Wednesday, July 31, 2013

John leaves Taiwan for Thailand Mission Trip

John is going with 9 other people from Victory church (4 people from the English service) to Thailand on a mission trip.  He will be gone for like 12 days.  I hope he has a good time and I hope we have a good time while he is gone. 
 Good bye hugs to Daddy!! 
 Some of the Thailand Mission trip team.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A fun time up in Taipei

We took a quick trip up to Taipei.  We had fun taking the train up and exploring around. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Day 5 - Last day of TMF

The thing I appreciate about TMF is the semi sense of normalcy that my kids get.  There is or has been childcare while we go to the meeting and the kids are taken care of and have fun.  My kids call it school time.  This year was the first year that Little N actually joined the older kids and did the VBS program.  He was nervous for the first day but then he had a blast the rest of the week.  The best thing about the program was that he was quoting scripture and singing the songs to me.  We have also had great conversations about what Jesus did for us.  Things that I have taught him but now others have shared their heart for Jesus with my kids.  I am so thankful for the people who came over to the states just to help run the VBS program and spend time with my kids.  To not have to worry and know that my kids are being taken care of by people who know and love the Lord has been such a relief.  Our time at TMF has been SUCH a blessing and I am so thankful that we have been able to attend these last three years. 
 Little N's classmates for VBS....this is also the first year where he interacted more with kids his age and wanted to play. It was so cute!!
 This was also the first year where we were more often then not in the big pool.  Little N on the last day decided that he was willing to jump off the diving board.  The first time he jumped into John's arms but after that he probably jumped into the water at least 20 times that day and had a blast.   He talks about going back to TMF so that he can jump off the diving board.  I (Caristy) tried to conquer my fear of heights (a daily thing) by jumping off the high dive.  I did it twice and I think that was enough.  I loved however jumping off the lower diving board and trying to dive.  I hope next year to show Little N all the crazy jumps and dives he can do off the diving board. It should be fun.
Little H towards the end of our time in the water would rather be in someone's arms and be held so that she could swim in the water rather than in her floatie.  She is my little fish much more adventurous in the water than my boys ever were in the water at her age. 
 Little H loved her ice cream and was not a fan of me interrupting her to take pictures.  But she was SO cute!  Adorable!
 Little N singing their VBS songs for all the adults.  I got tears in my eyes!  

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Day 3 - TMF

Wednesday is probably my favorite day.  It's not because of any of the day activities but it's the evening session.  We do the memorials and listen to the concert that is shared.  I love the memorials not because of the people who have died but because of the deep passion that those people had for sharing the gospel to the people of Taiwan.   
 I love Little H eating her donut.  I think it's adorable that her little pinky is sticking out. 
 They shared music this morning to sing.  It was absolutely wonderful singing the songs they had picked out to sing before we listened to our speaker. 
 A pretty neat thunderstorm before the concert. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Day 2 - TMF

We are having a blast.  During our break (while the kids were still in class) John and I took a quick trip to the store and found this blow up pirate.  Little H loves taking Mr. Pirate and dancing with him.  We have enjoyed going to the pool to swim, playing on the playground and eating our pocky's right before bed. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

The start of TMF

John took his second bike trip down to Taichung from Hsinchu.  I think this is the last year that he will ride his bike down. It sure looks like a pretty trip down!  
 We started our wonderful time down in at Morrision Academy for Taiwan Missionary Fellowship conference.  This is probably some of favorite times because we get to meet kids that are our kids age.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A VEF farewell party to some sweet Sunday School Volunteers

We were invited to join in celebrating and thanking two teachers that are moving from VEF and are no longer able to help at VEF.  But both have given their time to assist in teaching Sunday School. We are so thankful for our volunteers to give up their time to help with teaching our young children about God's love. 
Prayers and notes of encouragement to the two teachers that were leaving
Our crew that came to celebrate and wish our former teachers well. 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Meat in front of a restaurant

John was walking from church to get breakfast and saw this container of meats on skewers.  We aren't sure how long the meat stayed out in front of the restaurant but just one of those things that we see in Taiwan. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A picnic with friends

We were able to get together with some of our friends to have a picnic.  It was a great time and we were so thankful that we were able to have a good time with one another.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

VEF - Children's Sermon

John has tried to get into the habit of inviting the children up and giving a little children's sermon before he starts his sermon.  I think it's great because the kids feel like church is also for them and they get to know their pastor.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

E's Dance Recital

We were invited to E's dance recital.  We weren't sure if we were going to go but looking at the weather reports showed that while E's recital was going on we were going to be in the eye of the storm so the weather should be relatively nice and calm.  It was kind of eery being in the eye of the storm because everything is calm and it's like you almost forget what had happened before and you realize that the storm isn't over quite yet.

I thought Little H would absolutely LOVE watching E's dance recital.  I was correct she loved it...she was clapping along to every number and trying to see what they all were doing.  After E did her last dance did Little H finally fall asleep.  I really enjoyed watching all the girls dance.  It brought back fun memories from my childhood.

The aftermath of Typhoon Soulik

We had to cancel VBS because of the Typhoon.  But because John wanted to make sure everything was closed he took a quick scooter ride and found out that indeed the church was closed.  Then when he got home he told us to get ready because we were going to get out and see what had happened the night before.  Plus we went to show the kids the difference between a rain storm and a typhoon.  Here are some pictures from the drive around the Hsinchu area.
 The first place John showed us was a bridge that had a section torn out of it.  That was one of the bridges that we took to get to our friends house, however that bridge had been closed for at least a year from a previous typhoon that had weakened the bridge.  I guess the people who made the decision knew what they were talking about.
 A farm out in the rain and the wind making sure everything was okay in his rice paddy field.   We saw lots of farmers out during while we were driving around trying to get stuff done.  A lot of the farmers had rushed to make sure the harvest the rice before the storm hit...unfortunately not all the rice was harvested.  But I was told that it looked like a lot of the rice was salvageable.
 This area is in between Hsinchu and Jhubei...it's the floodplain and usually there is just a little bit of water that flows down this area.  However you could tell how high the water had been by the remnant of trash left when the waters had receded.
 There were areas in Hsinchu were cars were driving through very LARGE puddles of waters.  We were so thankful that we were okay and everyone we knew what okay with minimum issues. There were other areas around Taiwan that got hit much harder than we did.
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