Saturday, August 16, 2008

Thank You, And A Funny Story

I just wanted to say "thank you" to all of you who have been commenting on my "Frugal "Friday" posts. I am really happy that you have found my tips helpful. =)

Now on the the funny story.

I think you've noticed the poll at the upper right side of my blog. Being a mixed couple, we get to hear opinions about who our children look like-- me or Hetee, Mongolian or American, like their American grandparents or their Mongolian grandparents. It's always fun and interesting to hear what people will say. One thing is for sure, bi-racial kids are the cutest!!!

The other day the kids and I met some American Peace Corps volunteers outside of the Darkhan Hotel (our church rents offices there). As we were talking, some Mongolian people were going in and out of the building. I overheard one Mongolian woman say to another, "So mane of these Americans look Asian nowadays". She said this while motioning to me. She obviously assumed I was one of the new Peace Corps people and had no idea that I understood her.

I just had to chuckle. Maybe I need a new poll with my picture. =)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Frugal Friday: Face Wash

A long time ago I resigned myself to the fact that there was no soap or cleanser in the world that was right for my face. I'd tried just about everything but it just never felt right.

Then I remembered a tip I'd heard a long time ago about using baking soda as a mild exfoliator/face wash. I tried it and, amazingly it worked really well. In fact, that's all I've been using for the past 2 months!

After using the baking soda for a while, I experimented by mixing a drop or so of baby shampoo with the baking soda. Again, the results were just what I wanted-- to cut the greasiness without over drying my face.

So, my face wash consists of BS (baking soda) and BS (baby shampoo) haha.

Both are very cheap and are usually kept on hand.

For more great frugal tips check out Biblical Womanhood and have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mongolia's got GOLD !!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What's been making me smile these days...

  1. Dr. Seuss
  2. Nate riding his two-wheeler bike
  3. Modern Nomads
  4. The Dream Team beating the snot out of China
  5. Another baby saved from abortion
  6. Cooking Spaghetti with my girls
  7. Fun marriage classes
  8. Kenny's hugs
  9. Walks in the sun
  10. Baptisms

What's been making you smile lately? Leave a comment! =)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Abi has been going through a middle-child/only-girl identity crisis of some sort.

The other day we came home after a family outing and after about 15 minutes, I realized we were one short person short. After a moment of searching, I found her out in the car (it was later evening and cool, thank God), crying her little heart out. The child protection locks were activated and she couldn't open the doors to get out. I had gotten out, carrying Kenny and the backpack, Hetee got out and went to close the gate and didn't notice her on his way back into the house. Nate must have been too caught up in his own little world, too, to notice that she stayed behind.

I opened the car door and she jumped into my arms. I comforted her and apologized deeply for letting that happen to her. She sobbed and said, "No one came for me. You just left me all alone!"
Ouch. Poor baby.

Abi is the quieter one in our bunch. She's usually the brains of the outfit; she's smart keeps her brothers in line. They are loud, cantankerous and demanding at times and she's the complacent one who, sadly, try as we may, often gets overlooked.

Hetee and I both see this and try every day to let her know she's special to us. We usually each have a day with her once a week, just to do something she likes and to talk and listen without interruptions. We do this with the boys, too but our times with Abi are extra special.

After the car incident Abi and I decided it was time to have a girls' day out. We ate at her favorite restaurant and then headed out to the market to buy her some new dress shoes. She had outgrown her old ones and had been asking for new ones. She and I put our money together and got the pinkest, glitteriest ones we could find. She was very pleased.

As we were leaving the market, her in her new shoes and wearing a new headband as well, she asked if she could give her old shoes to Kenny. I told her "no", because Kenny is a boy. She said, "Oh, mom, please! They match the Tinkerbell dress I gave him!"