Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Heart of Thankfulness

During our long drive home to Mozambique this past weekend--after being stopped and questioned by the police not once, but twice--I decided I needed to take make a mental list of everything we had to be thankful for. While the past few weeks in the states were extremely tiring from living out of suitcases, we were blessed by time spent with so many people.
Celebrating Scott's parents' 50th anniversary

While this is just a glimpse of my list, I'm grateful for everyone who opened their home to us. To those who drove long distances just to have lunch with us. To those who spoiled our kids and kept them while we were celebrating Scott's parents' 50th anniversary. To those who sat down with us and asked us how we were doing.

Together as a family again!

I'm thankful for the chance to reunite with both old friends and new friends. For girl time at Starbucks. For pedicures and late night chats. For BBQ, and, of course, good ole Tex-Mex. And especially time with our eldest who is now back at boarding school. It was so great to have our family all together again.

I could go on and on.

While our time was short and there were many of you we weren't able to see this time, we really are grateful for our friends, family, supporters, and churches who continue to be there for us in so many ways.

One of the things I'm thankful for on our return is seeing the twins out in the village again who are now chubby and smiling! What a blessing to see them thriving and their mama smiling. (photo below)

Please keep us in your prayers during the coming weeks as we settle back into life here with our new teammates (Another BIG praise!) We have an extremely busy summer (winter for us) with a number of teams coming through to help us short time with the work here.

Twins in the beginning of January shortly after they were born.
Twins now in the beginning of May (with my mom)

Lastly, for those of you who missed the news (I haven't mentioned it on my blog yet), I'm excited to share that Blood Covenant won the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from  Romantic Times Book Reviewers' Choice Award. This is book two in my series set in Africa, so I was thrilled to learn about this.

While life is full of uncertainty, and so many are struggling with difficult circumstances, may each one of us take the time today to be thankful for the blessings God has brought into our life.


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