Saturday, May 26, 2012

Grateful Gatherings: What travelling teaches me

Hello!  We just spent a week or so in London and the internet in the hotel strangely didn't allow me to get into Blogger.  However, we've crossed back over to Belgium, so I'm just popping in for a rather late "Grateful Gatherings" post.

It has been rather tiring travelling around, with a rather opinionated 3 year old, and a teething baby that cannot seem to nap when we're out.  However, it has brought us to many places of beauty, from the white cliffs of Dover, to poppies growing wild on the side of the roads.  And these remind me of the amazing hands of our Creator who made them. 

Then there is all that architecture, from Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament, to the quaintness of doors and housefronts of the houses in Belgium.  And creativity, ranging from the brushstrokes of Turners and Monets, to the pain-staking reassembly of dinosaur skeletons.  I cannot help but marvel at how God made us to be able to create so much beauty in this world.

Having been to England and Belgium has also made us very grateful that we are staying in Germany instead.  Things in general seem cheaper, we have access to a farmers' market with the freshest of produce (we ate many sad salads in London), and food options are healthier too (loads more salads, less over-sugared puddings!).

This trip has also been a good break for me, not having to cook or clean for a week.  I am so thankful for the hubby, who is able to battle the crazy traffic in London, and drive on both sides of the road.  It has also been nice spending time with family and seeing the kids grow up a little more.  During this trip, Baby J has sprouted his first tooth and has increased his baby babble repertoire to include "theres" and loads of "yayaya"s, while Junior J has suddenly become crazy about dinosaurs and has been going around sprouting six-syllable dinosaur names.

All in all, very blessed.  What are you thankful for?

Mum in the Making

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