All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits,
committed to our trust on this condition:
that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.
~ John Calvin ~
this week's gratitude list:
(#'s 1461 - 1490)
buckets where the bottom is falling out - and lessons being learned
Andi's first trip to the bush... and a bush church
homemade from scratch fajitas on a Saturday night
the first week of school behind us
new school year, new beginnings
Rebekah says she LIKES Geometry... praying for a better year in math this year
hot lunches, beginning next week
willing and cheerful kitchen helpers
watching my little guy be a good big bro to his little sisters... must've learned that from his good big bro
old fears that drive me to prayer
good report on an old problem
found cord to recharge my kindle
helping little girls to choose giggles and smiles instead of tears and fighting
challenging new thoughts on what it means to live in community... to live humbly, recognizing we are dependent on God, on others...
brand new 7th graders
lesson planning... life planning... learning and daily re-remembering that I must hold those plans loosely because computers crash, printers don't work, unforeseen circumstances arrive, people change
our favorite librarian is back and the library is open again... after a whole summer closed. Yippee!
seeing her decide to make changes and find a good and helpful attitude after a tearful tantrum
homework and bedtime routines again... after summer stay-cation where we let them slide
rainy, misty all days - so rare in Niger - finishing with a sunset rainbow
my developing photographer at work again
praying with parents
lauging with colleagues
REAL chapati and spiced Indian food... it has been too long!
sharing one of my favorite books with my niece - and she liked it
new African outfits, perfectly fitted from the tailor - so these growing girls have something to wear to church on Sunday mornings
watching smiles as they model those outfits for our friend