are we reading the Bible wrong??

First of all: Some background. Background: I just finished reading two books (Book 1, Book 2) that rocked my world. Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve been pondering many of the topics in these books for the past few years. Sometimes with much fear & trepidation. If I take just one step in the wrong direction, will my faith come crumbling down all around me? If I choose to change my opinion/belief on something in God’s …

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highs & lows

When I don’t post on the blog for awhile, you can pretty much assume I have some swirly whirly thoughts that refuse to settle and/or crystallize. And that I’ve started a blog post in my head a dozen times but just can’t make sense of what I’m thinking/trying to say (let alone put it in words to help you understand). But the itch to write doesn’t go away, and so I have to do something. …

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dear ayan

Dear Ayan, Hello, sweet friend! Pam told me you found my blog, and the two of you read it together last week at tutoring. That’s so fun! And makes me so happy! I hope you and Pam get a chance to read this post together too, because I’m writing it just for you. I miss you!! You were such a ray of sunshine in my life last year. I love, love, loved being your neighbor. …

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happy is hard work.

Livi tries to show me on her Khmer consonant/vowel chart why this one sound can only be combined with this one other sound, and I’m all, “Go away. I don’t even care.” Livi: Are you mad at me? Me: No. Livi: Are you in a bad mood? Me: Yes. Livi: What can I do to make you happy? Me: Nothing. I don’t want to be happy. Livi: But, if you’re not happy, none of us can be …

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third culture kids (part 2)

I had planned on waiting a bit for the second installment of this TCK series, but the girls specifically asked to do another post, so here we go. Interview #2 with Livi, Ava, & Nina, soon-to-be-TCKs (Nina, reading as I type: Soon? Soon? Me: What are you talking about? Nina: Soon-to-be TCKs? What do you mean, soon? Me: You’re not officially a TCK until you’ve lived here for a year or so. Nina, kissing me …

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growing wings

Let me set the scene here. Baby sister has been sick for two days. Her fever has broken for what we hope is the last time. Her tummy is aching (we think from hunger), but nothing sounds good to her. Except bacon. And ice cream. (No vegan comments, please. Thanks.) Dad is at church. The four of us stayed home. The older two aren’t sick, but Gabe has a meeting right after church, and I …

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third culture kids (part 1)

Ever heard of the term “third culture kid” or TCK? When I asked one of our girls what she thought it meant, she said, “Someone who grows up in a third world country?” Good answer but not quite. David Pollock, co-author of Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, defines it like this: A person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships …

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be gentle.

I’ve been talking to myself the past few days. This is nothing new (by any stretch), but the words I’m saying are. “Be gentle. Be gentle. Be gentle.” I’m telling myself to be gentle to herself. Except I’m having a little trouble listening (let alone agreeing/obeying). I have a long history of putting pressure on myself, of expecting quite a bit of myself, of giving myself a hard time if I don’t measure up. The …

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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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