As we get ready to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving, my heart is full as I think of all the ways that God has provided joy in the ups and downs of this year. Here are a few things I want to celebrate, to praise God for. 

~ Today marks the 18 month anniversary of our arrival in Cambodia! That’s a year and a half of language learning, cultural adjustment and hanging tight to Jesus. I’m so thankful for the ways He has stretched me as I have grown to love the Cambodian people, for the many experiences I’ve had and for things like mangoes, sweetened condensed milk in coffee, and sweet friendships that help make the less-than-pleasant experiences worth it. 

~ I’m thankful for my friendship with my teammate Kristin and having someone to share all my adventures with! Contrary to popular belief, we DO have conflicts sometimes. Shocking to some of you I know! But we are learning so much about how to work together and celebrate the unique gifts that God has given each of us. Also, if I had a nickel for every time we had to try and explain our complicated relationship (Yes, we DO look like sisters but we are not, however we are SORT OF sisters-in-law because our siblings are married to each other, but not quite that either, and yes, we DO have a mutual nephew), I would be a rich girl! 

~ I am thankful for Caleb Gideon Tillotson, my 5 week old nephew who has completely stolen my heart. After visiting he and his parents last week I was pretty upset about leaving. He woke up from his nap, and I’m sure seeing his auntie bawling her eyes out was quite shocking, but he gave me the sweetest faces to make me smile. I’m glad to have the chance to meet him in person and I can’t wait to see how he grows and develops!

~ I’m thankful for movie nights with my family, long conversations, trips to Starbucks with my sister, hanging out with my brother at his apartment, coffee with a friend from childhood, lunch with college friends, ALL the sweet gifts from a trip to Nebraska! 

There have been moments this year when I have struggled to give thanks, to see the gifts. But, God is still God, He is still good and He is still faithful. Even if things are falling apart around me or in my heart, I can hang on to these truths and celebrate HIM! 

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