He Gave Me a Turtle

Maybe it was the coffee. Maybe it was being up since 3:30am. (Can anyone say “Gold Medal Game?”) Maybe it was sheer delight in God’s ways, but whatever it was, I was having a hard time keeping the giggles in at church on Sunday. “A Turtle. You gave me a turtle, God!” Not something I expected to…

Missionaries go to baby showers too.

A phrase I’ve often heard from my momma’s lips is “new normal.” Nobody knows the definition of normal – it’s one of those things that is what you make it (Life lesson #63), so you’d better get used to the idea. Everyone’s ‘normal’ is different and though our lives in UB are indeed unique, I…

Camel Conversation

The word “Timmay” in Mongolian sounds like of the English name Timmy. It means camel, and is one of my favourite words. I always imagine a young camel with a British accent whose name is Timmy. (Remembering words by association helps me learn, as well as offering an amusing creative outlet.) Living in the city however, our…

Life Lessons from Gym Class

You don’t need much to have fun. Work Together. Falls happen. So get up! Long arms were made for throwing far. Use your gifts.   Face your challenges.  Smile.  Go hard. Treasure your friendships. And don’t worry if you were never the athletic one. Sometimes your presence is enough.

Life Lesson #225: Please Teach it to Your Kids

I don’t care if you go to the bathroom with the door open. I don’t care if you go to the bathroom while I’m there brushing my teeth. I don’t care if you are six years old and sometimes forget to wash your hands. What I DO care about, is that you learn to FLUSH…

String of Adventures

I found a Happy Place. Put me in the back of any bumpy vehicle, I’ll be  pleased; be it pick up, snowmobile, quad trailer or boat. Saturday before last my happy place was a a Series 77 Land Rover crammed with 8 people, 2 poodles, and a picnic lunch. We were going for a day of…

Now & Then, Part 1

Something I don’t like? Forgetting to pass along important information. Something I do like? Lists! Last week we were finally able to package and send out our prayer cards. I apologize for the lateness – there was some technological difficulties with the photocopier or something. All I really know is that when we finally prayed…

Life Lesson # 40

Today as I was working on some breakfast dishes Uncle Tim dropped his plate off at the sink and gave me an observation he’s made. It might have been in reference to conversation at the breakfast table, but I really wouldn’t know. I only overhear snippets of what goes on at the dining room table….

Life Lesson #91

Life lesson for ya: Always wipe clockwise, when cleaning showers. Particularly the knobs. Trust me on this one. Love from your ever-wise and experienced cleaning lady, ~Anna Brown P.S. It’s harder to remember than you’d think!