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Bought my wedding dress fabric here today!

Bought my wedding dress fabric here today!After repeated trips to both Dax’s tailor store in Juhu and a variety of fabric sources in Bandra, Khar, and Crawford market… today we narrowed in on plans for the guys clothes (Dax, both dads, and the groomsmen) and went back to buy my favorite dress fabric of all found on day one of searching! All the Indian embroidery work fabric, off-white satin, and lining for less than $100! There are times (after many frustrating and exhausting hours of searching, haggling, and purusing) that I really do love the thrill of living here in India… I also picked up some teal satin to have my “practice” dress made- to make sure the measurements work, the cut looks how we like, and the tailor has things squared away on design and plan for my dress… Give it a month and it should be ready to wear! Good day indeed.

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Spring Break 2012

A friend reminded us last night that a great blessing to teaching is the aspect of scheduled holidays and breaks…(in addition to the joy and challenge of connecting with and helping students learn and grow every day of course).  Ironically, I’ve spent every spring break traveling abroad the past 6 years. (Mexico, Guatemala, Guatemala,Pittsburgh, Florida, Seattle) This year… I actually live abroad (and have an income!)… but am staying put for spring break 🙂

Dax and I have been using this much needed pause in classes and school to try to get some planning and logistics figured out for the big day which is now less than 3 months away!  We have visited tailors for both Dax and I (I’ve decided to get my dress made here in India-which is exhausting and exciting), hunted for fabric in Crawford market and a half a dozen lace and fabric supply stores, skyped with family and friends abroad, visited with friends in Mumbai, spent time with family, SLEPT, eaten great food and watched a few movies.  Still to come: finalizing meetings with both his tailor and mine, finish some paintings for Easter arts service this weekend, l.e.s.s.o.n. p.l.a.n.n.i.n.g., cooking Mexican for the Garretts, more skype dates, and goodness gracious me finally finishing our e-invites and website for the wedding.

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Slowly but surely it’s all coming together. I’m really thankful that we’re keeping this as simple and practical as possible… no full on bridezilla moments (yet)… however I do easily get caught up in the stresses of details and reactions from others…. and Dax is such a patient supportive groom-to-be…

Now in the midst of all this planning and preparing, we settle into another day in this holy week where we focus on the gift we recieved on the cross through Jesus… I am already eagerly living in the joy of the fact that on the third day, He rose again…

Wowza

In the midst of surviving (and some moments I’d venture to claim thriving) in my first year of teaching… I put together this slideshow of the year’s explorations and adventures in Art to show at an elementary assembly at school to publicize the upcoming art exhibition we’ll be having at ASB in April.  It’s a good reminder of everything that went well this year-as I’m really in the process of reflecting how to improve and change for the next go around with some of these projects and units.  It’s been a darn good year 🙂

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I love Snail Mail :)

I love Snail Mail :)

Great day…. I got a photo book my mom made of our Europe trip in the mail, along with family photos from Christmas, a postcard from Carrie when she visited Costa Rica, an awesome “I love you more than Bacon” valentine from Chris, and a new magazine with artsy photos… Perfect way to start my Thursday.

Good morning, Lord…

Image…it’s a beautiful day, good morning Lord, I’m going your way.

Open my eyes, and let me see, someone who needs a friend like me,

I know that I, can surely be, loving caring, always sharing…

Good morning Lord, it’s a beautiful day,

Good morning Lord… I’m going your way.

It’s waking up to beautiful mornings like this -with a relatively quiet street, bright sunshine, birds chirping, fresh-ish air- that really bring back that song I sang as a child growing up in church… Happy Sunday everyone!

Hooray!

WordPress stats now show me where my readers are!! I was really bummed they didn’t do this before, when I switched from Blogger to WordPress it was one of the (few) drawbacks.. but somewhere in the last 10 days they’ve rectified that shortcoming… Yippee!

 (and on that note… I am off to bed since I do not remember the last time I’ve been awake past midnight in India.. seriously…)

lovely day

After being sick all week with Bombay belly (a complete emptying of all that was within me, followed by weakness, followed by slowly restoring strength)…. I was so thankful to have such a peaceful, enjoyable Saturday with Dax in Mumbai simply enjoying the weather, conversation, visiting friends, and resting our bodies for another week ahead. The weekend started off to a fun surprising start with yet another textile exhibtion rolling into Bandra. I tell you these shows come and go- set up, tear down as if they were never there… Bought a few pillow cases, scarves, a skirt/dress, shirt, purse… all for less than $20!  Even got to see a few live demos from Indian artists and drooled with envy as Dax took advantage of the Rajistani food…

Today I took my camera out with me.. and took a few snapshots of my favorite things along the walk to lunch… Bizarre and beautiful little details in nature… colors… sunshine… I started the morning with house cleaning and a body balance class… had black dal and rice for lunch with Dax at one of our favorite local restaurants, had some really good conversations through the day about future plans..  wedding.. honeymoon.. etc…  and ended the day with a great visit with the Weehunts who are back in Mumbai for a few weeks.  Thankful for weekends.. Thankful for this Saturday.