I returned home this evening from Newfoundland. R and the boys were out when I arrived, but I was welcomed by Shadow, our Bichon Frise puppy. Shadow was so excited to see me that he jumped all around the kitchen and piddled on the floor. Being reminded that I’m his favourite human was worth the hassle of cleaning up his mess. I’ve never been much of a dog person, but I’m definitely a fan of this one.

When R and the boys came home, they, too, were thrilled to see me. Thankfully this wasn’t as messy of a greeting. Although I enjoyed the past few days in St. John’s, it was great to be all together again. I have more travel scheduled over the next few weeks, so I’m already dreading the additional time I’ll be away from my family.

This year I’m trying to focus more on gratitude. It’s easy to obsess over my fears and failings, so it’s helpful to intentionally take a few minutes each day to reflect on the many good things in my life. Today I’m grateful for a wonderful family, a lovable but poorly trained puppy, and a safe and welcoming place to call home.