Tuesday, July 22, 2008

a year already?

last week, grant and i took a 5 day trip to get away from rainy hong kong and to celebrate one year together! whoohoo!
the trip: good overall, with lots of hangups along the way that got sorted out. i'd show you pictures, but that was one of the hangups. while wading a bit deep in water, grant forgot his bag was in the ocean and carrying the camera. we'll get that one sorted out soon! the ocean was full of seaweed/algae, but the pools were beautiful at our hotel. lagoon shaped, flowers, waterfalls, shallow ledges you could lay on, etc. we spent a LOT of time by the side of the pool!
i've moved past my anti-seafood days. it started back in september with sushi, followed by my first trip to the philippines and tuna, and now i think i'm over it. though i still prefer chicken! for our anniversary dinner, we went to a seafood restaurant where they have the fish swimming around, you pick what you want, and they grill it for you. so delicious!

it's really hard to believe that it's been a full year since we got married, and only a few days short of a full year in hong kong. the weather is doing a good job reminding me of our arrival here - hot, hot, and more hot! i think that because we're always meeting new people and new friends, it seems like we've just become settled. perhaps that will keep on going the whole time we live here with the amount of transience in this city.

it's been a blessed year!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

youth mission trip to cambodia

we spent 6 days in cambodia with 8 youth and 2 other adults on a mission trip with Foursquare Children of Promise. our goal: to paint the inside and outside of one of their orphan homes in Battambang Province. our bigger goal: to introduce our students to service and deeper relationships with the Lord. we definitely accomplished the bigger goal, and sort of accomplished the first goal!

here's a bunch of pictures in no particular order

*Grant scaring the geese - also known as the Pharisees, according to one student.

**Sharon having a thumb war with a student

**Olin and the guys

**the Our Kcheay orphan kids praying a blessing over us as we prepared to leave

**Olin and Grant behaving VERY well...

**the Our Kcheay home, prepainting

**the Our Kcheay home post-painting!

**our team

**Distributing clothes we brought from HK

**Playing lots of frisbee