During this season of Thanksgiving and this season in our family’s life, we have a lot to be thankful for. If you had told us at the beginning of the year that we would be back in the US and have a new baby, we would have said you were crazy, but here we are. We got back to the US at the end of July so that Sarah could see an Obstetrician and visit friends and family before the two older kids would have to start school. We were so thankful that the doctor visits all went well. We are also thankful for the safety that we had during our travels overseas and here in the US driving up and down the east coast. Thankfully, the kids also did a great job transitioning to a new school in a new country.
A week before Thanksgiving we had another reason to be thankful as we welcomed Reagan Elena Kitchen into our family. Both baby and mommy are healthy and happy. Reagan came into the world weighing in at 8 lb. 15 oz. and was born on Wednesday, November 19 at 9:23 pm. We were thankful for first-world healthcare, doctors and nurses. The kids have been so excited and we have to set a timer so they can take turns holding her. The encouraging emails, posts on Facebook, cards and gifts have also been a reason for thanks.
For the first time in as long as I can remember, we were able to spend Thanksgiving with my parents, sister, and both brothers. It was a fun time; although the kids had a tough time keeping everyone straight (evidence that we need to get together more often). Cap that off with a great Eagles win and the extended Kitchen family couldn’t have had more to be thankful for.
I just found out that today is #GivingTuesday. I had heard of Black Friday, and our last Thanksgiving in the US was followed by a Cyber Monday. Now I learn that there is Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday. What better day than on Giving Tuesday than to let our friends and family know that we have been averaging about half of our support that we need each month since we returned from Papua New Guinea. So if you or someone you know are looking for a place to give this Giving Tuesday, consider supporting our work helping Papua New Guineans translate God’s Word into their own language. All you have to do is follow the link below to go to our Wycliffe support page and set up a one-time or recurring gift.