So often lost in the daily drums of life, but I’m learning to be more grateful. Occasionally I will sit for just 5-10 minutes and write a gratitude list. It can be eye-opening, and is so very simple. A great way to start, or end a day as it completely changes perspective.

Today, I am so grateful and humbled by the amazing family I have.

My husband and I celebrate 60 days into this deployment we’re in, and he remembered this and sent me the most gorgeous bouquet of gerbera daisies I have ever seen, with the most beautifully written card.IMG_7609[1]

In addition to that, and to add an extra layer of safety with type 1 diabetes while he is deployed, I went live with the new FDA approved Dexcom Share system, and my sister (in Iowa!), willingly signed on to receive my blood sugars live, from the cloud right on her iPhone.Settings

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These are the things that matter ❤

Thursday Thoughts

Educating yourself does not mean that you were stupid in the first place; it means that you are intelligent enough to know that there is plenty left to learn.

–Melanie Joy

**Thankful to my Grandpa Bill, and Family really, for gifting me with my thirst for learning.

Sister Love <3

My sister and I used to have a challenging relationship (10 years between us, probably added a layer to that), however, in the last 1 1/2 years or so, we have become very close. Not only as the big sister do I feel immensely proud of her, but she is one of my best friends, and truly is there no matter what.

Look what I got in the mail yesterday (yup, she still calls me “Neen,” from when she was 5?). This people THIS, is what’s important. Family, and showing your appreciation. How lucky am I?

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Thursday Thoughts + African Memories, Part 4

It always seems impossible until its done.

–Nelson Mandela

When Seth and I were in Africa, we were fortunate enough to visit 2 of the 3 prisons where Nelson Mandela was detained, the most striking and memorable to us was Robben Island, where he was held for 18 years, for fighting for the freedom of people. Still today, after everything he has encountered and all the persecution, he remains positive and optimistic.Statue in Paarl 2Statue in PaarlNelsonRobben IslandRobben Island EntrancePrisonPrison hall