One of the places we visited while on our vacation was Lola's Art.  

Lola Delgado was born in Belize City in 1959 and she opened her first gallery in 1992.  Her paintings are inspired by the daily lives of those in her community.  She lives in Seine Bight, a Garifuna village, just outside of Placencia.  If you are ever in that area make sure you take time to visit her. Lola will be happy to chat with you as she works on her latest creation.  

Her studio and gallery

samples of her work

Not only does she paint but she has a great sense of humor as well...

The prayer:
Dear Lord, I pray for wisdom to understand my man, love to forgive him, and patience for his moods. 
Because Lord, if I pray for strength, I will beat him to death.  Amen.

Driving through the village of Seine Bight gave me a deep sense of gratitude for all that we have.  Yes, we suffered the devastating loss of our belongings. None of our boxes made it from Russia.  And yet in spite of that we still have more than many people had there.  We live in a home with running water.  We have a toilet.  Electricity.  Cable TV and internet access in our home.  We are wealthy in comparison.  We saw houses that looked as if they would topple over in the next strong wind.  Well worn clothes hanging out on the line.  Very few cars or bikes.  And yet many of them had waterfront property.  They can swim daily and eat seafood regularly.  And they have each other.  It is peaceful. Serene.  Filled with the laughter of playing children and chatter from people on the street.  And as you drive by you also become part of their entertainment as they people watch.  Taking note of all the tourists in the area.

Lola told us it was exciting when electricity came to the village.  Now they have internet access as well.

We have so much to be grateful for...

453.  indoor toilets
454. washing machine
455.  cooling fresh breezes
456.  the love of family
457. the kindness of neighbors
458.  knowing many of our neighbors by name
459.  growing up in America
460.  being able to travel about this country
461.  having a car
462.  being able to afford gas
463.  butterflies
464. hummingbirds
465.  the sound of waves on the sea
466.  coming home to a house scrubbed clean by Spencer.
467.  having food in the fridge
468.  not panicking when the electricity goes out
469.  candles and matches
470.  the impending celebration of the birth of a King.