Oasis

I went with the aim of spending time with God. I looked out on the city with my Bible and journal on a gorgeous fall day while shivering a little in the sun. And after a long time of sitting, hemming, and hawwing, and not being able to focus at all,  I realized I had…

Conveniently, it happened at Thanksgiving.

“Alright” I said, laughing. “We’ll go see. But I’m not buying any furniture!” My Mom and I were turning left instead of right, on a whim. We thought we were making a quick trip to Superstore for sour cream, but no. Now we were on a fun excursion to The Brick. Just to look. We’d…

Temple Time

The colours of fall are upon us. This can only mean on thing: FLASH BACK TIME! Rewind four and a half months, location: a world away – Continent: Asia Come with me as we take a tour to… The Gandun/g. Translation: It’s Temple Time. When we were nearing our time in Mongolia, our team took…

Punk it Up

I have a video of a bunch of kids in a circle, dancing around in a teal-walled room to a single guitar. You might not understand them, because they certainly aren’t singing English and I’m assuming you who shall read this are mostly English-speakers, since that’s what this blog is written in and all. But…

An Encouraging Start

Tonight was youth group. The first of many, I hope. I even survived. I confess: Teens scare me. I didn’t even like them when I was one! But, lo and behold, they might be growing on me. But back to tonight. There’s a significant number of MK’s (missionary kids) around the city, and one of…

Of Eyebrows and Reindeer

I’m sitting on Adele’s lap, my head cocked at an obscure angle to avoid the car roof. There are 7 of us crammed into Tamira’s little Nissan when I realize we are five days and 86 Mongolian words into our assignment phase and we can say “camel”, “whatever” and “eyebrow” but have no idea how…

Alive

I love life. I really do! It’s not always been with such enthusiasm, I admit, but the past nine months I have been on a pretty interesting journey of discovery and adventure that has been continually surprising me and challenging me to embrace this life harder and harder. For several months now I have been learning…

Day 14: Halfway to Halfway

Landmark Day! Today is Day 14 of 56, which means I am officially halfway to halfway.  I’ve been very particular about keeping track of the days up here. It’s incredibly easy to let all the days merge into one and let it all slip into a blur of day after day. Sometimes that’s a good…