Goodbyes and a Giveaway

Saying goodbye and walking through transition has been a part of my life since I was a little girl.  From growing up in a family that comes from more than one country, to having lived in more than one country, to having moved multiple times throughout childhood and adulthood, to merely living life in relationship and community throughout, goodbyes have been unavoidable.  And while goodbyes are not like other things that might grow easier the more they are done, I think we can grow as individuals when we know how to say goodbye well.

As I write, some of our family's dear friends are driving west to their new home.  The boys and I have felt sad in our own adult and little people ways all day today.   I am okay with feeling sad and not trying to fix it.   And we know these friends will bless the socks off of their new home, community and state -that thought genuinely brings me joy.   I lecture tell my boys all the time about the joy that comes from sharing.  If you know me, you know that I can live in a state of feeling deeply and being melancholy for way longer than necessary...  So, though sad,  and for the sake of living out what I so desperately hope my littles will learn to live,  I am choosing to continually thank God today, for these dear friends and the season we have had with them.  For we have been given many days of face-to-face time with them and I know all of those moments of connection are gifts from God.

Thankfulness can be like a superpower when we choose to take hold of it.  Even when we are sad.

And because it's gray and humid and I am a little sad today, I decided it would be a good day to do a giveaway and eat cake. You, dear reader,  are invited to participate in the first activity.  I would offer to share the cake too, but  honestly, there aren't enough slices for me and all of you.  Maybe next time?

To win this lovely bracelet, made with love, in India,  all you need to do is head on over to my Noonday site and read about the artisans we work with and where Noonday is making an impact - leave a comment below and tell me:  Which artisan or country of impact stood out to you and why?

 Enter to win before Sunday, 6/22, at 5pm.  One lucky commenter will be chosen at random!