Living a Life Unexpected


on October 16, 2014

A few days ago, we celebrated our 4th Anniversary in Southeast Asia.  Our time here has not always been easy, but it definitely does not feel like we have already been here for 4 years.  I can still so vividly remember the day that we arrived. After an exhausting 36 hour flight and a 4 hour drive, we were dropped off at what would be our house for the first 8 months that we lived here.  It was a whopping 800 sq. feet, very cozy.  Our first very Asian meal was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  That began our adventure here.

As I look back, I cannot be more thankful for all the blessings that the Lord has provided for us.  We serve an amazing God!  Here are just a few things that I am so thankful for.

  • I am thankful for the way the Lord was with the boys when they came.  I cannot say that they never experienced homesickness, but the Lord provided them with amazing friends and a wonderful school here to help them through the rough times.
  • I am thankful for our friends that we have made here.  The Lord very quickly upon our arrival gave us friends.  That is such a blessing and now those friends are family to us.  They laugh with us, cry with us, celebrate with us, and council us.  They are truly worth their weight in gold.
  • I am thankful for family in the states that even though they did not enjoy seeing us leave, supported us and loved us.
  • I am thankful for all the material blessings.  We have a wonderful house, dependable car, great food, and health insurance.
  • I am thankful for Trey and the boys.  They went through a lot those first couple of years with me.  It seemed like I would get over one illness just to get another one.  It was hard and I was not always a pleasant person, but they encouraged me, prayed for me and loved me anyway.
  • I am thankful for the hard times.  The times when I missed the US, my friends, and my family.  The times when I was sick and all I wanted was my mom.  The times when I thought I would never learn this crazy language.  The list could go on and on.  I am thankful for these times, because in those times I truly learned what it means to trust in God.
  • I am thankful for the opportunity that my family has to live and serve here.  Our eyes have been opened to a life and a world that I did not even begin to comprehend when we were in the states.  A world that I hope that we can make a small impact in during our time here.

Now, that I have spent the last few days looking back at our time here, I am anxious to see what is ahead for our family.  I see things on the horizon that once again I know are not going to be easy (Brenden going to University), but I also know that in those hard times there will also be so many blessings so that is where my focus is.  On our awesome God who loves us and wants the very best for us.  Let the adventure begin!!!   

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This picture was taken the 2nd day we were in country. The boys looks so little!


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