we went to see the giraffes (Ms. A’s favorite) and we went home just as the throngs were arriving for the ribbon cutting and grand opening. We were more than okay with that, as none of us are fond of crowds. I took a few pictures, but the Zoo people did a much better job. 🙂
What a wonderful concept – a full day to just be thankful for all of the things I have been blessed with and seen and lived right now. All of the great experiences and not so great experiences because I learned something from them all and because I grew from them all. I was awakened by a text message from my family wishing me a Happy Thanksgiving. Later on I got to skype with them. I am so grateful for them. I was thankful to spend the morning cooking and Al served as my sous chef. He did a great job.