Modes of Transportation Today in Thailand: Boats, Elephants, & Bamboo Rafts!

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Our day drip to a floating market, riding an Elephant, and rafting on bamboo down a river was one for the books! 


We took a boat down a few canals to get the market. There we could get our and shop around. I had the best pad Thai of my life!



(Like my Pure Barre LTB in the 703 shirt?!)

We then rode on an Elephant. Michael was lucky and got to ride au natural. I had a wooden throne. What an experience!

After our Elephant adventures of feeding them, getting kissed by one, and getting “massaged” by a baby elephant (a story for another time!), we went on a bamboo raft and floated down the river. Michael decided to swim it!



We ended the day with some pool time and a cocktail. Wait until you read about Michael eating a bbq’d rat from a street vendor! Until tomorrow,

Xoxo!

We Missed Our Flight.

​​ #10/30 Our great adventure to Thailand was delayed by a day. We made our flight from D.C. to N.Y., but that flight was late getting into JFK airport and the time between arriving and departing was too close together. … Continue reading

On Gratitude

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Do you ever find yourself focused on all of the should-be, could-be, not-enoughs? I should be 15lbs lighter. I could spend more time on that relationship but, well, my energy is depleted. I want to pursue that dream but there’s just not enough time. When I spend so much of my thought life in the woulda-coulda-shoulda zone, I forget how blessed I really am.

There was a season in my life where I was frustrated with school, had family issues heavy on my heart, and constantly wondered why I couldn’t feel like my normal, positive self. It was a season of being stretched in my faith and trusting that I was just in a season. To combat the depression, I made gratitude lists nearly every day for a year. I can’t tell you how many times I put “Eleanor” on the list! The lists help me stop focusing on the things I couldn’t control and shifted my perspective on the things I could acknowledge as blessings.

Today, I’m going back to making a gratitude list to keep me grounded in the present moment.

  1. My faith in God to lead and guide my life, believing that God is able to do far more than we ever ask or imagine according to His power in me (Ephesians 3:20).
  2. Every relationship I have: Michael, my family and in-laws, friends, Pure Barre community, co-workers, and social media pals!
  3. My job. (Nearly) Everything about it. My boss is awesome, my co-workers are enjoyable, the students I work with are awesome. My commute. The time off for breaks.
  4. Spring break starts tomorrow!!!
  5. Our upcoming trip to Thailand and China…tomorrow!
  6. My health and strength.
  7. Our church, National Community Church under Mark Batterson’s leadership.
  8. Our townhouse and living in Old Town.
  9. The “extra’s” in life: Traveling, going out to eat, Netflix!
  10. Eleanor, because, that’s my girl!

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What are your top ten things/people/etc that you’re grateful for today? I encourage you, take a minute to jot them down! Comment below your top 3 today!

Garments. 

Today is Palm Sunday. It’s the day to remember Jesus riding on a donkey, entering Jerusalem to fulfill prophecy and ultimately, dying on a cross. I was reading this passage (Matthew 21) from The Message and got caught up on one word: garments.


Between the disciples and the the people in the crowd, they threw their garments on the donkey and the ground to welcome their King. 

Do you remember the time in your life growing up as a kid when instead of toys, you wanted to receive clothes for Christmas and birthdays? When you traded your baby dolls for bellbottoms, Legos for Nikes, stuffed animals for American Eagle? At some point, clothes became a symbol of status, personality, and style. 

Clothes, to its basic function, cover and protect us. Now I don’t think the disciples in crowd stripped down to their birthday suits, but they did take their cloaks (outer garments) off and lay them under Jesus and at His feet. It was as if they were saying, “I lay down my protection, my style and personality, my class and status.” 

Throughout my life, I’ve experienced God as different roles: God as father, God as friend, God as defender and protector. God as Creator. The list goes on! Lately, I’ve been learning God as King.

I often like to put myself on the throne. How will this affect me? How does this fit in my own schedule? Will I be comfortable or be put out of my way? How much sleep will I lose?! Honestly, I find myself thinking this way in my marriage, my job, and social life! It’s human but it has me as the center of my life.

As a Christ-follower, my call is to deny myself, lay down my life, and pick up my cross (Luke 9:23). I’m called to no longer live by my desires but Christ’s mission (Galatians 2:20): to love God with all of my heart, soul, mind, & strength and to love others as myself (Matthew 22:36-40). 

Garments. Before Jesus I lay down my entitlement. I give up two hours of Netflix and invest in friendships.i sacrifice 45 minutes of sleep to spend reading the Bible and praying. I speak life and encouragement to Michael instead of complain and get pouty (still working on all of these!).

What are your garments? What are the things in your life that you use to protect you? Cover you? What are the garments you need to throw down before Jesus, declaring Him King?