Thursday, November 22:  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the USA!  Today is my favorite American holiday and I miss it sorely, although I plan to make the best of the day and take not just one, but two, hikes on Jebel Akhdar!  I probably won’t have turkey or stuffing or mashed potatoes.  No green bean or sweet potato casseroles will grace my plate.  But I will sit on the top of the Green Mountain, Jebel Akhdar, in Oman, and I will drink a toast to my fellow Americans who will be sharing a meal today with their dearest family and friends.  My heart is with you all.

For my own personal Thanksgiving, I want to give thanks for the multitude of blessings in my life.

1) I am thankful that I have a supportive family at home who loves me even in my absence.  A family who is always there for me, even though I’ve been on this wayward journey of self-discovery and growth.  I’m thankful for my three amazing children, Sarah, Alex and Adam, and for my husband who still supports me even though we have been separated now for going on six years.

2)  I’m thankful that I’ve been able to live and work abroad, both in Korea and in Oman, for the last 3 years.  I have had the amazing opportunity to work with dedicated and amazing Korean and Omani students who have made a lasting impression in my heart.

3) I’m thankful that I’ve been able to travel to 10 countries while living in Korea and Oman: Turkey, China, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Jordan, UAE, Ethiopia and Greece.  Amazing, each and every one!

4) I’m thankful for my expat friends in Korea (especially Anna, Seth and Myrna) and in Oman (especially Mario, Kathy, Anna ~ and many others) who have made my life rich with pleasure and adventure.

5) I’m thankful for my father and step-mother and my sisters, Stephanie and Joan, and brother, Rob, in the USA.

6) I’m thankful always for my friend Jayne, and for my dearest old high school friends Rosie, Louise, Charlene, Martha and Randy.  I’m also thankful for Lisa, who gave me many laughs in Egypt.

7) I’m thankful for my blogging community, new-found friends who have supported and nurtured me in my journey…..

8) I’m thankful for this pilgrimage of sorts that I am on, for the sense of surprise and astonishment I still hold when experiencing this life and this world.  I hope I may never grow bored or stagnant, or take anything for granted.

9) I’m thankful that I was lucky enough to be born in the United States of America, where I have always experienced across-the-board freedoms which I can never take for granted, especially after living abroad.  I will always love my country even in its imperfection, and I’m proud to be an American.  I am also lucky that I happened to be born into a country of some affluence, and though I’ve never been rich, I’ve been able to enjoy life to the perfect degree, without being in any desperate financial situation.

10) And most of all, I’m thankful that I’m still alive and healthy and safe.  I’m thankful for the gift of each day, a new 24-hour period that I can fill with dreams, walks, laughs, good friends, wine, great food, wonderful books, writing, photography, fresh air & new discoveries.

Happy Thanksgiving!  I wish you all many blessings! 🙂

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“The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for your whole life. And the most important thing is — it must be something you cannot possibly do.”

        ~ Henry Moore

To come along vicariously on any of the journeys I’ve been blessed to make in the last 3 years, I invite you to visit the following:

Korea: catbird in korea

Turkey: catbird in turkey

China: catbird in china

Vietnam & Cambodia: rice paddies and papayas

Japan: catbird in kyoto

India: catbird in india

Jordan: a jaunt to jordan

Greece: greek wanderings

Ethiopia: african meanderings {& musings}

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