Dangerous Escapades, Discomforts, and Blessings

Dangerous Escapades, Discomforts, and Blessings

“Paul, please don’t do it,” I begged. “There’s no other way,” he insisted as he put the shaky ladder on top of the patio table. “Let Moses go do it, then.” “It’s too dangerous. He might fall and break his…

Son Number Eight?

Son Number Eight?

I slid into the car and took a deep breath. I had a complicated message to give in Thai to the Grab driver. Grab took over from Uber here in Thailand. I use them a lot since I’m terrified at…

Never Lukewarm

Never Lukewarm

We clutched our thin raincoats around us and shivered in the cold wind. The kids had an unexpected day off so we had traveled to Doi Inthanon, the highest point in Thailand. It was a drive of about two hours…

A Place of Our Own

A Place of Our Own

“I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.” (Psalm 116:1- 2) God answers prayer! The Lord…

Birthday Season

Birthday Season

I pawed through the drawer with desperate haste. Where did I put the candles? I had a one-shaped candle and a four-shaped one put back in a “safe” place so I could find it easily for Bang’s birthday party. But…

Daily Challenges and Blessings

Daily Challenges and Blessings

The dragonfly-sized bug fluttered near the desk lamp, it’s stiff wings rustling as it buzzed near the light. With lightening-quick hands, Andy grabbed it and, just as quickly, popped it into his mouth. I wanted to believe he was teasing…

Enjoying God's Faithfulness

Enjoying God’s Faithfulness

The tiny girl swirled around, making her fluffy green skirt stand out — like little girls wearing their best dresses do everywhere in the world.  She bounced over to me on tiptoes, oblivious to the church service going on.  Children…

Back from the Twilight Zone

Back from the Twilight Zone

They call it the Twilight Zone — or at least, I call it that. The place where you feel suspended between cultures and time zones. Neither East nor West seems real. I was there for a week or two when…

Saying Goodbye -- and Waiting for the Glad "Hello"

Saying Goodbye — and Waiting for the Glad “Hello”

The icy wind whipped the tent surrounding the open grave into billows and slapped the mourners standing nearby with aching chills to their bones. It was a miserable day to say goodbye to a well-loved lady. And it was a…

Teaching, Training, and  Travels

Teaching, Training, and Travels

Late! I stumbled out of bed and began throwing on my clothes. The rice won’t be done in time, I thought frantically. They won’t eat without rice and I can’t send them to school hungry. I tripped in my haste…