Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Like Old Wine...

Kristie got a little better this week as she celebrated her XXth birthday by doing a little work, 

Getting surprised by James and Rebekah with flowers,

(which James all-too-often neglects to buy)

And watching some television imported from the USA.

The big anthurium amongst the roses and lilies was the flower Rebekah chose for herself--
we made it work.

And we enjoyed a private dinner at a Western restaurant 
Whose delicious food has not quite caught on with the South Asian population yet.

Here's to many more celebrations, wherever we spend them! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

They Don't Grow Them...

During the Halloween Seasons back in the USA, we used to love picking out pumpkins and carving them elaborately.  

But the "pumpkins" here in South Asia are a lot different. Mostly they are smaller, and certainly not the bright orange, festive pumpkins of Fall in the USA.

But we do what we can.

We bought Rebekah a pumpkin at the local supermarket,

And luckily she didn't remember how it paled in comparison to the pumpkins of her early years.

Rebekah also got to pick out a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch our friends made,

And she and her friends painted them to kick off our night of Halloween Fun!

So, although the pumpkins are too small to cut open and carve, we did what we could with all the pumpkin goodness South Asia had to offer.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Things to Do With Grandfathers: Gardening

Although our trip to Oklahoma was late in the summer,

Grandpa Roberts's garden was still producing a few vegetables. 

Rebekah was 2 years old when we moved to South Asia,

But one of her few memories of the USA was of eating Grandpa's cherry tomatoes straight out of the garden. 

So Rebekah stood around and ate a few cherry tomatoes,

But she was also ready to put down her bamboo, jump in there, and get 
those vegetables.

Grandpa just stood around holding the bag, guiding Rebekah about which peppers, tomatoes, and squash were ready to pick.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Things to Do with Grandfathers: Fishing

For months prior to our trip to America, 

Rebekah's Papaw had been talking about taking her fishing.

If you think back to your own grandfathers, those types of things are what we grew up thinking they did.

So Rebekah did what granddaughters do on fishing trips...

Talked a lot about it in the months beforehand...

Let Papaw carry everything...

Let Papaw get everything set up correctly...

Make Papaw stand beside you as you sit and hold the fishing pole...

Excitedly ask for Papaw's help in getting the fish in when one does bite...

Then claim VICTORY over the fish!!! 

And neither Papaw's nor Rebekah's heart could be any more content.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Diwali, Revisited

From our first month here in our sleepy little town, 

We have been "living" the South Asian holidays.

Knowing how much a Westerner could (or should) participate in the celebratory activities, seeing that most of them originated in the worship of Hindu gods, is difficult.

Of course we enjoy the lights hung all over town (including on our building here),

And one thing we feel very comfortable participating in is the FIREWORKS!

Rebekah and her friends held the sparklers for us,

While the fathers lit up the fountains and spinning firecrackers.

(Oh, the line of danger fathers put themselves in by lighting poorly made fireworks.)

And in the end we had happy little girls,

And the streets of our city were full of remains the next morning.