Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Christian Wedding

Not too long ago I was blessed to be able to attend a beautiful Christian wedding!  The bride, whose sister is a friend of mine who teaches at Esa Memorial School, is a member of a local Christian church.  The groom is a Seventh-day Adventist living in Pokhara, the beautiful tourist city surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range.  It's a beautiful place to start married life!

(photo credit:  my mother--thanks Mom!)

Did you know that according to the 2011 census, only about 1.45 percent of the population here is a Christian.  (If you want to read about Christianity in Nepal, the Wikipedia article is here.)

The teachers and I had a lovely walk to the church where the wedding took place.

Yes, we navigated some narrow streets!
(Yes, this is a two way street!)

The day was gorgeous!
Look at the blue sky behind the church!

It was packed with happy people!

The bride was beautiful and the groom handsome...
and both looked so happy!

The ceremony was very similar to our weddings.

After the sermon and vows, there was a prayer,

followed by several special music songs that were very enjoyable.


The little cutie in front of me was ready for the reception!

Don't worry, it's now time to eat!
See Mommy pointing?  I'm sure she was saying, "Look, it's almost over!"
(Smile!)

It's also time for a new lifetime together!
Congratulations to the new couple!!!
May the Lord bless your marriage and new home!

As everyone lined up to go downstairs to the Fellowship Hall for the meal,

the musicians continued their lovely special musical numbers.

Here's what I saw when I looked downstairs.

Yes, the teachers from Esa Memorial School!
Behind them you can almost see the wedding party.

They were greeting people and accepting their gifts.

In front of them was the delicious buffet!



All too soon, the wedding was over, 
It was such a beautiful and fun wedding and I was so glad to be able to attend.

I was also happy when this precious sweetie smiled at me!

I caught a couple more sweet faces as I walked home.


Again, Ramon and I wish them all the best!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

R & R 2014--Part 2

Hi!

Man, time is flying by for us!  What about you?
Are you finding it as hard to believe as I am that January is over???
How can that be?! 

We trust that you are enjoying 2015!
At this rate, for me at least, before I know it, 2016 will be here!


Well, here and there the holiday spirit is still evident here in Nepal!

New Year's Day was not a holiday here and it was just business as usual!

New Year's Day here is in April.  If you missed my first post about our first new year in Nepal
(in 2011),
you can read it here:  http://himalayanhappenings.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html

Since the holiday season just ended not too long ago, we are missing our family and friends--
and remembering the lovely vacation we had just a few months ago!

Two posts ago (if you missed it, click here),
I posted about the first part of our vacation which was in Paraguay.

This post will be about the second part of our vacation, which was in the States.

We arrived on my mom's birthday and took her out to eat with my sister
and family and Mom's sister.

How fun it was to just "fall in" to family life after a year's absence!

Of course, since we now have Skype, we can "pop in" for a visit
whenever we have time. which is SUCH A BLESSING!!!,

Back in the '80s, when my folks lived in Swaziland, Africa,
we never even imagined that such a thing would be possible!
One day I'll post about those "olden" days!

Halloween was coming up, so Ramon was able to make a new friend!

This also meant the leaves were changing...
and it was nice to see my flag by this beautiful tree.

This was right across the street from my mom's library in Williamsport, Maryland.
You know how all along many roads in America you see historical signs
and you never stop to read them!
Well, I got to read this one, as it's right where you park you car to go to the library!
If I learned the information on it waaaay back in History class, I certainly had forgotten it!
One day we'll set out to read all the signs we see! It's interesting!

Naturally, eating out was a fun part of  our vacation!
(Especially eating salad!)

We went with my uncle,

aunts and mom to a favorite Mexican restaurant (El Rancho--if you're
ever in Hagerstown, MD, and get a hankering for Mexican, we recommend it)
on the day that a Mariachi band was playing!

My aunts had to shout to hear each other!

It was a lot of fun!  They took two of Ramon's requests!
Some of the songs were familiar to me (like La Cucaracha!),
but Ramon knew all of them!

Have you heard of Waterford, Virginia?
It's a town that's a National Historic Landmark!
Every October they host the Waterford Homes Tour and Crafts Exhibit
and we got to attend this year!  Yeah!
If you know me, you'll know I love these kinds of things!
To read more about the town, visit their website:
]http://www.waterfordvillage.org/

Even though it rained off and on (yes, we had brought our umbrellas),
we enjoyed walking around the town.

 Yes, we often looked at the map like these folks are doing!

Look...

and listen!  Street musicians!

Here are some of the homes we got to go inside of!
Yes, we had to wait in line, but it was worth it.
You know when you always say, "Boy, I wonder what that house looks like inside?"
Well, if you come to Waterford in October, you can find out--
sorry, no photos allowed inside!



Did we stop here?  You bet!  Yum!

Here are the craft exhibits--always fun to see!
Nah, this time we didn't buy anything...had to think about suitcase weight!

However, we DID go shopping (as often as possible!!!) and we DID find one or two things to buy!

I super enjoyed seeing mall playgrounds--I dreamed of bringing one back
for the little ones here!

Look at this:

After one year's absence from the U.S., I discovered that you can't just
buy a box of Wheat Thins or Triscuits anymore!  It's a big decision now!
I had no idea!  I experienced system overload and just got the original flavor!

The very best part of our vacation, of course, is when we visit our family and friends!

My cousin's granddaughter is now running and it was hard to get a picture of her
that wasn't blurred!  It was sure fun playing with her though!

All too soon we had to say goodbye and before we knew it we were back in Nepal,

among the now familiar scenes.


You can only imagine how happy I was to see my little sweeties as they ran to greet me!
(Sorry it's blurry, but don't you love the looks on their faces as they look at me?!)

Here's the whole school with a Thank You sign I made for some of our donors.

Ramon's been very busy, but he wouldn't have it any other way!
Here he is at a goodbye dinner for the visiting volunteer ENT Team from
Hong Kong Adventist Hospital.

The visiting volunteer medical teams relieve a lot of suffering
and we are very thankful that they are able to come.

If you missed the previous post about the other teams that came recently,
click here:  http://himalayanhappenings.blogspot.com/2014/12/happenings-at-hospital.html

Well, please enjoy a wonderful February, take care, and God bless!
Until next time!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Our Christmas Day 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2014!
Here's hoping you had a very lovely Christmas with your loved ones this year!

We did!  

For once, Ramon didn't have to work!  Yeah!

We took his operating room staff members out to eat in Dhulikhel, the next town over,
where there are lovely views of the Himalayas on a nice day.

Did we have a nice day?  You decide!


Look at that blue sky!  
These buildings are part of the Himalayan Horizon Hotel where we went.

As we pulled into the parking lot, we could hear the people in this building
you see, which is a Christian church, singing, 
"Happy Birthday to You, ... Happy Birthday Dear Jesus!"
It was nice!


When you walk to the patio, this is what you see.

Here's a closer look at the view:

...and even closer!

This mountain below, which is to the left of the above photo, is the one we drove up 
and around for three miles to get to Dhulikhel from Banepa, where we live.
If it wasn't there, we could see the mountains from Banepa!

You can see that it was a nice place to eat Christmas lunch---

 We enjoyed a nice Chinese Christmas buffet.

What an enjoyable way to spend Christmas--good friends,

good food, good conversation, 

and a good view of the Himalayas!
(Those are Nepali flags.)

(...and no cooking or washing up!)  

Bye until next time and have a nice day!

P.S.
If these views looked familiar to you, it's because you've seen it here before!
Yes, because it's so close, we do come here now and then
when we get a chance.

Do you remember this?
It's when my mom was here two years ago...another nice Christmas!

OK, bye for real!  Enjoy your last days of 2014!
Blessings to all for 2015!