January 2008

suitcaseI was laughing at myself a few hours after I had posted my last entry on Sunday.  The last sentence of that entry says, ” … but then again, it has been kind of nice these last few weeks not to live out of suitcases.”  Why was I laughing at myself?  It is because I had forgotten that the very next day, Max and I would be packing up and flying to Indianapolis for a couple of days.  Oh, well… so much for not living out of suitcases:-) (more…)


Westminster AbbeyFor the past few days, I have been traveling thousands of miles with some of my friends to visit sites such as The Great Wall of China and Westminister Abbey as well as tour the city of  Tokyo, Japan.  (Okay, okay, so I am traveling these thousands of miles vicariously, but I am still enjoying the experiences and life lessons to be gleaned!)

What a world we live in, isn’t it?  Now I am beginning to feel a little of how you must have felt as you “lived” with us in Chile the past couple of years.  I would love to be able to physically travel to all the cities and sites with my friends… but then again, it has been kind of nice these last few weeks not to live out of suitcases:-)

 John 3:16 (NIV)  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.          

Your turn to share:  If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be? 



One of the things that excites us about living in this parsonage is the fact that there is a fireplace for us to use and enjoy.  Last week, chimney sweepers came and cleaned out the chimney.  (In fact, they provided great entertainment between the use of the chimney vaccuum cleaner and the infamous chimney brush – “Hey, mom, that looks just like from the movie, Mary Poppins!”  We asked the guys if they would sing the song made famous by Dick Van Dyke but they said that would cost us extra:-)

Then, last night, Max brought home a grate, screen, and wood to have our first fire!  Everyone helped with scrunching up newspaper, gathering sticks from the pile in the garage, and taking things out of the boxes. 


KenyaMy heart and prayers go out for our Kenyan brothers and sisters during this time of political turmoil.  Ever since the presidential election last month, there has been great tribal violence throughout the country.
Please just take a moment right now to stop and pray that, somehow, someway, peace will come and that the Church can be a major factor in showing true peace to this hurting country.


Every couple weeks or so, we try to have a family movie night.  Because Dad’s day off is on Friday (and the kids are still on “summer vacation” from their Chilean school year), we chose to have our first family movie night at our new house after soccer practice this past Thursday evening.

applebees chicken tendersInstead of making homemade pizza, I decided to try the deep fryer that someone gave to us.  (Never having used a deep fryer before, I was a bit nervous with all the warnings that are printed on the machine, but, thankfully, nothing happened!)  We ate chicken fingers dipped in Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce along with some carrots, celery, and blue cheese.  Wow, it was all so good!!  We are definitely having that meal again!


Andes Mts.

We may have left the Andes Mountains, but there’s one mountain we didn’t leave… 






According to Wikipedia, culture shock is:

a term used to describe the anxiety and feelings (of surprise, disorientation, confusion, etc.) felt when people have to operate within an entirely different cultural or social environment, such as a foreign country.  It grows out of the difficulties in assimilating the new culture, causing difficulty in knowing what is appropriate and what is not.  This is often combined with strong disgust (moral or aesthetical) about certain aspects of the new or different culture.                     

Because of the strong effect of culture shock, overseas work teams and/or mission groups do not typically visit another country for more than 2-3 weeks.  After you have been away from your home culture for more than that amount of time, you begin to significantly sense the differences of the new culture and, oftentimes, will go into shock because of those cultural contrasts.

There is also what is referred to as reverse culture shock.  This occurs when you return back to your home country after living in a foreign country for an extended period of time.  Click here to visit a website that gives good information about this topic.  Reading that web page may also help you to understand a little more of what we are mentally and emotionally feeling in these days of re-entry and cultural transition.


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