We kept up the parable adventure with two more: the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl. (You can read about our initial parable adventures at We’re going on a parable hunt.) First, we read the parable of the hidden treasure. It is short and sweet: “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it … Continue reading Our hunt for hidden treasure and a pearl of great price
My husband and I began this blog 30 months ago. We were gung-ho. We felt guilty for posting less than three times a week. No, maybe four. Or five. We had an unhealthy fascination with our stats page. Actually, when I think of some of our blogging highlights — many came from those early months. Like, “No Kidnappings Allowed,” “The Shot Heard Round the Metro” or “To market to market … Continue reading Come on and ride this wave with us
Teetering at the edge of a tiny platform up high in the air I looked down and immediately realized I was in for more than I had bargained for. It had been a predictable day. We had taken Jake’s parents up a gondola to a mountain resort not far from our house. Our family has done this probably a dozen times. We ride the gondola. … Continue reading Walking on the wire
In addition to the required “Hello,” Central Asian men shake hands the first time they see each other in the day. When man enters a room, he goes around and shakes hands with each man present. The strength of the Central Asian handshake differs from the traditional “firm” American handshake. Men may grasp your hand lightly rather than giving it a firm squeeze. This is … Continue reading Shaking hands Central Asian style
Hospitality is assumed in Central Asia and being a guest is a big part of what it means to live in Kazakhstan. If you are planning to visit this part of the world, here are a few tips to get you started. 1. Guests always bring a small gift for the host. For normal occasions, a nice box of chocolates usually suffices. 2. Traditionally, … Continue reading On being a guest in Central Asia
After working in Kazakhstan for over five years, I’ve found that greeting someone the first time you see them in the day is important. People can get offended if you fail to acknowledge them when you first enter the room or when you first encounter them at work. This can get tricky in an office where people come in at different times of day–it’s easy … Continue reading Did we say “Hi” yet?
I took my kids to a gymnastics, er, tumbling class (they are boys, after all) with some other English-speaking kids today. It was a really special time for all of us, kids and parents, and I started to think about why. I think it has something to do with the fact that things like this are part of what most of us thought we gave … Continue reading Thank you for gymnastics