THE HOLIDAYS ARE UPON US!! Can you believe it?? This is the best time of year. Food, family, decorations, Christmas carols! I put up my tree weeks ago and I am happy everyone else is finally doing the same. I love reading Facebook updates of tree shopping and parade going. It just warms my hear. This is corny I know but it is the only way I know how to describe it. There is nothing like listening to some Frank Sinatra Christmas music, lighting some candles, and hanging out by the Christmas tree. The last couple of nights Jesse and I have just been laying in bed taking turns playing our favorite Christmas songs. The holiday season in Cambodia has been a little different, but I am thankful to have people around me to make it feel a little more like home. It is about ninety degrees and the humidity does something wonderful to my curly hair but I am trying to still make it feel like Christmas.
Jesse and I got to host our first Thanksgiving meal. We had some friends over and had a ham (turkey was way too expensive), mashed potatoes (which I made for the first time ever and they tasted good), corn, green beans, roles, and our Cambodian friend brought over traditional Cambodian dessert. It was all so good, but the best part was just hanging out with wonderful people. We all shared what our family traditions are and I made everyone put one kernel of corn on their plate and say one thing they are thankful for before we ate. I told them that that is what my dad does and we are going to carry on the tradition.
On Friday we got together with all of the AG missionaries in Cambodia. We DID have turkey last night and stuffing, and gravy and pumpkin pie (all things we didn’t have the night before). We then watched Charlie Brown Christmas and Thanksgiving. We were trying to make it as “American” as possible, but then during the movie the power went out. We all started laughing. We are always reminded that we are still in Cambodia. Power outages like to remind us of that regularly!
There are so many things I miss. Other than my family I miss the ability to put on a jacket, scarf, mittens, and just bundle up and go outside. Jesse’s idea is to turn the air-cons on really low and we can sit in a cold house and pretend. We may just have to do this soon. With everything I miss I am reminded about everything I have and everything I have to be thankful for. I have a wonderful husband who I am growing to love more and more everyday, great friends, a job where I get to tell kids about Jesus that have never heard of the name Jesus before on a daily basis, and so much more all here in Cambodia. God continues to show me how truly blessed I am.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!