Ronald Lewis Julian

 

We’ve had lots of people ask about our name for Baby J. The name we chose for our little guy is Ronald Lewis Julian.

Ronald.  Travis’ first name is Ronald, his dad’s name is Ronald, and his grandpa’s name is Ronald, so Ronald it is. We are going to continue the tradition. We want to respect the godly men that have played such a huge role in Travis’ life and in turn the life of our son. I also think Travis is the nicest, best man I know, so if our Ronald is anything like him we’ve done a good job!

Lewis. Travis and I love both to read, and we hope to pass that on to our kids. One day we were discussing names and were combining the names of authors we love with Ronald. Travis said Ronald Lewis because Travis’ favorite author is C.S. Lewis. Both of us grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia. Our walks with God have both been affected by C.S. Lewis. We would also love our son to love reading, learning, and God just like Lewis.

So Ronald Lewis Julian it is, but we’ll call him Lewis. In 5 weeks, we’ll get to finally put a cute little face to the name.

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Worth It…

Going into this trip back to the US for Christmas, there was a question in our minds, especially 10 hours into our flight to Chicago, whether it was worth all the effort and travel to come back for 2 weeks. The answer now that we are at the end of our time here is YES! It has been such an awesome vacation, and we wouldn’t change it for the world. Here are some highlights:

Baby Shower: The first day that we got there, my sisters surprised me with a family baby shower, games and all. There was a big pile of gifts (thanks to our worldwide family and friends), which was a huge blessing to Travis and I. We also played some fun games like guessing the size of my belly with yarn and feeding each other with baby spoons. It was so fun to celebrate our little guy with our family.

 

Christmas Day: We got to celebrate Christmas Day with my family and with Travis’ sister and brother. It was great to have Brandon and Leticia join us and to be able to see them! It was great being all together, and nieces and nephews make gift opening so much more fun. We ate some delicious food and watched some football. Plus there was snow on the ground, so it felt that much more like Christmas.

 

Chicago Day: We went into Chicago one day and even though most of our plans fell through, there was something special about being in Chicago. My mom got a picture at Wrigley Stadium, we saw ice skating, ate some delicious, deep, dish pizza, and froze our tails off. My family and I have great memories in Chicago, and it was fun to create more!

 

Nieces and Nephew: What more is there to say? Lucia, Emi, and Adrian are the best and just add so much to our family. They made me laugh and being asked to cuddle is the best! Thankful for getting to connect with them before they move back to Uruguay.

 

Games: We got to play lots of new games like Code Names and Alhmeadra. New Year’s Eve was a game playing night with Leticia and her roommates. We also had a gingerbread house decorating contest (counts as a game?). The girls won (although it’s debatable)! Just good times!

 

Others things like getting to see Lucas and Bekah (friends from Senegal), shopping, Chipotle,and Chic-fil-a were just the icing on this wonderful cake! Thankful for our time here and the blessing it was to Travis and I. Now we’ll see how we feel after the 13 hour flight?

 

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An Airplane Outfit

Maybe it’s growing up as a TCK, or maybe everyone does the same thing, but a lot of thought goes into what I wear on the plane. I remember as a girl having my carefully chosen outfit laid out the night before my family flew back to the States. The outfit on the way needed to prove to my family I wasn’t an out of touch MK, and on the flight back the outfit had to show I had gained more of a “fashion” sense. Yes, I am a crazy person. Haha. As I got older more factors had to be taken into account. How long was the flight? What was the weather like where we were going? What’s comfortable? Flying to Dakar, I always wore a tank top with a jacket because getting off the the plane meant being hit by a wave of heat.

Enter the bump:

This time I cared about one thing: comfort. What is going to fit my belly without digging in too bad? Then, we checked out the weather, and I realized I had to wear something warm enough (I own one jacket! so that was a tall order). So I settled on sweats and sweatshirt (I have never wore sweats or gym shoes or compression socks on a plane). I guess this is the beginning of my life changing because of a baby? 

Ps. We are on our way to the States for Christmas and are going to take some baby stuff back. Here’s our registry!

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a pregnant blog

So the last time I wrote on this blog, Travis and I were cruising around Bali on our motorbike for Spring Break. This coming spring break (4 months away), we will probably be waiting for a baby in the hospital. Craziness.

Here’s a short highlight reel from the pregnancy:

  • getting to tell my family in person in Chipotle (long story) that I was pregnant, since I found out a week before we left for Indonesia for year two.
  • going to the doctor here for the first time and waiting 4 hours and still not getting called. We decided to try another doctor after that.
  • going to the doctor for a second time. This time using Google translate to talk to the nurses. Passing a phone back and forth is not the most effective way to communicate, but it works.
  • no morning sickness. This little dude is the best. I didn’t feel sick at all…except when I got the flu and I barely made it out of my classroom before I started puking, thankfully into a trash can. Nobody knew I was pregnant, but after that everyone was asking. I wasn’t ready to tell people and it really wasn’t morning sickness, I was really sick!
  • showing my class our video and how excited they were. The boys were really excited when I told them it was a boy.
  • my mom came and brought me maternity clothes, which is a great thing because I was starting not to be able to fit into anything, and you can hardly find maternity clothes here.
  • going on a 3 hour trek to Jakarta to go to Ikea and buying our nursery stuff and turning around for a 3 hour trek back. Thankful there is an Ikea in reachable distance.
  • weirdest thing is how my belly button has slowly become an outie.

So far, my pregnancy has been great. I have good energy, not too uncomfortable besides my lower back feeling like I’m 90 years old, and I’m feeling big, but I’m only in my 2nd trimester. I’ve heard it gets worse! It’s already been an adventure, and I’m sure it will get even more exciting from here.

Ps. We are going to the States for Christmas and are going to take some stuff back. Here’s our registry!

Also this message from a student answering our morning message was the best:

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Bali

When we first started thinking about whether we would want to move to Indonesia, there were a couple of people that would say Bali whenever we talked about it. And yes, Bali! We finally got a chance to go visit, although now that we have been there, a cheap 1 hour and 45 minute flight seems like a doable weekend trip! It was great! We spent two nights in Ubud at this great villa that overlooked the jungle. On one of the days, I was sitting in the pool and a monkey came around the corner. (I freaked out, which scared it away, but we could see the rest of the monkeys climbing the trees.) We wandered around this more hippie area of Bali. It kind of felt like people were in a competition to see who could be the most bohemian and that made people watching extra fun! Here’s some pictures from our time in Ubud.

After Ubud, we took a taxi to our AirBnb place in Seminyak. It is a great beach town! Our place was nice and outside of the hustle and bustle. We rented a bike to get around and explored the area. We hung out at the beach for most of the day and took breaks from our beach bumming to get food. Did I mention the food was really great? One night we met up with a student’s family and had some of the best seafood I’ve ever had. We also got to meet up with a friend that teaches at the school whose brother was visiting. Here’s our Seminyak pictures.

So thankful for a great relaxing time. We are trying to get geared up and ready to go for this last quarter, but right now I kind of just want to go back!

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A different kind of batik

One of the reasons I was sad about leaving Senegal was leaving all of the beautiful fabric and my awesome tailor. Imagine my surprise when I found out that our school has batik days on Friday and that there is awesome fabric in Indonesia. When we were in Jogya (the one with the temples!), we got to see them making the hand painting fabric.

It is a fascinating process and I would love to be able to learn how to do it. I got a kick out of the lady hand painting Star Wars fabric. Not sure who would buy this.

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They literally do hand paint it with wax, even “May the Force Be With You!” and spend a ton of time on one piece of fabric. The real hand printed stuff is a little out of my price range, but they sell lower quality material that is still really beautiful. My friend took me fabric shopping and I bought some really pretty fabric. I haven’t gotten anything made yet, but I have some plans! I’ll let you know when I actually find the time to take the fabric to that tailor!

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Exploring Indonesia

This Christmas break we got a chance to explore a little bit of Indonesia. The tourism campaign tagline for Indonesia is Wonderful Indonesia and it really is. I’m pretty sure you could live your whole life here and not be able to experience all that it has to offer: jungles, beaches, mountains, volcanoes, islands, and reefs. We got to experience a little piece of Indonesia in a trip we took to Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is referred to as the cultural heart of Java and is famous for its two ancient temples (Hindu and Buddhist) and it’s batik (wax print cloth). We got to see all that and eat some really good food. We traveled by train with a couple from school. It took 8 hours to get there, but playing multiple games of Rook helped pass the time. The scenery is also gorgeous, full of rice paddies and green. The first day Travis was sick, so he stayed inside our hotel room. We visited the sultan’s palace and did some shopping. The town of Yogyakarta is governed by the sultan because during the revolution he supported independence, so after Indonesia became free, he was given the land to govern. His palace is called the Kraton.

On the second day, we headed to Prambanan. Prambanan is a 9th century Hindu temple and is a UNESCO world heritage site. We went to the temple in the afternoon so we could catch the sunset. It is such an impressive thing to see. (Sidenote: There were so many people and lots of selfieing going on!) On our way to see the temple, we stopped at a place where they make wax print and got to see some of the process (I’ll post a blog about batik later!)

On the third day, we went to Borobudur, which is a 9th century Buddhist temple. It was quite hot, so we came and saw and left. It was also really impressive. It was interesting too to see the difference between the Hindu temple and Buddhist temple. The Buddhist temple was one big temple and had rounded tops. The Hindu temple had many smaller temples and pointed tops. We also got to see a famous Indonesian ballet called Ramayana. It is a love story about a young princess who is kidnapped by an evil demon and her lover prince, with the help of his brother and a monkey, set out to save her. They do and it ends happily ever after. It isn’t ballet ballet, but it was beautiful and really fun to experience.

The fourth day was full of waiting at the airport and more Rook games. We accidentally got there 4 hours before we needed to because we misread military time and then our flight was delayed for 3 hours. We finally made it home!

All in all it was a wonderful trip and really fun!

 

 

 

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