Friday, September 30, 2011

Hello Fall!

The term in is full swing with homework on my to-do list as well as everything else that has been on it.
I am enjoying classes and d2 has transitioned to pre-school very well. He loves going to school and taking his backpack or as he calls it his pack-pack. And actually last week he was asking me to go to school every day. He was excited! (confession: i am actually sitting at home in complete silence, alone, to blog, when I could have picked him up. But I paid for the whole day and don’t have to pick him up till six. You know how many things I can get done with 2 hours of me time, no interruptions? Yes, blogging is one of them!)

He is getting so big!

Excited to take his pack-pack

Ok mom, lets go!
Back to my classes. I had painting in the morning, and am loving it. I will be posting stuff on here when it comes to my art. So check it out! Well...not yet... I haven’t competed anything yet.
Then I have 2 psy classes and to my pleasant surprise, Chelle is in both of them! Totally random, but loving it! I like having a friend to sit next to and chat with here and there. And we are each others Life-Lines for one of them. (its complicated so ask me and I will tell you all about that class...or maybe I will find time to blog just about that).
Jewelry is really taking off! I am loving it. I have never had a more fun job! And I get paid to play with jewelry, wear it, and hang out with girls and eat brownies.. I know you are jealous! So if you want some free jewelry, let me know, or if you want to have an amazing job like mine, let me know! I can get you the hook up! Im your girl!
D’s temp job is coming to an end (as far as we know).  It ends Oct 21st. We keep hoping for another extension, but nothing yet. So keep him/us in your prayers. God is going to provide, but your petitions are greatly appreciated. 
So life seems to be up in the air, and changing frequently. 
That pretty much sums it up!.
However, things I am excited for are:
Unleashing my inner artist!
Pumpkin flavored things
And whatever God has in store for us next!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

We have arrived!

ok my friends.... I know I left you hanging there.
I was having a hard time trying to figure out how I was going to finish up this trip.
Really God moved so much before I even left, I wasn’t sure what to say.
After multiple talks at church and with friends. I have come to a conclusion, but I will save that for the end.
Check out I've Got this for the 1st part of my trip.
So we get back to the airport, enjoyed are day out in Hong Kong. Or in my  much a I could. Looking back, it was great to see all that we did. Props to Alyssa for hooking us up!
Alyssa and I make are way down to the lost & found. 
We walked in the door, and the lady I had left my info with kind perked up when I walked in.
She said. “We found your bag!”
I through my upper half onto the desk and exclaimed, “Praise Jesus!!”
She continues, “We found it do you say.. in toilet.”
I looked at her, thinking my bag would be soaking wet, and then realized she meant that they found it in the bathroom. 
Nothing was touched, or moved. Now from my memory, I took my bag out of the bathroom. How it ended up there we are not sure, but praise Jesus for finding it and keeping it safe for me. 
All was well in the world as we heading onto our next flight!

The Stupa
We arrived in nepal late. It was very dark, and everything was shut down for the night.
We got to the place we would be staying, and hit the sack! Excited to sleep lying down, with a pillow under head.  
We were staying in Bouda, 
which is close to the Stupa.

A majority of Nepali people are Buddhist. As part of their religion, the must pray to buddha. 
They walk around the Stupa, spinning prayer wheels, keeping track of the # of times they have prayed with prayer beads.
One of many Monasteries
We spent the majority of our time going to monasteries & hindu sites.
We prayed over them, and 
as we walked from place to place. 

Half way through a trip, we had a women’s retreat. 
There are believers in nepal, just not many. I was amazed at the turn out, we had 30 or so women from around the area. It was encouraging to me, to see that God is moving in Nepal. I enjoyed teaching them, and encouraging them as the continue to live is such a lost place.

In the end, I prayed. A Lot.

I don’t remember the last time I prayed as much. And in doing so, God was able to show himself to me in ways I could have never imagined.

Women's Retreat
One of the things I enjoy most about going on a missions trip is that I know God will show himself to me.

On this trip, I saw his heart. How he loves the Nepali people and wants so much for them to turn away from their idol gods and worship him, The one true God.

God’s love is far beyond any words I could use to express. If you have not experienced it, I encourage to you seek after him. He loves you too, and wants you to turn away from whatever it is that you worship, and worship him! Allow him to change your life! 

Here are a few more photos!

Calling Home
Prayer Wheels

The Thangka....made all from sand

Ladies Retreat

Nepali Church

Heading Home