(Cabin in the woods where we are making new memories)
After my last pity-party post I felt I should quickly post a rebuttal.
I am thankful for my new neighbors here in Washington.
(Favorite row of trees this fall, but the picture doesn't quite do it justice)
Tonight we went trick or treating with our neighbors.
Neighbors from Russia, Brazil, Mexico, India, and L.A.
(Pea Patch Preschool class on Orange Day!)
It has taken some time to find our niche here in Redmond, but tonight actually made me feel like it is starting to happen.
Definition of Niche- " a place, employment, status, or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted
It is an interesting thing meeting new people. We have been here in Washington a whole year now and this is just now starting to happen. There is just a glimmer of the beginnings of finding a niche here.
I am thankful for people who share their gift of hospitality with me and my family. There have been all kinds of gestures to welcome my family and I and for everyone of them I am thankful.
Whether it's a walk up my hill, a pie brought over, a free week pass at the gym, a birthday party, a night out , a night in, a book club, an invitation to anything cannot be overlooked when you are the new comer.
(Sol the cowboy, Friend Irene the Witch, and Isaiah The Hulk)
More now than ever I have realized that I want to cultivate my gifts of hospitality and make my home one that welcomes strangers.
Funny side-note, tonight while trick-or-treating I saw a welcome matt that said "GO- AWAY" it made me LOL :)
That matt would be the opposite of what I am trying to convey... still it is pretty dang funny!
(Pic of some branches on the Big Daddy Tree in our yard with some moss and just a speckle of sun)
I am thankful for new neighbors, second chances, new friends, new jobs, a new home, and a new lease on life.