Friday, April 1, 2011

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Remember my serious lack of posting in December and January? Did you notice how I often talked about being tired? I was. For very good reason!
As a missionary, I must live in two different cultures. In my home culture, I would announce certain things right away; in my adopted culture, I cannot announce anything. In my home culture, people would offer their enthusiastic congratulations and ask all kinds of questions; in my adopted culture people will start calling me "old lady" and asking if I've been eating too much fufu. In my home culture, people might rub my belly and ask my due date; in my adopted culture people just look at my belly and smile. It will tell them all they need to know.
We are now over half way through this portion of our newest adventure. Lord willing, it will be completed sometime after our arrival in the States for furlough. You'll just have to wait and see!


  1. Patty,
    I am SO happy for you! In our Cambodian culture, we would start telling you we know FOR SURE if it is a boy or a girl! Of course, we are almost always wrong, but we still believe we will get it right next time! Also, we would begin saying you have to have at least one more so your family will be "even." :) Anyway, I will just stick with my American culture and say, CONGRATULATIONS! I am SO happy for you! I guess I will get to meet THREE children instead of just two! I can't wait to see you! Lots of Love, Becky

  2. Congratulations! It seems like culture differences are even more noticeable when pregnant. ;)

  3. Congratulations!!!! So excited for you! It is wonderful to see how God has been using your sweet family there! ~Jeri Lynn

  4. Congratulations!! What a blessing!

    Enjoy your upcoming furlough. After reading about your experiences and differences between your first, and now your second furlough, I am wondering if I will feel the same after a second term. I've heard this same story from a number of missionary women....I'm sure I won't be the exception!

    We leave the first week of June but will only be stateside three months. Staying mostly in the Southeast, where we will only experience one season...HOT!

    Congrats again!

  5. Congratulations! :) ~ Gail McGowan

  6. Congrats You guys!!! I'm so happy for you, I miss you guys sooo much. Can't wait to see you again. Maybe a boy this time? lol Can't wait for you to meet my newest one as well, Daniel will be 6 this year already! It's amazing how time flies. Anyway I really do miss you guys, there have been tons of changes in life... Congrats again on the new coming addition!! Love ya's\

  7. Congratulations!! I could never keep quiet for very long when I was expecting. Here people tell very early on...even before they know for sure sometimes! We'll be praying that everything goes perfectly (as possible)!

  8. Yeah!!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see you this summer. I hope you are in town when I'm there for Adam's open house. It's been far too long since I've given my Aggie a hug. Love you friend.


  9. SO excited for you!

    Canadian culture would be no ultrasound to find out the gender of the baby, and natural birth... at least this seems to be the trend among the baptist.

    You look great! Can't wait to see the new little one:) Will continue praying for you!

  10. Patti! Jackie came home from school a few days ago all excited cause your mom told her. She just hopes she gets to see baby before she leaves for college.Congrats John and Patti! We cannot wait to see you! Love and miss you lots!

  11. Oh wow!!! Congratulations! I am so so happy for you! Blessings to your beautiful family. You look amazing!