Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I'm thankful for...

- coffee first thing in the morning (with yummy flavored creamer).
- being able to tell my neighbors and friends what Thanksgiving means.
- turkey on Thanksgiving...even if the head and feet were still attached when it was time to cook it!
- a mama who will get on a plane and travel for 30 hours to see me.
- being able to introduce new people to this city and culture (my mama...just to name one).
- a cyclone in the nearby ocean, making it feel a little like winter, despite the rain.
- a daddy and brother back home that I know misses us and wishes we were there.
- an extended family that is gathering to celebrate and praise God for all our blessings.
- the Body of Christ, my "forever family," that takes care of me, encourages me and helps me run this race with perseverance.
- friends and a roommate here that truly manifest the love of Christ.
- the Truth that shines in darkness.
- Hope for the nations.
- His joy being my strength.
- the fact that I have so many things to be thankful for.

Praise Him! He is good!

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Shall we gather at the river?

No, no Point of Grace/Ladies Ensemble jabs. I promise. Literally, we gathered at the river.

Several Saturdays ago, Reba and I went on a little field trip with a neighbor family and their good friends to a nearby river and camping ground. All in all there were about 10 adults (me and Reba excluded), 7 tweens and us...along with all the necessary goods for the day: picnic supplies, tents, balls and other games, etc.

The day started out bright and early at "8 a.m. maximum," but we ended up leaving around 9 in a rented van.

The two hour drive consisted of a little musical game that has no name. First, the kids sang a song. The letter/sound that they ended on had to be the beginning letter/sound that the adults started with. Of course, they were mostly Hindi/Kannada movie songs that we do not know, but I pride myself in the fact that I was able to help once with the letter G. Here's a video of the game with a little intro to the day.

The rest of the ride included more musical fun. 7 Indian tweens singing and dancing (in a moving van, mind you) to such songs such as "Barbie Girl" and "Smack That." One of the. funniest. things. I've. ever. seen. Here's a little video montage.

And here are a few more pics from the day:

After we ate lunch (and let the monkeys have our leftovers), we rested then packed up and headed home. It was a fun, memorable day!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday Signs

Week 7: A fate for us all...

"If you overtake from left death will overtake you from right"

To overtake: to pass someone on the road while driving.

Since folks drive on the left side here, you must pass on the right. So, to pass on the left is not the best idea (however, it's done consistently).

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Saturday Signs

Week 6: I kinda threw up in my mouth a little...

Not a sign, but definitely funny. I couldn't *sneakily* get a picture of the front of the shirt, but it definitely had the AU logo on there. So, here's to you, all my Auburn friends! See you on November 15. ;-)

Also, people here are masters at transporting anything and everything on their motorcycles.