It's Thanksgiving morning in Africa. Well, kinda. It is technically Thanksgiving in America. In Africa, it is just a normal day. Our neighbors are leaving for the job site. All systems are go.
Today is our first meaningful holiday we have been away from family. We have now lived here in Cape Town for 10.5 months.
Yesterday, Mom sent me an SMS asking me what time we would be getting together to make my pumpkin pie- a tradition we have had for many years. It hit me when I read that. We will not be making our pie this year. I cried. In the grocery store. Like a fool. I miss my MOMMY!!
I will miss the vibes of this day. The vibes on Thanksgiving day in America are just special! Crisp air, naked trees, Christmas already in the air, slamming food, Macy's parade, cider, smells, feelings...we miss it. And I will miss seeing my beautiful sisters come strolling through the doors with their hair and make up all did up and their dishes of food all prepared. And my Brother-- he would be cooking up something domestic and unusual. He will put a woman on defense. ;-)
As much as we will miss, we are also thankful and joyful today. Thankful that Selah came to visit us. So awesome! It has made a massive difference. And we are excited to just go on a day trip to Hermanus and Franschoek. Google them and be jealous. ;-)
And finally, I am thankful that we obediently followed Jesus to this place. We are precisely where he wants us to be. And there is not an earthly possession, no holiday, no friend or family member worth cashing that in for. Will desire for obedience to God to be the main longing of our life....even if it costs and huts some days. God makes up for it in other beautiful ways!
So, today we are THANKFUL! And we say to you, Happy Thanksgiving!