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Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose

Image…There have been so many joys and trials in the time since I last blogged that I really hardly know where to start. But what I can share with much gratitude and happiness is that Dax and I have seen the favor and strength and love of our God in so many ways each and every day during this season of wedding preparations. It’s been an emotional and physically exhausting roller coaster of things to do both in Bombay and back here in Iowa but through it all, God has been on our side and fighting our battles smoothing the way  before us to open doors and open minds and hearts to help us get everything ready for this special day coming oh so soon.  Indian tailors, packing and moving for school expansion, delayed travels home, tastings, tiramisu cake, generous reception hall manager, great photographers, flexible  kind hearted individuals and above all else understanding and  unwavering support of our families who bless us daily and have made us better individuals every day and now are preparing us for life as one with a solid understanding of what family is and can be and should always be. Sunday Mum and Dad Garrett arrive with Aiyesha to IOWA!! Tash and Iain following the next weekend along with our wedding party all united by July 3 eve… can’t wait. So happy to be in Iowa. So content with the way things are in life. So very blessed beyond belief.

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The Joy of Doing Nothing…but Giving Thanks

I’m finding myself in a fairly familiar, regular place this peaceful Saturday evening: in Kohinoor 553, at the Garrett’s home.  We have collectively agreed/decided/fulfilled the plan to do nothing today… a first, since Dax and I returned from Iowa in January-an honestly probably many weeks before that.

This spring has been full of so many thoughts I never thought I’d be addressing in my first year of teaching…. Thoughts on how to get the kids to remember to call me Mrs Garrett next year (not Mrs Dax or Mrs Coach as many of the younger ones guessed initially), how to legally change my name in two countries (not to mention my passport eventually), where to live as our school expands to two campuses, how to best maximize the time on spring break to source wedding fabric, where to teach-as 30% of our physical building is shutting down by May 5 and I’ll finish the year without an art room, how to grow with Dax and strengthen the relationships we have with both our families, where we’ll honeymoon, wedding planning from abroad, how to travel to the states with a wedding dress and not go too crazy on the delicious Iowa summer food so I can still fit into it, thoughts on how to cherish every moment spent relaxing together, how to find a relaxing moment to spend together…

The list could go on and on… and it does in my mind… to more personal things… more school things… my head and heart have been quite busy… But I am so thankful to say that I am content in all of this. Of course Dax is helping me through much of this… I have said many times now that certainly my time in India would not be the same without him (duh) but also, I don’t think my coping with India and learning to grow and develop here would have been the same specifically…

However he is not the only one… My parents back in Iowa have coped with my emotional roller coaster… Smiling and telling me they love me when I burst into tears on skype for simply missing them as any 24-yr old would half way around the world, keeping me up to date on extended family… Helping line up logistics for the wedding.. Making phone calls and helping get everything set up for the big day this summer….My sister dedicated her entire spring break to trying out Pinterest recipes and crafts for the ceremony and reception and she’s even writing a song. My brother has spent time talking on the phone with me.. checking in when it’s been too long.. doing that brother thing that makes me smile…

And of course…. they are not the only ones.

Back to the start of this post. Sitting and enjoying a relaxing Saturday night in the Garrett home has become tradition. Althea, Donford, and Aiyesha have been absolutely amazing through this entire season. They’ve spent long hot hours searching for fabrics, included me in special family events, literally fed and housed me a large majority of the past few months (really can’t emphasize enough the amazing cooking that comes from their kitchen and the mattress slumber parties that happen in the living room as a family).  They know what tea I like to drink and my favorite ice cream. They’ve taken care of me when I was really sick-literally layed in their house for days and they nursed me back to health.  They’ve rounded up countless emails for our invitation list, and provided most importantly a loving, supportive environment and family to be part of.  Aiyesha has been an amazing sister-in-law, proudly telling kids at school and stepping in to help with design ideas and wedding reception possibilities.  Words can’t express full the peace this family has covered me with. Because of their generous care…. I have been able to focus on the pressing needs of the day to day with considerably less stress. I spend so much time at their home now, it’s such a relief, such an escape and such a relaxing place to just be. They have opened their home and their hearts to me… in a way that moves me to awestruck gratitude.

I’ve had several conversations lately with Jayshree, the other art teacher at school. It’s been a hectic time at school too with the art exhibition getting organized, hung, and run… She is always telling me she’s so amazed by how blessed my life has been this year… One day she told me I had big luck this year: finding a great job, finding an amazing man, finding a good family… I told her it wasn’t any measure of big luck that has put me where I am today… It’s a big God who has a plan for me, loves me, and encourages me with blessings every day.

Thanks for reading through this massive post. It’s been a while since I really let it rip on writing, but this is very typical rambling/unending blog writing here… There are just some things that are too important to cut out or briefly sum up…..

As always… thankful to simply be blessed beyond belief.

so many reasons to give thanks

… an extra day in February, my first ASB UnPlugged conference + presentation, a life filled with great friends, restored health, Dax making me smile in new ways every day, trimester 2 narratives complete, getting back to the gym, thankful for safety on the roads in Mumbai and intruiged by imagining the story behind each rickshaw driver I encounter, awesome strawberry peach froyo, great stuff happening in art classes…

And I’m thankful to have a relatively peaceful upcoming weekend with time to Skype with family and update you properly on many of the above mentioned happenings.. but for now.. I’ll leave you with a photo that never ceases to make my day in India: buying food wrapped in recycled newspaper bags.. In this case, one dozen eggs to go 🙂

home for the holidays

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It’s already been one week since Dax and I were in Iowa spending time with my friends and family; celebrating the birth of Christ and the beginning of a new year… We were blessed with a length winter break from school and surprised our family by moving our flight tickets up 4 days at the last minute, so we were able to enjoy 15 days stateside.  Dax was introduced to over 60 immediate family members and many friends in Winterset, Des Moines, and Cedar Falls. I loved the chance to show him around UNI and spending time with my brother and sister.  As always when you live abroad and it comes to visiting family, there is never enough time… but we did have quite a wonderful time and it was the perfect way to spend our holidays…