This year has been full of blessings and adventures. In January, Clarissa and I accompanied Tim on a work trip to Hawaii. We had a wonderful week while he worked. In February and March, Clarissa and I went home to Virginia and Pennsylvania to visit both sides of the family. In April, we moved to a different city in South Korea when Tim got a new job and promotion. We have since visited Seoul and Okinawa on vacation.
This Sunday was actually a holiday in the South Korean church. The church chooses one Sunday every year to celebrate Thanksgiving Sunday where they give thanks to God for all of His blessings. It just so happens to coincide with American Thanksgiving. The service was so good. I think it was the first time we’ve had communion since we moved to Korea. After church, we had a Thanksgiving feast for lunch as a congregation. It was nice to celebrate with friends and family.
This week we took a break from our normal homeschool curriculum to focus on Thanksgiving. Clarissa and I read some books about the history of Thanksgiving. We also spent some time talking about what it means to be thankful. One of my favorite books to read with her is God Gave Us Thankful Hearts. We read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We talked about what we were thankful for.
The library on post had some coloring sheets that you could put together to make “My Book of Thanks.” Clarissa colored several of the pages but we have not finished it yet.
We attended a playgroup this week at Brownstone. The children were supposed to draw a picture of something that they were thankful for. This is what Clarissa drew.
When the teacher asked her about it she said, “This is the castle in Okinawa where all the knights and the king fight bad guys. But they are dead so we can see their house.” I guess she was listening on vacation when I was trying to teach her the history of Shuri Castle.
On Thanksgiving Day, Tim woke up with Clarissa so that I could sleep in. But once it started snowing, Clarissa ran in to wake me up because she was so excited. She then thought that it was Christmas (because it snows for Christmas and not Thanksgiving) and wanted to know when she could open her presents…We had turkey sausage and biscuits for brunch. By the time I was finished with dishes, the snow had melted.
We were thankful to wake up to snow this morning. I made sure to head out right after breakfast just in case the snow melted. It wasn’t a problem since it started snowing again while we were outside. Clarissa’s snow suit hasn’t arrived yet, but she lasted about an hour. We had so much fun!
We have been working on teaching Clarissa what it means to be thankful. We are so blessed and there are so many needs in the world. She helped me pack two boxes online for Operation Christmas Child. We will look through Compassion’s Gift Catalog to choose a birthday present for Jesus. We can talk about being thankful all day long, but if Tim and I are not living out contentment and being thankful, Clarissa will have a hard time learning it. So we are making more of an effort to talk about our blessings.