When we left the US for the Philippines in 2011, we had one way tickets. The only return date I ever had in mind was after Andrew graduated high school, five and a half years later. We had already moved the kids once, and didn’t want to shuffle them repeatedly throughout their high school years.… Read More New Seasons and All That Stuff.
Longshan Temple is one of the top tourist destinations in Taipei. Built in 1738, it was a gathering place for Chinese settlers to worship, and continues to be a place of worship today for Buddhists, Taoists, and other deities. I always have mixed feelings about visiting temples. I love the intricate architecture, as well as… Read More Longshan Temple: Finding Cultural Balance While Traveling
This is our first Christmas alone in 20 years. Our first Christmas was 16 days after we were married. Dan bought me an aquarium, I bought him a Tigger sweatshirt from the Disney Store. I think he finally surrendered it when we moved overseas, cuffs frayed and the whole thing faded. It would have made… Read More Christmas 2.0
Hey! I got a job! If anyone told me a few months ago I would be saying those words, I would have been confused, skeptical, and probably a bit frightened. What about my free schedule? My ability to pick up and go somewhere on a moment’s notice? Well, passion comes in several forms. Over the… Read More Unexpected Words: “I Got a Job!”
Ahh…first day back after a break from our Saturday kid’s ministry. It felt a bit like the first day of school, everyone a bit excited, wiggly, and not quite settled in. Lots of hugs, lots of chattering, and lots of not listening to anything we had to say. So, to get out the energy, we… Read More Love in a Bowl of Popcorn
Most Saturdays I park at the market near where we have class. The narrow walkways and alleys just aren’t conducive to parking even the smallest vehicle. Plus, there is the added bonus of having a parking “bantay”, similar to a security guard, who watches over the lot. One bantay in particular, Paul, has been around… Read More And Speaking of Language Confusion…
With over 7000 islands, the Philippines contains hundreds of cultures, people groups, and languages. The languages have common threads, but they are far more diverse than expected. Since there is a need for a common baseline of communication, English is widely spoken throughout the country. Hey, that’s awesome news for us foreigners, right? We don’t… Read More Confessions of a Foreign Language Learner
We were advised not to move overseas with our older kids. They were 12 and 15 at the time, and yes, they’re both good kids, but were still in the thick of preteen and teen drama and angst when we uprooted them. There were challenges for sure, and they didn’t have the luxury of growing… Read More What To Do About Third Culture Teens?
Ah, the iconic jeepney. Anyone who has visited the Philippines or seen pictures of this fun country has no doubt noticed these quirky leftover relics of World War II hauling massive amounts of people from point to point for about 20 cents. You can’t argue with the bargain, but is it maybe time to upgrade the… Read More The Joy of Jeepneys!
This last Summer, we visited the States for the first time since moving to the Philippines. We were invited to speak at a handful of home groups, to share what we do overseas, show a slideshow, you know, the usual “tour”. Being able to reconnect to old friends, and make new ones, was so needed, and… Read More The “Price” of Being a Missionary. Or…”Did You REALLY Need That?!?”