Sunday, November 26, 2006

Muchas Gracias-giving

Well, being in a country that doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving did not prevent us from celebrating the glorious day, in fact, we celebrated twice! It was strange, waking up, the morning of Thanksgiving and going to class as usual with the whole Costa Rican world continuing as normal. That afternoon, Brian and Steph picked us up, and we had meal round one with all of the gringo missionaries on campus here at International Teams. The second Thanksgiving came Friday, when we had it with their whole mission team, about 45 people and almost all in Spanish. We definately got to sing "Count Your Many Blessings" in Spanish before digging into our Turkey and mashed potatoes. Kind of a different dynamic of thankful, but very thankful, none-the-less. And, what was the same about Thanksgiving was the reminder of everything we do have to be thankful for. God has blessed us with incredible opportunities and an amazing support system to help us live them out, and we are so grateful to Him for that and so much more.
On other interesting notes, we had a cold front this week. The coldest day on record in 11 years in Costa Rica was this past Tuesday, and it was about 45 degrees at night. John and I were fine in our hoodies and jeans walking around. However, this cold front has revealed a really humorous phenomenon here in Costa Rica. Because it is warm so much of the time, people do not know what to do or wear in the cold. Someone did a good job of marketing scarves here (I'm not sure how, because that really is creating a demand from nowhere), and all of the Ticos have been wearing scarves all week. Even as it has warmed right back up. It's like they need the scarf just to ward away the memory of that cold front. We have been very amused as girls will be wearing a tank top, with a nice thick scarf wrapped around their necks.
All in all, we have had a very nice holiday weekend and will be returning to our Tico mother and sister tomorrow morning to complete our final week of language school. We are definately understanding more, which is exciting.


Jason said...

that's really funny about the scarves. people do that here too, only with coats. after the first time it rained (over a month ago), it is winter. it doesn't matter what the weather is, you wear your coat, scarves are optional. it could be 70* and the kids would need coats to play outside.

Anonymous said...

Glad you were able to celebrate Thanksgiving. We had a cold spell today for sure. It is about 28* and we have had sleet. We were supposed to have snow, but none yet.God bless, Sylvia