After celebrating her with a fantastic dinner of Thai food, we welcomed back all the culture of the season and went to ensure they picked out the perfect Christmas tree. This is quite the important task, you know. Having believed for quite some time that I should live in a tree house, I always look forward to the time of year when at least trees come into houses. And yes, we found the perfect Christmas tree...
We are so thankful for those who made it possible for us to take so many items to the orphanage. They were so blessed not only by the supplies, but by the love and community that the act showed from so many of you.
Additionally, it was a privilege to support so many of the incredibly skilled indigenous people in Otavalo, Ecuador by purchasing their hand-crafted alpaca goods. We had quite the time figuring out how to spread our purchases around, selecting the best quality from as many vendors as possible to "share the wealth."
Our last day was Monday and our bags were full, but when an unusually strong rain shower fell on the market we felt the need to head back out for "just a few more things" to support the brave vendors. Even in the midst of serious downpours, they are able to whip out covers in no time keeping their stalls covered and dry in near miraculous fashion, without a drop touching their products.
We did make it back to Texas with many of these beautiful alpaca products that will be available to purchase at the end of this week. We are on the road now, traveling to celebrate Thanksgiving with my mom's side of our incredible, big, extended family who will all rendezvous in Oklahoma for a couple days of food, fun, faith, and family time. I love this family. They've had dibs on this holiday as long as I can remember and we most often only get to see them at Thanksgiving, making this day that much more anticipated and celebrated.
That being said, there's a bit going on for us this week as there is, hopefully, for many of you who are able to stop and enjoy family and to remember the joy of being thankful. We were able to get most of our alpaca products sorted and photographed today, but someone (okay, it was me) left the important paper that we wrote the inventory down on (how much of what colors) at the house. Fantastic.
That being said, the alpaca shop is open for browsing but we won't be able to take orders until Saturday night when we make it back to the all important inventory list (lest we sell the same scarf to 5 of you). In the meantime, enjoy turkey and save the shopping for after family-time. Black Friday has nothing on the colorful weekend of alpaca coming up.
We will post more info when we are officially "open," but feel free to take a look at some of the incredible products available from Ecuador here. Purchases of these products will help us cover our travel expenses to Ecuador, support the indigenous people of Ecuador who hand-crafted them, and will help raise money for the orphanage in Olon, Ecuador and the kids we love.
give THANKS to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.