Post-Training Report & Lunch Party

Mar 14, 2015, By: Audrey

Several people have asked, so I thought I’d make it official by posting here on the blog: My husband and children fared just fine without me for the week I was in Taiwan. Yes, everyone ate healthfully and regularly. No, the laundry was not piled to the roof when I got home. Yes, the kids were happy to see me when I walked in the door. No, they did not cry every day due to my absence.

Actually, Evan managed to take care of kids and home with an added degree of difficulty: Gus ran a fever Tuesday through Friday and had to go to the doctor to get checked out.

Of course I missed them, but every night when I talked to Evan, he assured me, “We’re fine. We miss you, but we’re fine. Don’t worry. Just concentrate on the training. I love you.” I had every confidence that they would do great, and they did…Except for Gus being sick, but oh well.

In the interest of transparency and accountability, I feel I must confess that I haven’t made a lot of progress on my post-training goals yet. I’m working on getting the Creation story down to a manageable portion (the biblical text is two chapters long!) and developing the necessary structural vocabulary for intro, transition, follow up questions, etc.

I had a perfect storying opportunity this week at a moms-and-kids lunch party. If only I had one prepared to share! Next time, eh?


Anyway, a mom I met at the grocery store invited me and two other moms to her home for a cooking/lunch party. We made Japanese okonomiyaki while our kids (all around Elsa’s age) played together.

Okonomiyaki is sort of a vegetable pancake. Start with a medium-thick batter of flour, egg, and water, then stir in cabbage, bean sprouts, green onions, pickled ginger, mushrooms, and grated Japanese mountain potato. Ladle some of the mix onto a hot griddle and fry it up pancake-style. Flip when browned, cook a bit more, then serve it up with a drizzle of hoisin sauce and a generous pinch of bonito flakes. Yum!

I’m looking forward to getting together with these moms again. We’ve tentatively planned a picnic lunch at the park in early April when the cherry trees are in bloom. Maybe by that time I’ll be able to tell them about the One who created the cherry trees!

Okonomiyaki lunch party