Monday, March 12, 2012

counting the gifts and an incredible day!

Every day above ground is a gift from Him.  

And yet, I think some days are bound to be treasured and pondered more than others.  Saturday was one of those blessed days for us.

Our friends Dion and Andrea invited us to spend the day with them.  That in itself is a treat.  But, we were also blessed to travel with them and their three children out to an area that we had never been to before.

First we drove to Bermudian Landing... the village where Andrea grew up.  From there we went to see our first cricket match over in Lemonal, a neighboring village, and then we drove over to the village of Double Head Cabbage to see the canoes coming ashore in the La Ruta Maya Belize River Challenge.  After watching some of the teams come in and chowing down on a traditional Belizean meal of rice & beans with chicken we went back to Bermudian Landing for a tour of the Community Baboon Sanctuary

So many firsts all packed into one day.  Our first cricket match, watching part of the La Ruta Maya Belize River challenge and seeing howler monkeys up close and personal.  It was just incredible!

557.  adding to my list of Things to do in Belize
558.  visiting the villages of Bermudian Landing, Lemonal, and Double Head Cabbage
559.  meeting new people
560.  having cricket explained to us by Conway Young

561.  watching our first cricket match

562. intense concentration on the face of a child

563.  seeing canoes coming to shore after reaching this day's checkpoint in the race.

564.  tasty food cooked over an open flame.

565.  cashew trees

566.  creation's beauty

567.  time with howler monkeys

568.  large iguanas that try to hide high up in the trees

569.  Belizean holidays that give us three day is National Heroes and Benefactors Day.
570.  being invited to spend the day with Dion, Andrea and their children
571.  being present and awake to the gifts of life
572.  emails from old friends
573.  spending the day appreciating village life and the people who live in them
574.  a camera that is still working after seven years
575.  ice cream on a warm day
566.  singing birds

567.  the perfect ending to an incredible day!

 joining in with the gratitude community:


  1. Anonymous7:54 AM

    Hi Alida - its great when you have days like that. It makes all the hardships of the week before seem doable. God bless sweet friend

  2. Anonymous8:37 AM

    Looks like a delightful day! Love the bird picture!

  3. What a great way to spend the day! I did not realize iguanas could get that big!

  4. love the photos especially that photo of a bird on a tree. so beautiful!

  5. I'm so glad you visited my Rock4Today blog, because it helped me to find and enjoy yours! I look forward to following what God is doing in and through you!

  6. I loved reading this and seeing the photos ~ an incredible day, indeed! I have 1 more chapter to read in One Thousand Gifts; what a wonderful book - so much to give eucharisteo to the Father! Your blog is an inspiration for me!

  7. You have showed me photos of incredible beauty...and it looks like the cricket was fun too (I never saw a cashew tree)

  8. Saw you through the blog hop. Your photos says it all... what a truly wonderful day! Thanks for reminding me to be grateful for everything.

  9. i seriously love love all your much beautiful moments in Belize!

  10. i seriously love love all your much beautiful moments in Belize!

  11. Anonymous5:00 AM

    Okay enough is enough...I'm putting my sneekers on, cap on tight and bringing a jacket in case it rains...but I'm headed your way ....your blog always is so "active" and "alive" visiting you and your life through your words and photography....thank you for such wonderful journeys.

  12. What amazing photos! You must be enjoying your journey! How fun to watch cricket, a canoe race, and iguanas trying to hide!

  13. Such a lovely blog and wonderful photos :) I'm so glad I just found you through I blog 4 me :) I've just started a blog hop and I'd love to have you share your post. We invite anyone with an inspiring story to join us!
    Paula at Welcoming Spirit