A Simple Family Thanksgiving…


Verse I
As the world looks upon me, as I struggle along
They say I have nothing, but they are so wrong
In my heart I’m rejoicing, how I wish they could see
Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me

There’s a roof up above me
I’ve a good place to sleep
There’s food on my table
And shoes on my feet
You gave me your love Lord
And a fine family
Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me

Verse II
Now I know I’m not wealthy, and these clothes , they’re not new
I don’t have much money, but Lord I have you
And to me that’s all that matters, though the world cannot see
Thank you Lord, for your blessings on me


I can still see my parents over by the piano. My mom is playing while dad sings the verses. They always sang the chorus together. This song will FOREVER be in my heart and a memory I will always cherish. I know MANY of you have heard them sing it at churches or even during devotions in Haiti.

We are living in tumultuous times. The news and realities of this world can bring a lot of anxiety. Yesterday this song played over and over in my mind. In a world full of uncertainty – the one constant I can cling to – is the love and favor my Father in Heaven has for me.  Thank you Lord…for your blessings on me.


This was our first Thanksgiving without all of our kids together. Malaya is with my parents in the states. We invited Fabi’s brother to join us, because I hate an empty seat at the table.

We were able to chat with Malaya throughout the evening. The kids noticed there were no place cards, fancy cups, typical table decor, or the various desserts we usually serve. I explained, that all those little details that make our holidays extra special…..are because Malaya does them. I don’t think they realized all the ways their sister contributed to our holiday traditions.

We had planned to decorate the Christmas tree after dinner – which is why everyone is wearing Christmas colors. After dinner, we watched a Christmas Movie together  – while Jose & I began to unwrap the ornaments and string the lights..  But in typical Castillo Fashion – as soon as Jose grabbed the chair to hang the garland – the generator overheated and we lost power for the rest of the night.  #neveradullmoment

I’ll be posting another blog soon about the various Thanksgiving Activities we did this week on campus. Tomorrow we have a special Thanksgiving Meal planned with 250 children from the community! So much to be thankful for!


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