Wednesday, April 30, 2014

An American Baby Shower, in South Asia

We saw how South Asians celebrate with an expectant mother: 

Food, New Clothes, and a Game to Predict the Gender of the Baby!

Well, American women aren't much different:

Mexican Food!


Ladies Telling Stories!

And a Lot of Diapers!

We cannot wait for him or her! We are so thankful for our friends to support us here!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Pregnant Darjeeling Jaunt

As things around our part of South Asia get hot and dry (as opposed to the "hot and sticky" we will experience starting in June), we took advantage of a sunny Saturday to make our way up to our favourite nearby R & R location, Darjeeling.

I mean, what could possibly go wrong taking your 33-week pregnant wife up to 7,000 feet of elevation? Swollen ankles are normal, right?

On the twisting, turning, all-too-often narrow road up to the top of the mountains, we usually wonder why we make this journey. Usually, we are just tourists visiting a freezing cold town, enjoying sitting by the fires and going to the zoo.

But during these warm months, when you wear as few clothes as culturally appropriate in most of South Asia, a person almost needs long sleeves as they take in Darjeeling...

The Pony Rides, although this time it was more like a horse, whose name was Raja ('King')...

The Beautiful Scenery...

And the crazy decor (our old friend Predator) and AWESOME Thai food at our favorite Thai restaurant this side of Thailand. And just compare how Rebekah has grown in just over 2 years! Who needs a mark on the wall when she can just hold her friend Predator's hand?!

A 2 1/2 year old Rebekah
A 5 year old Rebekah

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What Every Pregnant Woman Desires...

... according to South Asians.

We are quite sure, having lived through 33 weeks of a pregnancy here in South Asia, that the South Asian answer to the question of an expecting mother's "desires" is quite different than an American woman's answer.

Most South Asians cringe at the thought of foot massages, rather than imagine them as relaxing.

And many American women just want to continue working as normal throughout their pregnancy, while South Asians tend to put every mother on limited bed rest during the pregnancy.

But some desires are transcultural, as Kristie found out at a celebration given to her by our national friends here. The party is called a "Shaad," which means "desires." Basically, an expecting mother, in her 7th Month, gets together with a bunch of ladies, and they have a party centered on...


All of a woman's favorite foods are cooked, including the mandatory 5 fried vegetables, and we had 3 different kinds of meat.


The mother-to-be gets a brand new fancy outfit from the other ladies at the party.

Gender Determination

Since nobody in the country is allowed to know the gender of the coming child, a game is played to determine if the baby will be a boy or girl. After playing, Kristie's baby was determined to be...

A Boy!!!

Of course we have no way to know how accurate this game's results are, historically, but Jesus (in the picture below), doesn't seem so sure. We will all just have to wait and see!

We are extremely thankful, though, that we have close South Asian friends who want to celebrate our baby's arrival with us.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Senior KG: The Big Kid At School

Rebekah is like a little adult.

Don't worry, though, like most little girls...

She definitely likes to play more than take a nap.
She will watch any cartoon, in any language, anytime.
She wants to marry her daddy when she grows up.

But seeing her transform from the baby in diapers who could not open a door just over two years ago,

Through her first day of Nursery Class a couple months later,

And into a girl to whom we cannot give the passwords to our iPads or she'll hack into them constantly,

Makes us cherish each day even more.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Good Man

Every year, your birthday reminds me
how grateful I am that you are my father.
With all that’s going on in the world today,
I’m thankful I get to watch you,
to look up to you, being an example of a good man.
What a privilege it is to observe your strength,
your competence, and your kindness.
I am so blessed to be under your wing,
your protection, your care,
learning important life lessons from you.
If all fathers were like you,
the world would be a very different
and much better place.
Happy Birthday Dad!

By Joanna Fuchs

Dad - I wish I could be there to celebrate with you, but know that Rebekah and I are celebrating with you here in South Asia!  I hope your day is as awesome as you are! Thank God for such a great father and am so blessed to have had these years with you!

Happy Happy Birthday Dad!


Kristie, James, Rebekah, and Baby!!!!