Sunday, May 30, 2010

Points of Interest

I put my camera in my purse when we went to town last week, so that I could get a picture of this:

The two most recently bespectacled Moffits! Aren't they cute!!

But, since I had my camera with me, I took a few extra snapshots. A few funny pictures, and a few cultural ones. . .

We drove behind this guy for about 2 hours. And we couldn't stop laughing. We have no idea what message his mudflap is trying to convey, but it made us laugh!

In case you can't read it all: "Jesus I Trust In You, Tail of Sardines"... Deep stuff!

I love this guy sleeping on his motor bike. More proof that Filipinos can sleep ANYWHERE!

I was so relieved when I realized that the hairspray I bought was saloon proven! Oh what a difference an extra 'o' makes!

We stayed at a hotel overlooking the mall where we do most of our shopping. A very modern mall, with everything you could need; Two grocery stores, tons of restaurants, 4 cinemas, dr.'s offices, department stores, etc. Here's the view from our hotel window. Well, half the view....

Here's the other half. The Philippines is a country of such extreme contrasts. A huge, modern mall, butted right up against a squatter village. But the contrasts don't end there...

In that squatter village each house has one of these... a matter of we spend the money on a new roof...or a t.v.?! :)

Actually, it's just a matter of differing priorities. Where an American will pour sacks of money into making her house absolutely perfect - but will go to the store looking like a total bum, in sweats and a ponytail, a Filipina can live with a house in need of major repair, but she would never dream of going anywhere without first taking a shower and looking her absolute best!

And of course, no trip would be complete without a few dramas on the road. We just heard that this part of the road is so bad that it made it on the local news yesterday!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

What a THRILL!

5 1/2 years ago, we were a couple of 20-somethings with a whole missionary career ahead of us and non-stop adventure everyday.

Each day held new wonders. Our first trips to the open-air market.....buying a turkey for Thanksgiving (live, and delivered on a motorcycle).....discovering poverty......battling cockroaches....etc....etc....

But, these days, well, life is a bit routine. The initial thrill is over. Poverty and cockroaches are ordinary, everyday events, and we've found a place to purchase frozen turkeys.

So, what the heck do you take pictures of? What do you write about in blog posts and updates?

Well, if you're as pathetic as I am, you yell to your husband, "Quick, take some pictures of me printing!!"

Yes, folks, there I am. Printing. Yes, using a printer. That's how thrilling my life has become. I use the printer and then make my husband photograph it.

But, the truth is. That's my life. I'm a mom who homeschools. I'm a wife who corrects Bible lessons in my office. And once a week, I attend church. So, when an adventure like using the printer presents itself, I'm not going to let that kodak moment pass me by!

But, the exciting part, is that I'm printing books. A book Josh made. 26 Christian character lessons for the men training to be Bible teachers!! Hey, now that is thrilling!

Did you know that tropical islands can have droughts? Turns out they can. The rain stopped in February, and the well dried up in March. Thankfully, we still have a spring we can fetch water from. Yes, that's right, I said, 'fetch water'. Sounds like a phrase that hasn't been used since pioneer days, but it's actually still a part of every day life where we live.

Not having water has been good. It's good for Americans to have to 'rough it'. It makes us appreciate how other people live.

But, I have to say, after two months of only flushing solids and taking bucket baths, it's a happy day when it you can see below!!