A Year of Good Gifts

We’ve been living in Asia one year already, so very hard to believe! It’s been a fast, FULL year, one I’m so thankful for but don’t care to repeat any time soon. We’ve traveled an awful lot……by plane, bus, car, taxi, boat, rickshaw, motorbike, etc. I don’t think we’ve been on a train, Noah has been thinking we should, and I’m thinking not. We took our family on 17 flights (only 7 more til we’re back in the States for Christmas!), and through 26 Immigrations and Customs. And hours and hours with our noses buried in books. Is there any wonder I have a chronic pinched nerve in my neck? But given the chance I wouldn’t trade the new friends we’ve made, cultural experiences, Bible teaching and study– for the world! Flipping through old pictures, I was amazed at all the good things God provided for and taught us this year.

Here are just a few of those good things:

eating orange creamsicles one last time on our deck last July….spending time with family before we leave….…….and friends…a bright new world to explore, first day here at the zoo…powerful teaching here in this classroom…..morning faces and whirring fans…their smiles…..good fellowship around these tables with friends who can laugh at the days to come…..school boys getting an education in Nepal…sunny rice fields in a poverty-stricken country…..Grandmas that read stories before church…..yellow packages in the mailbox….the experience of Vietnamese coffee….They are precious in His sight. Little girls in Vietnam….brand new puppies and old Grandpas who love Jesus…family time…a quiet place to study….kids that love to travel…a visionary husband who has a passion for God and His work, teaching English at a public school in Thailand…good-bye to new friends….roasted marshmallows on Christmas Eve…safety on the motorbike…cheap carnival rides…and them….a yard to run in…….and run we did.He wants to free them….wild orchids, waterfalls, jungles……getting out in nature here is soul food to me!creativity [stickers for lights] and dirty fingernails from playing hard outside….helping hands at the mint chocolate chip house….birthdays and healthy children….yummy Thai food…much anticipated visitors….seeing God’s heart for the Muslims in Dhaka…loving life here…..

For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift. -John 1:16 AMP


  1. you take good pictures. 🙂 loved seeing your past year through your creative eyes. these are good gifts.

    it’s been quite a journey, hasn’t it? and you’ve walked it with courage and faith.

    we’ll miss you when you go, but so excited to see what God will do for and through you in Nepal.

  2. Julia Musser says:

    Thanks for all the beautiful pictures! Very interesting to see into your new “world”
    May God’s blessing and proctection be with you and your family!

  3. Oh wow! Love the pictures! It makes me want to come back and visit and get involved and have God’s heart for the nations! Richest of blessings to you!!!

  4. Heidi! My sweet, earnest little grade-schooler! How the time has flown! I just left a comment on a blog Matt wrote… It blesses me so to see you living out your destiny with grace and determination. Blessings to you both in the journey.
    (btw, I LOVE that pic of Matt teaching! My brain is still a bit contorted trying to register that you are both adults and all… when I haven’t seen “my kids,” it’s easy to still think of y’all at the age– and maturity level! 🙂 –of when I last saw you!)

    • thank you! I appreciate your encouragement. I know, a lot happens between age 13 and age 27. 🙂
      It was great to hear from you again, may God give you peace and strength today!

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