Giving Thanks

Wow!  What a week.

Getting ready for Thanksgiving started last week when we had to buy our supplies while we were in San Pedro Sula.  Since canned goods are limited here (and what is available is quite expensive) cooking started on Monday.  “Lemme ‘splain… No, there’s no enough time.  Lemme sum up…”

The recipes call for canned french cut green beans, or for canned sweet potatoes, but we had raw green beans and raw yams.  That translates into one and a half hours slicing green beans, and steaming the yams ahead of time.

Thanksgiving Day.  We started cooking around 6:30 am and all was going very well.  We were providing the majority of the food for an evening meal for about 25 people with our one little oven.  No problem.  The corn pudding was going in the crockpot, the apple pie had been baked on Wednesday, and lots of food was lined up in the fridge and just waiting for its turn in the oven.  Then the power went out.

I fired up the generator and we prayed that the power would come back on soon.  Two hours later the power was still out and the generator sputtered to a stop.  I decided to siphon some gas out of the mowing tractor.  I’ll just say that I was burping gas fumes for hours and I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.

I hooked up a little cart to the back of the car and went across camp to bring back tables and chairs, and found out from camp staff that the power was being worked on and would be back on at 3:00 pm.  We joked about the fact that in Honduras that means that they have up until 3:59 to get it back on before they’re late.  Can you guess when the power came back on?  Almost.  It was 3:57 pm.

By then we had enjoyed a wonderful visit with a missionary nurse friend and her two children, had baked the corn pudding in the oven, chased out a herd of stray cows, cleaned up who knows how many puppy puddles and had the living / dining room ready for our guests.

The evening was very enjoyable with lots of talking, laughing, being thankful and of course eating lots of good food.

Thank you, Lord for the many ways that you love on us each and every day.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lori Cole on December 9, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I just wanted you to know that there are actually folks out here reading this! What a great way to stay connected!! Thanks for taking the time to create this means of sharing your life with us. I look forward to “experiencing” more of your life in Honduras.

  2. Posted by Lucy on December 10, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    So thankful that you have a computer connection. I enjoyed reading your spot. As Jesus lives in us and we live in him, God uses us to bring others to himself and into his purposes for their lives.Steve

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