Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Faces of THANKFUL....

Here are just a "FEW" of the many Faces that come to mind when thinking of THANKFUL!




These are the faces of THANKFUL!"BABIES", in an orphanage ran by Christians in Nicaragua open because of PRAYER,FAITH, and America donations.


The babies get their tummies filled 3 times a day with nutritious meals, clean clothes, and LOTS of people to come love on them. Each baby has the face of THANKFUL!



These are the faces of THANKFUL! "School children", in Nicaragua who are happy to have a uniform so they can attend school. Each child has the face of THANKFUL!



These are the faces of THANKFUL! "Victor and his family", our interpreter from Nicaragua whom we've had the pleasure of building a relationship with over the past 3 years. Victor this year was able to place his daughter Valarie in a Christian school that teaches English and Spanish. Each one in this family has the face of THANKFUL!




This a face of THANKFUL! " Our Wesley", a little boy who wouldn't have ever had the joy to slumber on his Daddy's shoulder, if his Daddy hadn't been cured of cancer. Not to mention Wesley wouldn't even exist. This little boy has the face of THANKFUL!




This is the face of THANKFUL! "Jonathan", a boy who has a limited vocabulary, earring loss, sleeps at night with a CPAP to make sure he breaths, and a feeding pump running 10 hours so that he will grow and develop in a proper way. This Boy has the face of THANKFUL!


This is the face of THANKFUL! "Kennedy", this little girl is a trooper. She has gone through leukemia (free for 1 year) and has conquered spine surgery this past summer. This little PRINCESS has the face of THANKFUL!




These are the faces of THANKFUL! "My Mom Marty & (step) Dad Buddy", my mom just went through hip replacement in October, and is still using a walker until she can have the other hip done at the first of the year. My dad has had several back surgeries and can hardly walk, there's no other surgeries to help him...yet they both keep going. Mom and Dad have the faces of THANKFUL!



These are the faces of THANKFUL! "Tara , Mike, & girls", they feel blessed to have been a part of these sweet girls lives. Even though the adoption couldn't happen due to government (Nicaragua) reasons, they forever value the time spent with these two little girls and will love them always. They will remain in Tara and Mike's prayers in hope one day these sweet girls will choose to ask the Lord into their hearts and they will be reunited in Heaven for all eternity. Tara and Mike truly are the faces of THANKFUL!



These are the faces of THANKFUL! Yet, I focus on one "Nonnie", my grandmother I don't believe she could have ever imagined that she would have so many grandchildren. My mom is an only child and my mom had 4 children, Nonnie's grandchildren. From there came 14 great-grandchildren (9 of them being mine) and 2 great-great grandchildren. The picture above is just part of the crew. This grandmother is the face of THANKFUL!




This is the face of THANKFUL! "Richard", he is a man who has been living in a different state for several years and is now home and able to spend his time/Holidays with family and friends (he is holding Wesley and Wesley LOVES Richard!) This man is the face of THANKFUL!


These are the faces of THANKFUL! "Lonnie & Peggy", their only child Bart and his wife Kathrine are missionaries in Uruguay and expecting their first child in February...Lonnie and Peggy's first grandchild by blood, see we claimed them years ago as our children's grandparents! (they live next door and Peggy was my preschool teacher when I was 4, small world) Peggy and Lonnie have the faces of THANKFUL!



These are the faces of THANKFUL! "Mark, Rosalie, and children", (Megan is 15 and the family photographer, she's behind the camera) they had a good crop this year, and combining was done before bad weather set in(this is another family that works together as a team). The neatest thing is this family is soon going to grow by 2! In the next few weeks they are going to be welcoming baby blessing #11 to their home, and in February they are going to be adding a daughter in law(Rebecca girl in brown). This LARGE family ALL have the faces of THANKFUL!



These are the faces of THANKFUL! "OUR family", this is our Christmas picture from last year, and much has happened in a year. We have had many darts and snares come our way this year, but we know who is in control...not us but HIM! We all work together daily in our home and store, we are truly blessed beyond belief. So, OUR FAMILY all have the faces of THANKFUL!


This isn't a face, but a HOME of THANKFUL people! "Noah, Sarah, and 15 children", they are Mennonite and hold a very special place in our hearts. On Thursday they won't be cutting into a turkey or ham and gathering around a table to offer up praise and thanksgiving. For you see they say each and everyday should be thanksgiving, thanking the Lord for all He's provided. Each person that lives in this home is THANKFUL!




These faces and things don't even come close to tipping the iceberg of all the people I could post about. There is a common thread with each of these people, in good times or in trials they all love the LORD and whatever comes their way.....They are THANKFUL!!!!



I hope each one of you has a blessed and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

6 comments:

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

What a great post! I enjoyed getting to know these families. :)

sherri said...

I am so THANKFUL that I found your blog during 31 for 21. This was such a great post. It's great to see the things in life that could so easily pass us by!

Theresa said...

I am thankful that I have people across states who pray for my husband's salvation. Love you friends!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Love T

Christine said...

You have lots to be thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!

Heather, Stan and the kids said...

Laura-this made me cry tears of thankfulness :) I am thankful for your family and your friendship. Thanks for being so faithful to your blog-it really blesses our family so far away in DE :)

Nikki said...

I wanted to read some of your older posts this morning and how fun to see your little guy wearing the sweater you sent Joshua. :) I LOVE that sweater! I AM THANKFUL FOR YOU! hOW FUN TO READ SOME OF YOUR OLDER POSTS.