Wednesday, July 31, 2013

meditating on His grace...


This verse has been on my mind since we discussed it this morning at Bible study.

Take joy in the knowledge that God Almighty has enough grace for each of us in our times of weakness.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Cell Phone Day...

 
 
 
We are so excited to have new phones!  Just a short walk from the flat where we are staying...there is an electronics store where we were able to get new phones for both of us.  The price was right and they should last us a while.  I was a bit nervous that we might have made the wrong choice because our Belize SIM cards were too big for the phones.  I am so grateful that they were able to cut the SIM cards down to the correct size.  

Today was our first day out and about since we were both struck down with a gastrointestinal infection last week.  And how fun it is to celebrate feeling better with a new toy!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

questions about coverings...

I have been asking a lot of questions since we arrived in India.  Questions about customs and questions about life. As we have been out and about I have noticed that many women have their heads covered. Naturally I was curious as to why.  I assumed that for some it was not strictly for religious purposes and that assumption was correct. 


some women may cover up because of the smog from all the traffic...


some women want to protect their hair from all the dust and dirt...



While others may cover up to escape the prying eyes of "aunties" who might see them out with a male friend.


No matter the reason for covering it is fascinating to witness the ingenuity of women.  From protecting their hair to protecting their identity...women around the world are clever enough to figure out what works best for them!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Which would you choose?!



India's Magic Masala or American Style Cream & Onion?

Monday, July 22, 2013

things I didn't expect to see...

The India I've seen on TV and in movies didn't fully prepare me for the India I am seeing in real life.  Coming from Belize I am fascinated by the buildings, the crowds of people, and the busyness of the streets.  There is a richness of diversity that I appreciate.  And I am loving discovering a few unexpected sights along the way.


a man selling cotton candy...


high rise buildings...



women riding side saddle...


and a peaceful lake in the middle of the city...

I wonder what other unexpected sights we'll see over the next few months?!

Friday, July 19, 2013

passing the time...


Tom has always enjoyed doing puzzles.  In the early years of our marriage, before we could afford artwork, Tom would do a puzzle and glue it together to hang on our walls.  Now our home in Belize is graced with his artwork.  But, the joy of completing a puzzle still remains!

 
 

He thought at first that there were a few pieces missing...


Thankfully, Auntie Manesha found them today when she came to do the floors!!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

a ride to the market...




My first ride with Meesha on her bike...


these flowers smelled incredible...


these are thin bracelets called bangles...you can buy 12 of them for 34 cents!


They had some larger ones too...


Meesha wanted me to try some of the sweets.  So we stopped for a taste.

The salesmen in the blue t-shirt kept offering me free samples of various ones he thought I might like.  He would tell me what each one was and explain how it would taste.  So of course after all of his kindness I walked away with a box of candies made from cashews! 

I took home items for the apartment, some veggies, and a box of candy.  I didn't want to over do it since we were on the bike and not in a car or a rickshaw. So far my experience here with shopkeepers has been positive.  Everyone seems so helpful and very service oriented which we haven't always seen in other countries.  


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

weep for the children...




I don't like to take photos of children.  However, we spotted this little girl walking through the middle of traffic...going from vehicle to vehicle begging for money.  Gesturing to her mouth and repeating the same phrase over and over and over again we understood what she was asking.

My heart goes out to children all around the world who are hungry, abused, trafficked, neglected or abandoned.  In every single country we have visited we have seen children in need.  India is no different.  We may not ever see this child again but we can pray for her and all the others like her who are wandering the streets.

I wonder where her mother is.
I wonder about her background.
I wonder if she was genuinely hungry.
I wonder if someone else took the money she labored to raise.
I wonder if she is scared as she weaves in and out of cars, motorcycles, trucks, rickshaws, and bikes.
I wonder...and I weep for the children of the world. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

MickeyDees In India

Personally, I think McDonalds is McDonalds no matter where you are in the world. One difference I have noticed though is that the beef might taste a little different and from country to country there are usually items more appealing to the locals.


 
The atmosphere inside is always the same...families, teens, couples, and individuals. 

 

Here in India a major difference is seen in the kitchen.  Because there are vegetarian items on the menu the kitchen is divided into two sections.  Vegetarianism is a part of the culture here and the menu at McDonalds is a reflection of that.  There were no beef burgers available.  Tom and I each chose chicken.  Tom had a chicken masala sandwich and I choose the Spicy Chicken nuggets.  



We don't have McDonalds in Belize or any other typical fast food place found in the states.  So whenever we travel it's always fun to stop in and get a small taste of home.  French fries are always on the menu and they rarely disappoint...I'm loving it!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

the crack of a whip...


THU-WHACK!!  I cannot fully replicate the dreadful sound brought about by this young Hindu man cracking that whip across his flesh.  Each time a passerby gave him money he hit himself for that person's sin.  With each formidable blow my startle reflex kicked in and my body flinched.  

When I saw the amount of money he had in his pockets it caused me to think about the price paid for my sins.  My Redeemer endured a beating, being mocked, hanging on the cross, and ultimately death for my sin. 

And though it cost Him a great deal...my salvation was free.
He paid the price.
  He took the pain.  

My heart was impacted by the thought of how many are still looking in the wrong places for redemption. Pray with me for those who need to know the One True Savior.  And give Him thanks for all that He has already done for you...and all that He continues to do in your life. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Saree Style...

As we've been out and about here in the city I am noticing all of the women wearing sarees.  I've seen many different colors, patterns, and types and am totally captivated by the unique style of each woman who chooses to wear one. 

This polka dot one immediately captured my attention as we whizzed by in the rickshaw on Thursday.



The bright colors are so vibrant...


No matter what the style, each saree has it's own appeal to the wearer...


I went with Meesha and Spencer to a small saree shop and was overwhelmed with choices.  It may take me a while to determine my own personal style...but I'm sure I'll end up with more than one of these treasures to take back to Belize with me!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Impressions of Pune...

Yesterday was our first full day in India.  We are so very thrilled to be here.  And so grateful for the gifts and prayers that made this trip possible.  If you follow me on Facebook check out my album, First Impressions of India (just click on the title to go directly there) to see all of the photos of our first day!

I should be asleep but for some reason, probably jet lag, I am struggling to turn off my brain.  So I decided maybe it would be better to just jot down a few words about our day.


Spencer and Meesha took us out to eat and run a few errands.  Here's a bit of a recap with photos...

We ate paper dosas for the first time:

Lucky for me they are naturally gluten free!

 there were several different fillings that we tried...


You just tear off a piece of the dosa, put in your filling, and eat!!


We went for our first rickshaw ride:
 Rickshaws are a fast and easy way to get around the city...


Meesha told the driver we wanted to pay by the meter so that we would get a fair price...


We got up close and personal with a few cows as we rode along checking out the sites:



We even shopped a bit at the mall.  Tom and I picked up a few books, a puzzle for him to work on, and a few Indian outfits for me.



And we ended our first day relaxing and laughing with the Soares family.  What a blessing it has been to meet them in real life and get to know them in person!

I wonder what other treasured experiences our time here will hold!?!


Monday, July 08, 2013

Our adventure continues...

I can't get my computer to connect to the internet here in the hotel so I'm using my Galaxy tablet to post with. 

For our half day in London we hired a driver to give us a car tour of the city.  It was brief but wonderful.  Perhaps some day we'll make it back for a longer stay.

We've had a blast in Paris.  The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre museum were all incredible.  Each was overwhelming and inspiring in it's own way. 

Tomorrow we will begin our journey to Pune, India.  We are looking forward to seeing Spencer and Meesha again and to meeting Meesha's family.  Please keep us in your prayers as we travel!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Sunset...

 
This is our last Belizean sunset for a while!

We leave for our mini vacation in London and Paris tomorrow.  And then on to India for a few months to spend time with Spencer and Meesha before the wedding.  We are very excited to be able to be a part of this phase of their lives!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Number 29

Tom's artwork graces our walls.  Here is one of his latest pieces.  It was influenced by the local Mayan masks that we've seen here in Belize.  He was intrigued by the thought of what jewels of different colors look like when light hits them from various angles. 

I loved how it turned out!