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Month: January 2014

Baby Sprinkle

Baby Sprinkle

You’d think by the time you got around to having baby #5 folks would decide you had all the baby gear one human being could possibly need and not bother with the work of putting together a shower. Given that, you know I was giddy excited at the idea of a Skype baby shower given by my friends and family back in the states so you can only imagine how thrilled I was when my desert dwelling friends decided to put together a baby sprinkle to celebrate our little guy.

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Rachel has discovered a hidden talent none of us knew existed. She whips up beautiful cakes from scratch on the weekends just to pass the time. She mentioned something about a spoon for decorating and Bakerella’s buttercream icing recipe and the next thing we knew she waved her wand and this appeared.

IMG_6764Even though you probably won’t believe me, I must add that it tasted even better than it looked. Trust me, I brought the leftovers home and ate them for breakfast and my boys will attest to that fact.

Have I mentioned that Celeste and I  are getting to do this whole “having a baby in a foreign land” thing together, how fun is that? In this pic she’s 24 weeks and I’m 34 weeks. It’s been such a blessing to have one of my closest friends right beside me to laugh when things don’t turn out like we were expecting, to help search high and low for baby items in a city we don’t know all that well and of course, to share maternity clothes.

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I somehow managed to get caught up in the excitement of the baby shower and didn’t get a photo with all of the amazing girls that helped make it all happen and trust me, in this city that’s a HUGE accomplishment. Once again, I’ll blame that on my pregnancy brain.

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The Lord has been so gracious to give me old friends with heart strings that run deep but I’m reminded once again of His provision when I think about the new friends I’ve met since we moved overseas and how blessed I am to have each one of these women in my life. Thanks for making this mommy feel loved.

The Desert Snowstorm

The Desert Snowstorm

Who knew we’d move to the desert and experience record snowfall? I certainly did not but, that’s exactly what happened.

A few weeks ago there was a lot of talk about the possibility of snow in our city. Being from Alabama we assumed that meant we’d get a flurry or two and if we were lucky our language classes would be cancelled. Little did we know parts of our city would get 70+ centimeters  and it would take over two weeks for things to function again at full capacity.IMG_9645

We received approximately a foot and a half where we live. We built two different snowmen, had multiple snowball wars and resorted to all means necessary just to keep warm. This is a picture of the window in our bedroom.IMG_9629

Oh, I forgot to mention that the homes here don’t have heat. The walls and ceilings are cement and the floors are tile. There is no insulation which means we have a new understanding of what it means to be cold.

The boys think it’s cool that you can see your breath when you’re INSIDE our house but hey, that’s what happens when it’s 42 degrees in your apartment. Yes, I typed that correctly, it was 42 degrees inside. IMG_9630

But, no need to worry my friends. We survived the big snowstorm and temperatures here have risen just a bit. We’ve learned the value of electric blankets, hot water bottles and multiple clothing layers. Although we look a little silly walking around the apartment in winter hats and scarves, we may just survive this winter after all.IMG_9637