Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Day of Thanks for a Year of Blessings

We celebrated Thanksgiving in our own little way today.  It is a bit odd to celebrate a holiday in a country in which the holiday doesn't exist.  Last year, we spent a few days over Thanksgiving weekend in the mountains in Matagalpa, hiking with howler monkeys swinging above us.  This year, we decided to carry on the tradition of hiking and so we hiked a little closer to home on the trail through an area called Las Nubes in El Crucero.  While we didn't see any howler monkeys, we could hear them 'howling' in the distance.

On the way to Las Nubes, we discussed the origin of Thanksgiving and and asked the kids what they were thankful for this year.  Andrew said he was thankful for the end of school (which was yesterday). Ella said she was thankful for family and spicy food.  Noah said he was thankful for 'homeschooling' (which he will be starting next semester...a story for another blogpost).

Being that I really despise touching raw meat and doing the whole turkey thing, we bought a rotisserie chicken, cranberry sauce, sub-rolls, stuffing and made sandwiches.  I did actually bake a pumpkin pie...so thankful for the miracle of finding a can of  Libby's Pumpkin in the grocery store along with a ready-made crust...a VERY rare find!

There are truly so many things to be thankful for...I am beyond thankful for my husband and children.  Yet, above all...I am thankful for how God loves us more than we will ever comprehend.  It is amazing.

Enjoy some snapshots from our Thanksgiving Day in Nicaragua. 

"happy thanksgiving everyone!!!"
believe it or not...there are some "fall" type leaves.
there were hundreds of hydrangeas on the property

my three little blessings for which i am thankful

beautiful blue water lilies