As someone who has found, way back in a closet, at least one prepared package for a missionary friend every time we have moved, I know that last step–mailing– can be a doozy. If the road to hell really is paved with good intentions, then this is yet another way I can shine as an example of Jesus’ grace.
We got five Christmas cards last week in the mail. It was so wonderful to see our friends’ lovely faces and to read their greetings. It is hard to describe how loudly it said to me, “You are loved and not forgotten!”
The next day, Will brought home a Christmas package from his aunt Marian, our first in-the-mail package in Peru (some have been delivered by hand by our visitors). The kids had so much fun opening it and playing with the new toys. It was an unexpected gift from a very generous person.
We heard that the package from our Kansas cousins had been delayed at the post office, so we went to the notary in town and authorized someone from the hospital to pick it up (the post office is 1.5 hours away). Today we got that package and also one from Will’s dad and a Christmas card with packages of seeds from Aunt Marian again. Woohoo! Will turned on Christmas music and we danced around the living room and kitchen. My sister-in-law Amy is a great cook and she loves good food. She sent us all sorts of amazing sweets from Trader Joe’s. I don’t know how many prailened pecans Will ate tonight. One kind of cool thing is that we had all wanted something peppermint for Christmas, especially since I used to put candy canes in our advent calendar. I looked all over the Lima grocery stores without finding anything remotely minty, much less candy canes. Amy sent us Andes candy cane mints, dark chocolate mint truffles, and chocolate covered candy cane bits. How could she have known that we had really missed that Christmas flavor?
They had asked the kids what candy they might like and after much debate, each one had sent in a request. They sent us HUGE portions of each chosen goody. We are ready for a sugar famine, folks. You can imagine the kids’ excitement. They tried some Jolly Ranchers and someone screamed out, “They’re so FLAVORFUL!” We are also ready for Rainbow Loom wars. Peter has started making his own designs. They love making those bracelets. I have five of them on my bedside table right now and one on my wrist that will join the others in just a few minutes. The Caires also sent us some magazines and Will was happy to see some new recipes that I can try. Will’s dad sent some fun treats too and we all enjoyed movie night with _Monsters University_ tonight, celebrating together. Will drank some new tea while preparing his Bible study. I feel like we’ve just been squeezed in a giant hug.
Thank you so very much for your generosity, mailing people. It made our week, our month– I know because I’m still thanking God for all the people who sent the things that Deb brought last month. We love you and praise God for your kindness towards us.