Resound 11 #16, #17, #18, #19

#16 “Have you ever heard the expression “God is in the details?” Or, perhaps, “the devil is in the details?”

Sometimes the most ordinary, mundane things can turn into extraordinary moments. What was one of your most extraordinary ordinary moments this year?”

I feel like anything worth talking about as I reflect during these prompts almost always comes back to my trip to Ethiopia. We’d walked to Lalibela for the second day to visit the rest of the churches & it was really just a moment where the light struck, everything seemed to be still & I was just sitting on a rock looking at this. I am absolutely humbled at having the privilege to see it & in that moment? It was just magical.

#17 “What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?”

I’ve come to appreciate my voice in this last year. I think that I’ve found a way to articulate the things I need to say to the people who matter to me & it’s made a huge difference in my relationships. I don’t necessarily know that I know a way that I can express gratitude for that – but I’m definitely proud of myself.

#18 “This is the time of year when families are upholding decades old traditions and working to create new ones. It doesn’t matter what you celebrate (or don’t) … please share with us your December traditions: how they got started, why you continue them, and why they are special to you.”

We honestly don’t have any real traditions. My husband could care less about Christmas (or Thanksgiving) but since his wife cares – we typically split the holidays and one year we spend Christmas with his family & the next with mine. When we’re with my family – we gather at someone’s house, we eat, we laugh, we go home. With the husband’s family – we gather, we eat, we eat, we drink tea, we eat some more and occasionally we go see a movie. I’m big on spending time with family, so either situation suits me. Mabye the husband and I need to start our own tradition? Matching pj’s?

#19 “What was your life like a decade ago? How has your life changed since then? If you’re not feeling wordy today, why not show us some then and now portraits of yourself?”

Ten years ago I was still living in my college town and was dating my now husband. I think it was a little something like this