Well, Thanksgiving was a huge success. Although the Pumpkin Pie left something to be desired. It was amazing to see everyone together and the food was great. Jean Aimee, from Texas, headed up the whole feast and I must say she did a fantastic job. The Turkey was incredible. We had everything, mashed potatoes, squash, green bean casserole, turkey, ham, rolls, stuffing (homemade because stove-top doesn't exist here), salad, and pies (apple, lemon meringue, chocolate, and pumpkin, with ice cream too)! I'm not sure what it is about stove-top stuffing. With how easy it is to make and how good it tastes I have no idea why it wouldn't sell everywhere. But, I guess if your country doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving the market gets limited. They must do half of their business for the year on that day alone. The pumpkin pie was decent, but not anywhere near anything you could get at a bakery in the states. So two items that we will have shipped from home next year for Turkey Day are stove-top and a can of pumpkin pie filling.
Ruth carving the TurkeyWe stayed up late sharing stories of Thanksgiving's past and talking to our families. It was so great to hear some of your voices again. Side note to Jake and Sandy (brother and sister-in-law) if you guys are trying to get us to come home and visit before our two years are up you might have just convinced us. Congratulations! We will continue to pray for you two! Back to last night. So I mentioned it was over 100 yesterday, so last night sleeping was very uncomfortable. It must have been about 90 in the room I slept in. Then came the storm. Massive thunderstorm last night. I am thankful that I stayed up at the farm with a bunch of other people, but it was still scary. At about 4 in the morning the whole place shook with a flash of light and a crack a split second later. We woke up this morning with no power. After going outside we saw two trees that had been struck by lightning just feet from the house. Luckily neither tree fell. It could have been much worse, but needless to say I am extremely tired today. I am looking forward to Brooke coming home. She was pretty disappointed she didn't get to celebrate Thanksgiving on the farm. I did get to talk with her, and I'm pretty sure her family got through to her as well. And that is what makes Thanksgiving important, family! Although football and food are pretty high up there too j/k.
What do you want to ask a South African? Do you want to know what their daily life is like? What is their favorite food? Be creative, and in the coming weeks we will introduce you to some of the amazing people we work with.