Happy Happy thanksgiving to all my favorite family and friends! 🙂 I frankly got to celebrate Thanksgiving already since my time is a day ahead of yours! What a thanksgiving!! It was defionatly one to remember.. I am so blessed by God!!!! I have so much to be thankful for!! MAHIMA MAHIMA MAHIMA!!!!! So let me give you the blow by blow… It started with going shopping at the market yesterday and going on the HUNT .. for the PIG.. the perfect pig.. you can’t get turkey here, so we just went shopping for a pig.. we finally found one at a meat market and had them chop the leg and the butt (that was the only part we wanted..) hehehe.. we had to get them to cut off the skin also! It defionatly doesn’t look like that in america.. i felt like little house on the prarie.
Then… last night I had my first ladies discipleship Bible study– to my suprise 6 ladies came and it was just incredible. They really opened up .. and it was a mixture of nepalee and english so it was great language practice. Please pray for this group. We will begin meeting every wednesday night!
Ok.. so then for the big thanksgiving day. My amazing friend Scarlet spent the night and we literally began cooking at 7:00 this morning.. the plan was for the guests to begin arriving around 2 and we graze on appetizers until 6:00.. nepalee time that means guests really come around 3:00 of 4 and you eat around 6:30 or 7! 🙂
So for appetizers we had homemade salsa and someone brought velveta from america (glory), cookies and other such things and a veg tray… Then we cooked for the main event.. the meal. (we cooked the pig last night.. i made my grandmommy’s famous maranade… i bet she is proud up in heaven!). I made sweet potatoe casserole and it was hilarous because you have to make things up .. like they don’t have evaporated milk so you have to make it up.. and the sweet potaotes are white– so i dyed them with food coloring– at first they looked red but they turned out sortof orangish redish! 🙂 So anyways– we had pig, deviled eggs, sweet potatoes, green bean casseroles.. casseroles galore ect. It was amazing. It’s much like america except you have to basically for real cook everything by scratch. So some of my american friends came at aroudn 3:00 and we played trivial pursuit in the kitchen as we were cooking– that was alot of fun.. and my kitchen in tiny!
Anyways– it ended up about 16 people came tonight– several nepalees, a bunch of americans, one philipino and one girl from uganda.. What a group! We wanted it to be an evangelistic event, so after eating we sat in a circle, nathan told the history behind thanskgiving and then we went around and shared why we were thankful. There were several non-christians here.. so it was a great way to share the gospel.. it really was a moving time. We shared and laughed and nathan shared about the number one reason to be thankful.. which is found in the message of John 3:16.. glory!
so now all that is left is a TON of leftoever, a mountain of dishes like I have never seen and my heart filled with thanksgiving. I cannot believe that God brought me here! I am reminded about the biggest thing that I have to be thankful for.. that even if my family is millions of miles away– I have a God whose son came millions of miles from heaven so that i could have a relationship not a religion.!
ok.. so i have rambled on. I am going to try to post some pictures! 🙂
oh yeah– i know this is the longest post ever.. but for my family.. remember the year when I made the turkey go swimming in the laundry room when i forgot to turn off the water in the sink.. well guess what! This year.. i forgot and turned the euroguard water filter on to fill up a water pitcher with water and ended up forgetting and we were all in the living room and about 30 minutes later the kitchen was flooded.. Jenn the wet bandit strikes again!
This was an amazing day!