Ten Things of Thankful-summer memories

Thankful is as thankful does. This quote comes to mind as I lay here reflecting over over my last month of travel. I feel blessed that I was able to travel to to South Africa and immerse myself in the food, culture, and hospitality of this amazing destination. I’m grateful that I’ll be able to share my journey with you over the coming weeks wherever I have a wifi signal. As always I’m grateful to be part of this wonderful linkup of Lizzi’s TTOT linkup.

  
I’m in shock when I look at my previous post and now realize that it’s been almost two months since I last published anything on my blog! So today I’m thankful that I’m taking time to write and post and to share this amazing sunset on the Victoria waterfront in Capetown, South Africa. 

  
I’m thankful that even though I haven’t been active on my blog I broke 605 followers during my brief hiatus. Cheers to more readers feeling the Jsackmom love from my overcrowded thoughts that are bursting out of my skull to be shared. Thank you so much for being here! 

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I’m thankful that over my travels I kept myself busy and journaling. Even our downtime from the Global Summit conference was spent sight seeing, preparing for cocktail parties and galas. I kept a Facebook update schedule and look forward to sharing that on my blog in the next few weeks. 

  
I’m thankful as I lay here swaying in my hammock letting the sunshine glow on my heart that I’m blessed with a wonderful life. I saw a lot of wealth and poverty when I was on holiday. A lot of the time mere steps away from each other and it’s taught me to appreciate what I have. Without needing to add on to my list of material goods. 

  
I’m thankful for having my husband, my hearts desire and traveling companion to take a trip of a lifetime with. We’ve shared many years together and are more in love and joy than ever! Special needs parenting isn’t for the faint of heart. One thing we’ve learned on this journey is that our hearts and minds are connected and our children will reap the benefits of that kindred spirit. 

  
  I’m thankful that I was able to face my fears of all things creepy crawly in the insect family and also wild African animals. We stayed in an amazing place called Cheetah Plains on the Sabhi Sanda private game reserve. I still checked the trees above my head and for anything that goes slither in the night under my bed. One can’t be too careful, it is after all Africa. 

  
I’m thankful for curbing my social anxiety and being able to meet some amazing people at the cocktail parties as well as the Cocoa Cola and Loreal galas. A lot of the time I was so engrossed in the marvellous foods selections on the menu   And fabulous entertainment at each venue. I didn’t have that much time to focus on having a panic attack with that much beauty and opulence. 

  
 I’m thankful for the most amazing family anyone could ask for. I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with my siblings and their families and all six of us were together for a photo op. I know it would’ve made our parents proud to see us all together enjoying each other’s company. 

I’m thankful for having and surviving the first family camping vacation. We were in the bush for a week with wacky, unpredictable weather but our tent was leak proof, and the sun came out eventually to dry out clothes and shoes. We had a wonderful time and look forward to our next trip soon. 

  
I’m thankful for such amazing friends we camped with, visited with, and reconnected with during my husbands 30 th year grad reunion. I had a blast and partied like I was a graduate of 86. 

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Jeanine Lebsack

Writer, research assistant, podcaster, reiki healer, and a passionate advocate for neurodiversity. On my writing journey I’ve discovered a plethora of passions including writing, researching, entertaining through song and dance, with a desire to explore and create something transformational and healing. I believe in the sacred art of storytelling and that there’s power in the written and spoken word. Join me on my journey using the magic of words, music, and heart song. I believe we create ripples of energy that flow throughout the universe and by sharing our stories it creates change, positivity, and healing. Have a listen to my podcast on Spotify and Anchor at House of a Writer.

12 thoughts on “Ten Things of Thankful-summer memories

  • 18 July 2016 at 7:04 am
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    I was just thinking the other day, I hadn’t read anything from Jeanine in a while. I just assumed you were enjoying your holiday too much and from what you write and the piccies, I appear to be right. Thanks for sharing.

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    • 18 July 2016 at 1:20 pm
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      It felt good to share Mike. I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I published anything. It’s amazing how the time flies when you’re having fun. Thank you for popping by and reading. ?

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    • 18 July 2016 at 1:18 pm
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      I really did, it seems surreal when I look back on my pictures. But a blessing all the same thank you for reading. ?

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  • 18 July 2016 at 3:48 pm
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    Well said. Sometimes life’s stresses get ahold of us and we forget these things?.

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    • 18 July 2016 at 4:42 pm
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      Thank you Chad I agree, it’s wonderful to stop and take stock of thankfuls. ?

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  • 18 July 2016 at 9:47 pm
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    It is so nice when grown children are friends with their siblings. Sounds like you had a great time!

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    • 19 July 2016 at 8:34 pm
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      It really is Kirsti, I hope even with their age difference my sons will remain close. It was a fabulous adventure to be on. ?

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  • 24 July 2016 at 12:19 pm
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    Glad you enjoyed the trip. Looking forward to reading about it. Some amazing pictures already. Gratitude is key.

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    • 24 July 2016 at 3:47 pm
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      I agree Deb, gratitude is the key it was an amazing trip and I love the memories I have of it. ?

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  • 4 August 2016 at 10:48 pm
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    Looks like it was awesome 🙂

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    • 5 August 2016 at 8:56 am
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      It was an amazing vacation! I’d go back tomorrow and stay longer. ?

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