Friday, September 19, 2008


Thank you all for your prayers; Hetee's feeling much better. We were all able to see an American doctor day before yesterday (my parents have a team here) and he put Hetee on some antacid pills (we actually had some, too). The doctor also gave us some antihistamine for Kenny and Abi, who were having runny noses for quite a while now. Kenny was given antibiotics for what had developed into a sinus infection.

I checked out fine except that the doctor wants me to get some blood work done to check my thyroid. Nothing serious but he said it looked enlarged. I have a few other symptoms that go with hyperthyroidism so we're getting all that looked at on Monday in UB. Hopefully my results will be in in time to show them to the American dr before the team departs on Tuesday.

For those of you who have been following Enkhmaa and Bogi's story, I just wanted to post a quick update. On Sunday we had them over along with another couple, Gana and Uchka, close friends of theirs, for taco night. Bogi had tasted onion rings at our house a while back and he LOVED them. He asked me to make them again so we had them to go with our tacos. Weird combo, but in Mongolia, anything goes.

L-R Gana, Uchka, Hetee, Mel, Enkhmaa, and Bogi

We had a great time eating, laughing and just being together. When they left it was almost 2 am. We all needed the fellowship and were felt really blessed to be able to share our meal and our hearts with them. In a previous post I mentioned that Gana and Uchka recently went through their second miscarriage. It was great to see how God was pouring His love and grace out on both couples.

Oh, and please excuse Hetee and Bogi's scruffiness. They're growing out their hair and goatees for 40 days as a sign of grief for losing little Yalalt.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

An Abi-ism

This morning as we were taking a bath...

"Are you my real mommy?"

I laughed out loud, "Of course I am your real mommy. What makes you ask that?"

She replied, "Because you're so white and I'm so brown!"

She is right about that. Her skin was the perfect "cafe-con-leche" color from the moment she was born. She takes after her daddy. I call her my "cinnamon stick".

Abi's question was a valid one, I suppose. She has a friend named "Edie" who is Mongolian and was adopted into an American family. Edie's mommy and daddy and brothers are white, so I guess that is what got Abi thinking.

She's one smart girl!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I wanted to ask that you all be praying for Hetee. On Saturday night he got food poisoning and although the initial food poisoning symptoms are gone, the vomiting set off his stomach ulcer and he has been in severe pain since Monday morning. Nothing seems to be working- pepto, antacids, nothing -- He needs a miracle!

Thank you!

Monday, September 15, 2008

"School Days" Update: Week 3

Since our camera wasn't working and I lost all of Nate's first day of school pictures, (holding back tears, here) here are some 12th-ish day of school pictures. Ha ha

What a charmer!

Waiting for the bus

Although we've had a couple rough patches, school has been going a lot smoother than I expected. The teacher keeps "wondering" (pushing) why we don't let him stay for lunch then the afternoon classes. We are fine with the way things are now (9 am till 1:00 pm) for 3 reasons :

  • He's only 6 and needs time to play. Sending a kid that age to school from 9 am till 5 pm is just wrong. It's also a waste of time.
  • He home schools. He's learning how to read and write in English now. He also does advanced math at home but that's just because he's a nerd. We do experiments and such, anytime it strikes our fancy, as well. Today we made a microwave chocolate cake in a mug. Very cool.
  • This is the first time he has been submerged in an atmosphere that is completely Mongolian. That in itself is a huge adjustment! It can be very tiresome (ask me how I know this) and we feel it's best if he only goes half a day and then is in an English environment the second half of the day.
The principal of the school has been after me to teach English. I'm kind of on the fence about that. I've taught English off and on over the last 10 years I've been here, and if you ask me, I'm really not very good at it. English is almost like a second language for me. I'm good for conversation, that's about it!

I already told them "no" but Hetee and I are still thinking about it. It would only be like one day a week for very few hours. The only reason I'm even considering it is because we could cut a chunk out of Nate's tuition that way. Sort of a bartering deal, if you will. We could use all the help we can get.

Nate has adjusted well to his classmates (11 in all) and teacher. We made a happy discovery the first week. Nate's friend, Tavinaa joined the class! Nate and Tavinaa are desk mates, for the time being. The teacher told me today that their days are numbered, though. She said they talk too much.

I went to my first Parent/Teacher meeting last week and it was so neat to meet the other parents and see a few I already knew. I walked away with Nate's brand spankin' new school books. He was one excited boy!

Today marks the beginning of week 3 and the rough patches seem to be behind us. But with Nate, you never know. I think I've mentioned once or twice that he is very strong willed and, although generally well rounded, doesn't cope well with the unexpected or sudden changes. Part of it is being a 6 year old boy and the other part is that he's a big fat perfectionist like his daddy. =)

Stay tuned for more "School Days" updates about both Nate and Abi. Abi and I are loving our home school experience. Today she breezed through 9 pages in her beginner math book! I'm trying to keep it slow and steady but she's way ahead of me most of the time.

Till next time!