Looking through our pictures from 2009 I found some of the more materialistic things we're grateful for:
Nakamatt in Nairobi for all your grocery needs
Icecream bars at our local duka (store) for bribes after the girls walk the 3/4 mile there
Fresh fruit and vegetables readily available
Looking at this list I've started I see already 3 of the items relate to food and eating. Perhaps that's because I often feel that the time I'm home is consumed with organizing meals for the week, making sure we have the ingredients for the meals, cooking the meals on the days Sarah doesn't come to help, getting Amelia's lunch ready for school, and finding new recipes with available ingredients on an internet connection that is slow. We are eating well, but it's time-consuming. On the other hand, both Amelia and Meredith are learning how to cook. Meredith is learning words like whip, beat, cool, frothy, and Amelia is understanding what things are needed to make things different flavors and textures. Tonight we made sugar cookies and painted them with a mixture of egg yolk and food coloring. I guess someday my girls might be amazed that soup comes in a can, cookie dough can be bought, not all vegetables need bleaching, soaking and meticulous washing and that sometimes mommy just likes to go out for dinner!