I saw this quote "I haven't been everywhere, but its on my list."
My friend Renee wrote the following about an enchanting encounter she had at a literacy festival with a fascinating woman.
"There was a 92-year-old great-grandmother of 11 in attendance wearing a chic linen suit whom I sat next to at lunch. And here is what I thought after talking with her: I want to be just like her RIGHT now AND when I’m 92. And do you know what that requires? It requires grabbing hold to whatever chance for learning you have that comes your way. Always say yes to opportunities within the realm of possibility for you. She said she is always enrolled in at least one course. She also shared that she always wanted to go to Norway, but never could afford it. Instead, she made friends with some random exchange student from Norway that crossed her path and has him skype with her now that he is back home."
One of the hundreds of reasons I love living where we do is the overwhelming generosity of our friends when babies are born. We are still receiving meals each week and it is probably the best gift when a new baby is born. Due to God's goodness, we have been able to meet and get to know well many families from different ethnic backgrounds. We share many common interests, but what I love most is the introduction of different kinds of food to our children.
Last week, we received food from the Mwania family. The father, Solomon, is from Nairobi. They have six children about the same ages as our children. They had our family over this past summer and he made us authentic African food. I loved listening to his stories about their culture. He told us about a eatery called "The Carnival." You can order almost any type of meat including zebra.
My good friend Sandra is from Lebanon. She and her husband have five boys similar in ages to our kids. I love Lebanese food and she knows it. Amongst her many wonderful gifts, their culture is second to none when it comes to generosity. She has brought over so many meals since Kapaun was born. She went to the grocery store and brought over two grocery bags full of food just for ME to enjoy. She has offered to come hold Kapaun at night if I need to get anything done. She offered to watch my other kids during the day if I need to get anything done. She printed off recipes for me that she adapted that contained food Kapaun could tolerate. Foods with names like "Mdardra" and a spice mixture named "Zataar."
Pictured below is our friend, Anand. He is from India, but is now living in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and baby on the way.