David and I will be traveling on Thanksgiving weekend, so the closest thing to a celebration this year will have to be a thankful newsletter. (David will be accompanying the Sozo team as an intercessor to Belgium for our first training weekend there and I’m excited to have him along for the first time. Olivia will have a tiny feast for 2 with Alana, now her youth pastor and the only other American friend here.)
So instead of just recounting the events of the last several weeks, I will write them as if we were sharing around the Thanksgiving table, "This month I am thankful for…"
- A gorgeous Indian summer that lasted through the first week of Nov.
- The chance to enjoy it (and avoid a 2nd car) by being able to bike to church, to the dentist, to the grocery and to friends.
- The low cost of social medicine with 4 dr. visits and 2 dental visits this month.
- A text message testifying of physical healing after a Sozo with me!
- A better outlook on life by fasting the news and feasting with the Spirit.
- The chance to share my love of the French language with an American teen every week.
- New and faithful support from old friends and continued love and support from family in so many ways.
- 4 hours of pure joy with an 18 month old every Monday morning (before his brother comes home for the afternoon!)
- France continuing to resist the celebration of Halloween, (even tho’ we got egged this year!)
- A Sunday school class with just 6 kids who are more compatible age-wise than last year.
- Being able to bless several lonely Christian French women in different ways.
- A large, thick 100% wool rug given to us that will warm up our salon for Christmas, covering the old, cold linoleum.
- Learning that the value of our ancient French house has dropped by 1/3 in the last 10 years. This knowledge answers the nagging question of whether to sell or stay and make it more livable while avoiding the major renovation needed. Now, David and I are in agreement to purposefully bless this house that He provided until we have the means to buy something better suited for our future needs.