Thursday, August 29, 2013

the next thing

It's a new day and a new season of life. 

Nashville, I think I'm gonna like you. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

thankful

There are a million things to be thankful for at the end of this season of life. 

Overseas Family... Anyone who has hosted me for a meal in your home, thank you. Anyone who drove me around town in your car, thank you. Anyone who took to the doctor or helped me out when I was sick, thank you. Anyone who laughed with me over a culture moment gone wrong, thank you. Anyone who prayed with me for strength to persevere, thank you. Anyone who loved me like I was a member of the family, thank you. Anyone who invited me over during the holiday season, thank you. Anyone who helped me navigate my way around Manila, thank you. I couldn't have made it without you. You made these last two years wonderful. I will miss you so much.

Church Family... In Manila and in America. I couldn't have made it without your prayers, support, letters, packages, and emails. Thank you for genuinely caring about my life in the Philippines. I am humbled and deeply grateful. 

Supportive Family and Friends... I've said this before and I'll say it again. I have the most wonderful family and friends. Try to beat them, you can't. I have been so blessed by your kind words and encouragement. 

Wednesday Morning Ladies... I joined this group about a year ago... And I'm so thankful that I did. It was great to get to know each one of you. Even though I was the baby of the group, I wouldn't have had it any other way! I was blessed by you guys in ways you'll never know. Thanks for taking me under your wing and loving me. 

Visitors... Anyone who came to visit, thank you. Each visit came at just the right time. I couldn't be more thankful. 

It's been a wild ride. High high's and low low's... The Lord has been faithful through it all. 

All glory goes to God. 


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

the last few days

It's been a whirlwind. 

Goodbyes are exhausting. I am so thankful for the last two years of my life. 








                                  










Monday, July 8, 2013

manila

Well, I'm back from Indonesia. It has been great to see familiar faces in this big city.

                           
  
             


                         
  

"So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12

speaking english

Have you ever thought of speaking English as a "blessing?" Well, it has been a huge blessing in my life lately.

A family visit, a third-culture-kid camp, and a week of meetings... speaking American English has certainly been on my "thanksgiving" list. It's so easy... no brain activity required. 

It was so much fun to get to hang out with Americans for a week straight in Bali. Same humor, same home land... and so much in common. It was so wonderful. 


                             
    




                               

"Let whoever is wise understand these things, and whoever is insightful recognize them. For the ways of the Lord are right." Hosea 14:9

Sunday, June 30, 2013

an indonesian adventure

After Camp Miki, there were a couple of days to spare before a week of meetings.

My fellow counselor, Joye, and I had the same ongoing flight to Bali and decided to make an adventure out of the day and a half we had to "waste." Let's just say there's nothing "wasteful" about an extra day in Bali. 

We rented motor bikes, and rode those things all day long. I could have driven from my house in Alabama to Disney World in the amount of time we spent cruising the island. Driving on the "wrong side of the road" wasn't half bad either. We got to see rice terraces, markets, monkeys, temples, and all kinds of people. We even got to taste some famous coffee... you know, the kind that has been pooped out by a civet. I'll just say it loud... that stuff is overrated. 

Our Bali adventure escallated a little bit a few hours into our drive when we found ourselves ankle deep in mud. My chacos are still paying the price for that one. Good thing those little bikes had some power to them. We got ourselves unstuck in no time. The adventure escalated upward once more when Joye took a tumble off her bike. We found a couple of Indonesian men to rescue us... they drove Joye's bike through the rocks... and she was just-a-smiling hanging on the back. 

Once it started to get dark, we knew we needed to find our hotel.. and find it fast. Well, we were driving and driving without the first sign of our hotel. We bagged our first plan and decided to crash at the first decent place to stay. I was praying the whole time as I bounced up and down on that little motor bike that the Lord would extend daylight and help us find a good place to stay. He did just that. We made it to a lovely place- compelte with a bath tub. It's been two years since I've soaked in a tub... and after a day like that- it was the first thing on the list. 

We ordered a room service dinner and enjoyed the nice fluffy pillows. 





                                  
   




                                   

                                    
     
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble yourselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sins and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

"Take my yolk upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yolk is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:29-30


camp miki

I had the wonderful opportunity to work at Camp Miki this month. 

When I was asked to come, I had no clue what to expect. A camp for third culture kids... it seemed cool enough. 

Let me say this... camp was awesome. 

I flew to Yogyakarta, Indonesia and we made the trek up the mountain from the airport. The weather was wonderfully cool. We had a few days of staff preparation before the kids arrived which proved to be a wonderful time to meet so many new friends. 

Once the kids arrived, the week flew by... games, camp-out, Bible studies, activities, canteen, tie-dye, and team cheers. It was so much fun.  

These third-culture-kids have stolen my heart. 









                                   
  

                                    

"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Ephesians 6:13-17