03.16.2011 Marielle


I don’t know what it is. But it happens every six months or so-I think back to the trip that Sam & I took to the Philippines a few years ago. He had lived there for two years in his early twenties, serving a mission for our church. He wanted to take me back & I was excited to go-soooooo excited. We spent two weeks exploring the Philippines (thank heavens Sam speaks Tagalog!), met amazing people…and it was a trip that literally changed my life. When I looked around at the people there whose living conditions were meager, I felt so humbled. And so spoiled. How could I be taking all the clean water back home for granted? How about the convenience of owning a car? How lucky I was to be able to sleep in a bed-with a PILLOW!!! The food in my cold refrigerator back home…the carpet in my bedroom…my closet full of clothes…so many things in my life had sadly been taken for granted. I looked around at the people who in comparison had nothing…and I felt like a horribly spoiled person.

So today I just want to say that I’m thankful. For everything that I have. It’s so easy for us to focus on the things that we don’t have…so let’s try to be grateful for what we do have. Take a look around your house & thank God for your blessings! I’m thankful for the problems I have-because my problems are so miniscule compared to the other problems that are going on in the world today. I’m thankful for a roof over my head, the food in my fridge, & for every.single.thing in my life. So tell me, what are YOU thankful for???

(And because I hate reading blogs if there isn’t a photograph attached, here are a few shots I took (with my point & shoot!!!) back on our trip).

A view of the streets in a city called Tarlac…

Some of the darling kids in Tarlac…don’t judge me by my shiny face-it was HOT there!!!

About the Author

Marielle Hi! My name is Marielle Hayes and I am a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love to travel, bargain hunt and spend time with my husband, our daughter and our Boston Terrier. Enjoy my blog and leave me some comments to let me know what you think!

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  1. Cindy

    I love your work Marielle and check your blog on a daily basis to see what you are posting. Your creativeness comes through in your photos, but it also has such a bare, raw emotion to it and I love it. Thank you for being an inspiration to me…somebody who just happened upon your site (don’t even remember how I got here!) and for portraying life from your heart. Overseas missions is a huge love of mine and you definitely said it all in your post. We are given so much when others have so little. What a joy it is to love on those people and give of what God gave to us. May God bless you in all you do!

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