we’ve got mail! (almost)

(Before you read this, please take a minute to pray for one of our favorite little guys in a fight for his life. Thank you!) So, hey! Guess what we did yesterday. Took a tuk-tuk to the post office and got ourselves a p.o. box. Yay us! We’ve been tickled by all the people who have asked for our address so they could send us a little treat, but you really can’t get mail delivered …

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we know God wants him healed

Will you join us in prayer for our dear friends, Josh and Laura? They’re asking/believing God for more time (like 90 years!) with their sweet, beautiful little boy, Judah (doctors say he has a few weeks to live), and we’re praying & fasting with them. A fb friend just shared this amazing video of a 17-month-old with Stage 4 cancer throughout his whole body. (I’m not a big video watcher. SO glad I watched this …

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cambodia: easier & not

Along the lines of my previous post, Cambodia: Cheaper & Not, here’s an in-exhaustive list of things that are easier in Cambodia and things that are, um, not easier. Things That Are Easier in Cambodia: Getting Vitamin D in February. (lots and lots and lots of Vitamin D) Finding fresh pineapple from a street vendor with all the outside already cut off & carved so you can eat it like a drumstick. Getting ready to …

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cambodia: cheaper & not

A lot of people have asked us about the cost of living here in the Kingdom of Wonder. I don’t exactly know what to say. It’s complicated. And we’re still figuring it out. Based on our 7 weeks of being Cambodian residents, here’s what I can tell you: What’s Cheaper Here: Our apartment. We actually don’t know what to call it. House? Apartment? We rent the top floor of a 3-story building. Our landlord/landlady and …

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something had to give

No one is telling us what to do here in Cambodia. Not a boss, not a coach, not a parent. We’re on our own. (Oh, unless you count the Holy Spirit.) (We count the Holy Spirit.) No one’s really telling us how to do it either. (We do ask for/get advice from people who’ve been here longer than us. So helpful. And we have a missions agency handling the money side of stuff.) But mostly …

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hooked on phonics!

hooked on phonics!

Warning: NERD ALERT. This post will contain academic references & phonetic terminology. We just completed our FIRST DAY of Khmer School, and I am totally geeked out. I LOVE TO LEARN!! This day was a total and complete gift from God. This whole school thing is. Our first 5-week module was completely paid for by amazing, generous people, and we already have a start on funding for module two. So so so grateful!! (Like CRAZY …

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elusive contentment

I had a Mr. Miyagi moment today. Technically, a Daniel-san moment. One where I realized, “Oh, hey. So, that’s why God allowed us to go through this, that, and the other thing for the past few years. Who knew that those seemingly pointless wax-on-wax-off drills were preparing us for Cambodia?” For example. When Gabe was battling anxiety and couldn’t work and we were drowning in medical debt, I would make multiple (like 10+) trips to the …

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she stole my husband’s heart

Gabe and his friend Kevin spent eight hours on Sunday in a village across the river. They met some pretty amazing people and got to spend some quality time with them. Tonet is the cousin of one of Gabe’s friends back in Ohio. He took Gabe and Kevin to visit his wife’s grandma who is very ill. Of all the people they met (including several sick folks they prayed over), this 64-year-old woman, Lon Karn, …

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jumpstart your writing dreams!

In my spare time here in Cambodia, I’ve been devouring a book about writing on my Kindle on loan from the library (I love the internet!). My two favorite genres are travel memoirs & books about writing. (What are your favorites?) Reading this book has inspired me to 1.) write my brains out and 2.) help others get moving on their writing dreams. (I know so many of you have writing dreams and yet you …

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i saw something today

He had a blank look on his face, staring off in a different direction than the one he was walking. As our tuk-tuk got closer, I realized he was blind. And missing one leg. Hobbling on crutches, moan-chanting something I couldn’t understand. A little boy walked in front of him. He might have been six, seven. He held a metal bowl, begging for money. I felt a pang in my heart at their sad plight. …

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