When I lived in China, I went to go watch the Olympic torch go through Wuhan and when I started taking pictures...I noticed that all the people in my pictures were taking pictures of me. This happened quite frequently in China, but since the crowds were HUGE at the parade I got some really funny videos and pictures. Looking forward to this when we go in December! Especially with my super tall husband. He'll get all kind of "wahhhhhh"'s and pointing :) Also, note how much taller I am than everyone.
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. 3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. 4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Happy Tuesday! Levi and I are having a grand ol' time coming up with things we want to do before he starts a real job. Since Lauren and Lark were accepted to China to teach English (wahoo!) we are trying to go over there with my parents for Christmas this year! YAY! Then...since Levi will be out of school and I will be done with my job (yessss) we are going to backpack in Thailand for a month! We are spoiling ourselves this year haha it's going to be tough next year to not leave the country every couple months :) Here are some places we are excited about visiting.
The Great Wall in Beijing, China
Chiang Mai, Thailand
We haven't planned anything out in detail yet...still trying to get through Africa planning.
On another note...
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
Trying to wrap my head around all the different kinds of poverty we will experience in Mozambique, then in Thailand. They are going to be amazing trips and full of blessings but they will also be hard. It will be hard to see the child prostitution scene in Thailand/Phuket and not be able to change it. That is what I struggled with when I lived in China. I met all these amazing students, and saw the injustice of the school system, and also some of the government and I couldn't change it. Iris Ministries, that we are partnering with in Mozambique, has a saying that you "stop for the one." It is hard to make a huge difference immediately, but that stopping for one will slowing make a change. It's going to be an amazing year.