Monday, January 4, 2016

Thanksgiving 2015

We had much to be Thankful for on this Thanksgiving when celebrating with our team.

Turkey from the German import store, Greek salad and mashed potatoes by Kara, Focaccia by Janice, Green beans by Karen, corn casserole by Michael, turkey by Jacob and dressing and sweet potato casserole by me.  

None of this quite compared to Janice's pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon crust.  I have given up making anything pumpkin for team, as she is the supreme chef of all things pumpkin!

We aren't the type to usually watch football, but we did this year.  

For me, all the excitement happened the two days before Thanksgiving Day.  I got to spend them with Theo, and it was more than I could ask for.  The train there was supposed to take 24 hours, but got delayed because of a blizzard, resulting in 27 1/2 hours of travel.  I was on the top triple bunk, and had plenty of time to talk to Father, to read, and to prepare myself for meeting him.  I know that so many people were thinking of that meeting, and Father granted what I asked for and more.  He was scared but brave.  Initial avoiding was quickly followed with wanting to be carried everywhere.  We had great moments of connection, eye contact, affection, laughter, playing, feeding each other, and it was a gift to be able to understand him better than I have understood anyone here speaking Chinese.  He could also understand me, which was incredible.  Some of the things we said to each other were, "hello, you are my son, are you tired, are you hungry, time to eat, I need to pee, your friend is tired, I don't want that, what is that, I love you, we are going, don't be afraid, I will come back and get you."

Showers of Blessing:
Meeting and connecting with Theo.  There was much to be thankful for, but this outweighed it all.  

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