August 30, 2011

Show and Tell

I honestly just erased an extremely long post that droned on and on about life stuff......and I got seriously bored with myself. My problem is that this blog has ruined me. I find myself writing blog posts in my mind all the time so I end up getting myself into a rut.

Not knowing where to start when I want to write about:

Garrett and how much happier he is this year. His amazing teachers including the one that was on House Hunters International. How he dropped football for soccer which here means he dropped football to take up football. Confusing, right? And he tells me that he loves me every morning before he leaves for school. I am so happy to have my boy back!

My new job as Bible study coordinator at our church and the very large shoes I have to fill. Metaphorically speaking, of course. Lynda and Sondra, if you happen to be reading this, I honestly think you have very cute feet and darling shoes. I'm just a tad bit intimidated to be following in your footsteps!

How I have self-diagnosed the pain in my heel as Plantar Fasciitis. Nice. That means no more flat as a board cute sandals for me. I have to wear shoes with cushion aka Ugly Shoes. Not to imply that if any of you wear cushiony sandals that they are all ugly. I think my issue is that they add another inch and I don't like that. Because clearly going from 5'11" to 6' makes a huge difference in a country where everyone is 5'4".

My impression after reading "The Battle Hymn of a Tiger Mother". I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would and it certainly made me think. There is probably a little "Tiger Mom" in all of us, it just may not manifest itself in demanding straight A's and incredible musical talent. It could be sports or looks or social standing or, dare I say, spirituality. I can't wait to talk about it with my "Whatever Floats Your Boat Book Club". And yes, that is actually the name of our book club. If you could see the list of books we're reading, you would totally understand why the name is so appropriate.

The list goes on and on but I'll spare you any more of my random commentary. Instead, I will leave you with a few of my favorite pics from our quick stop in Scotland and London on our way back to Singapore.


and Nathan at the ruins of St. Andrews cathedral.
$5 to the first person who can guess where we did a
bunch of shopping for the boys this summer!

Scot and Garrett watching a foursome tee off at St. Andrews golf
course. Scot was in HEAVEN walking around that place. We took
loads of pictures there. What I love about this is the group of guys to
the left. They were from New York and were so excited to be playing
on this course, the mecca for golfers, that they were high fiving each
other and taking video.....I was so happy for them.

Life with boys and all things remotely alluding to
bodily functions. Especially if etched in stone that
is hundreds of years old outside the astute institute of
St. Andrews. There's a good chance Kate and Wills have
stood under this sign. Wonder if they giggled?

Be still my heart. How has this happened so quickly?
Won't be long before Scot is the short one in this picture.

We took a great Beatles tour around Liverpool. This was by far
my favorite stop on the tour.

Wonder how many tourists were flattened by buses
before they decided to clearly mark which way to look?

One of my favorite nights in London. We got tickets at the last
minute to a play. The play has been showing in this theater for over
45 years. We were so horribly underdressed for a night at the
theater but it was fun all the same!

Then we went out for pie. Steak and mushroom pie that was AH-mazing.

As was the fish and chips we ate several times on our trip.

Buckingham Palace. Nobody was out kissing on the balcony
the day we were there. Bummer.

I had to laugh because we were in London just in time for the riots. That in itself isn't funny, but the fact that Nathan wore a black hoody and was convinced that someone was going to mistake him for a rioter was pretty funny to me. I'm not sure how many rioters had their moms, dads, and big brothers with them when they went out looting.

Just a quick note before I wrap things up. In preparing for this new year of Bible studies at our church, I have been extremely humbled by the enormity of a job that I feel so unequipped for. There is much I don't know and I was starting to stress about that when I realized that the less I know, the more He has to show.

I think that's my goal for this year in Singapore. I don't want there to be so much of me that He doesn't show.

In my conversation. In my actions. In my thoughts.

I pray this year is an epic Show and Tell kind of year.


  1. So happy to see a new post from you! I have self-diagnosed Plantar Fasciitis also! So painful! It is extremely helpful to stretch before getting out of bed. Sadly, I forget this at 3am when I hop up to go to the bathroom (pretty much every night). I am mourning my cute, flat sandals, too...sigh. Are your Shape-ups comfortable? I've considered buying a pair of those even tho they're taller than I usually like.

  2. A few follow-up notes from an eyewitness:

    - Keri is the one who spotted the "Butts Wynd" sign first.

    - The picture of me and the boys was taken as we were walking into a distillery. Not to worry, though. The boys wouldn't even taste it.

    - The biggest effect on us of the rioters in London?: Chipotle was closed early when we wanted to eat there after the play.


  3. We watched that House Hunters! My hubby said, "I think the girl has a huge crush on the teacher!"

  4. "The less I know, the more he has to show." That's my motto too, girl. Preach it. Love you!

  5. I love your recap- Matt really wants to go to Liverpool for a game but I want to go for the Beatles....

    Keep blogging Keri- I love it!!




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