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A Very Blessed 50+ Birthday

What a surprise to receive so many facebook messages, emails and actual birthday cards this year!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I felt so loved on by so many!

A few weeks before my birthday I was trying to schedule a thank you dinner for those who faithfully come out to the village to help with Sunday services.  That conversation was happening en route to Cercadillo and thus we were not looking at a calendar, but rather eliminating days that people were not available.  We finally decided upon the second Thursday in December.  So I spent my birthday cooking and making preparations for the volunteers’ dinner . . . and feeling very blessed.

Feeling blessed because . . .

. . . I had the opportunity to spent the day in the kitchen with my 81 year old mother. (Mom has been here since I came back in November and will be with me until January 19.)  I’m certain that there are many of you who would love to be able to spend a day with your mothers.

. . . A special group of people joined us for dinner.  I love how they serve my folks in Cercadillo!  (Sorry, I forgot to take any pictures!)  We’re so blessed with all the people who come to help in our village.

. . . My new house is spacious enough to host dinner parties.  While in the search for a new mission base I saw many rental properties in which a gathering of folks would have been almost impossible.

. . . I have had a wonderful life so far, full of great adventures and many, many  more joys than sorrows.

. . . I have had the privilege of knowing so many, many absolutely incredible people.  If you’re reading this, you are probably one of them!  :)

 

 

 

 
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  1. Suzy

    So glad your birthday was so happy! Great picture of you and your mother. Blessings for a wonderful Christmas time.

  2. Candi Hartman

    Happy birthday Ina,
    You are such a beautiful birthday girl. You are a true blessing to me and so many. God bless you in the new year. Maybe one day I can come back to help in any way you need.Have a Merry Christmas.

    Candi

  3. Iris Phillips

    Ina, what a special Christmas gift we received in our email-your updating us with all the special ways God is being glorified in your life and Christ’s ministry!! What a blessing to have been just a small part of your life and ministry through the years–what an awesome God! Our love and prayers to you and your Mom as you spend Christmas together celebrating our Savior’s birth. (I loved the photos of the women you sent–each one has been prayed for as they continue to hear about Christ.)

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