Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Busy Betsy

Hello everyone. First let me wish everyone a very Merry Christmas (a little late) and Happy New Year. As I'm sure has been the case with all of you, our December was very busy.

The highlight for me was our Church's Christmas Eve service. We had a wonderful time of worship!! We sang a lot of songs. The children did a great job on their songs they presented to the congregation. And, the ladies ensamble that I was in charge of had our prayers answered. God gave us beautiful voices and songs to praise His name. All the ladies did very well.

Another highlight is that a friend of mine got a horse and agreed to let me ride from time to time. I agreed to help take care of him. He is a retired polo pony and is well deserving of a more leasurly life. It has been fun getting to know him and spend more time with my friend.

Thanks for all of your prayers. God is so faithful!!

Monday, December 27, 2004

Earthquake

I just wanted to put up a quick note to assure you all that we are fine. The earthquake was approximately 573 miles away from us, and we felt nothing. Singapore is also very protected from tsunamis by the surrounding Indonesian islands. As I understand it, Singapore is one of the safest places in the world with regard to natural disasters. No earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, volcanoes, flooding, etc.

We've had a wonderful Christmas season so far, and will update you a little more later, but I wanted to reassure you as soon as I heard about this! (I actually didn't even hear about the earthquake until this morning (Monday).


Saturday, December 04, 2004

Escaping the City


In early November we had a five-day weekend and were able to go to Sibu, Malaysia to relax and escape the fast pace of city life. We went with two other couples from the school. (Bob is sitting by Betsy.)

Sibu Island


The island of Sibu is only about 20 acres and provided a nice, quiet get-away.

Leaving the mainland




Sibu Island Resort

Fishing house on the ocean


And in the background, the many islands of Malaysia.

The beach

RDA, horses in the city!


This is where Betsy spends her Thursday and Friday mornings, the Riding School for the Disabled.

"Working" Hard


Her day starts with grooming and saddling a horse in preparation for the riders.

Meet Rama



Warming up


After saddling the horse, Betsy takes him out to walk around the arena and get prepared for the activities of the day.

The arena


The riders are led through many different obstacles during the ride.

The Ride


During the actual ride there are three volunteers per horse, one leading (this is what Betsy does) and two making sure the rider is stable and not going to fall off. There are also two or three instructors for the whole group.