Sunday, June 21, 2009


We are so lucky to have boys who are not picky eaters. In fact, they are adventurous eaters which is a good thing since the food in Malaysia is bound to be different than anything we are use to! One of their favorite foods is SUSHI. As a family we can put away a lot of sushi...we may need to get second jobs to support our sushi habit. :)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

How's Everything Going?

Friends, family, co-workers are all asking the same's it going? How are the plans for the big move coming along? Are you guys stressed out? Well, after a few months of tracking down paperwork, running from one place to the next to get all the stuff we need, and packing everything we own into plastic bins to ship over to Malaysia...all the while continuing to work full time, homeschool our two boys and work on my latest degree...yeah, we are a little stressed. Our son Alex described it the best:

Happy Trails to You...

Kyle and Alex had their last day of karate class today and got lots of hugs from their friends and teachers.

"Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before we can meet again and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends."

Where Did it All Come From?

So yesterday was a BIG STEP in the "moving to Malaysia" process. John and my brother Ben loaded 53 rubbermaid bins that had been taped AND shrink-wrapped onto a Uhaul truck and drove them to the shipping warehouse. From there they will be driven by truck to Chicago, then by train to Los Angeles, then by cargo ship to Malaysia. A little voice in the back of my mind thinks I will never see these boxes again. It just seems implausible to this pessimist that it could all go without a hitch and my personal items will show up at our tiny island paradise safe and sound.

But after seeing the total on the shipping bill,(Yes, we went over our shipping allowance. Are you really surprised?) I realize that I have TOO MUCH STUFF. Even after giving things away and a big moving sale and packing things to store here in the U.S., I still had 53 boxes? That is just ridiculous.

Next question....IF my items actually do arrive intact, where on earth am I going to store 53 rubbermaid bins?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Don't Waste Your Life

Another amazing video by John Piper and the folks at www.desiring


Sunday, June 7, 2009

Our First "Malaysian" Experience

It just so happens that there is this couple at our church and the wife was born and raised in Malaysia and travels there frequently. They invited us over for dinner and cooked us an authentic Malaysian meal. It was DELICIOUS! Now we are even MORE excited to go! Especially if the food is that good. They told us all kinds of stories and information about Malaysia and showed us pictures and books that they have about it. It was a wonderful evening. As we were leaving they gave each of my boys some Malaysian money (10 ringgets each). They were thrilled! That is about $6 in American money.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Nana Candy and Kyle

My mom always has candy of some sort in her purse and she always gives it to the grandkids when she sees them. It is such a common thing for her that Kyle began calling her "Nana Candy" when he was just a little guy. He still does. Today the two of them spent the day together golfing and shopping at antique stores. I love that Kyle enjoys spending time with Nana Candy when other kids his age would rather be plaing video games. They had a blast (but Nana Candy beat him in golf by one much for those golf lessons!).