Have you ever read the book 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp? I haven't quite made it all the way through that book yet but it had me thinking about the different gifts God had blessed me with. While we were in the states recently, I was able to go walking a few times. As I walked, I reflected on gifts He had given me just in our 10 days in the states. I'm going to list them here in no particular order.
seeing my sons and spending time with them
the warmth of the sun
the smell of honeysuckle
eyes lighting up when they see me after being apart
daylight until around 8:30pm
spending mothers day with my mom
watching my oldest son graduate from University
seeing a huge snake and thanking God it was dead
going to a movie
walking along the Pamlico Sound
gazing out at the water
watching a sunset
enjoying a milkshake
walking a dog
sailboats out on the water
the smell of magnolia trees
just hanging out with family
talking till late at night
neighbors you have known most of your life
letting my niece paint my fingernails
the smell of pine trees
a kiss on the cheek
These were just some of the things I'm thankful for the opportunity to experience while we were in the states. God is so good!
Sunday, June 8, 2014
While we were in the states for Zach's graduation we also got to spend time with our families.
Above is Suzie's family on mothers day.
My sister and her family
eating at CiCi's pizza
can you believe there is such a thing as mac-n-cheese on pizza?
night before graduation at CiCi's pizza
Justin and Melissa
Graduation dinner and opening of gifts
Zach and his Aunt G
Even though we are smiling in these pictures we were sad to leave the boys once again. It was great getting to spend time with them while in the states. Just always hard saying bye.
Love these men!
Posted by Suzie Rodgers at 5:28 PM
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
May 10th, 2014 our son, Zach, graduated from Liberty University. We are so thankful we got to be there on this special day.
Zach and Megan walking in with their class.
me and Kevin
Kevin was interviewed by a local radio station.
My sister trying not to get wet!
After the ceremony with the whole class each department split into their own sections where they actually gave out the diplomas.
My mom and dad with Zach.
Kevin's mom and dad with Zach.
My sister and her family with Zach.
us with Zach and his girlfriend Megan
So proud of them both!
Please pray for Zach as he searches now for a full time job in his field.
Posted by Suzie Rodgers at 3:26 PM
Monday, June 2, 2014
Bush camp is my favorite part of 40/40 which is hard to believe since I'm not really a camper. Here are some pictures of bush camp so you can see what it was like.
mode of travel to go into the small town.
even the nannies had fun!
our nannies with the little ones
walking to tea time
kids learning to slash grass
kids learning to chop down a tree
This is where we heated our water for the showers.
a visit to the local market
buying fritas and enjoying a coke was lots of fun and a good break from school
funny group picture
We also visited a local farm.
The kids enjoyed a ride in an ox cart
kids learning to make a fire
We also visited a local village. The kids got to pump water.
They also visited the local headman.
They got to meet lots of people in the village and shook lots of hands.
The kids also got to learn how to shell corn.
Young boys in the village take care of the cattle. Our kids were amazed at how young the ones were who were responsible for the cattle.
Posted by Suzie Rodgers at 4:35 PM