Monday, December 29, 2014

Remembering 2014

On January 1, 2014, the three of us were freezing--but enjoying ourselves--
In Darjeeling. 


We knew 2014 would hold much excitement and many changes for the Roberts.


When Little Brother did decide to show up on May 26th,

He brought a type of excitement we were not looking forward to and were anxious to move past.


First, we weren't ready for a boy

(thanks to the illegality of prenatal sex-determining sonograms in India),


And Second, we weren't ready for your health issues that kept him in the NICU for 14 days.


But we prayed our way and fought our way through those rough days,


And have come out on top at the end of the year.


Thanks to the gift from a church in the USA,


We are spending our New Year on a way-too-short holiday, 

beckoning in 2015 with our family in matching pajamas.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holidays Overseas: Dressing for the Season 2014


Living in the tropical country that does not have a "Christian" history
in which Christmas decorations and cold weather are synonymous with December,


We have to make our own weather.


Dress up when you can in Christmas-like dress,


Dance with those who dance,


Smile with those who smile,


And just enjoy the Savior's birth,


No matter where we may be.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holidays Overseas: Christmas Season Begins 2014

The Christmas season is certainly upon us again.

Parties,

Caroling,

Christmas Decorations,

Worrying that Christmas Presents mailed from the USA will get pilfered in the mail in Calcutta.

What? Is that just us?


Actually, just like two years ago,

And last year,

The Season didn't kick off until we built Rebekah's Gingerbread House!


We had a good time, but were also very serious about this delicate 

(and deceptively frustrating)

Construction Job.

And part the Chimney may have fallen victim to Rebekah's stomach (and James's mouth) before it ever made it onto the house.


We won't say we were 100% without accidents,

As the icing bag exploded onto our anxious 5-year-old's nose,


But in the end, the snowy landscape shined with our tasty creation.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holidays Overseas: Thanksgiving 2014

Holidays overseas have to be adapted to the schedule where you are, 

And while many Americans do celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday,

We have had visitors from Hattiesburg, MS the last two years Thanksgiving Week, 

So we have made a tradition of going to Darjeeling on Thanksgiving Day.

Last year, the skies were clear and the mountains were in view.

This year... Not so much.


A little chilly. A lot foggy.

But still fun.


We delayed our Thanksgiving Chicken until Friday night,


With as many Americanish dishes as we could prepare with what we had.


And our friends from Hattiesburg helped us with the unenviable task of fluffing out the Christmas Tree


And Duck-Taping the top of the tree on!


That's the way of life out here, where you're thousands of miles away from Wal-Mart.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holidays Overseas: Halloween 2014

No, we don't have neighborhoods of people who would understand little kids dressing up and knocking on the door asking for candy. 


But we have pumpkins to carve


Pumpkin seeds to sort and roast
(one of James's favorite activities),


And plenty of candy to eat
(thanks to awesome packages and friends from the USA)!!!


We can still bake some sugar cookies, 


Still look cute in some thrown-together outfits,



And just have a good time at some fun--
though small--Halloween gatherings.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Feed Me


Have we mentioned that Reed is a handful.


We only have Rebekah to judge by,

But our little man is demanding.

We should have known from his month-old screams at bath time


His latest demands center on FOOD!


Little man cannot stand being in the room with people eating and just be chewing on a play toy.


He's growing...

Into quite a lady's man, with his crazy grin!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Visits from Friends


Our two months of crazy travel and meetings started back in late September, 
When our friends from Chattanooga came for a couple weeks to visit!

Other than the delight from the M&Ms they brought,

They also brought some hearty spirits of adventure as we dragged them all over our part of South Asia.

We showed them where we work,


How we dress,


Who we work with,


How we get around, 


And...

The Implications of having a 5-year-old girl with a mocking sense of humor.


They even spent their 1-year Anniversary with us on the Indian Railways,

Yet still talked to us after that! So I suppose we're friends for life!


We look forward to many more years of fun with these guys!