I’m thankful for Bear, my husband.
He is like a Bear. I think the name suits him. He’s tough and stocky and can grow a beard like no one else I know. He can drive me crazy but also keeps me sane. He sings out loud in church and sings to Little Bear each night. He is courageous and calm. He is strong. He survived Bilharzia and numerous bouts of Malaria. His immune system is to be envied. He can drink tap water…in Kenya. He holds my hand when we walk and makes us pancakes every Saturday morning. He loves me but loves the Lord more. And I love him for that.
I want to take this month to share our thankfulness. Sometimes it is easier to write about negative things because they elicit such an emotional response. However, we have much to be thankful for. We have much to give praise to our Father for. We want this month to reflect how grateful we are for all the things He has gifted us with; people, things, and skills that sometimes we don’t take enough time to give thanks for.
Each day I will add to our list. What are you thankful for? Leave a comment below.
We are thankful for:
- Our loving God and His saving grace
- Little Bear
- The opportunity to live abroad and gain a wider perspective of the world. Do you know where we live? How many African countries can you identify? Take this quiz to find out.
- Our home church in Kenya
- Ability to read
- Gas oven and stove
- A dry place to work
- Rosslyn Academy putting on a play so Bear and I can have a date night! Plus two dear friends watching Little Bear while we were gone.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Sewing machine
- Internet because it connects us to you, our friends, our families and other bits of the world we used to live in but have moved away from.
- United States of America
- Indoor plumbing and toilets. Which one of these does your toilet resemble? Which one do you prefer the most? I think I’ll go with the one in Japan with surround sound music, heated seats, television, beautiful wall art and a foot massage! (Do keep in mind that these are simply snap shots of one kind of toilet for each country.)
- Family. It’s hard to be so far away but we are thankful for their love and support across the distance.
- Warm weather and sunshine. Unfortunately we haven’t seen much of this in Kenya the last couple weeks. BUT I am thankful I don’t live in one of these cities, which make the top 20 list of coldest cities in the USA. Brrrr!
- Our wonderful colleagues. They continue to work in an unstable and difficult place to be the love of Our Father to the people there. Go here to read more about what they do.
- Washing machine to wash the stank off those cloth diapers!
- Good healthcare, good hospitals and doctors, pharmacies for medicinal needs.
- Beautiful creation. Kenya and South Sudan have such gorgeous places. I’m thankful we get to experience them.
- Clean air! I’m thankful to be in Kijabe, Kenya above the smog of Nairobi, out of the traffic and exhaust, high up in the Rift Valley where the wind blows so hard it sounds like rain. It smells delicious!
- Good counsel from leadership, sound advice from friends and Scripture to help guide and direct us in our steps.
- Our house helper, Nelly.
- Our eyesight and the successful eye surgery we had nearly 3 years ago that allows us to see without the aid of contacts or glasses.
- ALL of you who faithfully support us! Thank you.