Thankful

“If it didn’t have eruptions you would know it hadn’t been baked.”

~My mom on why the top of the pumpkin pie has cracks that Chris said look like they’ve been through an earthquake or eruption.

This weekend is Canadian Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for this year.

  • Thankful that we are able to be home in Canada as a family.
  • Thankful we can be here with my family. This is the first Thanksgiving I’ve spent with my family since 2004.
  • Thankful that since the last Thanksgiving our family has grown by two spouses and a grandchild.
  • Thankful that my grandparents will be able to be with us.
  • Thankful that we get to go meet Auntie Abby (Chris’ sister) at the airport today so she can spend the weekend with us.
  • Thankful for a beautiful place to spend the fall.
  • Thankful for two great opportunities to share about our life and work in Haiti in the next week and a half.
  • Thankful for wonderful people that can watch over the mission in our absence, making this whole sabbatical thing a possibility, AND that they love us and are so encouraging.
  • Thankful for a wonderful board of directors who frequently ask, “What do you need?” and then do everything they can to make it happen. And that not only are they about the business of the mission, they also have a pastoral heart and are a great support for our family. We know this is a rare gift.
  • Thankful for friends that we can go without seeing for literally years and then spend time with them and have it feel like like we saw them last week. That’s such a sweet thing.
  • Thankful for new friends that have just been such a blessing to us.
  • Thankful for clear, crisp fall days.
  • Thankful we can walk, walk, walk.
  • Thankful for a place that is safe where we can let our guard down.
  • Thankful for seasonal fruits and veggies like apples, squash, yams… mmmm.
  • Thankful for all of you who have been praying for us regularly. We know we won’t understand the magnitude of this on this earth, but when we get to heaven…wow!
  • Thankful that we do what we do for a greater reason, and that we are loved by God and called his children.

We hope that all of you who celebrate here in Canada will have a wonderful weekend of being thankful, and that those of you who won’t celebrate for another month will still find reasons to be grateful and remember how blessed we are.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Leslie, Chris & Little Miss O

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About Leslie

I'm Leslie. Wife. Mother. Missionary. In the day to day my husband and I are responsible for running Clean Water for Haiti, a humanitarian mission that builds and distributes water filters to Haitian families. Living in Haiti full time provides lots of stories, and as I tell my husband, our grandkids probably won't believe most of them. Maybe writing them down will give me some credibility.

3 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. Leslie, what a great post! Thanks for the reflection. It is so good to read about your time here and to know that you guys are able to relax and enjoy time with your families. We are thinking about you!

  2. God bless you all at this Thanksgiving time. And bless YOU, Leslie, for glueing the clan together with your excellent blogs. Please give Abby a hug for me. Much love, Aunt Sue.

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