Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The best presents!

So... I've opened the most incredible Christmas present from my parents. Yarn-alpaca, llama, merino and everything in between. Bargainista bought it for me at Prairie Fibre Mill that we went to a few days ago. I'm dreaming about all the knitting to come. SO beautiful. I know that I'm spoiled. The cool thing is that they were odds 'n ends and there is probably close to $300 worth of stuff (not all the stuff made it in the photo) and Bargainista got them in bags for WAY less.
As I'm here in our warm house looking forward to a great chicken dinner, I can't help thinking about all the wonderful friends that I met in DR Congo this year who will be happy to have enough rice and cassava leaves today and life just doesn't seem fair. My heart is overwhelmed with gratitude and a feeling of unworthiness for all this that I have to celebrate. I took the above picture the morning after we had purchased sacks of powdered milk, rice and bread for our new friends and they had lined up early in the morning for it. I was so humbled when they thanked us... I was blinking and choking back the tears because it was such a little sacrifice for me.
It looks like paradise but people's reality is so different. In the village, families of nine or ten would live in these tiny homes. And we're not talking about the state of the 'latrines.'
Have a great Christmas. All of you mean so much to me. Remember all the great things in your life that are usually not under a tree-peace, hope, faith. I'm doing that myself.

1 comment:

MomOfTheCrazies said...

Merry Christmas Knittinchick. I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas! We've had a quiet day as a family (well as quiet as it gets with the crazies!)

Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures.

Love from all of us!