Sunday, November 30, 2008

Día de Acción de Gracias

That is the Spanish name for Thanksgiving. Literally, it means "day of the action of thanks". I like that. It implies that there must be more to our giving thanks than just saying ´thank you´. There is action that shows our gratitude. If you think about it that´s what the first Thanksgiving was all about. The pilgrims invited the Indians to share a feast of the bounty God provided. It was a celebration. It was giving thanks to the Indians for their part in helping the pilgrims survive, but most of all it was a time for them all to give thanks to God in a special way for providing for their needs and even over and above their needs. They were thankful and they showed that gratitude with action. I pray that my gratitude will also be one of action. May my life show that I am thankful. Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias!

Here are some pics of us celebrating Thanksgiving in Bolivia:

Joe holding Mercy.

Caleb peeling potatoes.

Jake dicing onions.

The girls were so excited about the turkey that they just sat by the oven and watched it cook.

Ben and Josh goofing off while waiting for dinner. That Josh can pack quite a punch.

Wow! Look at that! We actually got a turkey in Bolivia. A dear friend bought this sweet gift for us and boy was it good!

Yum. Yum.

Lots of good food.

Look at all I have to be thankful for!

Time to eat at last!

Then comes the clean up and the party after the party...

Joe is ¨the Man¨ doing the dishes.

Lots and lots of a tiny sink. What a guy!

Jake caught me and Joe dancing in the kitchen.

More fun in the kitchen.

¨Thanks, Mom, for the dinner!¨

Look at this handsome crew of kitchen help! How come Joe is the shortest?

Joy and Paish in Daddy´s lap watching ¨Journey to the Center of the Earth¨.

Mercy´s all tuckered out.


Jennifer Thompson said...

Great pictures! And by the way, our family really enjoyed the pre-Thanksgiving potluck at your home last Sunday. =)

laura said...

Great new pictures! Did you change around the furniture in the house because it looks like the table is in a totally different place. We had awful scorpion problems up in the house your direction... must be something about that area, cause Beth has problems with them too. And the picture of Mercy... looks like she and Grant will be thumb buddies :) Can't wait to see you on Friday! said...

Wow - those are some great pictures. You have a fabulous family! No big game on T.V. for Thanksgiving here... but a nice pirated movie is a good replacement. :-)

The Holmans In Bolivia said...

Thanks Jennifer, we loved having you and your family over.

Laura, yep Mercy has really settled into her thumb sucking role. She gets mad when her sleeves cover it up and she ends up with spit-soaked sleeves. And yes we did change the furniture around and now we even have up our tree. You´ll have to come by soon!

Angie, I love a good pirated movie...good copy of course. We stopped by your guy last night and bought the 7th season of Smallville. "Your guy" is our new favorite place to buy movies.