We are so blessed to have a great group of men and women who attend VEF. We are also blessed to have people who care about our kids and us. As you can see Little H is very comfortable with some of our friends.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Little N's teachers asked John if he would be able to share what he does as a pastor. We got our friend to come and help translate for us and then we just had fun talk about what John does and then questions that they had for John. John did a great job and Little N was SO proud that his daddy was able to to share about his profession!
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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Our second day in Hualian was a very beautiful day which was amazing because the forecast called for rain all day on Tuesday. We were happy about that! For me the retreat wasn't necessarily about listening to the speaker but it was about being surrounded by women who might not necessarily be going through the same situations that I am going through but they go through the same struggles that I go through - struggling with balancing family and work, struggling with am I doing enough or too much, struggling with what's best for our kids, struggling with missing family and friends back in our home countries.
I was thankful for the opportunity to talk through some things to people who would lift me up in prayer, people that I was able to share things that I might not be able to share with others.
I was also thankful for the afternoon of going to a pebble beach and just walking around. Then playing with the rocks - making monuments, finding unique rocks, throwing rocks into the ocean, digging for rocks and of course talking to each other about anything and everything. I tended to experiment with taking pictures of everything. I just decided to play with my camera because I wasn't having to worry about what my kids were doing and I could just fiddle around with the setting to my hearts content.
So thankful that it worked out that I was able to go to the retreat because I was able to get to know some of the ladies that I really didn't know very well. I was able to recover from all the stress that I've felt was on me and I was just able to get a fresh perspective in my life and realized that even though I might not understand everything that is going on in my life...God has a plan and I just need to wait for him to reveal himself to me.
I loved seeing the beams of sunlight streaming through the clouds...it some ways it reminded me of the beauty of Ireland when we would always see those gorgeous beams of light.
Monday, March 3, 2014
TMF - Taiwan Missionary Fellowship every year has a Women's retreat. This year our retreat was in Hualian, which is located on the eastern side of the island. The eastern side of the island is my favorite area to go and visit. The mountains drop down to the ocean and the water is so beautiful, with gorgeous turqoius blue water.
Six ladies traveled together by train from Hsinchu to Hualian. We enjoyed our conversations on the train and just hoped and prayed that it wouldn't rain the whole time we were at the retreat. It was raining when we left Hsinchu and by the time we got to Hualian it wasn't raining just overcast. We had someone come pick us up from the train station and take us to our hotel and then we walked from our hotel to find the ocean. It was beautiful and I was so thankful we had the chance to just walk around and explore.
Thank you to Kris for taking this picture!
We all hung out on our whales after walking for a while!
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