I just had the best Thanksgiving a girl could have so far away from family and home.
I spent it over at my neighbor's house. They host the house-church I go to on Sundays. Not only was the dinner fantastic but we all played Apples to Apples together afterwards.
The best part was when I had to pick which word or definition I liked best for the word "Courageous". I couldn't choose between Rosa Parks and My Friends when Ruth, the mom of the family, said to me, "Amanda, look around and then pick your answer." When I did I realized I was in a house full of African Americans and I started to laugh. I laughed so hard that tears came to my eyes and when I slapped down "Rosa Parks" everyone joined with me. Some were saying it wasn't fair that Ruth had used 'white man's fear' of black people to influence my decision. It was all said and done with so much love and affection that none took offense and there was just happiness all around. I felt like I was a part of the family!
Their house is within walking distance from my place but Ruth insisted that one of her boys walk me home. Adam, who is closer to my age, was elected and as we walked he pointed out the stars and how bright they were. I smiled and looked up. We both just stood there in the cold night air and marveled at the beauty. I pointed out Orion and smiled over how easy it was to stand there with a man and not feel like anything was expected of me other than enjoying the night sky.
Those were two of many many fond memories I shall carry with me for a long time.
And later today my mom and Danna will be here for the weekend. I pray that my life continues to be blessed like this. I also pray that everyone's life could be like this every day. EVERY DAY!