Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Home School Is More Fun Than I Thought!!!"

We are not sure what kind of torture Rebekah thought Kristie was about to expose her to.

Maybe some of you teachers can tell us when students in the USA generally learn certain things.

We know that living in South Asia, many things are different, including Rebekah's education.

Rebekah has been in the South Asian schools since she was 2 years old.

Yes, they start at 2. 

Granted, they are not learning advanced subjects, but they are being drilled to memorize lists of "necessary" items, learn numbers, learn the alphabets (English and Hindi), cursive handwriting, etc. 
Failure to memorize, in some schools, can lead to shaming or getting "rapped on the knuckles" with the scale (ruler).

We knew that at some point Rebekah's memorization would need to be supplemented with USA curriculum, so we have begun Up-Words Reading with Rebekah after her school days end.

On her first day of school, Rebekah was excited--and a bit worried--about her mama teaching her!

But after the rules were hashed out, the work was done.

Brother (mostly) behaved, following Rule #6,

And now Rebekah cannot wait until lunch is finished to get her reading, writing, and phonics done!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Reed at 3 Months

Rebekah's biggest trip during the first 3 months of her life was driving to a wedding 3 or 4 hours from our house in Mississippi. A trip to Target or Wal-Mart was about as public as we went.

Oh, how things change with a second child. 

After his birth and NICU stay as a newborn,
Reed has spent countless hours in hot rickshaws & taxis in India and Nepal, 
On three airplane rides,
And a long, hot day at one of the Seven Wonders of the World!

He's growing every day, and we are so thankful for the Lord's provision in his life.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

With Sisters Like These...

Rebekah loves Reed.

But Rebekah also loves playing jokes.

So what better way to mess with a defenseless 3-month-old than tying the arms of his pajamas together when you wake up and just watching him squirm, 

Then mocking and posing.

Enjoy these moments as the pesterer while you can, Rebekah.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Colorful Fridays

Rebekah has enjoyed the "Color Days" at her school for a couple years now, because...

She doesn't have to wear her uniform, 

She gets to show off some of her personality, and

She knows she's going to get her picture taken.

So, in quick succession, we have had Blue, Pink, and Grey Days

(since grey is such a colorful color)

Rebekah still loves to pose, showing off her accessories

And posing in unique ways! 

But, much to her chagrin, her little brother also dresses up on these color days at times,

And while she patiently smiles for a few minutes,

After a while, it's all "PLEASE let me go to school, away from him!"

(even if he is the "Best Little Brother")

Friday, August 8, 2014

All Smiles

Because he was in the hospital hooked up to so many tubes and machines for the first two weeks of his life, we went through the "Woe is Me!" feeling about whether our baby would ever give us the sweet smiles we were expecting...

These days, however, smile and sleep is pretty much all he ever does:

Friday, August 1, 2014

38 Years Young

When you are turning one or two, your parents think birthdays are the biggest days EVER, planning for months to find the perfect theme and location!

When you are turning four or five, you feel like this yourself, looking forward to the games and the friends!

When you are turning 38, you don't really want any gifts for your birthday...

You just want to watch a movie--Planet of the Apes...

Eat something small and tasty that won't make you feel miserable all night--like 1 or 2 strawberry cupcakes with strawberry frosting... 

And hang out with your wife and kids!

The teenagers and college kids call you boring...

And maybe your own child falls asleep at your "party"...

But you have to pace yourself when you're this old!