A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
Normally, I'm NOT a huge fan of sleepovers...considering that there is rarely any sleeping done!! However, today, for Claire's 11th birthday, we gave in to her desire for a sleepover! We limited the number (otherwise, anyone who knows Claire would have been invited!!! So we'd end up with about half the world) and we've had a lovely time! We went to the embassy's Halloween party (photos to come), came home and ate dinner, then watched a Halloween-y movie (Hotel Transylvania)...and now everyone is sleeping...except for me...and the three girls...who are giggling to a book right now... Ah, the joys of no sleep...
Aren't they beautiful girls? :)
Most people know I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (some nicknames include LDS or Mormon). One of the things we believe is the importance of the same organization of the church as Jesus Christ had when He was upon the earth and throughout Biblical history--meaning a living prophet and 12 apostles. A visit from one is pretty rare because, well, there are only 12. However, the President of the 12 Apostles, Russel M. Nelson, came to Sri Lanka to visit us! It was a very special occasion!
One great aspect of these visits is that they do special firesides for everyone...which is why all the pictures of everyone gathered together. It's lovely to hear testimonies and talks and prayers by Apostles, their wives, and other church leaders! It's very strengthening for everyone.
The best part, though, was during Sister Nelson's testimony (President Nelson's wife)... I looked over next to me and realized that Peter wasn't sitting in his seat! I looked up a bit and saw some legs dangling under the curtain! He had climbed up onto the window sill so he could look out the window and count the bats flying by! HA! All the people behind me were giggling (quietly, of course) since they had watched him climb up there, and I look up and President Nelson is watching and laughing, too! HA! After the meeting, we all got to shake hands with him, and when he saw me he started to laugh, reached over, patted my cheek, gave me a great big hug and whispered "Isn't motherhood wonderful?!?" We both laughed a lot! So funny. Only Peter.
One of the really fun things about this place are the trishaws...otherwise known as 'tuk-tuks'. They're tiny little three wheeled 'cars'--but they have no windows or doors. They do have a roof...and if it's raining, they have these heavy duty curtain-like things that you can open to cover the 'door' opening. They weave in and out of traffic like crazy maniacs, and boy is it ever fun! :)
This was our field trip this week! We went to the Planetarium! So cool! Best part was that it only cost 50 rupees for adults and 25 rupees for kids...which meant that all 6 of us got to go for 225 rupees...about $2. Ha! It was all in Sinhalla, but we all really enjoyed it. And the building is a really cool shape, too! ☺️
What we're doing in class...
...learning the language and making fresh coconut crumbs (to make fresh coconut milk)! Loving Sri Lanka!
We took a trip down to see where Devika's from...taking advantage of the Columbus Day holiday! It was so beautiful! Lots of driving, but really worth it!
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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