November thankfulness

Even if we do not have Thanksgiving in France (it is an American holiday !), I can not help but be surrounded by Thankfulness in social media. Reflecting upon what we are thankful for should probably be an every day occurrence, and not just once a year, so I am going to add it to my regular blogging, at the end of every month. There is so much I am grateful for and I think recognizing it could be done so much more often.


So, in November, here is what I am especially thankful for:

1. My husband is healthy. The doctors discovered he had cancer exactly four years ago, and since he was treated, he is still cancer free.

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2. My older daughter is growing up to be a wonderful young lady, and I am so proud. Not only did she find a babysitting job all on her own this year, but she is now helping the homeless every Saturday. Preparing food, bringing it to them… she is giving four hours of her time each weekend volunteering. Once again, she decided to do this all on her own.


3. Nice weather. It has been in the fifties and sixties in November, with blue sky. This has allowed me to run and walk outside, taking advantage of the fresh air and sunshine. This photo was from the third weekend in November, how glorious. In Southern France they are getting so much rain, there is major flooding, Maine has gotten snow already !

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4. Fall veggies. I think I could seriously live on butternut squash and apple crisp. I will be making my sixth batch of apple crisp today.

Pork with butternut squash

Pork with butternut squash

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5. My new job. I am grateful that my company gave me this opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, travel and generally grow professionally. There are so many people who hate their job, feel stuck in a rut, , dislike their boss… well not me. I love what I do, I truly enjoy my colleagues and my boss, and I recognize that it is not the case for everyone. So yes, I am very thankful for this.


6. College friends. Even if we don’t see each other much, our friendships will last forever.

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7. Paris. I recognize that I live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but take it for granted.


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What are you thankful for this month ?


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Comments: 4

  1. Kathryn Wells November 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm Reply

    I’m thankful that I have a friend in Paris who exposes me to life in another country, the habits, the culture, the photos via her blog. I’m thankful that you have a healthy zest for life which is a good reminder for me that ultimately that’s the most important thing is our health. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Looking forward to your next post.

    • Karen - French Inspiration November 30, 2014 at 5:24 pm Reply

      Thanks Kathryn for commenting and for the compliments. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend too. xoxo

  2. Britt@MyOwnBalance December 4, 2014 at 11:53 pm Reply

    What wonderful things to be thankful for! I am happy your husband is healthy. My brother had cancer and it was so hard for our family to go through. Being thankful for our health is so important!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration December 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm Reply

      completely agree !

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