Finding All I Need

From time to time, we like to check in with each other, to see how we’re weathering this whole living in a foreign land thing. Are we homesick? Are we tired? Are we happy? Are we thrilled? It’s a periodic reaching out of fingers, past the daily and the mundane, to reconnect with the essence and the essential.

On New Year’s Day, Toby and I celebrated the first morning at the dawn of the year by sharing conversation over coffee and croissants. It was one of those rare carefree days where we had nothing in particular to do, nowhere in particular to be, and no one in particular to see. It was the kind of day where you could sip your coffee and feel the sun warm your face, lean back in your chair and experience the weightlessness of a moment where time ceases to matter.

It was a perfect time for checking in.

And he said to me that he learned something, in moving here to Thailand. He said he learned that all he really needs to be happy in life is his wife and his dog, and some friends to rock climb with from time to time, and that wherever I am is home.

{Pardon me while I swoon for a moment and fall in love all over again.}

It’s true; moving abroad strips you down to the core. You learn really quickly what is convenience, what is nicety, and what is necessity. In the tough moments, you expect you’d learn the worst of each other…but the truth is, you learn the best of each other. At least, I know I learned the best of him.

You’re home for me too, babe. You’re home for me too.

Each Thursday, we come together to celebrate living life with intention by capturing a glimmer of the bigger picture through a simple moment. To spice things up a little, during this month of FEBRUARY, we’re reflecting upon the tender gifts of love – however ordinary or extraordinary – that bring sparkle our lives. Share a picture, words, creation or list; just come to the table with LOVE in your heart. 

Live.
Reflect on the moments that shimmered in your heart.

Capture.
Harvest them!

Share.
Link up your gleaned moment this week at Melissa’sPlease be sure to link to your post, not your blog, and include our button or a link back to the host page. 

Encourage.
Visit some of the other participants and encourage each other in this journey we call life.

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12 thoughts on “Finding All I Need

  1. My husband and I lived overseas for 12 years – left the states when my daughter was 9 months and had our second in France. I feel so blessed to have learned what you express so simply and beautifully here. Learned it for the two of us, and the four of us. Now that we are 'empty nesters' we return often to that conversation….all we need is just the two of us, good visits with our kids, and a few friends…I feel very blessed that life showed us this early on!

  2. I love this "wherever I am is home." I say that too. Home is wherever my husband (and kids) are. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

    Swoon away, you got yourself a good man there! :-)

  3. Ugh! Swooning over here, too! Kind of makes me want to move overseas… ;) But still, here, now, we are home with each other, and I know Justin would say the same (sappy) things. Yay for true love :)

  4. Oh, swoooon for sure. :) But the truth in that is so real, it's so good, and it's so beautiful. This especially speaks to my heart because my husband said the same thing to me this week when he said "I just want to be home!" I answered, "No, you don't! It's cold and snowing there." To which he replied, "No, home is wherever you are." <3