Skip to main content

Growing Up

Have you ever gone back to a place where you had lived as a child....a place that you hadn't been for years and years? When I first went back to Kent Academy, where I had attended as a child, everything seemed smaller to me. As a child I was small of course (I know, I know, I haven't gotten much taller!) and everything at boarding school seemed big and overwhelming to me. When I went back as an adult I discovered that everything was just a normal size!

Recently we were on Long Island and John wanted to go see the house where his grandparents had lived and where his dad had grown up. John had not been there since he was in high school. He did not even recognize the place. For one thing, they had added on to the house and done extensive renovations. But what really surprised him was the size of the trees. They had grown and grown while other things in the neighborhood had stayed the same.

Houses and other buildings may look smaller to us because we grow bigger. But trees really do change and grow and when we go back we find them to be much taller than we remembered.

The 2nd time we lived here at Missionary Retreat Fellowship (MRF) Daniel was in 1st grade and Suzanne was 4. We took this picture beside a tree in our yard. That was an extremely snowy winter and the snow had completely buried that tree at one point in time. This picture was taken in the spring, probably in May (it snowed on Mother's Day that year).

This is now our 5th time at MRF and our 4th time to live in the same house. And you would not believe how that tree has grown! Here are Daniel and Suzanne standing in front of that very same tree!!!!! They are taller, but so is the tree!

They pretty much act the same as they did back then, though! This is Daniel waiting behind the tree to pelt his sister with snowballs when she came out of the house. And is this a hug or a wrestling match? Probably a hug about to dissolve into a wrestling match. Trees grow, kids grow, but some things never change!

Comments

Lauren said…
Lovely post, evoking memories of KA and other places where I grew up and later returned to...

Popular posts from this blog

Practice Hospitality

My mother-in-law, Jean, is an amazing person with many gifts.  One of the first things I noticed about her when I was but a young bride, was her gift of hospitality.  It was nothing for her to invite a large group of people over, make each one feel welcome, cook a big meal,and seemingly do it without stressing herself out.  I don't know if hospitality just came naturally to her or if she learned it.  In this picture you can see Jean throwing a party for a class she taught in Nigeria.  




I believe that for me it has been a learned skill.  My parents were hospitable and it wasn't unusual for us to have guests over (though usually not as many at a time as my mother-in-law would do!).  But when I started living on my own, I had to learn hospitality.  The first time I invited somebody over for a meal, the lid got stuck on the pot of vegetables, I put too much salt or soda or something in the muffins, and I forgot to serve milk and sugar with the hot drinks.  I've gotten much bett…

2016 in Review

Let's take a look at the year 2016.

January's big events were the dedication of the Tamajaq New Testament, our annual Spiritual Life Conference, helping friends find a house, a trip to visit missionaries in the bush, attended a big wedding, and celebrated John's birthday. It was a pretty busy month.  My January picture is from our trip to the bush and shows baobab trees.  



February was a little less crazy.  John started taking moolo lessons.  February is the time of year when the fresh fruits and veggies are in season so I did a lot of work to freeze veggies for the hot months ahead.  This picture isn't terribly exciting, but a year after the church burnings this church we helped plant back in 1989 finally had a new ceiling and a fresh coat of paint.



In March we attended another big wedding, froze more veggies, celebrated Easter, and visited a church in another town.  John and I have visited a lot of churches in the past three years as he has done research for his doctora…

Meat Roll-ups

Tonight I made meat roll-ups.  And I got to use some ingredients that made food prep much easier than normal!  I did make two batches of rolls so that John could have a lactose-free meal.

The first thing to do is to brown some hamburger.  With the main batch I stirred a tin of mushroom soup into the browned meat.  For John's batch, I stirred in flour, some almond milk, and seasonings just enough to moisten it, but not to make it really runny.  In Niger, I would make it the second way since we don't have tinned soup.

Next I made a batch of biscuit dough using Bisquick.  Of course, in Niger, I have to make the biscuit dough from scratch.  I mixed it up with the almond milk.  Once the dough is rolled out in a strip, spread the meat mixture on it.  Roll it up like you would cinnamon rolls and cut into slices.  Lay the slices on a cookie sheet and cook in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.



While they're baking, I browned fresh mushrooms in butter (in Niger I would use tinned mushroo…