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It always different to celebrate American holidays while living in another country. With family being so far away, the afternoon being so hot, and the unaltered speed of a common week in your foreign surroundings racing by you, sometimes it’s difficult to get into the “mood” of thanksgiving… but, we do our best!  Today, a few close American friends are coming to the house for turkey and dressing and all the sides!  This year, we even have my mother-in-law visiting!  Yesterday we decorated the Christmas tree, and Lori already has Christmas classics playing in the kitchen!

But, the real reason for thanksgiving is to be thankful!  I have so much for which to be thankful.  I’m thankful for God’s love and mercy in my life.  I’m thankful for my incredible wife and fabulous kids.  I’m thankful for the privilege to be a missionary (and I do think it’s a huge privilege!).  I’m so thankful for so many great friends around the world that God has allowed me to know.  God’s been GREAT to me.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5