Thursday, May 24, 2012

Life, etc.

It's been a fun, few weeks, with solar eclipses, birthdays, etc. 

With less than a month before we head out on our big, bad road trip, we're trying to pack in as much fun and social time as possible. 

Last Sunday we had a Moffit party to celebrate Josh's 34th birthday. The best part was that Josh got to see the solar eclipse just minutes before the fog came rolling over the mountain! 

When we're not staring at the sun, or eating goes on. And a huge part of missionary life is writing letters. Sometimes updates, sometimes thank you notes, sometimes blogposts. Here I am in the thick of it...22 down, 14 to go....

 And one of the best parts of being a missionary...meeting new friends. This is our friend, Courtney, and her family. She's been writing to us for a few years now, and we finally got a chance to catch up with her in person. She can't wait to grow up and be a missionary to the Philippines.

The next few weeks are more of the same. Lots of family time, a few more dinners with friends, more letter writing, etc. But there will also be some sad times. A lot of goodbyes to family, and school friends, and co-workers, and people from church. But, with goodbyes, come hellos. Hello to all the churches and supporters and friends we'll get to see this summer!

Monday, May 14, 2012


 Today at work, I cut a lady's hair who's name means 'Blessed'. I thought to myself, 'That should be my name!' A peek into my Mother's Day would convince anyone that I am truly Blessed. 

My day started with gifts and cards in the kitchen. Jewelry from Daisy and Josh, and a beautiful bouquet of thankfulness from Ally. Neo gave me lots of hugs.  

Then, it was off to my mother-in-law's house. Josh planned a surprise, home-cooked breakfast for her. She loved it, I loved it, the kids loved it. We ended it with a photo shoot in front of her beautiful pink tree!

After a lovely church service, we headed up the Smith River for a picnic lunch prepared by Josh. It was quiet, it was relaxing, it was perfect. As you can see, I kept safely shielded from the sun's poisonous rays!! (You can take Belinda out of Asia, but you can't take the Asian out of Belinda! All I'm lacking is gloves and a parasol.)

I thought my day couldn't get any better, but I was wrong. Dinner was a delightful affair in the woods near our house. Now, I am NOT A CAMPER. Hate it. But, oh how lovely to roast some wieners and then head back to the house for a good night's sleep in my comfy bed. The kids had found a clearing in the woods that they named 'The Secret Place', they cleared it, cleaned it, and dug a fire pit. Then off we went to have a 'camping dinner' complete with hot dogs, sodas, and marshmallows. I loved it!

Josh tried to carve 'Happy Mother's Day' into a log...he gave up after the word 'Happy'...but I think that pretty much sums up my Mother's Day.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

 Winds of Change

Life seems 'normal'. The kids are still going to school, and doing homework, and playing sports. We're still going to church each week, going to work, buying groceries, etc. But, there's a change in the air. We can feel the nearness of our departure date looming. More conversations seem to be about leaving, there are boxes stacked in the corner, and the calendar from now until September is filling up!

We head out of our beautiful hometown in the middle of June, and spend the rest of the summer traveling the States. We'll see friends, supporters, churches. We'll hit 23 states in 2 1/2 months! Then in September, we'll head back to our beloved Philippines. 

People ask me, 'Are you excited?' It's bittersweet. What a wonderfully, wonderful year it's been. And yet, half of our heart is always longing for the Philippines. So, yes, we're excited to go. And yes, we're sad to leave.  
Another fun-filled family dinner with the Moffits!

Sitting on the boardwalk at the Port after enjoying an ice cream from our favorite parlor, 'Slugs and Stones and Ice Cream Cones'!

Daisy and Dad, after her track meet.

 School books for next year in the Philippines.

Getting everything ready to be shipped to the Philippines in the precious LBC boxes.