Well, it has been a while since I've actually written something in a post. The last few have been things that John wrote. I hope you've enjoyed them!
Lately my life has been very full with being a mom. Of course, I've got lots of other responsibilites, but that one - mommyhood - seems to be demanding all of my time right now!
Carey and and Ella are such fun! They are also lots of work! Of course, those of you who are moms already know that!
We've been busy at school - most days both student and teacher enjoy it! Ella comes, too - she thinks she's all grown up - she tries to say all the letter sounds and numbers right along with Carey. When Carey gets something correct, Ella cheers and claps!
We had our family's annual Harvest Party a few weeks ago. It is a fun night of dress-up, games, and food. (And luckily for me, my children don't know that most kids get gobs of candy on that night so they don't know they're missing anything!)
We had such fun making decorations, finding costumes, and baking for it. I was especially excited this year, because I had a surprise for the family. A few months ago, I found something that looked like caramels at the store. They were imported from Brazil, and the writing was all in Spanish, so I couldn't be sure. But, they really looked like caramels to me! I put them in the freezer to save for our party. I was really looking forward to the prospect of having caramel apples! John heated up the caramels while the girls and I decorated cupcakes, but I forgot to tell him to thin them with milk. Everything was great until we tried to pull the dried apples off the tray.........they wouldn't come! We ended up having to pry them off with a knife, and then Ella tried to get all the extra caramel off the tray with her teeth! They were still delicious, though! And I think....that it was actually caramel!
As a mom, I've got the usual mommy jobs to do - cooking, cleaning, laundry - but being a mommy in Ghana means I get some extra-special jobs. I get to haul water, weed with a machete, sweep and mop...a lot, dust...a lot, mend clothes (no Wal-Mart to pick up a new dress), fix just about everything with super-glue (replacements for toys and such are often hard to come by), and cook from scratch! And the truth is...I wouldn't change my job for all the money in the world!
For those of you who knew me when I was younger, these statements probably surprise you. I was not known for being neat or for wanting to cook or doing anything in the housewifely arts (not sure if that is a word, but it fits). Well, a little while back, the Lord showed me that not only is being a wife and mother the highest calling I can have, but it can also be a lot of fun! So, I try to remember that...I don't always, but I try!