This Friday I will be in Melbourne for the Digital Parents blogging conference so I am posting my weekly gratitude thoughts early. I would not dream of skipping it as I seem to have two anchors in my blogging life these days – posting each Monday for Simplify your life and every Friday with my focus on gratitude. I love having these two bookends to my week. One is about changing the future and growing and one is about pausing to reflect on what has gone by.
This week I am extremely grateful for those that make up my virtual village. When you choose to live overseas from your family you do make some sacrifices. There is no one to stop by each week for a family dinner. There is no one to call for back up at a moment’s notice. There is no one who loves your children almost as much as you do.
Or is there?
I feel so blessed that after five years in Brisbane we are able to draw on our community of friends and neighbours when we need to. It really does take a village to raise a family and sometimes that village is extended family, sometimes friends and sometimes the person who lives next door.
When I booked my trip to Melbourne we had no idea that my husband would be so swamped with work. We are currently in a period where we barely see him on weekdays (even worse than before). To pull off a three day trip ended up involving several friends.
Due to early meetings both school days my husband will have to drop the kids off at a friend’s place to have breakfast and get to school.
Thursday afternoon my neighbour is playing fill in parent and Friday another friend will happily add my two kids to her four.
I am grateful that in spite of no family here we have such kind and generous friends that we can trust to take care of our kids in our absence.
I am also grateful to my friend Cherie who is making this trip possible for me by hosting me in her home. Sometimes when you want to do something it can come together - some frequent flyer miles, a friend with an open heart and home, accommodating friends and family (even if my kids wish someone else was going in my place).
I have no idea what will happen over these next three days, but I am just happy that I took a chance and decided to go. There will be many bloggers there that I read weekly if not daily and cannot wait to put faces and voices to go with their words and virtual spaces. There will be many others I look forward (a little more nervously) to meeting. After a ten year gap it will be so nice to visit Melbourne with its beautiful streets, trams and four- seasons- in- one- day, European vibe.
See you back here on Monday!
What are you grateful for this week?
Find your simple,
Image credit: Melbourne tram by flickr user Nick Sarebi