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

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.

November and December 2016 in Pictures

Another end to another year! How I pray that the Lord was glorified. I hope that our family looks to Him for strength and joy as 2017 begins.

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Our students visited the zoo this year for their field trip!
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Checking out the flamingos
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Our team enjoyed another Thanksgiving together as a group
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Thanksgiving getaway! A great time of fellowship for the weekend.
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We’ve been trying to battle a serious mold problem! Gross!
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We finally took our new desks and cabinets apart and painted all the areas where the pressed wood was exposed. Yeah, it’s humid here.
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Miss Rachel and Miss Emma planned a 100th Day of School party for their kindergarten cuties
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Silly Jesús with his 100 Days crown
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We had fun putting our tree up a little earlier than usual this year!
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Caleigh tested out our new LED lights for us
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Scott confirmed that he was NOT pregnant. He battled some scary abdominal pain for a few days!
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We thought for a moment that we may have had a case of appendicitis! Caleigh helped take care of Dad while he was on the mend.
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God is so good. Katie brought us dinner one evening while Scott was sick!
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Parent-teacher conferences in the villages!
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One of our families in  Cabeza de Toro made a Christmas tree out of green pop bottles!
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Our two-night Christmas program was a success!
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Noah helped his teacher Miss Mery pass out papers to the parents one evening at the program
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Our Freedom team! So thankful for these people!
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Staff Christmas party fun!
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A church back home sweetly sent our family an entire suitcase of goodies for Christmas!
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So blessed!
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We loved spending some time with Memaw and Pepaw over Christmas!
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Piñones cuties!