Rach's Ramblings

Thoughts from another world

Five celebrate an exciting anniversary

So I got to thinking, that celebrating our one year anniversary in India deserves a blog.
What an amazing year it’s been! All that was foreign is now familiar ( although often still surprising).
I feel like one year deserves something profound, but all I am feeling is extremely grateful for the gift of the year that has been and so very thankful for the chance to live and love in the year to come.

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I am thankful that I am no longer a newbie here and that I know the phone number of the grocer.
I am thankful that this week I browsed through delicious magazines and actually felt inspired to cook and think that I might be just able to find the ingredients.
I’m thankful that I have a bread maker which means we get to eat real bread! (the alternative is a white cardboard bread that last for around 2-3 weeks- yes, it may have just a small amount of preservatives).
I’m thankful that I am not freaked out by scorpions.
I’m thankful that I know how things work at Woodstock now.
I am thankful that Andy LOVES teaching here- he is fulfilled, challenged and passionate about his teaching.
I am thankful that my boys are settled- they chase grasshoppers, walk through the clouds and ride bikes around and around and around the house.
I am thankful for the beautiful people who we share life with here. They are an exceptional group of people from all over the world who I love to be with.
I am thankful that I can finally put in a garden now we have neighbors with a dog who can scare the monkeys away.
I am thankful for our new neighbors and their two gorgeous kids who are playing monopoly and duplo with my boys as we speak, leaving me free to make brownies and write this.

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I am thankful that I have a scooter and that I got to ride over a crazy landslide yesterday.
I am thankful that for some strange reason, possibly the nature of living in a smallish community, we no longer get colds and flus. We still have the same bottle of kids panadol that we brought with us. In Australia we seemed to have constant colds and flus. Here, instead, we have semi- constant runny tummies:-)
I am thankful for a beautiful home church that has blessed us beyond words. We LOVE to meet together, study the bible and pray together. Our kids love the Sunday school.
I am thankful for the hugs of the students and chance to love those whose parents are far away.
I am thankful for the cafe. The girls are getting so independent and making great food. They are laughing together and caring for each other. It warms my heart.

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I am thankful that this holiday has given me the chance to truly delight in my boys like never before.
I am thankful that this holiday has given me the chance to delight in God and spend concentrated time in prayer and reflection without the busyness of school.
I am thankful that I feel ready and rested for all that this term holds.
I am thankful that the other day I scooted into the bazaar and managed to find an Allen key, some rice paper, some panadol and some curtain material all in different shops but all in one trip!
I am thankful for the love of my heavenly Father that sustains us and gives us joy.
I am thankful for ferns on trees and lush vegetation.
I am thankful for the fact that the chocolate brownie that just overflowed and filled the bottom of my oven is a baking disaster that is the exception rather than the rule.
I am thankful that I found some white cooking chocolate.
I am thankful that I can now make my own yoghurt.
I am thankful for the blessings and love that fill my life.

And so, I am thankful. As things get busier and we get back into a new school year, I want to keep being thankful. I want to keep this perspective of gratitude to God. In the good and the bad I want to give thanks.

‘Be joyful always; pray continuously; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’ 1 Thes 5:16

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