Anna took these pictures several months ago... on Easter.
It has taken me this long to sort through them all... crop...
discard the ones not worth keeping...
I LOVE looking through the photos that my kids take and getting a glimpse
of their world as they see it.
And I really am loving this batch of photos
because of the community represented in them.
And so... this week's gratitude list is going to be the different things the Lord brought to mind as I've looked through these pictures... people, things about this community...
for which I am infinitely grateful.
this week's gratitude list:
(#'s 2966 - 3009)
students who love talking with even their most demanding teachers
becoming friends with fascinating folks we would have never met were we not in Niger
sweet babies with really great names
the girls who enjoy them
friends who were here when we arrived
friends who've left, made major life changes and then come back
friends who are holding their future with open hands...
trusting God to do what He will do
the beauty of adoption... physical and spiritual
new friends who've come since we arrived in Niger and who make mighty contributions to our expat community
girls growing up together... one of our first pictures from Niger show Rebekah and her friend as pre-school play group...
big sisters who pitch in and take care of little sisters without being asked, simply because it needs to be done
little sisters who really love their big sisters and thrive off of every moment of attention they will share with her
this snuggly sweet girl who never fails to make me smile, even when I'm crying at the same time
wearing fancy Easter dresses and while sitting on a dusty terrace
I think she's the 7th cousin/sister to wear this sweet, fancy Easter dress
fellowships with tables full of food to share
friends who come from so many parts of the world
pink and brown with polka dots for little girls
bare baby toes... even when the babies have become pre-schoolers
all those bracelets... and they'll always make me think of my Nadi-girl
baby games and antics
wondering what thoughts are crossing her mind at this moment... I can guarantee they are outside of any normal boxes and probably humorous
a community where everyone really enjoys standing around and talking together... even when it is sticky, sweaty hot
friendships that span huge age differences (even if there isn't as much size difference as would be expected)
big hugs, freely and frequently given
girl friends of all ages
shoeless boys wearing vest and tie...
boy talks between two chatterboxes
middle school girls who still like to race and play
running after sitting still for a whole church service
being part of a community where everyone's kids runs around barefoot while in their Easter best... and no one really worries about it!
boys who'll listen even when they have no clue what she's talking about
friends who are happy to help their friends
barefeet and lace
wondering who's in trouble with M&M now... somebody usually is!
teens who'll really listen to elementary kids when they want to talk
running barefoot in the sand
seeing beauty even when you can't escape the trash
looking forward to the next time this group of people will all be together again... all bowing low at the feet of Jesus
counting past 3000