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At Home in Oxford

We left New York City on March 24 and headed off for England where John is beginning his doctoral studies at Oxford Centre for Mission Studies.  We had an overnight flight across the Atlantic, arriving in London early in the morning.  After walking about a mile to the customs and on to luggage pick-up we found our bus to Oxford without any problems.  Arriving in Oxford, we got a taxi to our room.....that was a bit of an adventure trying to get four suitcases and two carry-ons from the bus station to the taxi park.  Fortunately it wasn't a great distance away.



So, here we are at our flat.  The second window up on the left is our room. 


When we come in the front door we go immediately upstairs.  The thing is, we need to take our shoes off at the door, so it's a bit complicated!  It usually means that one of us waits outside the door while the other one sits on the stairs to take off their shoes.   Immediately at the top of the stairs is the bathroom which we share with three oth…

Mom DeValve's New Room

We have been trying to spend as much time as possible with Mom DeValve.  We got the idea...or maybe I should say resurrected an old idea....to turn Dad's study into a downstairs bedroom for Mom.  That way she won't have to go upstairs all the time.  She has a very nice bathroom downstairs, so putting  a bedroom in downstairs makes an ideal living situation for her.


John and I sorted through all Dad's books and belongings.   I've done a lot of cleaning, including the dining room chandelier which took about three hours because every string of crystals had to come off individually.  Then Laurie and her mom, Gail, redecorated the study.  They left the paneled wall and the "wallpaper" (which is really printed right on the drywall) walls as they were and Laurie and Gail painted the other two walls a light green.  They hung darker green curtains at the windows.  We removed all the bookshelves, the desk got moved to the living room, the computer is in the attic (anybo…

So Send I You

Since my parents were missionaries and since I am a missionary, I have heard a lot of missionary songs sung in churches all across America.  Some of them I enjoy singing and some of them I really don't like.

One that was/is at the top of the "Don't Like" list, was/is So Send I You by Margaret Clarkson.  It goes like this:

So send I you to labor unrewarded, To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown. To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing, So send I you to toil for me alone.
So send I you to bind the bruised and broken, O'er wand'ring souls to work, to weep, to wake. To bear the burdens of a world a-weary, So send I you to suffer for my sake.
So send I you to loneliness and longing, With a heart hung'ring for the loved and known, Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one, So send I you to know my love alone.
So send I you to leave your life's ambition, To die to dear desire, self will resign, To labor long, and love where men revile you, So send I you to l…

Books I've Read

Several years back a friend told me how many books she reads in a year.  I was astounded and wondered if I came anywhere near (I don't!).  But I started keeping track of the books I read and found that I average about two books per month.   I thought I'd share my list from 2009...the good, the bad, and the indifferent.  I don't know why, when there are so many books to be read, I read bad and indifferent books.  I just have this self-imposed rule that if I start a book I have to finish it....give it a chance, maybe it will get better.  There have been occasions where the book was so trashy that I quit reading it, but otherwise I pretty much always finish a book.  So here you go....hope you get some ideas for reading material for yourself!

January 2009
Serving God on the Christian School Board by Roy W. Lowrie  Obviously this book has a limited audience and I'm pretty sure you'd only find it interesting if you serve on a Christian School board.  But if you do, I highl…