Wednesday, July 30, 2014

on the shelf

This is what's keeping me up late this week.

At half-way, I'm already saying it's well worth the read!

Disclaimer: War is violent and ugly. This books is set in the middle of a war.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Silas took his first spin on a motorcycle this afternoon with a friend.  It was love at first ride! 

Monday, July 28, 2014


Maybe I have a new favorite app. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Poetry Competition

Jude recited that sweet little version of Psalm 23 this morning.  He wore his Spiderman watch.  He was ready for action.  We gave him pep talks about speaking in front of his classmate and promised ice cream if he shared his recitation.

But when that teacher asked for poems, his courage failed a bit. (Or his stubbornness overtook.)

I think it's safe to say that Silas didn't perform either.

So there is no ice cream in our house tonight.

But the Spiderman watch was well-earned and I hope this little poem stays in his mind a long time.

God is my Shepherd / And I am his little lamb. / He feeds me / He guides me / He looks after me.

I have everything I need. / Inside, my heart is very quiet. / Even when I walk through the dark scary, lonely places / I won’t be afraid / Because me Shepherd knows where I am.

He is here with me / He keeps me safe/ He rescues me / He makes me strong and brave.

Psalm 23 Children's Paraphrase
from The Jesus Storybook Bible (shortened for memorizing)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

1. Today was the half way mark in my intensive linguistics course.  I know enough about bilabial and back velar articulation to last me a life time.  It's seriously been a profitable class.  Maybe one day, ten years from now, I'll be as fluent as fluent can be. And all these steps along the way will feel worth it.  Right now, let's be honest….I'm ready for a break.

2. Jude has a "Poetry Competition" at school on Friday.  We're bribing motivating him with the promise of a Spiderman watch to learn the rendition of Psalm 23 found in the Jesus Story Book Bible.  Pure sweetness to hear those words coming out of his mouth.  The actual performance is unlikely to be quite so solid as his practice….but he's definitely made progress since our play school drama fiascos.

3. Silas's teacher sent home a notice that he is also requested to recite a short poem.  Um.  Silas doesn't really talk.  A poetry competition!? I'll let you know how it goes.

4. David is manny-of-the-year.  He made a broccoli quiche this week that was ah-mazing. He's tackling  with gusto that long list of house projects that piled up over the summer.

5. Why all the projects to complete? Well, friends, if all goes as planned, four months from this week we will be on a plane to America.  We'll be hugging those grandparents and eating Thanksgiving dinner with actual turkey. There's a lot of space between here and there but we certainly feel the window closing.  It's hard to believe we've been on this journey for three years. God's grace has been sufficient for us.

I really will write something a bit pensive and serious soon.  There's more stirring in my brain than I have energy to output. For now, that's what's up around here this Wednesday!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Weekend Fun

We broke out of the house to enjoy some monsoon coolness at the zoo this weekend. It was fantastic! Check out those cute hugging turtles...

Saturday night my sweet, amazingly encouraging friend, Sara brought a celebratory cheesecake over. Yay for no more language tests!

After some of that goodness, we played our new favorite game, Ticket to Ride. If you are a Settlers of Catan fan, this should be your next step! 

Monday is here again. Hope you have a good one! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

The roaring lion

This is a little video of Silas. He seems to have quite the imagination for a two year old.  Sometimes he stops what he's doing and breaks into a "scared" pose, then sprints away, very obviously playing with some sort of imaginary someone.

He's taken up his brother's habit of becoming a cat or dog, barking and crawling about.

Today, he set his little, teeny lion up as a guard around the toy chest.

He would sneak up on him and then run away shouting "Lion, Lion!" Videos only show so much.  Trust me, it was hysterical.

The kid's got flare.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The results are in...

I passed the language evaluation. 


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chef Hubs

David is knee deep in "manny" duty around here. (And I'm knee deep in phonetics and linguistics;) He has taken the shift in stride and even made his own menu plan for the week. That's my organized man! 

Last night was Basil Tomato Chicken and pasta. Mmmm! 

Keep it comin', hubs! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Culture Shock

I finished my language evaluation. And I hope I never have to take another one again.  That's a small and highly irrational hope.  But, a girl can dream.

I spent the weekend in severe culture shock and haven't quite come out of it yet.  Though a stop yesterday at a delicious Italian restaurant in town did help.  How can bruchetta not mend a weary brain?

Apparently, I haven't fully recovered though.  This morning I woke up in the midst of a very bizarre cultural dream.

I was in America.  (And no one was speaking in a foreign language.)

I was with all my best girlfriends and we were going boating at a lake with Rebekah's dad.  Everyone got out of the car wearing all their cute lake garb.  Shorts and tank tops, cute swim suits underneath.

I opened my suit case and all I could find was my "burkini."

(You may recall that while swimming here, I wear a sort of wet suit that covers me from mid-arm to neck to ankle. I tried to break this summer when the water temp was at 90 and the air temps were at 110.  I went wild and wore board shorts to my knees and a sleeveless top.  I felt utterly exposed and completely inappropriate. The burkini was back after a day.)

So there I was in my dream, surrounded by Americans at a lake, trying to figure out how I could possibly tell my friends that I only had my full length swim suit for our girl's day out.

Just as I resigned myself to the burkini, I woke up.

Still in South Asia.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wordy Wednesday

Here are a few words on life lately. 

1. Language, language, language.  I wouldn't call this one of my most compelling blogging seasons.  The primary reason: I'm brain dead from studying for a language exam.  It will be this Friday.  And I welcome prayers for a miracle.  

2. Immediately following that exam, I'll start a three week intensive course on learning foreign languages.  If you feel the order in that might be reversed, sigh, you're probably right.  Nonetheless, here we go.  David will be a "manny" (to use a word I find hysterical) during that time so that I can focus on the class.  We're both actually looking forward to a few weeks where travel and meetings are out of the question.  It's been an intense summer over here. 

3. Last night Jude wanted to "work out." So he and Silas spent 25 minutes doing Six Week Six Pack with all the gusto they could muster.  It was fantastic! David and I seriously could not stop laughing. 

4. Today I went to Jude's school to talk about American culture.  I wore a flag scarf and played Ray Charles singing America the Beautiful.  I gave them peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They all had a really hard time believing American kids really don't eat rice and curry at lunch. We topped it off with some imported M&Ms and it was a hit! 

5. Silas has Spanish class now. He also has a "leadership" segment of his curriculum.  Have I mentioned their school is a little intense? At home, we're still working on keeping the rice out of our underoos at dinner. Asian education is a force to be reckoned with. 

6. Monsoon.  I just love this season.  It's breezy.  It's cooler.  Sometimes it rains so hard that I just sit on the porch and stare.  Farewell to summer.  

Well, that's all the wordage I can manage today. 

Happy Wednesday! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

link up

Skip this blog today and link up to this article on The Gospel Coalition entitled 10 Promises for Parents.

Worth jotting a few notes-to-self on my mirror from this one! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

On My Shelf

Reading hasn't made it to the top of my priority list of late, but I have managed to squeeze in a few here and there.  Here's what's been on my (sort of sad) list lately:

1. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Covey

Old news perhaps, but I am just getting started on this jewel and think it'll be a helpful boost to my internal life and the way it impacts the external. Besides, I have a serious need to be highly effective these days…just to make it:)

2. Phantastes by George MacDonald

I like the idea of reading George MacDonald.  Inevitably, the impact of his writing on me is profound.  But he always takes me some time.  This is far from my usual genre but I admit I'm slowly entering his faery world. I think it will be well worth my time.

3. O Pioneers & My Antonia by Willa Cather

A friend (with good taste) recommended these to me and since I haven't read Cather since high school, I decided to re-visit.  I read My Antonia several months ago, and wanted to keep going. I like her.  Not every day, all the time but it was a great change of pace.  I find her ability to tell a story compelling and her themes, particularly about the pull of the land, moving.

4. Chasing the Sun by Sylvester

A novel about a kidnapping in South America.  I didn't love it, but I liked it.

5. Keep a Quiet Heart by Elliot

I've read it at least five times. I love the wisdom, the clear and concise thoughts on pressing topics.  It helps me….it helps me keep a quiet heart:)

And there you have it.  My very puny reading list from the past few months.  Let's just say, I'm going to do some serious library browsing when we finally make it back to the US!