( Photo : via October Afternoons )
Recently my husband asked if I had a Christmas wish list. Sitting curled up embroidering, I raised my head and looked straight into his eyes. Thinking about his question, I could not feel anything else than gratefulness. I felt so happy having him near me, I just smiled at him. Having friends loosing their loved ones, babies, mothers and fathers, I feel this huge gratitude towards life. Being healthy, having a home, a warm bed, a kitchen to work in, a great relationship with this caring man and two beautiful cats, my blessings are numerous. I could not ask for anything more. After being restless many years, having difficulties to leave behind certain things and living in different countries, I still marvel at the luxury living here in this old charming home with a quiet and lovely garden. I don`t always feel this way, but I really really should. 
I once read - 
 Perhaps you're wondering what to be grateful for. Be thankful that you don't have everything you desire. If you did, you would have nothing to look forward to. Be thankful for the difficult people you have to work with. They are improving your patience and understanding. Be thankful when you don't know something, because it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for difficult times, because it's in times of hardship that you grow. Be thankful when you're exhausted at the end of a day, because you know you've accomplished something. (Mary Hunt)
Much love ~ Aina  


Sussi.Sussinghurst said...

sending warm vibes to you :)


Dear Sussi :

Thank you, Sending more right back to you !

Fågel Blå said...

Wow This photos are so LOvely!
Have a nice day!

Meta said...

Så bra och tänkvärd text Tack för att du delar den med oss.passar så bra i Juletid.
ha en fin dag
En God Jul
Ett Gott Nytt År.
Kram Meta

Home and Lifestyle said...

Wat een mooie post Aina! We staan er niet altijd bij stil, maar we hebben het zó goed! Een dak boven ons hoofd, geen zorgen of we 's avonds ons bord wel met eten kunnen vullen, een goede gezondheid en lieve mensen om ons heen...dat is toch een simpele definitie van geluk?

Liefs, Ingrid

LandHausLeben said...


It's me said...

So lovely !!!...enjoy this time darling...love from me...x !

Roberta said...

Lovely post Aina. The only difference between a rich man and a poor man is contentment...it is good to be contented and grateful. Merry Christmas!
Roberta xo

organic-lizzi said...

Nydelig og så sant så sant... Det å være takknemlig er en god ting. Ha en fortsatt fin helg:-)

coco said...

be happy with what you have already.
thank you so much aina for this beautiful reminder to us.

G:a Affären said...

Ja det är vid dessa högtider vi saknar och samtidigt känner tacksamhet inför livet.
Härligt med en sådan man!