There is a scripture in our Book of Mormon that says "I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants" (Mosiah 4:26). That last part "according to their WANTS" is often overlooked. We usually think of just taking care of their basic necessities, no more. Tonight, a couple from our church came over to give us a head start in this new country. They brought about 10 grocery bags of food! Some of it was basic necessities like flour and shampoo and spaghetti and a large cooking pot, but a good portion of it was fun things like chocolate milk mix, pizza, ice cream bars, chocolate candy, cookies, chips, and many other goodies that put a smile on the face of my children. They didn't come to just give us some things we need, they came to show us love. They did it with a smile and a hug. I learned so much from them. I want to be that kind of person.
In addition to this, from the same group of church friends, we've received a refrigerator, a bed, a crib for Henry, a sofa, end tables, a large shelf, a blender, tea kettle, and the keys to a truck for a WEEK so we could go around town and pick up things we needed. Everything they've given is in excellent condition. They saw we had a need and just offered us things. We're so grateful. And humbled. We need to be more like that.
Here is a picture of Millie meeting her amazingly friendly classmates. She's so excited to go to school now!