Tuesday Topic: Special Blessings

From Noelle in Kenya: I have been thinking about your post on being thankful for the simplicity of life on the mission field, and it has got me thinking about other things I am thankful for. I am thankful that we get to see wild animals all the time, so my daughter can learn their names and what they look like in person. I am thankful that I get to spend so much quality family time with my husband and daughter. I’m thankful that some things are much cheaper here: doctors, fruits & vegetables and nice restaurants. So, I’m wondering what other missionary moms are thankful for…?

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7 Responses to “Tuesday Topic: Special Blessings”

  1. 1 Becka December 13, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I could go on for day. Really. I am thankful for easy public transportation, for weekly markets filled with the freshest fruits and vegetables. I am grateful for Mora berries and horchata (a fruit tea made with 30+ different flowers) both of which are only available in Ecuador. In fact, horchata tea is only available in my city of Loja! How blessed am I?
    I am grateful for perfect climate free of mosquitos. I am thankful for my rooftop clothesline with a million dollar view. I am thankful that I live in a city filled with the world’s friendliest people. I am grateful that I don’t have to learn Russian 🙂 I am grateful for empanadas de verdes and tamales.
    I am grateful for decent health care (even if I have to take a 5 hour bus drive to get it- the busses are comfortable). I am grateful for cheap coffee.
    I am grateful that my children can grow in a culture steeped in family respect with a lack of commercialism.
    I am grateful for the bright colored painted houses I live among. i am grateful for the parks and the birds.

    I could keep going…

  2. 2 Ashley L. December 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Ironically, the first thing that comes to mind today is snow for my kids! I say ironically because after just a couple of weeks of it (and last year it was here for about 5 months straight), I usually get so tired of it! My kids had a great time in the little bit of snow that fell today though, and it made me so happy and even excited that more will likely be falling soon. I also agree with you about the cheaper medical care. That is a great perk! The birth of our 3rd child was only a tiny fraction of what the hospital bills were for our first two! I also feel like since we are so far away from loved ones and miss our special traditions from back “home,” it makes our little family traditions all the more special, especially during the holidays. Even though I feel homesick for family back home and wish we could all be together, our holiday celebrations as our own little family feel so very meaningful. I know I will treasure these times for the rest of my life. I also love the fact that our city has an incredible metro system! Public transportation here is pretty amazing! I enjoy that women here dress-up all of the time. It inspires me to dress up a little more than I would otherwise, and I like it! Oh, and I love how people are so nice to pregnant women and dote on babies. That has been fun during my particular phase of life.

  3. 3 Ashley L. December 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Becka, I love your list! And you’re hilarious! I love your quote about Russian! =)

  4. 4 junglewife December 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I am thankful that my husband is a pilot, and he is home with us just about every night. THAT would not happen in the States! I am thankful for a wonderful mission community. Base living has its positives and negatives, but I am SO thankful for a safe place for my kids to run around outside with their friends, and I don’t have to worry about them. I am thankful for wonderful weather just about every day which makes playing outside year-round lots of fun! I am thankful that we don’t need heat or air-conditioning. I am thankful for the slow pace of life, that I am not spending my whole day running from one errand to the next, but that there is time to do all the cooking from scratch I need to do, as well as spend time chatting with a friend over a cuppa.

  5. 5 Carole December 14, 2011 at 3:35 am

    I am thankful for the slow paced life. I am thankful for all the joyfulness during the Christmas season. I am thankful for duty free packages in the mail. I am thankful for a warm home and sweet friends. I am thankful for “spikies” that fit over my boots to prevent me from slipping on the snow and ice. I am very thankful for the tight hugs and sticky kisses that I recieve each day 🙂

  6. 6 richelle December 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Like Becka, I believe I could fill the page and keep on going… and the slower pace of life must be near the top of the list – because it gives me time to work on, to grow, a perspective and life-living thankfulness to the One who has given everything!

    I’m thankful for a sandbox for a yard, amazing harmattan sunrises, coffee with friends, fari masa and beignets for breakfast, for life on an African river, for the endless entertainment provided by hedgehogs, for 70 year old ladies who long to read God’s Word, for the humility and laughter that comes when we venture to learn another language, for markets to buy fruits and veggies – and that availability changes with the season, always making menu planning and shopping an adventure, for the heat which makes me appreciate weather cool enough to sport a sweater and snuggle under the comforter, for children rolling down sand dunes, for horseback riding lessons in French, for homemade fresh roasted peanuts and freshly milled peanut butter, for brightly colored pagnes, for baptisms in mud holes, for Indian ophthamologists, for 50 kg bags of rice-sugar-flour, for the time it takes to make our daily bread each day – and the opportunity to thank the Lord for providing it, for sunsets over the river, for the year-round music of crickets chirping, for banana and mango trees in my front yard…

    …and I really could keep going on and on and on…

  7. 7 Phyllis December 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I’m another who could keep going and going, but I’ll just answer Becka with one thing: I’m glad that I get to learn Russian! 🙂 Actually, that really is something high on my list. As frustrating as it can be at times, I am so thankful for this beautiful language and that I get to be surrounded by it every day.

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