Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Headlines as we speak are that the new Constituent Assembly that was sworn in today has voted to convert the Royal Palace to a National Museum when the Republic is declared tomorrow. Here's the rub - the Guy Formerly Known as King (they should give him a symbol - like Prince!) is still living there. Hmm. Let's see how this plays out. I know. Someone should politely knock on the palace gates and clue the man in. Right.
There was talk about making the Palace into a new residence for a ceremonial head of state - aka a President. I'm glad they decided otherwise because I, for one, have been dying to see the inside of that Pink Palace with the faux snow covered columns at one of the entry gates. I would love to show you pictures of this but I'm not sure I am allowed to photograph it. At least until now! Now it belongs to the people. Watch this space.
If you can open the following link it shows a group of newly minted women CA members holding their CA Swag! It just struck me as funny. Clearly I'm desperate for humor.
Seriously, we hope tomorrow will be the beginning of a new and peaceful era for this lovely country and its people.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This week we have been studying patience. I just overflow with the stuff. A paragon of virtue I am. Calm in the storm. I am lying like a rug.
I always say nothing has exposed me for a fraud and showed me my need for Christ more than parenthood. And patience in particular is probably the quality I pray for in myself more often than any other. (Actually I usually pray an acronym - FLOWCH - may God make me a woman of faith, love, openness, wisdom, compassion, courage, hope, humor and humility). Hmmm, patience is missing from this list. So that's the problem. Actually, it is such a big one that it stands in its own category:)! Why humor on that list? My real life motto (not that anyone is asking) is "take Jesus seriously, just don't take yourself seriously." Life is just way too short.
Anyway ... back to patience. (apparently one must be patient to wade through one of my posts!). The study this week looked at two uses of the translated word 'patience' in scripture. One has to do with endurance and holding up under trying circumstances - a la the "patience of Job". The other is used exclusively in our dealings with people and the word for patience is always paired with mercy. I love this thought. It helps me tremendously. God is patient with me because he is merciful. I, in turn, out of mercy, need to be patient with a certain unnamed four year old. We all need mercy. I am praying that when I am tempted to get angry and impatient with my kids that I will remember how I have been viewed by God ... and give the poor kids a break:).
Oh, this also goes with a few cross cultural interactions we have on a daily basis.
Speaking of which - the hoodlums want Mommy - gotta go.
Peace ... and patience,
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Serving a mango, however, can be a pain in the posterior. It is ripe when it is no longer hard, and gives just a little. If it is too soft it is overripe. Here are a couple of ways to cut and serve your wonderful, ripe, juicy, sweet (getting hungry?) mango.
My kids like the whole sides scored and turned inside out. I like to quarter the fat sides and just scrape the fruit off with my teeth leaving the skin. Bill likes to take the big pit we all leave behind and get all the remaining mango off of it. I think it makes him feel virtuous or something.
Mango Salsa from Joy of Cooking
Monsoon will start soon and this glorious era will end. So we are eating up.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
My HBL and the little guy watching the river.
We trekked up a rediculously steep hill with the hoodlums but were rewarded with gorgeous views of the river valley below, people working their small terraced farms, narrow waterfalls, a little school house and then the descent to .... THE BRIDGE.
WonderBill and numero uno daughter went rafting while L and S and I raced down the river to catch the next photo op. Oooh - can't wait until everyone is old enough!
I worked hard for this silky water:).
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Yesterday a young colleague of Bill's came over for a cooking lesson. I think I might have had more fun than she did - I'd do this again:)! Anyway, Kit proceeds to grill her -
Kit: "Are you a mommy?"
Friend: "Ummm, noooo"
Me: "Not yet, Kit - yes she is a grown up - but not a mommy."
Kit: "Why not?"
And so it went ... I shooed her out of the room apologetically.
Today a friend was over who is expecting her first bambino. She looks faboo - definitely has the glow goin' on. Kit asked her if there was only one baby in there. Lindsay asked her if she wanted to go see where Khaki was buried (and then have a personal tour of her room and toys). Melissa - you are an obliging woman!!
And this is just a sampling from the last 24 hours. Head shake and smile.
Good night .... Laurel
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Ever sentimental Lindsay wants to know when we are getting a puppy.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Now what about the blogs of people whom I've never met? Some of them I feel like I know and think - "If we lived in the same place, I would want to be friends with her!". Some, I like to visit because I find the person's thinking interesting and challenging. I visit several photographers blogs and sit in awe at their work - hoping someday that will be me. I almost never comment on a blog of someone I don't know however. What a lurker!!
While the details of life may be mundane, they (and of course how people feel about them) are what make me feel connected to others on a deeper level. And what is life without that?
Speaking of friends!!! We don't get a lot of visitors on this side of the planet and a dear friend's husband has been visiting Kathmandu this week ( a week - his body is going to think it is somewhere over Tokyo when he returns). Mike is a pastor of a church in NC and came to visit a missionary from their church who has been living here for some time. They both came over for dinner last night. Completely fun. No cultural translation necessary. A treat in everyway. (Not to mention the couple of pounds of M&Ms that Angie sent - thank you!). Sigh. We are relational creatures indeed.
I am plying my kids with snacks so I can finish this. They have TWO four day weekends in a row due to returned "bandh days"(see earlier post). Our version of unused snow days. The munchkins beckon - but this has been a nice break:).
Grace and Peace, Laurel