Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
As I mentioned, our goal for the trip was not to be super tourists. We actually had a short list of things that we wanted to do--things that we don't have access to in Cambodia. The list included eating good Mexican food (which we did 3 times in 4 days), eating good Thai food, seeing a movie in a real theater, and exploring to find other things we don't have in Cambodia. Franki and I getting excited about seeing a movie with a big bucket of popcorn. Unfortunately, we all forgot our jackets, and by the end of the movie, we were all fearful of hypothermia! But, it was so fun!
And, yes, we found Starbucks, which was not hard since there are over 30 of them in the city. A toffee nut latte was the most spectacular treat!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
And, for some reason, I have a lot of photos of him in this same position. I promise he does work...and work hard!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
God has blessed me with so many amazing people in my life, so many people who encourage me, who challenge me, who love me. I never cease to be amazed at how richly God blesses His children, though we never, ever deserve it. In the past few weeks, I have been especially blessed by one young man in particular.
I never had a biological little brother, but God has certainly blessed me with a lot of “little brothers.” I never really thought I wanted a younger brother growing up. I guess I figured the torment I received from my older brother was enough! (Just kidding, Ryan! I love you!) But, God has thought otherwise throughout my life. I have been blessed to have some amazing young men in my life. And, I know that my relationships with each one of them has brought me to where I am today, doing what I am doing now.
In being here, I have the absolute honor and privilege of working alongside a couple of amazing young men to impact this nation. Whether they like it or not, I have adopted them as my little brothers. They themselves are brothers but so different (as so often happens). Today I am going to talk about one of them. (I am sure the other one will get a post at some point in the future.)
“My heart breaks for Cambodia.” Those are the words that appear when you ask this 18-year-old, recent high school graduate about what motivates him. His heart breaks for the ugliness in his nation. He wears a bracelet that says, “seek justice,” and he does. He loves deeply. He prays faithfully. He inspires and challenges me daily. He holds little girls’ hands to cross the street. He carries little boys on his shoulders. He sees the world around him and all of the things that are wrong and genuinely makes strides to change them, to bring God’s kingdom to earth. He has wisdom and maturity and faith far beyond his 18 years.
The future ahead of him is great, and I am so thankful that I am allowed the privilege to be a part of it for a season.
And it just so happens that his name means destiny…
Monday, September 13, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
My sister and brother-in-law are a constant encouragement to me. It has been such a huge blessing to me to watch them over the last several years, to walk through difficult situations, to hunger for more of God. I am so excited for the journey they are currently walking through, and I can't wait for Caleb to come home. Caleb, you have some really great parents, and even though your aunt may not be around much, she loves you more than you know!!!!
My two favorite nieces inspire me every day. I am watching them grow (though not as closely as I might like) into beautiful young ladies who love Jesus and love other people. Riley is always seeking to give to others, and I love that! I pray you never lose that generous spirit, Riley. And, Caroline. She makes me smile! I love her determined spirit. There is no doing something halfway. That will serve you well in the future, Miss Caroline!
My brother and sister-in-law have blessed me more than they know. Their commitment to God and the work He has called them to do is exciting. They have certainly showed me what it means to bloom where you are planted without growing too comfortable by still remembering to dream and prepare for the future. Tyler is quite a little man! He's definitely a mover and a shaker, and Aunt Heather likes that, Tyler! It bodes well for the future God has for you. And, Aden, I love our cuddles and your smiles, and I can hardly wait to see what God is going to do with your future!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
- Friendly Khmer people
- Delicious and cheap tropical fruit
- Being able to ride a bike nearly everywhere I want to go in Phnom Penh
- The Asian pronunciation of my name = “Hedar” (emphasis on the last syllable)
- Giggling about anything and everything (because Khmer culture is all about saving face, people giggle when they are uncomfortable with a situation or make a mistake.)
- Shopping for pretty much anything in an open market
- Not being phased by the appearance of rats or cockroaches (though I do have a new hatred for ants!!!)
- Banana Blossom Salad
- Talking to the little girl that lives next door who asks me every day, “What is your name? Where do you go?” (That is about all the English she knows.)
- Riding on the back of a moto
- Mango smoothies
- Sunshine every day!
- Being able to barter for better price on just about anything
- Spending time with beautiful and amazing girls!
- Great friends
- Free delivery from nearly every restaurant in town
- Khmer curry & amok
- Seeing people spend their whole day in Hello Kitty pajamas
- Seeing how long I can hold my breath when crossing over smelly street (ok, maybe that one isn’t really something I enjoy). And, just for reference, “smelly street” has an open sewer that runs along the length of the street.
- Being able to scrub my toilet, brush my teeth, and shower all at the same time
- Either being barefoot or wearing flip flops 99% of the time
- Getting excited about things like discounted cereal at the grocery store. (This is the only way I can afford to buy it. They usually discount it if it is nearing its expiration date or the box is damaged.)
- Weaving myself through rush-hour traffic like a pro and crossing streets with confidence that people will just drive around you.
- And, did I mention how much I love Khmer people? Because I really, really do!!!!!
- Seeing my family
- Visiting friends
- Traveling faster than 30mph
- Being able to drink tap water
- Using a clothes dryer
- Good Mexican food
- Meeting my new nephew and seeing my other one and my nieces!
- Running outside on a cool morning (and anything below 85 sounds cool to me!)
- Not being in a perpetual state of sweat
- Eating berries
- Baking in a real oven
- Being able to walk in grass
- Whole wheat bagels
- Dependable electricity
- Seeing the stars at night
- Actually being comfortable in jeans…and maybe even a hoodie in the evenings!
- Being able to wear my hair differently than a low ponytail pulled slightly to the side (I have discovered this is the best style to fit well under a helmet (bicycle or moto) and still stay off my neck as much as possible.)
- Not having ants on my countertops, in my cupboards, on my walls, in my shower, etc.
- Seeing a normal news show…or any television show, really
- Listening to the radio
- Actually wanting to take a hot shower AND having a shower with a door (all the bathrooms here are wet baths, which means you have a shower head in your bathroom and the whole bathroom gets wet when you shower)
- Playing in the garden (and by saying this, I probably just committed myself to spending weeks pulling weeds, mulching, and picking green beans…)
- Cuddling with my kitties and playing with dogs (because I am not concerned about them being rabid!)
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
This is me preparing to crawl through the tunnels. You can't really tell, but I am pretty much dripping with sweat, which is probably why my face looks a bit funny. Southeast Asia is hot people!!!
And, after typing this whole post, I realized this picture is sideways...oh well. We were so excited about being in a nation much more developed. Thus, we went to see a movie...in a real theater...with real popcorn!!!! We don't have any of that in Cambodia!!! We saw Alice in Wonderland, which was actually really good. However, it probably wouldn't have mattered what the movie option was, we would have gone regardless!
Being in Vietnam made me realize a lot of things.