When I don’t post on the blog for awhile, you can pretty much assume I have some swirly whirly thoughts that refuse to settle and/or crystallize. And that I’ve started a blog post in my head a dozen times but just can’t make sense of what I’m thinking/trying to say (let alone put it in words to help you understand).
But the itch to write doesn’t go away, and so I have to do something. (This violates the rules of blogging, by the way. Don’t ever write something just to write it. Make sure you have an actual point.) (But I ditched the blogging rules ages ago, so woot!)
On the whole, living in Cambodia is not all that remarkable. Each day is just a day with its typical ups and downs. Sure, maybe some of the stuff we experience is a little outside the “norm” but it’s all slowly becoming more normal to us.
So, how about some Highs And Lows of Our Day to tide us over while I sort through the bigger, harder thoughts?
(We actually started this really great family tradition where each of us share a high and a low from our day over dinner. It lasted 2 days. But I totally want to pick it back up again, because it’s a really great way to express emotions and stay in communication with each other.)
Today’s Highs & Lows (in no particular order):
High: Our tuk-tuk driver is feeling better (he was sick all weekend).
Low: Ants infested some food we just bought (we had to throw it away).
High: A clean house!
Low: A tough day at school. We all seemed to be struggling, and our teachers were pretty discouraged.
High: Livi and Ava found the perfect bags after a looooong search for something I was sure did not exist.
Low: Coming out of the bookstore restroom and seeing a rat.
High: Cuddling with Nina.
Low: Thinking about Kara Tippetts’ husband & kids facing life without her.
High: Someone telling me she wants to send us a package.
Low: Ordering what I thought was something yummy for lunch, and it was nasty (and we ordered 3 of them).
High: Stopping at a taco truck an hour later instead.
Low: An email from my beautiful friend, Laura, telling me that our sweet Judah’s health is declining. (Oh, the tears.)
High: Studying Khmer for much of the afternoon with the girls.
Low: Dripping sweat in the 98-degree heat.
High: Watching The Help in the girls’ bedroom with the A/C on.
Low: Getting shorted $4 in change earlier today and not realizing it until we got home.
High: Speaking to strangers-turned-friends in Khmer everywhere we went.
Low: A family walk that turned into a great big argument and lots of sad faces on the ride home.
High: Cold water to drink on a hot day.
Low: Gabe still struggling with anxiety.
High: Thinking about how many people love us.
Low: Feeling guilty about not being/doing enough.
High: Remembering that we live in Cambodia. (CAMBODIA!!)
So, yeah, just another day. (And I’m sure there were more highs & lows, but who has the energy to remember all that at midnight? Not me.)
Tired. Thankful. Glad to be alive.
Got a high & low to share? (I know, choosing just one of each is THE WORST.) (I can never do it.)