All in all I am thankful for more things than I can count this past week, but I will at least list the highlights.
24:: Debs, who graciously sewed my duffel bag together in not one, but three(!) places after I discovered holes just moments before I was meant to leave for the airport to fly home
25:: safety pins to reinforce Deb's sewing, and packing tape around the entire duffel bag for added peace of mind
26:: additional packing tape at the hostel in Paris, where I discovered yet another rip in the duffel (oh I wish I had a picture to show you!)
27:: the previously mentioned stitched-pinned-taped duffel bag did NOT explode while in transit home. (Did I mention that I also frequently prayed for this duffel to arrive intact?!)
28:: a free walking tour of all the highlights of Paris
29:: the Paris metro
30:: the Eiffel Tower at night
31:: dear friends meeting me at the airport at home
32:: hugs that left me breathless
33:: my fabulously comfortable bed
34:: glorious fall days just right for a sweater and a scarf
35:: my favorite Stella Mare gardenia candle (a little whiff of heaven)
36:: my houseplants thriving in a sunny windowsill
37:: Paris Romance tea (how fitting!), Earl Grey, chai, and other favorite loose leaf teas
38:: celebrating with friends for Chris' birthday--lots of games and food
39:: freshly mulled apple cider
40:: friends who have asked me about my time in Benin, who listen, who sense the joy in my eyes and voice, and who make me promise to have an open house so I can show pictures and tell stories
41:: friends who mention that they have been reading my blog (so encouraging!)
42:: Eva, who came home early from the cities just so she could see me and give me the. longest. hug. ever.
43:: puttering around the house and chatting with Rachel
44:: Ron offering me an entire SNL night (church young adults' group) to talk about my experiences with Mercy Ships
45:: time to finally reply to comments on my blog from friends old and new
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