It may sound strange to hear that we had a Thanksgiving breakfast...
It was not the traditional American feast of turkey, dressing, gravy, sweet potatoe cassarole, pumpkin pie and much much more! However, it truly was a special time for the staff and volunteers here at the Light House Community Center to reflect on the year and praise the Lord for the many many things that we can be thankful for!
Because of busy schedules, it just so happened to BEST celebrate Thanksgiving on Friday morning (the day after Thanksgiving), so we had a special Thanksgiving breakfast instead!
Everyone brought something yummy to share. Here we are loading up our plates!
I made Chocolate Chip Cookies! Everyone loves it when I make these. Homemade chocolate chip cookies like this are not a common treat here in Brazil. Actually just preparing the chocolate to make these can be difficult, because I have to buy a huge chocolate bar and cut it into tiny bits to make the chocolate chips. I always think of home when I make them, so I decided to make this! They turned out a little different but tasted great!
After we ate we had a time of sharing. I shared about the history of the holiday of Thanksgiving in the USA and how it orginated as a day to thank and praise God. Then, we went around the room and each person spoke about things that he/she were thankful for.
It was a beautiful time of sharing and thanking God and others in our team. Many people openly share about challenges that had occured during the year and how God showed His unfailing love and faithfulness in the midst of difficult situations. Some people even cried as they expressed their gratitute.
Marcelo, a Brazilian staff member who runs the soccer school here at the Light House, stood as he shared about the many things he is thankful to God for.
When it was my turn to share about what I was thankful for the main word in my mind was FAMILY.
This word FAMILY came to me for MANY different reasons...
I am so thankful that my family (including Jessica, Amy, and Tom- I consider them a part of my family too because I love them like family) who all came to Brazil this year for me and Felipe's wedding celebration. Words can not express the THANKFULNESS I have for that. It was so special for me to have them ALL here and to be able to share this part of my life with them AND to celebrate such an important day of my life.
Also, financially, my family and my family in the body of Christ has faithfully supported me and helped to make my wedding day possible - financially. God provided in our lack in amazing ways!
I am also thankful for my YWAM FAMILY! Although my family is living far away from me, in the United States, God has placed specific people in my life here in Brazil to be my family here. I am so thankful for the deep and meaningful relationships I have made in my YWAM family.
Also, I am thankful for the FAMILY God has given to me personally.
This year God showered His love on me through the gift of marriage. God has blessed me with an amazing friend and husband who is so full of the grace and wisdom of God. God shows me HIS unconditional love and care so much through Felipe. I stay amazed...
And now we are SO BLESSED to be starting our own FAMILY soon! After difficult news of my fibroid condition, I was extremely fearful of never being able to have children. However, God blessed us and I got pregnant just weeks after our wedding day. God is fulfilling the desires of our hearts and giving us a FAMILY!
I am THANKFUL for FAMILY!
Overall, it was a great Thanksgiving celebration for us! We even had ice cream together (but after lunch) which was SO perfect because it is now SUPER HOT here in Brazil!
Hope all of you had a memorable and special Thanskgiving holiday weekend!!!
There is SO MUCH to be THANKFUL FOR!