Giving Thanks for All Y’all … and for Malawi!

I guess this means I'm in the autumn of my years...

I guess this means I’m in the autumn of my years…

In the last few weeks, I’ve celebrated my 60th (gulp!) birthday in Atlanta, Denver and Minneapolis (why stop with just one city?) and that, along with the impending Thanksgiving holiday, has given me occasion to reflect on all the things I’m grateful for.

Me & my friend Eman, whom I haven't seen for 25 years - in Target's HQ in Minneapolis

Me & my friend Eman (whom I haven’t seen for 25 years) in Target’s HQ in Minneapolis

I have to say, I feel blessed in almost every possible way. Sure, my muscle tone and mental acuity may be rapidly waning, but I’ve still got a Jack Palance-like grip on my Denver friends from 40 years ago (I refuse to let them go, no matter how much they try)… plus all my friends from Philadelphia (you know who you are)… and my newest and dearest friends from Atlanta. Plus my own humongous family, of course. And if that’s not an embarrassment of riches, I don’t know what is.

Speaking of friendship, I’m also reminded that this time last year, I was in Malawi with my friend Patti Ross, as part of my global travels with Heifer Internationalfamily

patti w kiddiesMalawi is one of the poorest countries on earth, yet it’s also known as the Warm Heart of Africa. girl in green

The people we met were memorable in the extreme…woman

…from the Heifer staff to women farmers to kids in the village  — lady farmer


mom & childI can still see their faces and feel the force of their personalities as vividly as if it were yesterday.

3 kids

Not to mention a memorable feast day of cooking in the village of Mchinji that I will only mildly recreate this Thursday.

Lots of supervision on shelling peanuts...

Lots of supervision on shelling peanuts…

Struggling to get the nsima perfect...

Struggling to get the nsima perfect…

Plenty to be thankful for...

But so much to be thankful for…

So this holiday season, when you have your family and friends gathered around, I hope that you will remember Heifer in your giving …goat…for my friends in Malawi, and for all the families around the world who are hoping and praying for your generous gift of an animal.groupHappy Thanksgiving, thanks a million for being such loyal readers, and I love you!

Local frangipani ... glorious!

Local frangipani … glorious!

More posts on beautiful Malawi:

papaya in wind


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25 thoughts on “Giving Thanks for All Y’all … and for Malawi!

  1. Oh, we love you, too, Betty. Happy birthday and Happy Thanksgiving, as well. It’s been an amazing year. Hard to believe it’s been a year since you were in Malawi.

    Hugs from Ecuador,

  2. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Thank you Malawi

  3. Jeffrey Knollmiller

    Lovely reminder at Thanksgiving. Love you my dear!

  4. Martha Radatz

    Thanks for continuing to champion Heifer!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Londergan, M D

    Just gave a goat and a sheep as birthday presents ….one to Ben and one to Kari. Reminds me of my Mom who was with her husband Paul always a big Heifer supporter. Love your writings and especially the pictures. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Margaret Sent from my iPhone

    • Thanks SO much, Margaret — and I know that your mom had such a big heart, naturally she would be a Heifer supporter! I loved giving Heifer chicks to Kieren and know that Ben & Kari will appreciate their goat & sheep!!
      Happy Holidays and have a WONDERFUL 2014!!

  6. Julie Rizzo

    beautiful pics, Betty; thanks for all your work…….to a very young 60 year old

  7. Meredith

    Each of the many people you have introduced to us has so much to teach me about being content and thankful!
    Happy Thanksgiving, Betty!

    • My year with Heifer sure taught me the same thing — I really try to remember to be grateful for all the incredible abundance we have … thanks for the comment!

  8. Deb Morrow Palmer

    Thanks Betty! Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Deb!! Have a great time with your beautiful family …

  10. All the best! Your blog posts are consistently uplifting. Here’s to the next 60 years!

  11. Reblogged this on yudha's gallery.

  12. Eman Zohdy-Nelson

    Betty, I’m so thankful to have you as my friend. You are an amazing and very special person. Happy Thanksgiving and many more happy birthdays!

  13. Admiring your squat while making nsima. Not sure my 60 year old legs will still do that. Love how you are still putting telling Heifer’s story. I just got back from Malawi… and the people are still beautiful!

    • I had to squat because I had no other way of getting leverage over that nsima — the women there make it SO much more gracefully, as I’m sure you’ve witnessed!! So jealous you got to go back — Happy Christmas, dear friend!!!

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