Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Searching For A Song

We are putting together a new DVD about our ministry in India and we're looking for a background song. I am about as out of it as you can be when it comes to the Christian music scene (in English).

Any suggestions for a song to be played in the background of our DVD would be greatly appreciated. Just comment or email. Thanks!

** Whoever suggests the song we use WILL be recognized here on allthelittledetails! I know! So, start searching!**

Monday, June 29, 2009

P. Dedicated To The Lord

Well, our children are always dedicated to the Lord from the start, but P. was officially dedicated in church yesterday in front of the congregation.

A Long Week

Last week was pretty intense but it was chock full of good stuff. From Saturday to Tuesday we had training for those of us who are teaching in our Bible College. It was done by people who work for the makers of our BTCP course material so it was right on and very helpful.

From Wednesday we had all our pastors in for four days of teaching and fellowship. Our theme was "Renewing Your Mind for Ministry." It was a really good week.

Our Bible College classes began from today and I start teaching from Wednesday. I'm going to try to cover as much of my Old Testament class as I can before we leave for our 2 months in the US on July 16.

So, all that to say, don't blame me for not being around last week!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June 16

A month from today we fly to the US. Weird.

Actual Ministry Related Stuff

It's June and here in India (at least where we are) that means everything is starting up again. School. Bible College.

Our new batch of Bible students are arriving day by day and actual classes start next week. I'll be teaching Old Testament again. I'm not sure what's going to happen since we're leaving for the US in a month. I'll start the course and then have to have someone cover for me for two months. Hummm.

We are getting students from all over India which was one of our prayers for this year. So far, from Manipur, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. More on the way.

We also have someone coming to spend three days teaching our Bible College teachers how to best teach our courses. That starts on Saturday, so I'm excited for that.

Then we are having our village pastors coming in next week for some time together with us and some training. O. and I wanted to spend some time with them before heading to the states. Busy busy.

Sick And Tired

I've been blogging in my head quite a bit recently, unfortunately I don't remember* most of it.

I've had really bad lower back pain for the last 12 days and I thought it might be gynec related. I did see the doctor - 3 times - and went on 2 courses of antibiotics and by yesterday my pain was getting worse again. Long story short, I got an ultrasound done today (don't even get me started on having to not pee for hours on end...) and everything is normal. So, that's that. I didn't even take the report back to my doctor. I've decided to just live with the pain and let the Lord deal with it is His time. You can pray for me, that would be great.

I have got to get back on with my life, back pain or no.

The "Mommy Blog" seems to have turned into the "Medical Blog" over the last month and I'm tired of it. Enough is enough already.

*The doctor asked me my age and I am not kidding you, I had no idea. I was like, "36, oh, I don't know, maybe 35?" I'm still not sure. I had to count from my actual birthday which is September 1973 and I think that makes me 35?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

P.s Passport In Hand

We actually got P.s Passport in our hands yesterday and her "Report of Birth" certificate. That's cool. However, after all the problems with O.'s name they put it on there backwards - his last name as his first and his first name as his last. Oh well. P.'s name is fine. Petra.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Our Semi-Vacation

Since P.'s Passport appointment was scheduled for June 3rd in Bombay we decided to take the whole family there for four days as a little vacation since we didn't go anywhere this summer. It was a hassle and our hotel room was Way Too Small and everything was really expensive. But, we went to Essel World ("Asia's Largest Water Park") and the girls had a great time swimming and playing in the pools. I mostly tried to keep my pasty white skin out of the sun and the skeevy water off my head.*

P's American citizenship interview went very smoothly with the only glitch being that O.'s name was different on all three of the main documents. We ended up writing an affidavit stating that O. is known by ALL these names but prefers to go by ... and everyone was happy. I got notified by the consulate today that P.'s passport has already arrived there and they will be sending it to me by courier very soon.

The whole names thing in India is kind of funny. A man in front of us was trying to fill up the form for his son's passport renewal and was talking with the American woman behind the booth.

Consulate Lady: You need to write your wife's maiden name here.

Man: Ah yes, but you see in Indian culture the woman uses her father's or husband's name as her middle or maiden name.

Consulate Lady: But it says "Maiden Name."

Man: O-kay.

Those silly Americans. Such sticklers for the rules.

We also got to go to a small aquarium one day. Did I mention small? The names of the fish and descriptions were hand written. That was amusing. But not as amusing as the description of a weird fish from the Amazon who feeds on "live fish and raw shrimp."

So, all in all, it wasn't, say, Hawaii, but the girls enjoyed themselves and I got to eat lots of chocolate croissants from the bakery near our hotel. Definitely worth the trip.

*I did end up with a nasty infection that sent me to the doctor on Saturday. I'm convinced it was from the water park water...

The Happiest Day Of The Year!

Today was the first day of school for E. and C. Yippy!

Photos pending.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

P. Is Now American

As of today, June 3rd, P. is officially an American citizen. I attempted to teach her the pledge of Allegiance but I've somehow forgotten the middle part.

There was a small problem because O.'s name is different on the 3 main documents- his passport, P.'s birth certificate (Indian) and our marriage certificate. It all worked out in the end when we wrote an affidavit stating that O. is know by all these 3 names and that the name on our marriage certificate is spelled wrong, but he prefers to go by ---.

In the end we'll get P.'s passport, and report of birth (birth certificate) in the mail in a couple weeks and her SS# in a couple months. All in all, much easier than giving birth in the US.