Thankful for what I’ve got…

I am completely saddened by the events that took place in Paris over the weekend.  When I initially heard the reports, I didn’t realize the amount of people involved and I am still so shocked.  I couldn’t really sleep Friday night after reading all the articles and attempting to digest what occurred.  It is just so crazy to me that this is what our world has come to and that something like this could happen anywhere, any day, even while doing the simplest things in life.  If nothing else, it’s a reminder of how short life can be and how you literally need to make every second count.  I hope that the friends and families of the individuals involved can find peace and know that the whole world is praying for them.  It is never easy to lose someone, especially when it is tragic like this.  My heart goes out to all of the people of Paris and those who were visiting, who will forever remember this tragedy.

On a happy note, Dan and I decided to participate in the Advent Tree Christmas Family Adoption Event at our church yesterday.  The organizers of this event work with local social workers to identify families in need for the holiday season.  They then gather a list of a few items that the family is wishing for for Christmas.  Yesterday we paired up families from the church with these families in need.  It was a really moving experience and I loved the excitement.  It made me so happy and proud to live in a town where people are so giving .  My favorite part of the whole experience was when we were stationed outside the family mass.  The kids were so excited to pick families and were searching through the list for kids their age.  Many of the parents shared that they bring their kids shopping with them and that the kids love having the opportunity to pick out a gift for their adopted family. I am so happy Dan and I participated in this event and we look forward to the coming weeks of sorting the gifts as they are brought back to the church.  I hope that one day when we have children, we can continue this tradition of adopting a family.

We are also anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new washer and dryer this week.  It is our first big appliance purchase for our house!  We are hoping it all works out and that we are happy with our choice.  It is so strange to me that these are the things that I get excited for these days, but I guess that is what adult life is like.  I also just love to be able to buy something and know that we are going to have it for a little while.  I absolutely loved living in Hoboken, but it got hard knowing that I was never quite sure how long I would stay in a particular apartment.  I also always had to think about moving whatever I bought out of the apartment at the end of the lease.  One of my favorite parts about having a house is decorating and buying things that I know I will have for a while, it just makes it more fun to me!

Speaking of Hoboken, we went back on Saturday night to see some of our friends for Friendsgiving.  Rachel and Matt hosted and we all brought yummy food to share.  It was really fun and filling.  I am glad that we continue on this tradition that we borrowed from Rachel’s sister Megan who has hosted “Mock Thanksgiving” with friends for many years.  It is one of the things that I miss most about Megan and her husband, Ben who moved to TX a couple of years ago.  We had so much fun each year at “Mock Thanksgiving” in their Jersey City apartment.

In closing, hold your family and friends close because you never know what could happen.  Be thankful for what you have, I know I am.   I hope you all have a happy week!

Thanks for reading and have a fun day 🙂

Here is my picture of the day…

Our Friendsgiving crew...thankful for all of you!!!
Our Friendsgiving crew…thankful for all of you!!!

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