Abyala started to read. Words on a page. Inflection in her voice. Sounding out consonants and vowels. Beside me in bed. Oh my heart! Years ago, I dreamed of the day, realizing that living overseas would probably mean that I would get to teach her how to read. Many days I was overwhelmed by the thought because … what if I failed her? But God was gracious and frankly, she is a smart cookie. Neither one of them would be thwarted.
Ahsa has a pony tail! Such a small thing, literally and figuratively. But wow, it changed her from baby to little girl. That hair. And her smile. She’s grown a lot in confidence since she became potty trained. I never expected it would be such a big change in her personality (mine, yes.) These days, she loves taking care of her babies and puppies. She puts them to sleep in blankets, pats their backs, and then shushes us – with eyes very wide open – to make sure that we don’t wake them. She also likes to yell ‘bear!!!’ and runs around for me to catch her because her favorite book is Going on a Bear Hunt.
Everest doesn’t like to eat. He purses his lips, puts his chin down, and says “No” very firmly. But he does like to give ‘two kisses’ before bed, meaning a lot, and making this Mommy so happy! He’s a book, car, and train lover. And is starting to put sentences together. He loves to be chased and randomly runs up to us saying ‘gotchyou!’ so that we’ll get him in return.
Phil has been traveling all over Mongolia, visiting his team, encouraging them in their communities. I can’t write much about his work, but I can say that he makes me proud every day. He’s an incredible father and husband. He runs around this housing, chasing kids and having dance parties, making us all laugh. I’m smiling now as I write this because he is simply hilarious! Phil brings out the best in all of us.
Adventures come and go. We love adventuring together. But I want to remember normal, even mundane, life. This is certainly a season to cherish.