Skip to main content

Fun Gifts

Have you ever read the book about Love Languages? My love language is definitely acts of service. But gifts may be my 2nd language.....I'm not sure. I love giving gifts and would rather shop for other people than for myself. But maybe that's because it's more an act of service for me. Whatever......I know that I enjoy getting gifts, too, especially if they comeas a surprise.

One gift that I enjoyed, mostly because I totally didn't expect it, was given to me last May. Ben Stam gave it to me. He was here at Sahel to teach Math and he hung out at our house a lot. People teased him about scarfing off us because he did have a knack for showing up at meal time. He didn't scarf off us, though, because he'd often call and say he was coming, but he was going to the store first and was there anything he could pick up. Or he'd come in with the ingredients for ice cream and then make ice cream for us. One day he was telling me about chocolate candy with hot pepper in it. I totally didn't believe him because that is just way too bizarre. So one day he came in with this candy bar for me. Mind you, Lindt is THE BEST chocolate candy IN THE WORLD! And here it was....... dark chocolat with red pepper. I couldn't believe it....and yes, it was bizarre, but I ate it all because Ben had bought me a gift! I don't know which store he got it in because I never saw it in any stores and I've never seen it since.

Recently, unexpectedly, I received a package in the mail. It was from my mom and when I opened it I discovered a blouse in my favorite shade of blue, and it fit, and it was adorable. I coudn't believe it. I had a new blouse to wear and I didn't even know I was going to get it!

And my mother-in-law has already sent us our Christmas gifts. They are in hiding behind the bed.....where we always hide Christmas gifts. Hmmmm.....wonder what I'm gonna get?!

Comments

Dusty Penguin said…
Your blouse is really pretty! Looks great on you. I'd LOVE to try that candy! So was it really spicy hot? I can't even imagine it.
Amanda said…
I have bought that chocolate here in Western Australia before, it's pretty nice stuff I think.
ed & liz said…
That is a beautiful shirt - GREAT color on you!
~Liz Stuart
Palmer said…
Loved hearing about the blouse. Isn't God good to send encouragement in small ways?

Popular posts from this blog

Practice Hospitality

My mother-in-law, Jean, is an amazing person with many gifts.  One of the first things I noticed about her when I was but a young bride, was her gift of hospitality.  It was nothing for her to invite a large group of people over, make each one feel welcome, cook a big meal,and seemingly do it without stressing herself out.  I don't know if hospitality just came naturally to her or if she learned it.  In this picture you can see Jean throwing a party for a class she taught in Nigeria.  




I believe that for me it has been a learned skill.  My parents were hospitable and it wasn't unusual for us to have guests over (though usually not as many at a time as my mother-in-law would do!).  But when I started living on my own, I had to learn hospitality.  The first time I invited somebody over for a meal, the lid got stuck on the pot of vegetables, I put too much salt or soda or something in the muffins, and I forgot to serve milk and sugar with the hot drinks.  I've gotten much bett…

2016 in Review

Let's take a look at the year 2016.

January's big events were the dedication of the Tamajaq New Testament, our annual Spiritual Life Conference, helping friends find a house, a trip to visit missionaries in the bush, attended a big wedding, and celebrated John's birthday. It was a pretty busy month.  My January picture is from our trip to the bush and shows baobab trees.  



February was a little less crazy.  John started taking moolo lessons.  February is the time of year when the fresh fruits and veggies are in season so I did a lot of work to freeze veggies for the hot months ahead.  This picture isn't terribly exciting, but a year after the church burnings this church we helped plant back in 1989 finally had a new ceiling and a fresh coat of paint.



In March we attended another big wedding, froze more veggies, celebrated Easter, and visited a church in another town.  John and I have visited a lot of churches in the past three years as he has done research for his doctora…

Meat Roll-ups

Tonight I made meat roll-ups.  And I got to use some ingredients that made food prep much easier than normal!  I did make two batches of rolls so that John could have a lactose-free meal.

The first thing to do is to brown some hamburger.  With the main batch I stirred a tin of mushroom soup into the browned meat.  For John's batch, I stirred in flour, some almond milk, and seasonings just enough to moisten it, but not to make it really runny.  In Niger, I would make it the second way since we don't have tinned soup.

Next I made a batch of biscuit dough using Bisquick.  Of course, in Niger, I have to make the biscuit dough from scratch.  I mixed it up with the almond milk.  Once the dough is rolled out in a strip, spread the meat mixture on it.  Roll it up like you would cinnamon rolls and cut into slices.  Lay the slices on a cookie sheet and cook in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.



While they're baking, I browned fresh mushrooms in butter (in Niger I would use tinned mushroo…