Jaipur Jewels in Texas

Disappointments and Peace

Tina Jacobson

This past Thursday Madeline and I embarked on what we thought would be a big 10-day adventure (16 days for her)! But it seems there were other plans for us. 

We left our house at 7 AM and arrived at DFW at 8:30. The airport, not usually crowded at that time, was very full. We had a short wait to check our four very full suitcases, each with 50 lbs of goodies for our friends in India. The security line was a much longer line and it took 25 minutes to get through it. Did you know that since October TSA will stop and check you if you have more than one unopened bag of food in your carry on? Yep I had 4 unopened bags of very good food stuffs: Oreos, Reese’s, Doves dark chocolate and almonds. Chocolate is a must for me when traveling to India! So, I had to wait while they pulled everything out of my large carry on bag and check everything for drugs. Or is it gunpowder? 

Terry and I always get a hamburger before departure since it’s the last time until we return that we are able to eat beef. The Fuddruckers closed down last year. There was an Applebee’s but they didn’t serve lunch until 10 and we had to be at the gate around that time. So, Madeline and I settled on a good ole American breakfast instead. No beef. 

At the gate, we found out our boarding was delayed even though the plane was at the gate. Forty-five minutes later, we boarded. We got all settled in and then the plane pulled away from the gate...and stopped. We found out there was a mechanical issue. We sat for 30 minutes. Luckily the entertainment system was on and I was watching a movie. I got 2/3rds the way through the movie when they taxied back to the gate and asked us to deplane. Giving us food vouchers they asked us to come back to the gate at 3:30 pm. So we went and got the hamburger.

Processing what was going on, Madeline and I discussed our options. Then we prayed. We said we would be at peace however this turned out. We both felt that if the flight was cancelled that we should postpone the trip. Madeline would be able to go with us in March. So we went back to the gate and waited until 3:30. And we kept waiting until 5:45. That’s when they announced the flight was cancelled and that we needed to go and retrieve our luggage. No other information was given. 

Gathering our suitcases, we knew that our trip was postponed. Terry came and picked us up. We called T. I texted with my jewelers. We were sad. We were disappointed. But we were at peace. Last week Terry taught our family about peace. He reminded us that peace is not circumstance dependent. We can choose to believe and understand that there is Grace that is sufficient. 

We miss T & A. We miss the planning talks, feeding leper’s, discussing the possibility of getting a teacher for the leper’s children, the filming and fun things too...like looking through thousands of pieces of jewelry, riding elephants and camels, buying cute clothes and eating wonderful food. Madeline and I will miss our special time together. 

Disappointments happen . . . often. I have learned that it’s how I respond, instead of react that makes a difference in my life. Taking time to meditate and pray is important. But most importantly I know who is in control of all circumstances. And I can rest fully. The tears still came. The sadness is around. But I choose to know that my plans are not my own and I choose to receive Peace. 

I hope you have true lasting Peace today. 

Pashminas

Tina Jacobson

Pashminas are very soft scarves and wraps that, though not heavy, keep you very warm.

Do you ever wonder why they are so expensive?

The wool is produced from a goat. What’s the big deal about that? We have goats all over Texas, and they produce wool for sweaters and blankets and such. These wool sweaters don’t cost nearly as much as a Pashmina or Cashmere sweater. What is the difference?

 I did a little research on the world-wide net. Here are a few points that I found out why these little pieces of very soft cloth are so expensive.

 The wool comes from the Changthangi goat. (sounds like a Dr. Seuss character, right?) This goat is a big beautiful animal found in the cold, arid region surrounding the Himalayans in Kashmir, India. It is not an easy destination to get to.

 Point #1…It takes hours/days to find the goat.

 This breed is raised mainly for its ultra-fine wool production. This wool is called pashma. There are only a few of these types of goats, and they can only be found during the winter period. The goats that produce both types of wool are a similar breed. However, the goats that produce cashmere are more numerous and live in a wider area that is a little more accessible.

Point #2…These goats are rare, and you have to track them down in the dead of winter. Therefore their wool is rare.

 The pashma wool is a sister wool to cashmere, but it is a much finer, thinner thread. The wool is hand cut from the underbelly of the goat. It is then hand spun into a delicate fine thread. Once the threads are spun and dyed, the artisan's hand weaves and embroiders the thread into scarves and wraps. Depending upon the difficulty of the embordering, it can take from one month up to 12 months to produce a single scarf or wrap.

Point #3…it takes a very LOOONG Time to create the thread and to weave one scarf.

There is only one way to test a pashmina to find out if it is real or not. It involves burning. Taking a small portion, you light it and wait for it to burn. If it is real, it will smell like burnt hair, not like burning plastic. And it will still have a matte feel similar to the way it was before it was burned. I haven’t tried this technique…not sure I want to do that with the costly pashmina’s I have!

Point #4…Unless you like playing with matches and taking a chunk out of your scarf, trust the person who you buy your pashmina’s from!

Now I understand better the cost of these beautiful creations. The craftsmanship alone is worth the cost, but understanding how much work and effort it takes to get the wool and make the thread…it’s a multi-step very arduous (and cold!) project. I think I will just enjoy the ones that I have been able to purchase in Jaipur. They are works of art, and much better displayed hanging on a wall or table than around my neck. But for these winter months, I will enjoy keeping warm and feeling pretty with the few I have to wrap around my neck.

 Stay warm,

Tina

 

Trevor's Father

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Trevor traveled to his home state Bangalore this week. His father has been sick for several months.

Last night his father passed away. Please pray for Trevor, his brothers and his mother. His father was a believer as is his mother and one brother, Derek. Trevor’s oldest brother, Fredrick, is not a believer. Pray for Fredrick and his family, that they will come to know The LIGHT. Please also pray for Annie and Joshua as they will be traveling today to Bangalore. They are traveling by plane because it is a 3 day journey by car and not safe for them to drive it alone. Annie has borrowed the $500 needed for the flights from friends.

O.V.E.R.W.H.E.L.M.E.D

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Do you know the feeling?  I am sure you do.

I had a different agenda this week. I have our friends from India coming in. Besides my normal work tasks and the chaos with the house under remodeling, I was planning on getting everything ready for their arrival. But an interruption came along.

Do You Know About Frogs?

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I read a blog post this weekend about frogs.  Not the cute little amphibians that you find in your yard, or in our case, the pool. The post I read is about productivity. I always feel like I don’t get anything done. So, I am still searching for ways to achieve more, and yes, I click through on Facebook to those post about “getting things done.”

Frogs. If they are not the cute little green things hopping in the grass, what are they?

Today Is A Good Day To Start

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I have been reading the letter written to the Philippians by the Apostle Paul. In the second chapter there are 5 verses that I have been reading over and over and meditating on.

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.”

“Even our parents did not love us as much as you do.”

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It has been an exciting start in 2018. We have fed the people with leprosy twice in January and in February. Their responses will put a lump in your throat, if not a tear in your eyes.

In January, Trevor & Annie were able to honor these people whom no one will dignify with even a hello. They celebrated India’s National Republic Day by serving them a meal. Not only did they serve them, but Trevor & Annie provided tables, chairs, plates, and cups so that they could all sit together and have a meal together. It changed everything!