Monday, September 12, 2011

One Thousand Gifts (Continued)

"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth...from one man He made all the nations..."
(Acts 17:24,26)

This weekend, we had the privilege of heading out to Toronto to join in the festivities of celebrating Ethiopia New Years. Here's a brief explanation of Ethiopia New Years:

"Ethiopian-Canadian Day Celebration, established in 1999, is an annual event held every September to celebrate Ethiopian New Year and the multicultural diversity of Toronto.

The Ethiopian calendar consists of 13 months: 12 months with 30 days and 1 month (Pagume) with of 5 or 6 days in leap years. Ethiopian calendar is seven years and eight months behind the Gregorian calendar. Enkutatash - the Ethiopian New Year is celebrated on September 11 or 12th according to the Western or Gregorian calendar or September 1st according to the Ethiopian calendar. Enkutatash is an important festival in lives of Ethiopians."

I was honoured and felt so blessed to be part of these festivities. God has blessed us so richly and I am so thankful that we are able to learn about and embrace our daughter's birth country.

(Xenophile: noun
a person who is attracted to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs).

continuing to give thanks....

-our xenophile children
-embracing Deborah's birth country and participating in the New Years festivities (although we didn't eat any of the food)

-coffee smells reminding us of Deborah's birth country and our amazing trip there last fall

-playing with the other children so easily and not getting injured on the crazy, twirlly thing at the park
-keeping entertained at home (while her siblings are off to school)

-getting ready for her picture being taken
-independence (although that's going way too fast)
-a good first week of school
-opening assembly and remembering God's faithfulness
-a van that starts every time
-reminder of the importance of prayer
-children practice running for cross country
-playing at the park
-beautiful weather
-starting new routines
-enjoying lots of Deborah time!

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