life. not the cereal.

Sometimes life is rough.
I’m not saying that as a “woe is me” type of statement; I’m just stating that as fact.

As much as we might want things to be rainbows and unicorns all the time, they aren’t.
But, that’s ok.

Through those times that aren’t the best, we can learn, we can grow, we have the potential to change, for our eyes to be opened to things around us.
But we have to be willing.

Today I was not really feeling like myself.  Different things were eating at me and bothering me.
But then I remembered I have so much to be thankful for.  Why dwell on negative thoughts and let my attention dwell there?


Here are some of the things I am thankful for right now:

-Having the opportunity to live life here and being accepted in such a great community
-Being able to see and be a part of all of the changes at Champions Christian Primary School
-The beautiful nature I am surrounded by here.  It never ceases to amaze me.

not the best sunset pic – but is that the view out your window?


-Friends and family in America who are willing to adjust their schedules or stay up really late to talk with me
-Sisters who give me photo books to capture memories of the WorldRace
-Going into Kenya last Friday; definitely a good but different trip than expected.

view out the window along the way


-I really enjoy the food here, which is good since I eat it every day:)
-Being able to cook on a stove-top twice now
-Feeling needed when people had no idea how to start said stove-top

my “kitchen” one afternoon


-My walk to school and having that time to pray or collect my thoughts
-The people I live with; showing me love and caring for me like I am a part of their own family
-This little girl who calls me, “Teacher Bechin.”  And tends to be my joyful-shadow.

Lytone hanging out with me in the school office one day

-When music starts, so does dancing – thus I just took a break from typing to join a mini dance party in the family room
-As I walk places, I know people and they know me by name, I’m not always just, “hey mzungu [white person]”


My list is not done, but for this blog it is:)
When life is getting you down, try to stop it.
What’s on your thankful list?


much love!


2 thoughts on “life. not the cereal.

  1. My list cause I needed this today.
    1. That I am able to and God is willing to have a relationship with me.
    2. Grace for when I get it all wrong.
    3. People that really care when I feel like the devil is everywhere trying to say you can’t do this.
    4. The truth that I can’t do this, but God can do so much through me when I let Him.
    5. My babies, even when I want to pull my hair out. I couldn’t be blessed more by their presence in my life.
    6. My baby girl in China, she doesn’t know me yet. I don’t know her but God has tied our stories together and I love her already.
    I could go on an on. which of course means when I want to opt out of the challenges in life. I have no excuse to be a debbie downer.

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