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I’ve always wondered how you keep an open, trusting relationship with your kids. How do they know that they can talk to you about anything, even things that might upset you? Certainly there’s no one answer to these question and, in reality, trust has to be woven through a loving relationship. But we have one activity that we think is a helpful tool for building trust and making it easier for kids to open up.
It appears that the theme associated with my blog was hacked, and that if you visited in the past couple days you would be redirected to any number of sites (ChinaNowTV, or some lewd ones as well). I apologize if this affected you, I believe that I have fixed it. Please email me if you ever see this kind of problem again (thanks Dave!).
We find Ryan, Amanda, and Asher (as well as a friend of theirs and a jeep driver) on a train platform on the other side of the world in New Alipurdaur, India. I have to say it felt great to see someone we knew. We piled in the “reserved jeep” and I told the adventure of getting there. Ryan later said it was one of his favorite parts of our visit; to hear what he knew so well about India from a brother’s new eyes.
A “reserved jeep” is a SUV that is wholly for us. A luxury in India. We drive through country roads, constantly using either side of the road to avoid large potholes, or rather stretches of broken pavement, and we catch up. Somehow we got to the topic of the side-to-side wagging of the head that Indian people do. Though it looks like “no”, it turns out it means an emphatic yes. That had already been the source of quite a bit of confusion on the train.
We went to Jaldapara, where we were dropped off at Jaldapara Lodge. Like most things in India, it looks rundown, but the inside was recently renovated. There were queen beds, a walk-in shower with a small dedicated water heater on the wall, a functioning western toilet, and an A/C unit that was not wired up yet. Lincoln was exhausted from the journey, and fell asleep in the kiddy backpack.
|From India 2008|
This is overdue, but we’re going to attempt to give our India trip some justice. Hopefully we’ll be able to share something interesting. We’ll be putting all the pictures up in Picasa and you could look at a slide show of all of them there, but there will be stories here to go with the pictures, so I’d recommend exploring here. However, click on the pictures if you want to see them larger. This will be in multiple installments which will hopefully take less time than the trip did.
Days 1-3: Getting there.
We left from Denver, with a direct flight to London. This might have been more exciting for Lincoln if it wasn’t his 7th or so round-trip flight this year. Still, he likes planes.
|From India 2008|
One thing that can be interesting to track is the H.P.R. (the Happy Picture Ratio). It is usually much higher at the beginning of the trip. (more…)
Okay, here’s your chance to prove your telepathic abilities. We’d like to hear your guesses on the following:
- What day will baby show up?
- How much will he/she weigh?
- How long will he/she be?
- Color of hair? (or will there be any?)
Here’s how you log your official guess: Just post your guesses in a comment! Click below to add a comment. The winner will probaby get something spiffy!
I’m hoping that this is something that will show more self-discipline than my diary and my basement. My goal is a not-overly-verbose page that will give people a way to easily see what’s up in our lives. Time will tell! I would appreciate a note or a comment so I know that you stopped by. It’s easy for the technology that we think will connect to consume us instead…. I pray that is not the case.