Ang’s June Reads and QOTM’s

We’re back from our May furlough, and summer is in full swing! I’ve been struggling to find time to read. Just one more book finished this month. But, boy, was it a good one!

Boys in the BoatThe Boys in the Boat was incredible! After seeing it on some friends’ reading lists, I decided to go for it. It didn’t disappoint! I knew nothing about rowing before reading this. But no matter. I learned. This was bigger than some informational book on rowing. Ideas like individualism, teamwork, perseverance, loss, the power of words, determination, trust, family, pride, and love were brought out. Even though I already knew the outcome for these Olympic heroes, I held my breath down to the very last race. The epilogue had me in tears. What an earthly legacy these boys left. But what about an eternal inheritance? Oh, my heart. Did any of them know Jesus?

Some of my favorite quotes from this month are below!


To defeat an adversary who was your equal, maybe even your superior, it wasn’t necessarily enough to just give your all from start to finish. You had to master your opponent mentally. When the critical moment in a close race was upon you, you had to know something he did not–that down in your core you still had something in reserve….¹

“It takes energy to get angry. It eats you up inside. I can’t waste my energy like that and expect to get ahead.” ¹

Where is the spiritual value of rowing? … The losing of self entirely to the cooperative effort of the crew as a whole. -George Yeoman Pocock ¹

Oh, who should drag me into a great city, if I did not know there is another world! How gladly could I spend the remainder of a busy life in solitude… ²

My lodging was not such as I should have chosen; but what Providence chooses is always good. ²

¹ The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
² The Journal of John Wesley

Ang’s April Reads and QOTM’s

So much to read, and so little time. One more book finished this month.

A.D. 30A.D. 30 was the first piece of fiction I’ve read since Redeeming Love – and let’s be honest. Nothing holds a candle to that one. I really enjoyed the setting of A.D. 30; a few of the characters were interesting. I liked how Dekker intertwined these fictional people into the story of Jesus – or rather, how their meeting Jesus completely altered the course of their lives. I wouldn’t give the book 5 stars, but it kept my attention. I’ll probably pick up the sequel someday.

Some favorite quotes I ran across this month are below!


Yeshua’s food was the same he’d offered me, not bread for the belly, but sustenance for the soul. ¹

Put your faith in me, not the storm, nor the boat. ¹

And if but one heard, it was worth all the labor. ²

Can it be expected that God should be on their side who are daily affronting Him to His face? ²

Life can turn on a dime. The appointment book reinforces my new awareness of this. We plan our days, but we don’t control them. ³

These people can control everything about me, but they can’t control where I go in my mind. ³

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. -Winston Churchill

I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder… -John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress


¹ A.D. 30, Ted Dekker
² The Journal of John Wesley
³ Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate

October 2017 in Pictures

A Special Birthday

For lots of kids, birthdays feel different than all the other days of the year. They’re special. Noah’s 7th birthday was no exception. On August 24th, he woke up early, excited for the day and the upcoming celebrations. We sent him off to school like normal with hugs and promises of cake and presents that evening.

When Noah rushed through the door after school, his face was beaming. He had two balloons in hand and a backpack full of goodies. Surprised, I asked him who had brought him all the fun treats. He excitedly pulled the gifts out of his bookbag and explained in great detail each item that his friends had given him.

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“Mom! Check this out! Weison gave me this colorful hacky sack! And he brought me those two balloons! One is green and one is orange! And look! Seba gave me a new coloring book. It has all these pictures I can color. Oh, and Berwee brought me all these things, see? I got a plastic baby car rattle, a turtle compass, and a whole army set!”

“Wow, buddy! That is so neat! I hope you told them how thankful you were for those sweet gestures. They probably worked hard to get those things for you. What good friends you have!”

Later, I was talking with Noah’s teacher, Emma. She said that his friends used their good behavior “points” they earn to “buy” those presents from the school store. As sweet as that was, she was especially touched by Weison’s gift of the two balloons. He had bought them at his village colmado the day before, specifically with Noah in mind. Weison had to put some thought into the gift – what a neat thing to see one of our students planning ahead to put someone else first!

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Weison, Noah, Sebastian, Berwee

I am thankful for the unique influence that Noah has in the lives of his classmates. He already communicates with them in a way I certainly can’t. Oh, how I pray these four young men grow up to love the Lord with all they have. Such special boys!

May and June 2017 in Pictures

Our summer in pictures! Click on the photos to see a few snapshots of our furlough and the start to our new school year!

Keep praying!

March and April 2017 in Pictures

Click the images below to check out some of the happenings of the last two months!

January 2017 in Pictures

Another year has begun! Click on the images to check out some highlights from our first month of 2017.