Monday, February 28, 2005

Rain is back

Well, raining again today. It has been fairly dry lately, but the last couple of days we've had the rain and thunderstorms. Saturday morning Betsy woke up to a HUGE thunderclap. Today, walking home from school, my umbrella kept my top half dry, but my pants were drenched all the way up to my thighs! When it rains, it RAINS!!!

Other things are going well. Looking forward to Betsy's mom arriving this coming Saturday morning. Hopefully it won't rain too much while she is here!

Thanks for all your love and prayers!

Saturday, February 19, 2005

A high flying birthday

This week we had a great time celebrating Betsy's birthday. At the top of Mt. Faber (where we live) there is a cable car station that transports people to Sentosa. They have an interesting feature called Sky Dining. We got on the cable cars at about 6:30 and ate dinner! It was three courses which were served each time we returned to Mt. Faber. We ended up making four laps in the cars over the course of about 2.5 hours. It was beautiful scenery!! Pictures coming!

Beautiful Bogavillias at the top of Mt. Faber

On Mt. Faber overlooking Sentosa

If you look in the background between Betsy and the sign you will see the cable cars. Back in the distance is Sentosa.

Riding the Cable Cars

Sky Dining!

Course 1: Cream of Mushroom soup
Course 2: Chicken and Mashed Potatoes
Course 3: Mango Pudding

Good food, beautiful scenery, gorgeous company!!

The Dock and the skyline

The Dock

Night skyline

Beach volleyball at Sentosa

Here is much of the ICS staff hard at work on Sentosa, the sand was hot, but the time was fun!

Christmas Service

For Christmas Eve Betsy got to lead a group of ladies in singing different carols. She really enjoyed teaching this group of ladies who didn't know a lot about singing but were excited to learn!

Betsy directing Christmas ladies group

Here is Betsy directing the group, and I'm even in the picture behind her!

Thursday, February 03, 2005

A new year!!

OK, so it has been way too long, I would like to be able to blame it on being busy, and I have been busy, but I still could have taken the time to make a post. . .

Well, how to some up one month of time without taking the pages, here goes:

The year started out with us going to a fellow teacher's home for New Year's dinner. We had fondue, an old family tradition, with some new twisted in. . . potatoes for the cheese dip, and asian fruits for the chocolate. Very yummy!

School started up again on the 10th of January and after 3 weeks of vacation it took a little while to get back in the groove of school. I think I have made it now!

I had almost gotten in the groove until the 20th of January when our school had a Lock-In at the school and I got to chaperone. . . Yes, GOT TO! I love staying up late, and this gave me a great excuse to stay up all night! It was a fun time, but the three day weekend that we got that weekend was all used up for rest!

Then early last week I was asked if I could be a small group leader for a weekend retreat called "Discipleship Now" put on by one of the larger international churches. I agreed. It was a fun weekend, starting on Friday evening I went to the gathering, then I went with my seven 14-15 year old boys to the home of one of the church goers, where the 8 of us would be staying and having bible studies. It was a very nice home, we had fun, but of course stayed up late and got less sleep than we should have!

I got home from that weekend on Sunday afternoon, and have been slowly catching up on my sleep. I look forward to this weekend in which we have no plans, and then even more I look forward to Chinese New Year next week and a 5 day weekend!

On the spiritual side of things, the busy-ness of the past weeks have forced us to rely more and more on Christ. I have been reading through Psalms in my daily devotions, and have multiple times pulled out my Bible to read encouragement to both of us.

Well, about time to get back to work here, love you all, and again, sorry for the delay in the update!