I’ve experienced a lot of hard things in my life, but parenting takes the cake and wins the prize on its scale of hardness points. Currently in the teen years of parenting, it has driven me to my knees more times than I can count. I’ve shed buckets of tears confessing to Jesus that I can’t do this. That’s the truth, but I know a God who understands and sees and gives me the wisdom and strength I need to do it. If you’re needing a little encouragement today, please click over to my post on Faith Gateway, Parenting: The Hardest Job You’ve Ever Done, and share your own words of encouragement. We’re in this together, parents. Let’s encourage each other.
Christmas is over, but I still wanted to share my thoughts on the holiday season in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s quite different than how I grew up and always take a little adjusting in my mind.
A couple of weeks ago, with a sweltering 90 something degrees outside, we had our staff Christmas party in South Africa. There was such irony in listening to tunes of chestnuts roasting over an open fire while making snowman ornaments. Creating a pile of water with a carrot, top hat, and scarf on top would have been more appropriate. Such is Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere.
This whole scene made me fully aware of just how much weather creates mind associations when it comes to holidays. When I’m in South Africa on December 25th, it never feels like Christmas, but I know if one of my African friends ventured to the Northern Hemisphere in December, they would say the same thing.
We celebrated Emma Grace’s 12th birthday in September. (Yes, I know I’m terribly behind in posting.) She’s a gal after my own heart as she tends to think about what she wants to do for her birthday months in advance. Her notebook is full of ideas on how to execute her day, down to theme, food, and activities.
This year’s theme was GEEK, and I think we all pulled it off quite well. The best part was seeing how all the adults dressed up. Oh, my!
Our Thailand trip feels like so long ago! Our time in Chiang Mai was such a blast! We experienced so many new, fun things as a family. I don’t even remember anyone getting grumpy! Check out a brief photo journal of our time and click over to Petit Elefant to read the specifics of where we went so you can plan your own trip to Chiang Mai!
On our trip to Thailand, we got to spend a day in Bangkok. It was short, but we packed as much as we could into that time. Here is a photo journal of our day there. To read about the adventures of where we went, click over to Petit Elefant!