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

Sunday, June 9, 2013


It's official. I'm twenty-four years old. One more blessed year has come and gone.

It was a great day filled with family and friends. I'm so glad the boys were still here to celebrate!

Pedicures, a night out, and a great surprise from my life group gals. Wahooooo.

Here's to another great year.

My life group girls surprised me with confetti poppers, balloons, and an awesome homemade poster! I love these girls! 

Stephen waited four weeks to eat this salad again. 

Best brothers in the world. 

My favorite... ice cream!! 

Night out in one of my favorite places in Manila. 

Birthday pedicures and manicure for Stephen. Maybe one of these days he'll stop biting his nails. 

Some taxi drivers are better than others. 

"I raise my eyes toward the mountains Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side. The sun will not strike you by day, or the moon by night. The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever." Psalm 121

the best brothers

It's their last day. They're headed home in a few hours. 

I'm convinced that I have the best brothers in the world. Who else would fly to the other side of the world for 5 weeks to join in on a sister's daily shenanigans? 

I have loved having these boys here. We have been laughing nonstop...the best medicine a girl could ask for.

A few of our favorite times... going to the gym(you should have seen everyone eyes when they realized how strong the boys are), shopping, kids church, helping brother Allan's family, hosting my life group girls, dinners and outings with our Korean sister Sophie... All of that and just plain being together. 

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the Bolton boys in another culture:

"Did you tape the bottom of the door? Where is the tape? Quit going in that room. That's where the bugs are coming from!!!"

"They sell the most... I can't even believe what they sell over here." 

"I think every chair in the den should have a person fan... like the ones on the sideline at the football games." 

"Come back to America, because I'm not coming back here to visit you." 

"I can't wait to walk outside and smell something good... like freshly cut grass." 

"You ain't never heard a Beethoven remix... and there's a good reason why." 

"Put your hands up in the air. Put your hands up in the air." 

"Oh my gosh... close the door to the roach room!!!"

"We can fill up that tiny trash can about as fast as I can drink a glass of water." 

"Gah, who left the door open to the rat/termite/roach room??? Not just one problem... multiple." 

"I'm gonna swat you out like some termites." 

"This place is so bunk. Sometimes the air conditioner won't turn on. Then sometimes you don't have water. Then you walk outside and it smells bad. And, sweat is dripping down your back the whole time. You even arrive at the airport and it feels like a sauna." 

Traffic on my street... back to school.

There she is... my apartment building.
Their favorite... homemade pizza with whole wheat crust. 

Pumpkin bread one morning. 

Rain storms... and all of the motorcycles stopped under the bridge. 

Youth outreach. 

One of the few times Stephen was sick... no one in their right mind would use a fleece blanket in the Philippines.  Notice the ensure on the couch. 

Patrick guarding his eyes from the onions... with my scuba mask. 

Stephen shaking the rat poop out of my suitcase that has been in storage. Gross. So glad he was here to clean it up. 

Filipino food at the Harvells. 

Patrick eating some Filipino food... Rice and Pancit. 

"I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High." Psalm 7:17

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night." Psalm 92:1-2

back to school

It's back to school for Filipinos. Summer is gone and rainy season is on it's way in. It has been an awesome summer season with the boys being here. We have had some wonderful times together.

Today we had a "back to school" party at church. We have been teaching the kids a new song and dance to perform for the occasion. They did great. Stephen and Patrick even joined in on the song performance. We passed out goodie bags at the end with new school supplies. They loved them.

Kids club on Sunday morning. 

Practicing for our song and dance performance. 

Sometimes they get a little distracted. 


Stephen and Patrick joined the song and dance performance. 


Games after our pot bless lunch. 

Their school uniforms... the smallest size is a little bit too big for them... getting them taken in this week. Poor Althea had a tooth ache... dentist tomorrow. 

It's better to give than to receive. Stephen gave his backpack to Brother Allan. He was so grateful. 

New backpack. 

Back to school treats... new crayons, pens, pencils, rulers, and paper. 

New school supplies! 

Patrick holding Althea up for the group picture... just like Daddy used to hold us up for the Disney parades. 

Group picture after our Pot Bless lunch and back to school party.

Patrick taught this kid how to poke Stephen in the ribs. He did it for the next hour. 

Then they got him back.

"One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." Proverbs 11:24-25