walk humbly

I love living in Cambodia. Yes, it’s only been 3 weeks (how has it only been 3 weeks?!?), and, yes, we’ve only lived in our own home for 1 of those weeks, but something special is happening here. God has slowed me down, quieted my soul. I’m sitting on my front balcony, and it’s big enough that, when I’m sitting closer to the door than our railing, I can’t see the street (we’re on the …

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the tavianos are going to school!! (gulp)

The unschooler in me is twitching and cringing just the littlest bit. And the perfectionist in me is a little bit scared of doing something I may not be good at. But mostly what I feel about starting school three weeks from tomorrow? Peace. On February 13, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and the Three Little Bears are heading off to LANGUAGE SCHOOL. Five days a week, 3.5 hours a day, for 5 weeks. Times 8. That’s …

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life so far

This post may be random, rambling, who knows. We’re in Joma Bakery Cafe again (which totally feels like “cheating” since it’s so Western–you’re even allowed to flush your toilet paper here). I’m trying to blog & eat quick, because we have to stop at the market and be back home by 1:00 so the repairmen can come back and work on our leaking bathtub some more (did I mention we have a bathtub?!). (Bite, write. …

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adventures in shopping

Sneaking in a blog post using Lunar Cafe’s free wifi while we wait for our lunch. We ordered 8 items (each one $1, $1.25, or $1.50), and our server wrote nothing down. “You can remember?” I asked her. “Yes,” she said smiling. (We’ll see if she’s just flat-out amazing or if we’ll be trying some things we didn’t order.) So. Our days have been filled with shopping, shopping, shopping. If you know me the tiniest …

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prayers answered

Friends. THANK YOU for praying for us. Man alive, we can feel it. We said good-bye to Pam & Britt last night, and it was brutal. Everybody’s feeling a little better this morning, but it kind of feels like we got hit by a truck. In my last post I asked for three specific things. Healing for Ava’s toe, a place to live, and for our language schooling situation. Here’s an update: 1.) Ava. First, …

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pray with us?

Three things on my mind & heart tonight before I head to bed: 1.) Ava. I won’t write out all the gory details of her injury yesterday, because I have a weak stomach. Praise Jesus for helping me help her in spite of my aversion to blood. (She ripped her big toenail half off in the pool. Three hours into our 24-hour getaway.) She’s still in some pain but not as much, and she’s walking …

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ineptitude magnified

I feel like all of my weaknesses, my struggles, the stuff I’m not good at are just super glaring right now. I probably see it more than others (Gabe, Britt, Pam, & the girls see it the most after me), but still. Not trusting God’s provision and timing enough? Glaring. Worrying about what others think about our family? Glaring. Impatience? Insecurities? Indecisiveness? Introvertedness? All glaring. One week in Cambodia, and I’ve already felt like a …

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let it all hang out

I feel the need to share with you the amazingness that is (are?) our friends, Britt and Pam. They are two of our dearest friends from back home (the place we formerly knew as home), and they made great sacrifices to join us for our first two weeks in Cambodia. Their reward will be very great in heaven. We met them four (five?) years ago and have grown super close in that time.We’ve seen each …

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house hunters international (except not)

So, we’re homeless at the moment. Not living on the streets or anything. We’re in a guesthouse. But we only have it reserved through next Thursday night (Britt & Pam’s last night here) and, even if it’s available after that, it’s $25/room (we have 2) and not in our budget beyond that date. Ideally, we’ll have an apartment/house to move into by then. Some moments I think this is probably pretty doable. Other times I …

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when people pray

I have this dear, sweet friend who lives on the other side of the country from me. Scratch that. She USED to live on the other side of the country from me until I up and left the country. Now she’s on the other side of the planet. Anyway. I can’t remember exactly how or when we “met” and I won’t go on and on about her right now and how much she’s blessed me, …

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