Monday, August 27, 2012

Started school today

Caleb started school today! We managed to accomplish everything that was on our schedule: math, English, reading, writing, dictation, and history! Not sure if we can keep that up. I am already feeling I am coming down with a cold from all the unpacking and cleaning. But I am grateful we've moved in and set up most of the daily necessities. Pictures to come when I feel up to it :) Some students will be coming tomorrow to cook and hang out. That calls for flexibility and working around the schedule with homeschooling. Challenging, but I am learning how to handle it more each day. Praise unto His name.

A visit to orphanage

We took a trip to visit our friends at an orphanage last week. It was an hour bus ride away and it was a nice trip cooking lunch, making crafts, and playing games together.

Colorful bug right outside orphanage
Coffee beans

Girls cooking lunch
Boys working on flying bird project

Trying it out

In action
Watching bird in flight
Paul teaching Rachel how to read

Group picture

Saturday, August 18, 2012

New Home

We've moved in to our new place for five days now. Have been busy packing, cleaning, unpacking, and more cleaning! We are so thankful for your intercession and His Divine provision even though it was not at all easy. We've been back in Vietnam for merely a week, with jetlag and all, and it is amazing how so much can happen in a week. Here are a few pictures of the move and our wonderful and efficient moving crew. From loading the truck to unloading all boxes it totaled only one hour!


Students coming to help us move
Note truck driver's cigarette
Can't believe nothing fell out of the truck o n the way to new home
Wonderful moving crew in front of new home
First meal in our new home with our sisters
Saying goodbye to our newly harvested daikon at our university guest house

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What am I doing here

One knows she's back in Vietnam when she steps out of that airport, into the muggy humid air, into the sounds and smells that so overwhelm the senses, into the stares, into the closeness of bodies behind her at custom counters and in security lines. For each of the past four years, I hear myself asking the same question: What am I doing here? It is difficult to answer from a human point of view. It is. But I also know that after a couple of weeks, I won't be asking that anymore. Our Creator has given man amazing adaptability. However, I do not hope for myself to just adapt, but to be able to respond with joy. The same joy that was set before the Founder and Perfecter of my faith. The same joy that enabled Him to endure the cross (Hebrews 12:2).


Wednesday, August 8, 2012


It is 5:45am at the Hong Kong International Airport. We just landed here for a three-hour layover connection to Ho Chi Minh City. Free wifi here at the airport. How about that.

Summer went by too quickly and we are already missing our friends and family. Thank you all for your love and support as we step into another year of trusting in the Sovereign's leading.