Sunday, 10 May 2009 – Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted May 10th, 2009 by IP

Well, a lot has happened since my last entry. On Monday, 27 April, I returned to work and the last two weeks were so busy that after I returned home, I had no desire to work on the computer (play cards, maybe; type on blog, no!). Things are finally settling down somewhat, so I will try to be more regular in my writing.

In my last entry, I mentioned that we were beginning a garden plot. I’m happy to report, that it is doing well. There are morning glories, sunflowers, a 4 o’clock, corn (just one so far), two types of squash, and watermelon pushing their way through the soil. We visit the garden in the morning and evening to water and encourage the little guys out of the ground. I’m so excited to see how the shoots are growing – about 2″ and growing.

Temperatures last week ranged from 28C / 80F to 0C / 32F with snow on Friday and Saturday! Thanks goodness the plants are under their bubble of plastic, otherwise we would have surely lost everything.

Today we had lunch with a lovely Mongolian family. They, like us, have a son with Down Syndrome. Our Jason, will be 23 later this month. Since our arrival last August, we have been wondering what he could do. All through the long weather, Jason was mostly house-bound. When the temperatures drop to -30 with a windchill of -45, there’s not a whole lot of incentive to go out! Now, that it’s warming up, Jason is eager to get out and about. Today we learned that on several occasions, he met the father of the Mongolian boy who also has DS. The father teaches yoga three times a week on our housing compound. He also works at the embassy and discovered that Jason is my son. He asked his American supervisor to see if I would be interested in learning more about what is being done for children with DS in UB. It was like the answer to a prayer! His wonderful wife, Erden, is the chairman of the Mongolian DS Association. Today at lunch, we learned that there are about 40 families in UB who have DS children. Through the efforts of Erden, there is now a classroom where these children attend school four hours a day. She is passionate to improve their situation and works tirelessly with NGOs to develop programs and services. I am sure that over our next 2 1/2 years, we will have many opportunities to work together.

I feel as though a door has been opened and that our experience in Mongolia will be a truly special and unique time.

That’s all for today. Over the coming days, I will backtrack a bit to give a synopsis of our stay in Japan, and also hopefully upload some pics.

2 Responses to “Sunday, 10 May 2009 – Happy Mother’s Day!”

  1. Jeff

    My first comment on your blog! 🙂

    I hope you can upload some pictures of your plot and the things you’re growing. Your temperature fluctuations are pretty drastic… between 0 to 28? Though.. I almost long for winter again after yesterday’s humidity in Tokyo (>_<)

  2. IP

    I will do pics soon…how can I get my comments to show at the top like yours?

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