9 May 2012

Checking in

Hello Friends. Greetings from Luang Prabang in Laos. Have you missed me? I've missed you. Truly.

That said, it is just wonderful being on holidays with my very favourite people in the world.

We've been doing lots of things - trekking around the villages of Laos' minority peoples, the Hmong and the Khmu; talking textiles with Lao royalty; spending time with the keepers at a 'Moon' Bear rescue centre and playing hide and seek with their food - sort of like an Easter egg hunt for bears, really; swimming in waterfalls, cruising on riverboats; strolling around the markets; and eating like kings. Well sometimes like kings and sometimes like the local people. Street food is always the most tasty.

We've done lots and lots of exciting stuff so far, but we've also had plenty of time just hanging around being a family. We've had lots of swims, and done a heap of lazing by the pool. We've played Uno and read piles of books. About South East Asia mainly. But not entirely. That's the way with reading on holiday isn't it?

Sometimes in the rush of our 21st Century existence we forget about the important things. Like spending time together - eating, playing, working, talking. I love this photo because it reminds me that although we would regard this Hmong family as amongst the poorest of the poor, in many ways they are truly rich. You only have to look at them to know that they are a loving family, that they enjoy each other's company, and that they're happy. They may not have the comforts of life that we have, but they do have that very thing that we are all too ready to give away. They have quality time with the people that are the most important.

That's what we're doing on this holiday. We're loving spending time together. Sure, we may be having new experiences and learning new things - the world is Jemimah's classroom and she is learning so very much, but it is reminding ourselves of the things that are truly important that we are concentrating on.

Being a family together. And being happy.

And laughing. A lot.


  1. Wow, what a stunning photo of you three all looking very relaxed! Family time is the most enriching and Praise God for designing families and relationships and for making a way for us to enjoy one another. Lovely to hear from you! xxx

  2. Looks perfect to me. Life is about learning for big and small people!! Looks like you are all learning something new :) Have a lovely time.

  3. Beautiful photographs. Beautiful families ~ yours and the locals!! Keep safe. xo

  4. Hi Jeanne,

    I haven't been on computer much because life has just been to hectic. I have missed you and all the other blogs I follow a lot.

    I am glad to see that you are having a fun holiday and spending time with your favourite people. I really hope we will be able to spend sometime as a family in the July Holidays enjoying each others company.

  5. Love the picture of the three of you and the other family too! You all look so relaxed, good for you! Enjoy and say hi to the royals from us mere mortals:)

  6. Hi Jeanne, Thanks for posting the photos! I will make sure our Dollygirl sees them today--sounds like maybe we will have a geography lesson about Southeast Asia??

  7. So happy for you, you all look great.
    Yes to street food being the tastiest.
    Yes to spending time with family.
    Yes to playing UNO, LOL, it's a family favorite.
    Yes, yes, yes, to reading piles of books while relaxing by a pool...

  8. "They may not have the comforts of life that we have, but they do have that very thing that we are all too ready to give away." Oh, so true, Jeanne. The girls and I enjoyed your photos. Miss Priss: "Jemimah's hair is *really* long!" I would love to trod SE Asia in your footsteps, but that is such a LONG way from where I live!

  9. That is great! Hope you have a relaxine vacation.

  10. Want an amazing LIFE, let alone education, your lucky Jemima is getting!


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