aching for cambodia

My heart hurts. I’m reeeeeally missing some sweet kiddos in Cambodia. And a pair of teenage boys. And a bunch of amazing grown-ups (both American and Cambodian) who are serving Jesus with everything in them.

Thank you, Jesus, for the internet. There’s a team of people in Cambodia right now from a church in Columbus. And several team members have been blogging about their week. John McCollum, the Director of Asia’s Hope, is also over there right now with his wife and 3 kiddos.

This post of his nearly did me in. And then he posted pics of the kiddos in our orphanage. Sigh. I don’t think I can wait until December.

The girls and I each wrote a note to all 22 kiddos, added a washer necklace, and this photo of our family. (I want them to recognize us when we come. Every time I see pics of them, they’ve grown so much!) My friend Sharon leaves TODAY for Cambodia and is delivering all the goodies for us. My friend Kim (who led the team Gabe and I went with) goes tomorrow. I’m a hundred kinds of jealous.

This morning I chatted with our friends Panha and Veasna (teenage brothers serving Jesus by loving on kiddos and using their mad English skillz) on Facebook. I sent two sticks of deodorant with Sharon for P and V. That’s what they asked for when I told them I wanted to give them a little something.

Man alive, I just want to be there. Bouncing up and down in a tuk-tuk and fighting my way through crowds and riding on a muddy river with 22 laughing children and holding 10 kids on my lap at once and putting my hands on either side of their faces and telling them how beautiful they are. I can’t wait for our girls to meet these kids they’ve been talking about and praying about for well over a year now.

Can. Not. Wait.

I have a really, really good feeling about God using this e-book to get us to Cambodia. I’m already thanking him for what he’s about to do.

19 thoughts on “aching for cambodia

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  2. Bethany

    1) I love your hair! What did you do to make it all wavy like that?
    2) I love how souvenir t-shirts shrink. I knew my Outer Banks shirt was small to begin with, but sheesh!
    3) I can’t wait to see how much closer to your goal you get with your new e-book!

  3. jess

    a) your hair looks great
    b) i’m super excited that the past 6 months of cake decorating has earned me enough cash for a new, more functional & non-nauseating kitchen table–it’s a great feeling. i imagine the idea that something you worked so hard at affording you the trip of a lifetime is pretty incredible!!

  4. Carrie Hester

    I am praying for your sweet family each morning when I look at your picture by my prayer chair. God will honor your desire to bring His love to Cambodia again. YOU KNOW HE WILL!
    I can’t wait to buy the e-book!

  5. Carrie

    I’m so glad you and Gabe will be getting the opportunity to go back to Cambodia and that your girls will be able to go too! Its so exciting to hear you talk about it I almost wish it was December for you right now. (love the picture of your family and love your new summer-y beach-y longer hairstyle 🙂

  6. Rachelle

    I love it! December will be here before you know it! Then your body can follow where your heart alreasy resides.

    I would like us blog readers to have the opportunity to give to/toward the orphanage children. I like the idea of you hand delivering something we can tangibly take part in. I’m sure you have an idea just waiting to spill out!

    And my Heartline mama is due to have her baby any day. Are you able to keep up with any news? Nocelia.

  7. Nancy

    You’re like The Little Engine that Could…”I think I can, I think I can…” You’ll make it! What a sweet picture of your family! Did you guys attend VT?

    1. Marla Taviano

      Thanks, Nancy. Nope to VT. Gabe has just been a fan of their football team since he was in high school, and I jumped on the wagon when I met him. 🙂 We’ve been to a few games and were just on campus 2 weekends ago.

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