blog-4583It seems strange to be thankful for spring in November. With Lima’s mild winters, you wouldn’t think spring would be that big a deal, and on misty Lima days in spring, there is actually very little difference between spring and winter.

The winter sky here is often called “panza de burro” – the belly of a donkey. That’s exactly what it looks like – the gray belly of a donkey hanging over Lima as if you live in a perpetual cloud. Herman Melville reportedly called Lima “the strangest and saddest city thou can’st see.”

But when the sun comes out, oh, when the sun comes out.

There are purple flowers blooming above my front door, and when we headed out on a recent sunny morning my son remarked, “Look momma! It’s raining purple flowers. God must be happy today too.” Indeed.

What are you grateful for today?