Thankfuls From Prague!
I’m thankful that I started my long trip with a full body massage from a sweet lady in a uniform in the security line! Oh it was wonderful! I told her she gave me goose bumps and I would pay her next time if she would come to my house. It got awkward after that… (for her, not me)
I’m thankful that after being SO jealous that Derek got taken aside for a random investigation at customs (In Prague), that I TOO got chosen on the way home to be taken aside! I squealed with delight that I am favored and jumped up and down clapping, while the security man shook his head in disbelief. After he looked at my hands and padded them with some gismo, he led me to the way of the gate and I was incredibly disappointed. “That’s it?” He laughed and said yes. AW man! I wanted a deep tissue rub. Geesh.
I’m thankful that I dug deep into my bravery battle and found enough strength to navigate through a new and foreign city all by myself for three days, where few spoke my language.
I’m thankful that I took those steps into my fear of getting on a train of packed strangers and managed to get off at the right place every day, all alone…while breathing through impending panic attacks.
I’m thankful that each step I took into the unknown brought more courage and joy and more fear to be stepped into… and victoriously embraced, even when I got lost and it was getting dark.
I’m thankful that I had a phone that I could take pictures and then find WiFi to share them with my FB friends, so I wouldn’t feel so alone.
I’m thankful they had free wine at the hotel every night for happy hour. It was lovely… and free. Did I mention it was free?
I’m thankful that while my stomach raged a violent revolt on me for five hours, housekeeping could understand moaning as a “I’m still in here, don’t come in!” all morning.
I’m thankful that once Derek and I were together, we were able to roam free hand in hand and bask in the beauty of all that Prague is…and delight in each other!
I’m thankful that after spending five days with my husband, I can safely say he is the one and only man I could ever, EVER spend that much time with and enjoy every single minute of it.
I’m thankful that I finally had an adolescent dream realized at the tender age of 47… I got to walk the red carpet! And as dreams often do, this one was transformed into something entirely different.
I’m thankful that the city is FULL of illuminating Cathedrals that honor the Holiness of Christ, giving me a stirring jolt to my spirit that realizes the history of His Holiness through awe inspiring art, extravagant decor and angelic imagery.
I’m thankful that although I learned that the city is mostly atheist, Christ lives on in the architecture that lines the streets presenting an aroma that breathes fresh faith from historic faithfuls.
It’s a reflection that His Power still reigns, and His Grace still invites all hearts and souls to choose to wander into His Presence. Hope lingers in the air circulating amidst the crowds that line the cobblestone roads and reaches far beyond any barriers. How can one NOT question and wonder as they view such marvelous works?
I’m thankful that my children remained safe and healthy and SUPER-Grandma was able to get them to all their practices and games and events without missing a beat! (God bless that woman.)
I’m thankful that although the trip there and back was quite grueling and long, I can now hear out of both of my still popping ears and I am starting to feel a bit more settled. A bit. A. Bit.
I’m thankful that after arriving home and sleeping for a few hours…I awoke to my two precious kids laughing in the driveway at 7:00am as Grandma and Aunt Deb dropped them off. I ran down the stairs in my PJs and embraced them with sheer (groggy) joy!
The perfect welcome home gift ever…
I’m thankful that when I was away, I found clarity in sorting through all my passions. Of all the things that I love and all the things I invest my time and effort and energy in, I realized that the most important part is what woke me up that morning.
I am absolutely in love with being a mom to my two incredible children.
Oh how thankful I am for that.