posted by Cinda

 

Our teacher called it a party, but we think it was a lesson in disguise!  Whatever it was, the food was tasty, everyone was dressed up, and the singing and dancing were terrific.  Toby wouldn’t wear his dell after the first five minutes, but aside from that, he had fun.  The kids weren’t sure about most of the food, so thankfully there was plenty of fresh fruit and dessert to make up for the things they wouldn’t eat.  Mark was called upon to answer a few Tsagaan Sar history questions, for which he was well-qualified since he’s gathered a lot of information about it lately.  Some things never change!

Teachers, students, foodAunt Krista with some of the kids meat, potato salad, hoshur

We mingled, we wrapped and re-wrapped our dells, then we had the teachers re-wrap us, we learned about the foods, we ate the foods, and we enjoyed the traditional music and dance.  Then, when we were sated and lulled into complacency, they tested our Tsagaan Sar greetings.  I think we did okay.  We find out tomorrow when we start visiting for the actual holiday.  We have 3 days off school for the holiday.  We have at least 4 invitations to visit Mongolian homes and will get to practice our language while we celebrate with our friends and their families.  Everyone says we will be expected to eat boadz and drink milk-tea nonstop.  We joked about having a weigh-in today and another one next Monday–too bad we don’t have a scale at our house . . .  Maybe just “before and after” photos will work!  The kids will be given a lot of candy — anybody know a good dentist? 

 Annika and Mommy Annika and Daddy Ms. Kirsten with Annika Toby and Mommy

It’s a huge privilege for us to be serving here.  We are very thankful for so many things, among them the opportunities for our children to learn about Mongolian culture.  Mongolia is a beautiful place with an intriguing history and amazing people.  There is no doubt it isn’t easy to live in Mongolia, but God has used difficult circumstances to create incredible strength and perseverance in Mongolia’s people.  

Mongolian singer and fiddler Mongolian dancer

Mongolian Singing and Mooren Hor (Horse fiddle)

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