November, what a month! For the first time in two years, I am in the states to celebrate Thanksgiving. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving the last two years in the DR. There are so many memories. I think back to two years ago when Jeff, Jason, and I went out to the farm and picked out the turkeys and I learned to butcher a turkey. That was an experience that I am happy to have done once, so I can say I have done it, but not something that I would be interested in doing again. It was definitely fun to eat Turkey that year.
Last year my November was filled with holiday parties. Getting together with so many friends was so fun. Now I start to think about this Thanksgiving, something I was looking forward to celebrating this year with my family. Although Thanksgiving looked different than I had envisioned, it was a great day! I spent the day with Joe, Shannon, and Naomi. I am thankful for the time we were able to spend together.
I have been in Indy for a little over two weeks. It has been nice to get away and spend time with them. I brought Rio with me, which has been great. I’ve stayed busy while being here. I wrapped up my final week of Christianity in a global context, and in the final week, I did a presentation on what it is like to be a missionary in the Dominican Republic. I enjoyed being able to share with my professor what my life in like in the DR. I have also been assisting Joe and Shannon in the office. I have spent a few days writing letters to people who have donated, filling envelopes for different student sponsorship changes, and helping fulfill orders from the Solid Rock store that finished up last Monday.
Rio has loved being able to play with Joe and Shannon’s daughter Naomi, who is 2.5 years old. They love to chase each other around the house and Naomi loves to throw the ball so he can chase it! On Tuesday of this week, Shannon made us a full Dominican meal of rice, beans, beef, and a Dominican style salad. It was delicious!
On the nicer days, I have been taking Rio on a three-mile walk around their neighborhood! It’s nice to get out and breathe some fresh air! We have also played frisbee golf 3 or 4 times. The first time I played I was awful; I am starting to have more fun as I am improving a bit. While we golf Rio and Naomi are also able to have fun and run around. It’s a win win!
Although this year has not been what I have envisioned, I am thankful for what God has blessed me with this year. A few things I am thankful for this November are my heavenly Father and how he leads and guides me, my family, and the fun times we have had over the last nine months, Rio and the joy he brings to me and my family, my Solid Rock family and how we support and love one another, and of course the DR and the thought of going back next year.
If you could be in prayer for me as I plan my upcoming trips to the DR, I would greatly appreciate it.
I pray that you and your family stay healthy and safe during this holiday season.