Thanksgiving in Melut

Ladies tea...we tried to pamper by making them coffee, Claudia brought Doughnuts and tons of nail polish! Here Nyadeng and I are sharing an attribute we've appreciated about each women and a prayer fro them as they return to their villages *photo courtesy of Tohru*
*photo courtesy of Tohru*

Thanksgiving in Melut fell right in the middle of graduation week. When you think about it it is the perfect time to stop doing crazy things and be thankful…so we did!

The day started on Wednesday when we did most of the baking. We had a guest who was gluten

free so we made GF corn muffins, GF pumpkin cake, GF chicken casserole, pumpkin cake, green bean casserole, and tons of croissant rolls and a layered jello salad. We also killed and feathered the chicken (who weighed about 2lbs). My teammates were also busy baking and made a pumpkin pies (Sara), stuffing and gravy (Bethany), cranberry sauce (Karen) and pumpkin hummus and pita bread (Claudia).

The day of thanksgiving was a busy one as I, Abuk, was hosting a farewell tea for all the ladies (students wives) on campus. I never host without my amazing teammates so they all came to help! We made coffee and tea for all the ladies on campus, Claudia brought doughnuts, I brought Bakhoor and nailpolish from nairobi and we gave pedicures and manicures to the ladies. It was such a joy to serve them coffee and pamper them, they have blessed us so! Nyadeng and I ended the time by sharing with each lady what we appreciated about her, and a prayer as she returns to her village to serve. It was just perfect.

This went from 2-5:45 at which point we rushed backed, grabbed our meals and enjoyed thanksgiving (right at 6!). I had set the table earlier in the day and my hubby faithfully stuck things in the oven to reheat them so we could just sit down and eat. We all shared what we were thankful for this year and enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship.  Favorite memory was the cry of joy from the children at the thought of eating chicken and then that they sat under the table gnawing on the carcas to get every last bit of meat out…I am not joking!

A great end to a great day!

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Ladies tea...we tried to pamper by making them coffee, Claudia brought Doughnuts and tons of nail polish! Here Nyadeng and I are sharing an attribute we've appreciated about each women and a prayer fro them as they return to their villages *photo courtesy of Tohru*
Ladies tea…we tried to pamper by making them coffee, Claudia brought Doughnuts and tons of nail polish! Here Nyadeng and I are sharing an attribute we’ve appreciated about each women and a prayer fro them as they return to their villages
*photo courtesy of Tohru*
Painting Nails for the gals that match their outfits for graduation
Painting Nails for the gals that match their outfits for graduation
Sharing a prayer for each student wife and a blessing they had brought to us as they leave *photo courtesy of Tohru*
Sharing a prayer for each student wife and a blessing they had brought to us as they leave
*photo courtesy of Tohru*
Sharing at the ladies tea *photo courtesy of Tohru*
Sharing at the ladies tea
*photo courtesy of Tohru*
Our thanksgiving family. We are blessed, even though we missed our family that God has brought us another one to love
Our thanksgiving family. We are blessed, even though we missed our family that God has brought us another one to love
This little 2lb with the feathers on chicken fed us all (sort of) we all had about a thumb size portion of meat
This little 2lb with the feathers on chicken fed us all (sort of) we all had about a thumb size portion of meat
Croissant Rolls
Croissant Rolls
Jello Salad
Jello Salad

Pumpkin Pies (courtesy of Sara Salloum)

Claudia made doughnuts!
Claudia made doughnuts!

Pumpkin cake with homemade "cream cheese" frosting

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