Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Joy in a few boxes!, Christmas Eve, I finally got my Christmas boxes from my wonderful family and friends at home. It was so much fun. Thanks, everyone! I love you all so very much. Happy Christmas!

(Above) This is what they looked like when they got here!

Christmas stuff for our apartment from Mama, Daddy and Blake

Me, super-excited about my Christmas magazines and plates.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Happy Christmas!

Today, Becca and I had a Christmas party for our neighbors and friends that we have met so far. We made American Christmas sweets and decorated our home with homemade and borrowed decorations. It was a fun time, and we had the opportunity to share with them the meaning of Christmas and give a J-film as a gift. We are thanking Him so much for the opportunity to be here and share with these wonderful people. Though we miss home and family, especially at this time of year, we trust Him. We know that He is making Himself famous here, and it is a privilege to be able to witness what He is doing first hand.

Here are some pics.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Weddings...I love weddings!

Becca and I spent this past week with a national family in the town where we do storying trainings. This home stay was an effort to jump start our language learning. It certainly helped to be around mother-tongue speakers all day, every day. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun! Basically, we just enjoyed national cuisine, visiting in homes with many friends and experiencing the culture from the "inside." We even got to go to our first national wedding. For wedding preparation, we shopped for sarees and got mehndhi on our hands. It was such a fun, cultural week. Here are some pics!

1. Us with our mehndi artists.

2. Us with friends at the wedding. The bride is in pink between me and Becca.

3. Me and Becca: the only blue-eyed blondes at the wedding. Boy, did we stand out!