Now for the post that has no grand topic to belong to. Over the past couple months, we have just lived life. There hasn’t been anything earth shattering or life changing, but we have lived life well. It may seem odd to you to hear me say that, but living in a culture different from our home culture brings with it tidal waves of emotions. Sometimes they are good emotions and other times they knock you off your feet and leave you feeling disoriented and confused. This isn’t to say that we haven’t faced some hard things recently, but I am saying that we have felt the Lord’s presence and He has kept our heads above the waves and our feet firmly planted. We have done things like go for facials and drastic haircuts, make donuts after reading Homer Price, and I tried my hand at homemade marshmallow cream so we could have marshmallow buttercream topped cupcakes. I also made some friends a hot/cold rice pad in a matching sack to spread some Christmas cheer.We did science experiments to see if chemical reactions would snuff out a candle while breathing in the unmatched aroma of freshly baked bread, and some of us thought safety goggles were a necessary accessory.I decided to take selfies, apparently, with most of the people I love. Some of them didn’t even know…We had a grand tea party, complete with cake stand and lovely tablecloth, while reading Mary Poppins because sometimes you just need an excuse to make Peppermint Mocha cupcakes (Faith needed the excuse this time!) and drink English Breakfast Tea in the middle of an ordinary afternoon.
Life feels like it spins so fast, and the moments fly by us without us ever pausing to savor the time with the little ones we are so blessed to raise. I am thankful to stay home with my girls; to watch them grow and learn and develop into the young ladies God has designed them to be. These are moments I wouldn’t trade for anything, for I can’t imagine anything greater than this time spent with them.