Sunday February 10, 2019

Proverbs 22:6 Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.

We did nothing today. We spent the day at the beach, playing and being silly and then the rest of the day was relaxing at the house or running a few errands to the grocery store. The kids have enjoyed the beach more than I ever thought they would, especially since we got the boogie board. What is even more surprising is that there have been no fights over who gets to use it and they seem to be sharing it better than I have ever seen them share. When they aren’t using the boogie board they are playing in the surf or in the sand, building forts, castles, or burying each other. From what I can tell, they were really needing this vacation and again God’s plan is better than my plan!

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Tonight the kids did really well going to bed, probably because they knew we had to get up really early in the morning to catch the ferry to Rottnest Island. I enjoyed some good Australian wine, while Jeff enjoyed his beer (of all things, he has really missed his craft IPA beer and there is plenty of that here, to which he has had no problem finding).

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Sunday December 16, 2018

Isaiah 9:3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.

Another day of rest today: breakfast, worship, lunch, and play. It is so quiet around the mission on Sundays; the kids watch movies in their hostels or take naps and the adults just visit, nap, and relax. It is such a nice day and I am so happy that I am learning how to celebrate the Sabbath. I still struggle with this because I find myself feeling lazy and tying to do something and I have to fight the urge so I can allow myself the opportunity to just relax and rest.

It was so fun to watch the children play on the playground, running around playing tag and just being kids. No electronics or phones to get in the way, just engaging with friends and playing the way children are meant to play.

After dinner tonight, our children were able to hand out a special treat sent from my mom, mini candy canes! The kids were so excited and so grateful for the treat. I was able to capture pictures of each table holding their candy canes and the smiles say it all–they were very happy to get this treat! Thank you mom for sending these–the kids all wanted me to make sure to tell you “THANK YOU!”

The smiles on their faces just brighten my day.

Anjali, David, and Lucia also seemed to enjoy sharing these candy canes with all of their new friends. This scripture says it all, when we share with others, we all find more joy in our lives and tonight was no different. Our kids experienced first-hand that when you “divide your plunder” everyone finds more joy.