Gabe asked me tonight to write down our schedule for the next four days so we can be sure we don’t miss/forget anything. So I’m going to kill two birds with one keyboard and call it a blog post.
Speaking of Gabe, quick story. He’s been begging me to cut his hair the past few days (something I’ve been doing for the last 14 years), and I finally gave in (against my better judgment). See, I’d brought our clippers from home (same ones I’ve used for 14 years), but I know the outlets/voltage are different here, so I was a little scared. But we’ve plugged in our laptop and battery chargers and stuff, so I went for it.
For starters, one of the prongs on the 1/8 inch blade thingy was broken. Dumb me didn’t think it would matter much. Cough cough. Didn’t take long to realize that certain parts of his hair were shorter than others.
But that wasn’t the worst of it. The clippers kept getting hotter and hotter in my hand… and then they blew up.
Like a big ol’ bang (at 11pm), and they were toast. So, we pulled out my stash of pink and purple razors and some shaving cream and went to town.
For the first time, he’s getting more attention than cute little pale-faced, blond-headed, pudgy-cheeked Nina.
Today was a great day. Worship this morning at Gospel Commission Fellowship with Narin and Quenie and a bunch of new friends. I got to talk to a sweet gal named Eda who has three kiddos who are 11, 9, and 6, just like ours. She homeschools her younger two, and her oldest just started going to school here this year. She wants to be a writer (the daughter, not the mama).
There was an 18-person Asia’s Hope team from Sydney, Australia at church too. I got to talk to Angelo and Ann(e) and tell them all about what we’ve been up to. We promised to visit them when we come to visit you, Nixie!
After church we walked to the Russian Market (no, I have no idea why it’s called that–I have yet to see any Russians there) and bought some t-shirts for some of our tiny-to-small friends back home.
Then sweet Pu Heng tuk-tuk’ed us to Central Market where we met up with 23 kiddos and 4 adults from the orphanage and treated them to a mini-shopping trip ($5 for each kid, $10 for each adult). Thank YOU for donating money to make this possible (Asia’s Hope Taviano Activity Fund–remember that?). They were so adorable and so excited to get new shoes (!), shirts (!), and watches (!).
Then we went to Pizza Company for pizza, wings, and Cokes. So, so yummy and so, so much fun! We get to see them Tuesday and Thursday for about 90 minutes each time, and that’s it. Too sad to think about.
Then we came home and packed up some stuff and organized a bunch. Fun times.
Okay, our next four days:
Monday: 8:30am: Go to Kingdom Creations and pick up the little ID wallet/coin purses we special-ordered. Head to Boys’ Center to deliver the last of the supplies and pick up our suitcases. Lunch with Narin (and Quenie?). Gabe might do some photography around the city while we…? Dinner with new friends, Steve and Kim and their two boys at Freebird (a College Station knock-off perhaps?).
Tuesday: Morning: maybe one last shopping trip to Russian market. Lunch: Yvonne’s b-day at Pizza Company. Orphanage at 3:30. Ice cream at Blue Pumpkin for Yvonne’s b-day.
Wednesday: Gabe–photo shoot with Daughters of Cambodia. Boys’ Center opens up after break. Hang out with boys. Lunch somewhere fun. Kids’ Club. Hopefully dinner with friends at Mike’s Burgers.
Thursday: Boys’ Center most of the day. Orphanage in the evening. Cry a lot. Home for a bite to eat and showers. Leave for the airport at 10pm. Hop on a plane with much less luggage than we brought (hallelujah!) at 11:50pm. Ohio-bound!
I feel like I forgot a lot of important things. Oh, well. At least this is a start. I can’t thank you enough, friends, for praying us through this trip. You have no idea how much we felt it. Like crazy. Bless you all so much!