Here’s a brief glimpse at our lives during this past month. At this point, we’re still setting up the house (curtains etc), but we’re getting closer to completing our to-do list. I’m attending Khmer language class at the university, while Nate is busy with various projects, including preaching, movie making (promotional video) and translating. Ava is busy…well…eating, sleeping, filling diapers…She is also sitting up and on the verge of crawling–any day now! She can move from point A to point B, but it’s a combination of rolling, scooting, army crawling etc. It’s so fun to see her explore and discover!
Nate drilling into the hard cement wall to hang pictures. You may not be able to tell from this shot, but he is putting ALL of his body weight behind the drill. It can take 5 minutes to drill one hole. He has been so helpful with setting up the house. This has made the transition much easier…making our house a “home”.
Finished product! We found these three paintings at the local gallery, and then combined them to form one piece of art.
Logos International School: CJ and Kamryn Beck (our team mates’ kids) participated in this music presentation, and it was so much fun to see them perform.
You can’t miss CJ…he’s the only blond in his class.
Ava (always ready with a smile) enjoying the concert with Daddy.
Mexican food!!! We were SO excited to make tacos…you really have no idea…words fail me…
Ava’s constant companion…Mr. Fan.
Chillin’ with Daddy
Nate’s creative film set…especially the makeshift lighting. He has already finished the first rendition of ACTION Cambodia’s promotional video, but he is continuing to work on the expanded version. Due to sound interference issues, we had to turn off the fans while we were filming. We were sweating so much! We had to stop in between takes to mop the sweat from our faces.
Our landlord had two mango trees placed in our little front yard. We are so excited! It’s so nice to see “green” when we look out our front window, and the trees are already providing a little shade…precious shade.
My first Mother’s Day (ex utero). Nate treated me to a delicious pizza lunch and then blended iced coffees for dessert. Oh, the little blessings of life! Thanks, wonderful Husband!
Vivienne’s First Birthday Party. Here’s the sweet birthday girl with a Cambodian friend. Vivienne is one of the little ones in the mom’s group that I attend (when it doesn’t conflict with my school schedule). It was such fun to attend this celebration and connect with other missionaries and Cambodians.
Mikaela Beck (second from the right) in an entertaining drama performance at Logos School.
Again, words cannot describe the joy in experiencing familiar (i.e. “Western”) things. I almost choked up (ok, not really, but I did get sentimental) when I saw this Ralph’s bag…How in the WORLD did it get to Cambodia?!? (For those of you in Nor Cal, this grocery chain is equivalent to Safeway etc…very common in So Cal.)
Ava playing with Allison, the daughter of our friends, Sopheary and Mades.
We drink lots and lots of water!
Ava enjoying a new perspective
So, this is a sad, sad story. These are avocados from CALIFORNIA. I nearly cried when I saw them at the grocery store. I LOVE avocados…and these are particularly special, since they are from my home state. I splurged a bit on this special treat and brought them home to add to our Mexican meal. Well, I went to cut them open and alas, they were completely rotten. Agony. Pure agony.
BUT we will end this blog post on a happy note…
Ava’s first bubble bath! As you can tell, she thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She tried to eat the bubbles, of course.