Sunday, May 31, 2009

One More Reason to Live in Malaysia...

SHOPPING!!!!! They have some really cool malls there. One that will be really close to us is called Gurney Plaza. It is 7 floors of shopping paradise.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Karate Kid

Our other little guy, Alex, tested for his yellow belt today in Karate. He did a great job and we are really proud of him. We are hoping to find a good karate studio in Penang for him and Kyle. But, come on, it is Southeast Asia...there HAS to be a karate studio somewhere, right?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Our Last Birthday in Michigan

Today is Kyle's 11th birthday. I can hardly believe it. It sounds so cliche to say "where have the years gone?" but it is so true. The most significant thing that happened in Kyle's life this past year was his baptism. He gave his heart to Jesus and Pastor Paul baptized him in Lake James in NC (my mom said it doesn't count unless you have mud between your toes! lol). We are so proud of you, our handsome little boy!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

One Thing That Freaks Me Out....

This is the Penang Bridge. It is about 8 miles long and connects Penang Island (where we will live) to mainland Malaysia. I hate bridges...really hate them. And this one is really, really long. Yes, it is beautiful, yada, yada, yada, but I may need to be sedated to go across this bad boy.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Goodbye Ordinary!

I wonder when we first bought into this?
So satisfied with status quo?
Have we convinced ourselves that this is all there is?
All that is within me says we were meant to break free
and live like there's no tomorrow,
Love extravagantly,
Lead a life to be followed,
Goodbye Ordinary.

We were never meant to compromise,
Settle for mediocrity,
This life was never made to be a waste of time.
All that is within me says no more just existing

No more complacency
No more just settling this time
Goodbye to atrophy
For we were meant to be alive.

(by Mercy Me)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Why are you moving to MALAYSIA???

We get this question a lot...often from people who haven't the slightest idea where the country is even located. I could list the countless reasons why we want to do this but I thought I would do it with pictures instead of words. One picture is the view from our living room in Malaysia. The other is the view from the bedroom at sunset. Enough said. 53 days and counting.....

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Adventure Continues....

Next Stop: Penang Island, Malaysia!

That's right. In 56 days we will be boarding a plane for our new home...a small tropical island off the coast of Malaysia. We will be working at Dalat International School. Heather will be the Elementary School Principal and Curriculum Director. John will be teaching Computers. Kyle will be in 6th grade and Alex will start Kindergarten. Please pray for us as we start our new journey and especially for the boys as they transition from homeschooling to being in a classroom.

Dalat International School:

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"You may not be sure that you want your life to make a difference. Maybe you don’t care very much whether you make a lasting difference for the sake of something great. You just want people to like you. If people would just like being around you, you’d be satisfied. Or if you could just have a good job with a good wife, or husband, and a couple of good kids and a nice car and long weekends and a few good friends, a fun retirement, and a quick and easy death, and no hell—if you could have all that (even without God)—you would be satisfied. That is a tragedy in the making. A wasted life.

You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing. If you want your life to count, if you want the ripple effect of the pebbles you drop to become waves that reach the ends of the earth and roll on into eternity, you don’t need to have a high IQ. You don’t have to have good looks or riches or come from a fine family or a fine school. Instead you have to know a few great, majestic, unchanging, obvious, simple, glorious things—or one great all-embracing thing—and be set on fire by them." -John Piper

Friday, May 1, 2009

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler,
long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I--I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-by Robert Frost