Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Yesterday, on Christmas day, she did great. We had a fun morning as a family and a fun afternoon with friends. Andy and I got up early did our last Advent Candle. Then we had a breakfast casserole once the kiddos got up. We did a devotional with them and then opened some gifts. Our friends came over and we exchanged gifts, had snacks and lunch, played the Wii and hung out. It was really fun. In the evening, we just hung out and I instituted a new family tradition. We all (except Jack-he's still too little) slept in the living room together. It was really fun to get all snuggled up on the couches with just the Christmas tree lights on. But in the end, we turned them off because we couldn't sleep. After that, we were all were asleep really quickly but EG woke up about 12 and threw up multiple times on me and the couch. She had a fairly high fever and threw several more times. No fun. Poor thing. I stayed with her in her room til 3 and then Andy took over. Today she seems better, but again, this bug is so strange. It's like it comes and goes. Hope to talk with American doctor this afternoon. Will let you know how we are doing.
Thankfully in the midst of all this, Jack has only thrown up once. That's really amazing. Ok, this blog really is for the grandmas. Who else in the world would want to read this? And just for the grandparents...
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We're really excited about Christmas. I feel like the past couple weeks have been a blur-we've all been sick and things just seemed really busy but this week we've been able to slow down a little and kinda "soak in" the meaning of Christmas. I read this great devotional today about why Jesus came-FOR PEOPLE like me-MESSED UP, sick with sin, in need of a healer, a redeemer. I don't know why I so easily forget that. Just when I am feeling really crappy about my sin, God tenderly reminds me that my sin is in fact a huge problem but that Jesus came to save people like me. Thanks Lord for that sweet reminder.
Tonight, I looked under our tree and saw a few gifts with my Mom's handwriting on them. We got a package from them this week and Andy opened it and stuck all the gifts under the tree. I knew they were there, but something about seeing my Mom's own handwriting on them just made me feel closer to home. Thanks Mom, Dan and Katie and all the Huffmans for taking the time and energy and money to send us gifts. Just seeing your handwriting warms my heart and makes me feel so loved. Thank You.
THIS IS A GREAT STORY that I just have to share with you (with Andy's permission of course!) So, Andy's parents bought us a Wii for Christmas. We weren't expecting it at all, but we're really excited about it and super thankful. We are looking forward to lots of friendly competition with each other and our friends here.
So, last night we got it up and running for the first time and Andy beat me at every game we played. In the middle of the night, he woke up and told me his neck and shoulder were hurting from playing the Wii. (He was really into it) So he told me he was going to take some Tylenol. He didn't even turn on the light-he just opened the drawer in his bedside table, pulled out the Tylenol bottle and popped three into his mouth. We were both back to sleep within minutes. (maybe seconds for me) This morning, he woke up and told me his neck and shoulder were still really bothering him. He decided to take some more Tylenol and went to get the same bottle out of his bedside table. He came back and said, "You've gotta see this! No wonder I'm not feeling any better!" He showed me the Tylenol bottle and it was full of little red beans-not Tylenol. (Here's the story-Jack loves to shake things and hear the noise they make. Every time I pull out any kind of medicine, Jack is obsessed with shaking it. I figured it wasn't very safe to let him play with medicine bottles so I filled an empty Tylenol bottle with little red beans for him to shake! OOPS!) So in the middle of the night, Andy had popped three red beans into his mouth and went right back to sleep! HEHE. We both had a good, hard laugh about it. Now that he's got some real pain killer in his system, he's feeling much better. We are taking on Xiao Li and A Xin tonight in a game of bowling and maybe racing. We'll offer them some red beans if either of them gets injured! We're also making Kathi's Chocolate Thumbprints tonight. So fun. Hope you have a great Christmas.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
And speaking of food being a love language-nothing speaks love to Andy like good meat products. If he could only choose one food to eat for the rest of his life, it would definitely be some sort of meat! We can get all the basics here-chicken, pork, beef. Pork is the meat of choice in this country and usually turns out great no matter how you cook it. I've had recent success with beef, as I've been using my Dutch oven and the Pressure Cooker. But i still put ground pork in place of ground beef in most recipes. So with those basics, you can do a lot. I learned to make homemade sausage a while back, which is surprisingly easy. David and Andy had both been talking about Italian sausage (you know in links) and I asked Xiao Li about making it here. In our city, the winter is sausage making time. Chinese people buy their meat and take it to the sausage making shop at the market. They pick their flavor-you can choose several, among which Spicy Italian is sadly missing!-and then the sausage maker grinds with meat, mixes it with the spices and stuffs the meat into casings and hangs out to preserve. After I did a lot of reading online, I learned that the meat and the casing being really cold is really important in the process-I guess even more so if you hang out of your window and let them preserve. So it makes sense they only make them in the winter here.
So, I found a recipe online, got the meat, made my own Italian spice mixture, and then Xiao Li took it to the sausage shop! Next thing you know we have 7 lbs of Italian Sausage ready to be consumed by all the meat loving men in my life. I actually didn't love it but Andy and David did. We froze ours as it's not the kind that preserves. Andy wants me to load up the freezer with other varieties of Italian sausage but I'm busy loading it up with strawberries!
Our tree in all it's glory. Notice the middle section of the tree is looking poorly lit. We used two different brands of lights and this was the result. We still love it!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I read something recently that talked about the discipline of Celebration-not as an excuse to just overindulge ourselves, but to really be light hearted, filled with joy, and to purposely set out to enjoy God and his good gifts. My heart needs to celebrate. In tbe monotony of daily life, the trials that we are facing, and the struggles we have with our own sin, it's so good to pull back and be reminded why we can joy on this earth and hope for the future. So that's what we're setting out to do this season!