Everyone that knows me knows that I become a big ball of emotions around the holidays and it starts at Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, I would put it above Christmas even. Personally, I find Thanksgiving is more of a time for reflection, family, and of course thankfulness, whereas Christmas has become so commercialized that it’s hard even to enjoy it — everyone seems to get so caught up in the gift giving. Which brings me back to Thanksgiving.
As I sit enjoying my last cup of Starbucks Thanksgiving Blend coffee, waiting to kick off our last Wednesday Day Date in Spain, enjoying in this beautiful home by the beach in Spain, I can’t help but feel overwhelmingly thankful for one thing, in particular, this year … well, one person really. My husband.
I wanted to take a moment and thank him for being such a fantastic husband, father, and for the past 6-months … his newest role — travel agent. We are on this incredible adventure around the world and Jim has taken on the primary role of the travel agent. There is so much planning and research that goes into each city before we arrive and Jim has done an incredible job over the past 6-months making sure we are prepared for each new city.
He carefully researched each city before we travel, making sure we are aware of security & safety, takes care of travel documents, and immunizations. He meticulously researches houses to make sure we are in a good location for shopping & parks. He books all our travel, endless airplanes, trains, taxi cabs, and boats. He plans weekend trips and fun activities in each city. Our travel planning is constant and on-going. As soon as we finish in one city, we are off to the next, and the planning starts all over again.
I am so grateful we are taking this trip. Nolan and I have been able to experience so many amazing places, and it’s because Jim has done such an incredible job taking care of us.
I love you husband!
Kathy – I received your postcard today! What a wonderful surprise!!! Speaking of thankfulness, I am thankful that after all these years you stay in touch with me. Our Catherine certainly remembers you fondly. Your family is on an incredible journey and we appreciate being able to ride along with you. I am proud of the woman, wife and mother you have become and so glad to know you as friend.
On the subject of Italy, it was one of our favorite European stops. We were in Rome on Good Friday and were able to take pictures inside the Sistine Chapel. Pompeii just took our breath away and I want to go back as it was storming terribly that day. The food – yes, all the outdoor cafes and walking everywhere! Ciao for now!
I’m so glad the postcard arrived safely. From talking to friends and family, not all of them have been arriving! I’m so happy you are following our journey. I also really enjoy watching you and Catherine on Facebook! I have such a love/hate relationship with social media, but it is really incredible to be able to stay connected to people even when traveling the world! Happy belated Thanksgiving and … MERRY CHRISTMAS!