Saturday, March 31, 2012

April First!

It seems strange to try to do any pranks on a Sunday.  Plus it's never good to do pranks or jokes on John on Sunday, the day is just too busy.  So today I am just showing pictures of church.  Back in September we started a toddler Sunday school program.  We have lots of little kids between the ages of 2 and 5 with no activities for them so we decided to introduce a Sunday school for them.  We have diligent parents who volunteer to be teachers and teach our kids.  Every month we have a memory verse and before Little H was born Little N and M had memorized 5 bible verses.  Which made me realize how powerful their little brains are.  We have been working on the old familiar children's songs with them and they are gradually able to sing those songs, which just brings so much encouragement to me. Here are some of the little kids that attend the toddler Sunday school.  We can have over 15 "toddlers" in that Sunday school classroom if they all attended which is just amazing to see.  We just need to find consistent volunteers to teach our kids.  That is our daily prayer that people will feel led to teach our children, because children are our future.  
But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14

Ultimate Frisebee

Almost 6 years ago, John and I were taking language classes at UND.  John enjoyed playing ultimate frisebee when we weren't studying and I enjoyed trying to figure out my new camera.  Since moving to Taiwan, John has found some people who play like to play ultimate frisebee and so he tries to play every weekend.  This weekend we were able to join John while he played ultimate frisebee.  Little M was so excited to see his daddy    play games.  Then after watching the daddy play the boys wanted to play on the playground and they have picked up the Taiwanese peace sign that is flashed in pictures.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Flower Market

We went to the flower market today trying all sorts of different foods and seeing what the vendors had for sale.  We tried one vendor that had beef and noodles and it was so yummy!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Nanliao - a barbecue and bike ride

We went to Nanliao to have a barbecue and then to try the bikes.   We enjoyed the cook out and then decided to go one a bike ride on the 17 km scenic bike trail.  We went on a bike cart which the left side had steering and clearance for your knees and the right side had no steering and the handle bars was a lot smaller and lower which caused Caristy to get lots of banged up knees. Then halfway through our bike ride it started to pour and we all just got wet!  It was fun!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Journeying back to Hsinchu

It was our last day on the East Coast of the Island.  We went to a natural hot spring that people had then carved a "pool area" to relax and enjoy the natural heat of the water.  That water was super hot.  We couldn't sit in it so we just dipped our toes in the water occasionally. John and Ole were able to sit in the water but even they couldn't stay in there too long.  The area around the hot spring was absolutely gorgeous.  There was a river flowing right near it and so you could sit in the river which was a little bit cooler then the actual hot spring people had made. Getting to the area was an adventure - going down steps, then going across a suspension bridge and then going down more step.  It was a little nerve-wrecking getting there and then leaving the area.  But I was so glad that we could go there.
After we left the hot springs we started our journey back home taking the cross island highway.  When you think highway you think going 60 to 70 mph well that was not the case.  We were maybe going 24 to 35 mph (usually even less then that) as were going through the mountains.  The road was very narrow usually able to handle 2 cars but sometime only able to handle 1 1/2 cars.  We at times were a little nervous.  We also got to drive on switchbacks (a word that I learned driving on these mountain roads) and wow it was SO beautiful just driving around and seeing the majestic mountains and just how the vegetation changed the higher we got up the mountains.  I loved driving through the mountains but there was lots of danger -- "running" into cars, landslides, the twists and turns of driving on the mountain roads.  But I think we would go on the cross island highway again.  We enjoyed the journey.
I like the random shoes just left in the parking lot.
Family Picture - Little N wouldn't cooperate!
 So we did a sad face family picture
 John and Ole climbing the top of a mountain
 And coming down the other side of the mountain! 
After the cross island highway we quick stopped at Sun Moon Lake which is called the honeymoon hot spot. Very similar to Niagara Falls. Soon Moon Lake has so much that you can do -- boating, biking, swimming, para sailing, etc.  It's a nice area but not necessarily an area that you would go to if you wanted to get away from people and into nature.  It's a tourist trap and it is a nice area.  After all the driving we went home and just vegged on the couch.  Pretty sure John needed to not think about driving after all the driving he did.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Taroko National Park

Today we woke up and went to explore Taroko National Park.  We went on two different hikes - one hiking up the mountain around some temples and then the other around some water and beautiful nature.  We had so much fun exploring the area.  Taroko National Park has so many areas that you can explore.  At times there can be a lot of people around but once you get past certain areas you can feel like you are by yourself.
We walked on several suspension bridges and thankfully John and Ole were able to help get Little N & M across because Caristy had a hard time going across those bridges.
I loved the water as we were walking around!  So beautiful!
 The boys enjoyed spending time with their grandma and Uncle Ole.  Linda found it so humorous that they used a mannequin to warn others of construction.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Our trip to the East Coast of Taiwan

We wanted to take Ole & Linda over to see more of Taiwan.  We were debating going to the Southern part of Taiwan or the Eastern part.  In the end we decide to go see the Eastern part of Taiwan.  You can see the beautiful water and the mountains coming out from the ocean.  We figure that there was so much to do hiking, taking pictures and exploring!  Today was a cloudy, windy day perfect weather for traveling but not really good for trying to take pictures of the scenery.  We took our time driving from the West Coast of Taiwan up towards the northern part of Taiwan over to the Eastern side of Taiwan.   It still an amazing drive no matter what the weather.  It just takes my breath away how beautiful Taiwan is.
 Even though it was a cloudy day it was still so bright hence my weird squinty look.  I love that we finally have a picture of just the two of us.  We need to make sure that we have more pictures together!
 I thought Kim would like the beautiful color of the water (you can't really tell how vibrant and varied the colors are because of the clouds but when we were here before the colors in the water were SO gorgeous!)
 At the youth hostel -- we were able to play some games and relax!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Hiking up 18 peak mountain

So 18 peak mountain is a nice walking area.  We went for a walk and had a blast, taking a new trail which we had never taken before and it felt like we were the only ones in the mountains for a while.  (We don't experience being ALL alone very often over in Taiwan.  The little boys enjoyed running around with their Uncle Ole.  Little M was thankful that Uncle Ole would pick him up and carry him where he needed to go.  
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