Saturday, July 28, 2007

Home, Sweet Home

I am SO ready to get home. I've been gone for six weeks. In those six weeks I have...
  • slept in four different beds
  • had tons of information crammed into my brain
  • been encouraged to see what God is doing in His world
  • met gazillions of new people
  • become a SIM appointee
I am SO ready to get home. I need some time to process it all.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

My Summer Adventures - Toronto

It seems like a couple years since I've gotten to spend a summer in Toronto but I guess it's only been one. I have to say this was one of the most pleasant summers I've spent in Toronto weatherwise. It was beautiful...not really all that hot and definitely not humid. I got to spend lots of quality time with my parents and with my friends. Here are some of the highlights...

  • Walking & Shopping with my Mom

  • Helping my Dad at Work

  • Sharing with a group of Seniors who have been praying faithfully for me

  • Having a picnic with several of the SIM retirees including my 2nd grade teacher

  • Seeing my friends, the Borodies, from Niger

  • Going to church with Michelle & getting to see how happy she is there

  • Making buns and pie crusts with Jennifer...she made an awesome pie

  • Going to two of Chellaine's football games...she is the athletic therapist for the Hamilton Ti-Cats and she is amazing!

Here's Chellaine helping an injured Ti-Cat Player & observing the action on field with several players.

My Summer Adventures - TCK-PFO

Huh? TCK-PFO??? What in the world? That stands for Third Culture Kids-Pre-Field Orientation. Those who participated fondly referred to it as TICK-FO. Anyway, this was the conference which I attended for two weeks in Houghton, NY. I think that there were just under 200 teachers and future dorm parents who participated in this conference which focused on the specific needs of children who grow up overseas and also delved into the experience of transitioning from one culture to another. Even though I've already been overseas, I thought it was a very valuable experience. I had several moments where things that I had experienced in Niger came into a clearer focus and I was able to understand what was really going on. It was so encouraging to see what God is doing around the world and how He is using Third Culture Kids to reach families from around the world with the gospel. It was also amazing to share the experience with so many others who are dedicated to making an impact in the lives of TCKs!
These were my roomies...Linda, Marcie, Me & Sandra.
Marcie & Rebecca Being Goofy! Rebecca was practically our roomie too! Marcie, Rebecca and Sandra are all headed to Morrison Academy in Taiwan.
Linda and Bonnie are headed to Faith Academy in the Phillipines. We are standing at Letchworth Falls.
Marion & Kris are also headed to Morrison Academy.
(Marion plays a mean guitar and watch out for Kris' Kung Fu Fighting Skills!)
While we were at Letchworth Park we saw a hot air balloon. I think that's the first time I've ever seen a hot air balloon in person so I had to take a picture. At $200 a pop, I wasn't about to take a ride!
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