Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A New Chapter in Our Journey Begins...


26th May 2014

Reed Timothy Roberts

3.15 kg


Rebekah's entrance into the world 5 years ago came with much screaming and rejoicing!

We have just gone down a different path with Reed.

There was still plenty of screaming at birth,


But he was mostly calm and relaxed.


Unfortunately for us, he had a little fluid on his lungs and has needed a little extra oxygen,

So we entrusted him to some of the best medical care for babies in South Asia.


So, while we were a little nervous to begin with,

And would love to hold him more,


We are thankful for the new blessing.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A FINAL Family of 3 Blowout!!!

Just two more days, and our family of 3 will become a family of 4!

While we've been working here in the capital and waiting for the baby,

We have enjoyed plentiful family time together. 

But there aren't too many more days of James watching Rebekah...


While Kristie relaxes on the benches in the shade!


Soon Rebekah will have a rickshaw riding partner...


And won't have to share the roller coaster seat with her dad! 


She'll be able to comfort her baby brother's or sister's roller coaster fears...


And give Mommy someone to stand with during the rides!


 Please be praying for us as this Sunday evening winds down and Memorial Day (in the USA) rolls around! Our family of 3 is getting bigger! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Deep Beneath the Subway Station

We can give you a million good reasons to come to South Asia.

But for those of you afraid you will be stuffed with strange, spicy food,

We give you,

In an inconspicuous location underneath a Subway Stop:

HIBACHI


Yeah, you heard me right. And it is actually top-notch Hibachi: Benihana.


You still get the same entertaining cook, with all the same Hibachi grill tricks,


And you still have to learn to use your chopsticks,


But the Sushi and the Hibachi are just what you need
If you need American-Japanese food while in India.

Monday, May 19, 2014

In the (Dry) Delhi Heat

Yeah, it has been really hot here. But it's a dry heat. 

And Krisite is 9 1/2 months pregnant. So, as the due date approaches 
(1 Week from today!!)

We have tried to do our work and keep Rebekah entertained. 

Luckily, Delhi has many more entertainment options than our little town.

We visited a Children's Museum with a lot of our friends, where the kids climbed, 


Shopped,


Cooked (and Dealt Her Wares with the Usual Indian Passion),


Painted the Walls, 


Banged LOUDLY on the homemade instruments,


And just generally looked cute! 


We have also spent time in the Air-Conditioned malls,

Where conveniently Rebekah learned to navigate the Indian roads,
(a useful skill)


Ride a horse WHILE shooting a pistol, 
(not as useful a skill)


And interact with the local wildlife, both friendly...


And the not so friendly...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Mother to All (Mother's Day, 2014)

One thing we may not have appreciated from our mother's when we were young was all their unsolicited advice, but we knew they loved us and only gave the advice because they cared so deeply.

Kristie loves to give unsolicited advice, but for so many people here in South Asia, she demolishes cultural and language barriers and shows her love for them in A THOUSAND ways.















And for that, we love her.


Two years ago, we spent Mother's Day on a train...

Last year, we spent a quiet day at home...

So, in order to keep her on her toes, we are spending this year in Delhi awaiting the arrival of our second child.

Some flowers, 


Some Hard Rock Cafe appetizers for lunch,


and some fun in the 100+ degree Delhi sun! 


Thanks for putting up with your husband, child, and the hundreds of other lives you touch daily!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Playing Nice (Holi 2014)

On television commercials, Holi--

The Most Colorful of South Asian Holidays--

Looks SOOO FUN!

But when gangs of colored-powder toting teenage and 20-something boys roam the streets...


You may want to stay indoors.

Of all the dozens of religious and national holidays, Holi may be the only day of the year on which stores actually close.

But nothing could stop Kristie--at 7 1/2 months pregnant--and our friend from daring the streets.


Although the neighbourhood ladies and children did not know what to think at first,


They soon attempted to bring the water and color to Kristie's position.

Once they saw her vulnerabilities, she was surrounded, 


And her ammunition and water were taken.


Before long, the two white ladies were indistinguishable from everyone else.


We cannot lock ourselves indoors when the culture is just waiting to be Engaged!