Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Link Up

We're back…and catching up on laundry and homework.

I read a post this weekend that is worth your time if you're a mom struggling with the balance of gospel work inside the home and outside the home.

Click on over to Loving My Lot for a good read. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekend on the Coast

We had a few meetings this weekend, and paired it with a bit of beach time. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I really will post something besides pictures of my children….sometime.  My brain and body are definitely weary from this pregnancy. 16 weeks and the nausea is still going strong.  At least I'm not lacking for entertainment, right?

Silas's rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle:

Big Brother steps in to help fill in the gaps: 

As you can see, we're almost ready for Broadway around here.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

all for ice cream

We had a major breakthrough yesterday.

After 2 years of dramatic play school program failures, Jude danced with his class on stage. Their dance was solid-liquid-mass in some sort of artistic form. I'm sure he'll want the video played at his graduation. He then said a few lines (with a lot of help from his teacher) to the parents in the room.

I admit that my pregnant emotions got the better of me.  I cried.

David promised him an entire Magnum Ice-cream bar (truly some fantastic ice-cream) if he actually participated. His first words off the stage were, "Mom, can I really have an entire Magnum bar all to myself?" Apparently , it was high motivation to a 4 year old.

He ate it with gusto.

After the program, I got to look through his work and select a few favorites as keepsakes.  Call me sentimental: 

Progress, friends.  Pre-K has definitely been progress. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Monkey Business

Placemats, felt and fabric scraps repurposed into wall art for the monkey bedroom re-do!

I love projects! 

Thursday, September 18, 2014


...I let my kids do things that probably wouldn't win me mom-of-the year. 

I did move the chair back two inches from the screen and pull on unsteady pillow off the top. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What's New

1. After 3 years with a cheapish set of plates, the chips finally put me in the market for a new set. (Yes, my wedding ware is boxed away in Memphis;) I've been stalking these dishes for months at the home store in town. It paid off when I recently happened upon a 50% off sale and bought 8 servings with confidence. Love them!

2. We're into upgrades these days because we are going to keep our apartment here while in the USA. The last thing I want to do is return to South Asia next May with a long list of to-dos and a new baby in tow. This may not seem like much to some of you, but when you line dry clothes for an entire family adding another pull up laundry line is better than a birthday present! 

3. Also on the list has been a mini-makeover in the boys' room. My mom sent me back with a monkey duvet she snagged on clearance. I cut and stitched it here and there....wah-lah...some pretty fun new curtains that Jude adores. Now for clutter clearance! 

4. Target sucked me in and I bought a new extensions for the boys' train set. We are talking hours of obsessive play, friends. Who knew? Hope the magic doesn't wear off any time soon! 

5. My friend Shannon gave me a copy of Lysa Terkeurst's latest book Unglued, Making Wise Choices in the midst of Raw Emotion. I'm half way through, and it is definitely worth your time. 

That's what's new around here! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Big News

Many of you have probably heard this through the grapevine by now. Or wondered at my pudgy stomach last week in the US.

It hasn't just been jet lag keeping me down lately.

Another wee Dawkins is on the way and I've got the morning-noon-night sickness to prove it!

I am 15 weeks along and due March 6, 2015.

Yes, friends, if all goes as planned this little one will be delivered on US soil. Much to the grandparent's delight.

We are beyond grateful.  This is an answer to long prayers.

Can't wait to meet this new little life!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

There & Back

I am back in the land of curry.  And don't think I could have lasted another minute without seeing all my sweet boys, big and small.  Since I obviously took a pretty long hiatus from this little blog, I'll catch you up in photos.  The trip was everything I hoped it would be, and then some.  I really cannot express how good it was to spend a week among those dear familiar faces.

It was a gift.  I am grateful.

Here are a few highlights from the trip.

1. Celebrating my niece Josie's 3rd "Frozen" birthday.  Even Mamaw and Aunt Julie made it out! There was a bounce slide the size of my sister's house! The girl knows how to party:) Have I ever mentioned how much I miss my sister????

2. Seriously devouring some Mexican food.  (And every other kind you could imagine.) What I couldn't miss on this trip: a. Fajitas from Chapultepec b. Newk's Favorite Salad with sherry vinaigrette c. Corky's BBQ & their amazing potato salad d. Pancho's Cheese Dip e. My M-I-L's roast and potatoes f. Fresh Market's Cranberry Orange Bread g. Doritos (en bulk)

3. The best Girls' Night Out ever to the Taco Truck and Mexican Ice Creamery on Summer Avenue. Yes, we made the bride wear a sombrero!

4. Making that long walk to visit Jessica's grave with my dear friends and remembering her laughter.

5. Catching up with David's family over dinner and meeting the first Dawkins grand-girl!

6. Witnessing one of the sweetest weddings ever as I watched my dearest friend vow to love and cherish forever.  It was beautiful, godly, and full of joy. I felt so honored to be a part!

7. Lovin' all the old friends I got to see at the reception afterward.

There is something so rich and full about boarding a plane after a week like that and knowing in the bottom of my soul that right now I belong on this side of the ocean. Glad I went.  Glad I am home.