Taking some time to day to count my blessings….
- I am thankful for a loving family who is willing to help in times of need.
- I am thankful for all of the work that Jay has at the moment. The life of the family of a self-employed carpenter can be “feast or famine” as they say, but we have all of our true needs met and that is a blessing. I do miss him a lot lately, seeing as he has had little free time with us. But, I realize that while we see little of him now, we will have time to reconnect down the line.
- I am thankful that our neighbors made a situation right even though I had doubts that they’d follow through. Three weeks ago, Luna left her Our Generation doll outside overnight and the neighbors dogs tore it to pieces the next morning. She was heartbroken. After a bit of prodding, they brought Luna a replacement doll last night and her joy was overwhelming. In 20 minutes, she must have told me, “I am sooooo happy, Mama! I love her, Mama!” 20 times.
- I am thankful for the extra time we had with Nico last week. She was with us for 10 days while her Mom was busy with work. Given the past situations, this is a miracle.
- I am thankful for the many friends we’ve gained in this last year. My girls were sad to see their old friends slip away one by one when we became Christian. To see new friendships blossom lately has been amazing and wonderful.
- I am thankful for our public library, a fantastic free resource that I go to weekly. I will forever sing the praises of our free inter-library loan, where I can order just about and book or movie and have it delivered to the library within days. Also so thankful for the woman who heads up the children’s programming. We get so much out of her efforts and activities.
I’d like to take a minute to mention a great organization called Compassion. Compassion Once our property sale goes through, we plan to sponsor a little girl from Ghana who lives with her grandmother. This is one of the best organizations of it’s kind out there, over 83% of the sponsorship goes right to the aid of the child. You can also send monetary gifts right to the child or their family and Compassion workers assess true needs and help the family use 100% of those funds. Sponsoring one child costs $38 per month and while we are by no means rich and often linger just above “just getting by”, I realize that compared to many in this world, we are so privileged. When we make this commitment, I know we can do whatever it takes to stick with it. The average family income in Ghana is just $10 in USD. Per family. Think about that for a second.
I know that there are SO many out there who are just like us and are “just getting by”, but I urge you to think for a minute of all that you could do for a child, a family, by joining with Compassion and sponsoring a child.
If you can’t commit to that, think about donating just $10 to Nothing But Nets where your donation will buy one bed net that could save a life by preventing the spread of malaria.