Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving for our family means family and friends and lots of food, much like what you see in the picture above. It is always a time to stop and reflect on all the blessings God has given us. I think that know matter what your circumstances, there is always something to be thankful for. I think of all that we have here in America to be thankful for. We live in the most blessed country. I can't help but think of the children we met on our last Ethiopia trip....those in the orphanages, and those in the trash dump. They had nothing,yet they had everything because they had love and joy. They were thankful for anything and everything. I pray to have an ounce of what they have bubbling out of them.

So as we eat until we can't move, I pray we all stop to think of those less fortunate and set a goal to bless others with what we have been blessed with, this next coming year. I you set out to bless will be the one blessed in return.

Speaking of being son, whom we adopted from Ethiopia two years ago,  came home from school and told me that he had to do a project which required him to interview someone about their job. He had to decide who he wanted to interview. I was thinking he was getting ready to say he wanted to interview his Dad, or his uncle or something and then he totally shocked me. He said, "Mom, I want to interview you." He said, "Isn't your job Ordinary Hero? Don't you help kids find families when you go to Africa?" I just sat amazed. First of all, I had never thought of what I do as a job, but he obviously does (probably from seeing me on this computer so much). Second, he was asked to interview someone who had a job he liked and he picked mine. I was so honored and touched. I always explain why I help kids and do what I do and he gets it! I always tell him what an inspiration he is to our family and that is why we want to help other children from Africa. He can't wait to go back and help us help them. So we are considering taking him this next year. We want to take our whole family when he does. So with some kind of major fund raising (ha) we will do that it God's timing.

So he interviewed me and I wanted to share it. The first question he answered in his own words and then the other questions are in my words. It is the cutest thing. Keep in mind he is 6 years old and in 1st grade.

So he took the interview to school and gave his presentation and then came home with this....

He had to draw a picture of the person he interviewed to show to the class and so he drew this picture of me :) One my kids asked him what the things were on my pants and he said, "Mom always has holes in her jeans." Ha!

So talk about being thankful!  Wow! This took my breath away....especially the adorable picture.  I love what I do, but I love that my kids can see it and understand it, and do it alongside me.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for the big things, yes.....but I am thankful for the small things like this little piece of paper and drawing from my son. God reminds us everyday that there is always something to be thankful for.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

All of us here at Ordinary Hero are thankful for all of you.......our Ordinary Hero family out there, who share our same heart and passion for children in need :)

And after a few winning games of flag football at our annual Turkey Bowl, Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.


  1. Wow - what a sweet moment with your son! Happy Thanksgiving and thank YOU for all you do with Ordinary Hero. It blows my mind just a little bit ;)

  2. Very precious piece of paper... and your "job" is very awesome!!! Praise God for all that you do :)

  3. I loved this! We are on the adoption journey ourselves and the work God has done in the hearts of my children has been amazing. What a blessing that you are your son's hero. Ordinary or not. Love it!!

  4. Love the glad I was able to witness you doing your "job" in ET!!! :) Such an example for so many...!

  5. It makes my heart happy to hear how much this means to you! I absolutely love having Nathan in my class and feel blessed that I have been able to get to know him!