We hope YOU had a wonderful Thanksgiving...and I can promise you that ours was good. Of course, it's during the holidays that we most miss "home," and it was no different this year! To make matters even more difficult, our Megan was with our Jesse in Texas...so we were down TWO children from usual. However, Jeanne Lee, Andrew and I had a wonderful time...!
Just so we wouldn't be sitting around moping, the Lord saw to it that we were well busy through Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday started off with Jeanne Lee making 12...that's TWELVE...pumpkin pies for the high school (Instituto Laurens) Thanksgiving dinner that she would be a part of on Thursday.
|...and her "magic" was delicious!|
|Jeanne doing her "magic"...|
But, of course, before Thursday, the teachers' college (the LEB of Instituto Laurens) had their dinner on Wednesday evening. My third semester students were asked to tell the story of Thanksgiving and talk about a traditional Thanksgiving meal...so we got in about three days of practice...and did our thing Thursday night. It was a lot of fun...and it was great to see student who had struggled with English at the beginning of the semester now reading fairly fluidly. The meal there? Chicken, rice, broccoli, and spaghetti with cilantro pesto sauce...and flan for dessert! Not too Thanksgiving-y for us! ha,ha... But, a good time with the students and teachers.
|Introducing my 3rd Semester students at the Program|
|Some of my 3rd Semester students|
Then, Thursday rolled around...and it was off to work again! It's not a national holiday here, Thanksgiving, so we just pressed on as always. I went off to the seminary, and Jeanne Lee and Andrew got things together for the high-school mid-day dinner. Jeanne Lee was to speak to the assembly (some 70+ students and teachers) to talk about Thanksgiving and the reason for the day. My wonderful, tender-hearted wife became rather emotional during her talk, and some of her teacher-friends came quickly to her and helped her finish. However, what happened later is the best part...! I came home from work early to share Thanksgiving with my family--just the three of us. However, just as I arrived, two of Jeanne's students--Samuel and Melvin--arrived at our door...with a huge cheese-cake pie!! They said, "We knew you had a hard day today, Miss, and we just wanted to do something for you...." WOW! Two seventeen-year-old boys thinking to do something like this for their teacher?? Well, that's the difference that Jeanne is making in the lives of these teenagers. Both of these boys are in Jeanne's book club...meeting every two weeks to discuss a novel they're reading together...and to talk about life in general.
|Thanksgiving Dinner...friends in the background...!|
|A DELICIOUS feast for us!|