Today, and every day, I am humbled by how much I have to be thankful for. I am sad I cannot spend today with my family, cooking and feasting and enjoying each others’ company. But I have wonderful friends here in Turkey I can come together with and celebrate ths wonderful life. There are too many tragic events going on in the world, making it all the more important to count our blessings, regardless of the circumstances, and realize how much there is to be thankful for.
A brief list, in photos, of things I am thankful for, in no particular order:
My most incredible parents, Donna and Randy, for everything, including their selflessness and encouragement for me to experience the world.
My wonderful roommate and friend, Eda, who I do not know what I would do without. She is AMAZING!
Eric, my wonderful partner in Osmaniye, who I also cannot imagine life this year without.
My students at OKU. These are just a few of the many. They are why I am able to spend this year here, and they bring light to every day.
My darling sister, Carissa, and my new brother-in-law Marcus, who loves her very much (Photo taken by Leah Sharee Photography)
My brother Wyatt, Katie, and Zoey, the best and most fun little family around.
My Brazilian brother, Edy, who has become an integral part of our family over the past year.
This long line of Fulbrighters who provide a wonderful support system, a place to sleep, and make excellent travel companions as well as life-long friends
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, a unique and important land that I am grateful to learn more about
Airplanes, for making travel around the world much more convenient than it used to be!
Every cup of Turkish tea, of which there are many, many, and for being able to enjoy them in countless settings
Of course there so many more people (including all readers of this blog!) and things I am thankful for, far too many to include here. Enjoy this day, and every day!