Friday, July 10, 2009

"There's only one that never fails to beckon the morning light..."

"There's only one 
who sets loose the gales and ties the trees down tight
When all around my soul gives way
He is all my hope and stay
There's only one, only one
Holy One."

I've become a huge fan of getting up to see the sunrise. It's so peaceful and it's a wonderful way to start the day with a feeling of gratitude. I'm such a morning person now. I never used to be when I was younger except on Saturday mornings when I got up to watch Steve Irwin, Saved by the Bell and Hang Time. Now I can't get enough of the scenery and solitude. 
Times have changed. 

Well I've decided to add a few more pictures for y'all. 
Today is Friday and the beginning of our free weekends. Beth, Aimee, and I all went for a hike this afternoon. We were aiming for a little trek to Bhagsu waterfall but unfortunately picked the wrong prong when we came to the fork in the road. We decided to keep going and made it to a little Israeli town, Dharamkot. Beth and Aimee did a little shopping, we took some pictures and played in the rain as it started to downpour. We also came across some giant slugs that were quite intriguing. It was fun and I enjoyed being adventurous... or taking the road less travelled, if you will. 

A view from our hike up the mountain, Singing in the rain, 
and Giant slugs!

This weekend it is off to Amristar which is near the India/Pakistan border. We are going to see the golden temple and the border closing ceremony. From what I've heard it could be compared to something like the changing of the guards in Washington D.C... only it is opening and closing the border between the two countries. If that makes any sense.... Anyway I'm excited to go traveling. So I'll fill you in when I get back. 

I played some cricket for the first time last night with a bunch of the staff, mainly our cooks. They are so fun and so is cricket. I like to be the bowler, which would be the equivalent to the pitcher in baseball. Anyway... Lalu, Rakesh, and Mukesh explained the rules and we were off. I forget who was up first but their ball came right to me in the field.  All the rules were racing through my mind... "if it bounces I can only catch it with one hand but if it doesn't bounce I can catch it with two"... I was focused but apparently a little overwhelmed because I went to catch it with two hands after a bounce. The ball was coming to me... Lalu saw what was happening and he went crazy. All of a sudden he starts running at me shouting, "ONE HAND! ONE HAND!" Oh my gosh, I thought I was going to have a heart attack! I was so scared. I screamed, jumped back, and missed the ball completely. Everyone started laughing hysterically, including myself. I must explain something about Lalu here... He is a small Indian man, I would say about 30-35 and about my height (maybe shorter, he's just a little guy). He is always scurrying around and has very, almost spastic mannerisms. He's so cute, but apparently he gets a little intense when it comes to a friendly game of cricket. 

Good times at Chamba Cottage.

"The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the person that seeks him."
Lamentations 3:25


  1. I miss you!

    You couldn't know how much I wish I was there with you. You should take a look at my blog sometime. It's been a heck of a week! It just seems so amazing where you are.

    God is just so evidently holding you, Kara. It is so inspiring. I love you and I am continually praying for you!

  2. Those slugs are sooooo disgusting! When I was little, we'd find slugs in my grandpa's garden and get all excited about cutting them in half. Sadistic, I know.

    I love reading all about your adventures and seeing your great pictures!

  3. Kara! i really enjoy reading your blog!!!! ahh so refreshing, you are!!

  4. Yeah! for cricket, and Yeah! for Pakistan border ceremony.
    Warning, the border ceremony may be similar in concept to the changing of the guard in D.C., but it will be different in practice. Instead standing in dread silence, you will be encouraged to run, sing, and shout. Like all of India, it is more boisterous :) Catch some carp at the Golden Temple...