Tuesday, October 23, 2012

International Friendship {274}

Dear Miss Dinah,

A morning well spent at the International Friendship meeting.

Women from all over the world gather for a few hours each week to learn new skills, practice new languages, and just share bits of our life and culture with the others. It is such a treat to experience life through the eyes of someone who grew up half-way around the world. Sometimes even someone who grew up half-way across the state can offer fresh perspective.

Again, you got to spend a good while with a dozen children from all across the globe too.

Setting up for the morning
 When she was 18, a young woman from the country of Kyrgyzstan worked in a small shop sewing hand-made purses, shoes, toys, tapestry and more, all made from felt. A few years later she began her professional career, working at the U.S. Embassy in Kyrgyzstan, where she met her husband, and American military officer. And now she is stationed here with him! She has only been here for 2 months and has recently begun to promote items from the shop she used to work at. She brought many of the items to display today. www.tumar.com

Here is a Nativity scene, hand-sewn, using the hand-made felt. All of the characters in the scene can travel in their very own yurt, which is behind them in this photo.

Nativity scene with yurt

Time For Fall

Colors changing,
leaves fall faster.
Heaven sending
sweet reminders.
Days grow shorter
by the minute.
One can hold forever in it.

I love you,

Mamma <3

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