Through October and the beginning of November we were in villages attending Akha new-rice festivals, celebrating the harvest and remembering in thanks all of our blessings. So, when the American thanksgiving rolled around Lori and I smiled at each other and said Happy Thanksgiving and then enjoyed our staple city lunch of khao mun gai (Thai style chicken, soup and rice).
Tomorrow, however, we are going to do the "real thing" with a big American-style Thanksgiving (just a few days late) with our American friends here in Chiang Rai. Like last year, this means lots of work for the ladies as they prepare the turkey and mashed potatoes and casseroles and pies. Unlike last year, however, this year Lori has a can of pumpkin pie filling, so she won't have to mince a pumpkin by hand again.
The thanksgiving season reminds us of two things: first, how thankful we are to live in Thailand and work with the Akha mountain people and second, how thankful we are for all of you, our friends and family and partners in our ministry.
We hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving!