It’s Thanksgiving time, and if I’m thankful for any one thing this year, it’s for the gift of relationship. This includes the new friends we’ve made across the world through World Next Door and for the old pals that somehow keep popping up all over the place.
Newer and further away: I’m thankful for the Nkuzi family in Rwanda who fed us and welcomed us and invited us into their grief; who trusted us to tread lightly and accepted our empathy as though it was enough. I’m thankful for all the dinner conversations with Peter and Fredrick and Nepo and Eriane and V for, like, the entire month of April in Rwanda. And I’m thankful for our friends Rachel and Ricardo who offered their home (and their liquor JUST KIDDING SORT OF) several times as a getaway. I am thankful for Katy and Alan, our Americans-in-the-field-with-kids people, who enriched our marriage and gave us a new picture of how we could do this if kids ever would enter the picture for us. I’m thankful for Mamsung who literally cared for our every whimsical need in Cambodia. (If you don’t know about her, click the link. You’ll thank me.) I’m thankful for our host family and 14 brothers and sisters in Nepal, who sang us to dinner and hugged us out every day. I’m thankful for Sarah and Kylie and Carlie and Kara in Nepal, who made us feel like we’d always been a part of their group and that there would be a piece missing when we left. And for our beloved Cupcake Girls, with offers of Thanksgiving love and hospitality through show invites and dinner invites and all the laughing.
I am thankful for the trust of organizations like Tiny Hands and Cupcake Girls doing tricky work who allow us to tell their stories.
And of course, I’m thankful for the organization we write for: World Next Door (and the 62 people who funded us through World Next Door). WND is seeking out justice all over the world—looking for it, writing about it, exposing it—in the middle of tough injustices and laying everything out for all of us to be a part of through a free magazine. Free, you guys.
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9 thoughts on “Thanksgiving, revised and expanded”
my heart is full :) love you guys!
There IS a piece missing. Three if you count the Sherpa. But really, I’m so thankful for you and Jeff.
seriously a giant Hartman shaped hole is missing in Nepal. We miss you guys all the time. Love you tons and thanks so much for my dazzling birthday wishes!
Thankful for you! Guess what this morning we ran into the girls basketball team from butler. How random is that?!
What?! I love those lady bulldogs- maybe they played UNLV? Yes, random.
Great read! What you do is amazing, inspirational. Thank you.
November 27, 2013 at 2:03pm
You nailed this friend, now preach it loud and clear!
November 27, 2013 at 3:58pm
Thank you so much for this post. Just the affirmation I needed. Keep bringing light into this world!
November 27, 2013 at 4:44pm
Thanks a lot. I will not forget you. Do you remember your time visiting the Cyimbili workers in their home? They still remember your presence and ask for you blessings from God be on your all family. Please! Don’t stop having that heart of love.
December 3, 2013 at 1:46pm