Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Gratitude Sunday

Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, I have been trying to take the time to notice the many things I have to be grateful for. This week I have felt grateful for:
  • The time that I got to spend with my family (in Florida!) this December. It is hard to live so far away from my family, and getting to see them around the holidays is a treat!
  • That my children are at an age where they can fly on a plane without a major disaster ensuing. Our two (long) flights home from Florida were filled with crying babies, screaming toddlers, and frustrated parents. I remember those days, oh-too-well... and am not sad to see them go. As the kids and I sat in our own row, surrounded by chaos, I was so amazed and thankful that my children were content. It surely makes life a lot easier.
  • Our warm, dry house that has sheltered us during this very rainy month. We have had over 14 inches of rain in December so far......My thoughts go out to all of the Portland homeless who probably haven't been dry for weeks.
  • That the rain (mostly) held out tonight while we walked down Peacock Lane, an annual tradition in Portland. 
  • My break from work. I really need some down time-- time to organize, to ponder, and to take care of the things that always get pushed to the bottom of the list when work and school are in the equation. It is unlikely that I will have my teaching job within a year or two, as I need to find a job that is full time.. something that is oh-so-elusive in the community college environment. Once I have a "real" job, I won't have weeks off around the holidays, so I am trying to really appreciate this time while I have it. And if I am lucky enough to be able to teach full time one day, I will appreciate it even more!

What have you felt grateful for this week?

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May the Christmas force be with you!

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  1. I'm grateful that my kids are home and my house is full. For all the baking I did get done and for some awesome meals planned. For the peace and quiet of the mornings. Glad you had such a lovely time in Florida!

  2. I love your positive perspective. So much to be grateful for. It will just be my husband and I here for Christmas because our family is all far away as well. Sounds like you are making some very wonderful memories for your children! Merry Christmas to you and yours!