Thursday, November 27
"Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving." 2 Corinthians 9:10-11God certainly blessed us generously today! We enjoyed an abundance of good food and sweet adopted family with whom to celebrate.
Edi's mom thoughtfully sent ingredients for a no bake, chilled pumpkin pie. Our director used the opportunity of the rendezvous with Brennen to add a frozen chicken and two cans of yams to our Thanksgiving stash. And another colleague gave us a box of dressing mix and a can of cranberry sauce since she was leaving to spend Thanksgiving in America.
Sarah made an absolutely fabulous pumpkin pie with a pumpkin we brought from Honiara.
Edi brought a huge bag of pecans from her yard in Texas, so for the first time EVER in the Solomon Islands, Sarah also made a pecan pie for us to enjoy. What abundance!
Even our Thankful Turkey was sprouting an abundance of feathers!
We enjoyed finishing our fall puzzle with help from Brennen and Edi - both puzzle whizzes.
My friend, Gayly, sent us lovely napkins that said, "Give thanks to the Lord; His love endures forever." (Psalm 107:1)
Aaron carved up the chicken with a lovely set given to us as a wedding present from his great-aunt. We read "An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving" while some people chopped green beans and some people worked on the puzzle.
And after we filled our hearts with good fellowship and our bellies with good food, we felt just as if we were celebrating back in our passport culture. Except for the sweat dripping from our noses and the ubiquitous fan blowing! Don't all families finish their Thanksgiving celebrations by jumping from a big tree and going for a swim in the ocean?
The kids even found a blue starfish that coordinated with Brennen's shirt!
While most of the family swam, I found some of my favorite village kids. Annie was practicing walking while her mom, Nancy, held her safely in a sling made from a lava-lava.
And Jaham - isn't he just the cutest thing ever?!? He's always quick to give me a high five, too. I'm constantly reminded that these little children are the ones who will benefit most from having God's Word in their own language while they are growing up. My prayer is that reading the Bible in their heart language every day will be a normal part of their every day lives.