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Using What’s In My Hands

We want to help our friends at Hope and Joy Home in Nepal rebuild their care and training centre after the tragic earthquakes this past April.  First they lived in a giant tent with family and friends until it was safe to go back home.  Their home was damaged, cracked and unsafe so they are now in temporary housing.  But they have just received land to be able to build an earthquake safe home for the children and ministry.

What do I have in my hands to help? I have the My Color Friends Children’s Book Series!  Using what’s in my hand, means bring Graceful Grey to New Zealand!  I just completed the final draft, uploaded it on CreateSpace and have ordered a few dozen.  Once they arrive, I hope to sell them to raise money for the kids and our friends at Hope and Joy Home. It’s not much, but it’s what I have.  We hope that a few kids books will transform into a new children’s home in Nepal!  We will need your help!

Graceful Grey, Asian Elephants at Work and Play in Chitwan, Nepal

Elephants in Nepal!

They have Hope.

They have Joy.

Now they need a home!

There will be more to come about our NZ Special Edition of Graceful Grey, Asian Elephants at Work and Play and our fundraiser this month, but for now if you’d like to give to Hope and Joy Home, please contact us!  And we will donate all the profit from buying a copy of Graceful Grey or a Book Bundle directly from us!

We are getting ready to launch our fundraiser and to invest in precious lives in Nepal!

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Our Family’s Transition from Nepal to New Zealand

Transition is tough.  Our transition as a family of 5 moving from Nepal to New Zealand has been tough.  But it has also been refreshing.

Two months on the family farm out in the wop wops (some NZ lingo for the middle of nowhere!) was fantastic.  Reconnecting with Ben’s family– his mother celebrated her 81st birthday!, the kids rode ponies and motorbikes with their cousins–was full on family fun.  Three years is a long time to be away from family, but oh how we appreciate these days living ‘next door’!

We were emotionally struggling when we first came home.  The transition, the earthquake that devastated Nepal, re-adapting to NZ, etc.  We just need rest, a full stop.  And we received it in the beautiful rolling hills of the family sheep farm.

NZ Sheep Farm

Our Home on the Farm

We also went to a special week of debriefing.  It was incredible just to let the words bundled up in our hearts spill out.  It was safe, it was freeing, it was restoring. We were ready to move on from Nepal and establish ourselves in NZ.

About three weeks ago we moved to “town”.  Living with family was terrific, but we needed something to call our own, something to ground us here in NZ. A nest!  Finding the perfect house for the perfect price in the right neighborhood was  miracle–we feel loved!

The kids have started school.  It was harder for the homeschooling mom than them, I think! They are sick at home this week so I am catching up all the cuddles and quality time, while blowing noses and rubbing vicks on everyone.

And here we are, in New Zealand.

After three months, I finally feel settled.  Our nest is home.  We have a daily routine, we each have our roles and responsibilities and we are moving forward.  So the question is…

Is it time for the My Color Friends children’s book series to live again…?

I was shocked when my son’s preschool teacher asked me if I was still writing books.  I just stammered, “Maybe when we get settled…”

And then she added, “You should keep writing them, they are good.”

I blew off her comments then, ducked my head and ducked out of the class…but later it really did hit me.  Someone actually has read my books! Some one I didn’t know til just now.  Someone in NZ.  A professional in early childhood education and SHE values my early learning ebooks!  Wow.  Encouragement has filled my heart.

I just said I am settled, didn’t I?  So, maybe it’s time to start writing again.  I do have some ideas, I do have the time, I always have my family’s support.  Deep breath, I might be able to do it!  I am struggling with the idea of reinventing myself for a NZ audience or not…One step at a time.

Catch up with the blog, CHECK!

Update my author photo on a million sites, CHECK!

Update Graceful Grey for a Special New Zealand Edition and get it ready to print, CHECK!

It seems the My Color Friends book series is moving forward too!

Thanks for  journeying with me!

The Earthquake in Nepal

We left Kathmandu approximately 2 weeks ago.  Exhausted and emotionally drained already, we saw the tragic earthquake in Nepal while watching the evening news.

Nepal News here: eKantipur

I wasn’t shocked.  This earthquake has been expected and warned.  It was my biggest fear while living in Nepal for the past 5 years.  We had been warned of an earthquake with 9 magnitude that would have flattened Nepal completely.

We were told to make copies of our passports and leave them in 3 different locations, 2 outside of the house.  Every room was supposed to have a metal bar to dig yourself out.  Each home needed an earthquake detector.  Every family living in fear.

I was living in an ignored paranoia while in Nepal.  We felt earthquakes often, especially while living in Pokhara.  We would wonder, “Is this was the ‘Big One'”?  But it never was and we went quietly about our day.

Was this Nepal’s ‘Big One’?

Now that we are sitting in New Zealand, we are being told of the Christchurch earthquake again and again. The first earthquake hit while everyone was at home sleeping, there was little damage and no casualties. Then TWO YEARS LATER the ‘Big One’ hit; mid-day, while everyone was at work, a lot of damage, a lot of lives lost.

How can anyone know if this is the ‘Big One’ or not?  I think Nepal has had at least 14 earthquakes in the last 48 hours.

My friends write that their nerves are shot; they are sleeping outside in the cold and rain for fear of their houses collapsing.  But all our friends are safe.  And since they are a part of a NGO in Nepal, they have quickly mobilized themselves to be first-responders.

My range of emotions in the last 48 hours:

  • Relief that we are home in NZ, not in Nepal.
  • Guilt that we are home in NZ, not in Nepal.
  • Sadness at the lives lost.
  • Immense pride in watching how Nepalis have banned together.  How our friends have quickly mobilized to help others.  No looting, no running amuck in Kathmandu, but a country of neighbors willing to dig through rubble to find a living soul.

Nepal is stoic.  Nepal is fierce.  Nepal is kind and hospitable.  This is Nepal, #tin.

I am sad for Nepal–but I see hope and grace even in this.  First, that the major earthquake happened on a Saturday.  Saturday is the only day off school.  Families were together.  And since Saturday is the religious day, most people were worshipping somewhere, either outside or in low buildings, not at an unsafe multi-story home.

The next few days we will see more tragedy as the number of lost lives may skyrocket.  Once the first responders reach the villages the true tragedy will be revealed–whole villages and people groups wiped off the map during mudslides.

Nepal has a long road of recovery ahead of them.  But the nations are responding.  Kindness is winning.  Nepal will endure this tragedy bound together with their neighbors to keep moving forward.

And I am a neighbor.  I can network, I can give, I can pray.

Please be a neighbor to Nepal.  Immediate needs are shelter, food and water– Tarps, Rice and water catchment systems.

You can give a tax-deductible donation through Cimarron, Colorado. They do not take an admin fees, 100% of the donation goes straight to first responder teams on the ground in Nepal.  Click here to give online: Give to Nepal via Cimarron, Colorado.

 

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Happy Holi!

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Loud pumping clubbing music woke us up today–because today is a day to celebrate in Nepal…it’s Holi, or the festival of colors!  And I mean colors.  Powder colors of the rainbow thrown onto anyone and everyone. And there must be dancing somewhere because there is heart pumping music.

For Hindus Holi celebrates the victory of Krishna, a Hindu god, over evil demons.  It’s unclear where the colors come from, but it’s a celebration nonetheless.  We may not celebrate the same way as our Nepali friends, but victorious good over evil should be celebrated!

And in celebrating colors, we continue to celebrate 8 My Color Friends children’s books!  Each MCF book is an early learning tool, celebrating the colors of the nations through real life photos!  Enjoy finding the colors White, Blue, Orange, Purple, Pink, Brown and Grey in Nepal, Australia, America, the USA more!

White Went Around the World is always free on Smashwords!

All 8 titles can be found as iBooks, NOOK books and as Kindle ebooks!

Graceful Grey, Asian Elephants at Work and Play is our current big seller–It is like a memoir of our time in Nepal!  We love elephants and we love sharing on elephant rides!  You can order a paperback book from us directly and save some pennies : )!

Happy Holi! Good Always Wins!

Graceful Grey Soon on Amazon.com

With a bit of good fortune, Graceful Grey will be available on Amazon.com when America wakes up on Saturday morning!

My supportive husband gets the credit for taking the 3 rascals this morning and answering my, “Honey, does my description sound good?” interruptions.

The boys are asleep, my daughter is mixing all the Barbie movie soundtracks while she does a puzzle, and I can relax knowing that I’m done with all the uploads!

I like elephants. They are my mom’s favorites. My toddler screams in delight every time he sees one, and we are blessed to see them LIVE about once a year.

What a great way to summarize our 4 years in Nepal with a children’s ebook about Asian elephants in Chitwan, Nepal.

Time for some celebration chocolate!

Graceful Grey in Chitwan, Nepal

Graceful Grey in Chitwan, Nepal

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Our Favorite Children’s Preschool Ebooks

Our Favorite Children’s Preschool Ebooks

As a newbie to Listmania, I am glad to share my first ebook list. Our life really does revolves around kids ebooks and since making lists are so much fun, I think there will be more loss made soon!!!

Join our family’s best preschool ebook reads and have fun!

 

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Tons of Becky Wolff Educational eBooks now FREE

Tons of Becky Wolff Educational eBooks now FREE

Animals, Countries, Continents, and More!  Educational picture book galore by Becky Wolff, most are currently FREE!  Just one of several lucky finds his morning! 

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