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Book Review: China, Medieval, and the Ardennes Forest -- Anything in Common?

No!  That's not the title of a book!  Since January I have read three novels that are actually very different from each other:  one takes place in China, one takes place in England in the medieval ages, and one takes place in the Ardennes Forest during World War II.  So, what, you may ask, is the connection between the three books?  There isn't really any connection, just that each one was really quite different from most novels I've read.

The first was called City of Tranquil Light, written by Bo Caldwell.  The book is loosely based on the story of Ms. Caldwell's grandparents who were missionaries in China.  Ms. Caldwell does a great job of showing the struggles missionaries face.  Will and Katherine Klein deal with starting a new ministry, the death of a child, being captured by a drug lord, experiencing a war, and eventually having to leave the country because of Katherine's poor health.  This was an excellent book, but it felt a little hurried at the end.  Overa…

Show and Tell Tuesday -- Hometown Edition

This is the question that can make me, or any TCK, cry.  "Where are you from?"  I don't know!  What year are you talking about?  Do you want to know what my passport says or where I've spent most of my life?  Should I give you the short version or do you really want the full un-edited version?

So, here goes, I'm going to give you the long version....

My parents were missionaries in Jos, Nigeria and that's where I was born....under the British flag.  A year and a few months later, Nigeria gained independence from Great Britain.  And in case you're wondering, in spite of being born in Nigeria under the British flag, I was born of American citizens, so I am American by nationality.  Confused yet?

By the time I was two, we had lived in two different places in a house and one an apartment.  I have no idea which one we lived in first since I was only two!

Years later when I went to Jos on a short term mission trip, I stayed in this same apartment buildin…

God's Hand of Protection

I can imagine that each day there are ways that God protects us and cares for us that happen in unseen realms and of which we aren't really aware.  But every now and then, in the midst of the routine of our daily lives, we become very aware of His hand of protection and His care for us.  But first, let me tell you about our routine week (if there's any such thing as "routine"!).

This week was much like any other.  Perhaps a little busier in that I had three long meetings to attend, which is more than normal.  Our administrative team, which includes both John and me, always meets on Monday, so that was a routine meeting.  On Tuesday all of the Directorate Team, which includes John and me, met together to review our security/contingency plans.  This was a routine review, keeping in mind that it's best to "be prepared for the worst and hope for the best".  

Then on Wednesday, I met with some other ladies on a committee starting to look at some stuff regardin…

How my House REALLY Looks

It's time to link up with The Glorious Mundane for Outside the Frame.  This time we are showing our they REALLY look.  Now, I have to say, I don't have small children, and I don't like clutter, so you'll probably think it doesn't what you would see.

This is our living room.  We ran out of gas for our stove, so the bottle is in the living room near the door to remind me to take it with me next time I go shopping.  I also have a basket of clean folded laundry sitting in the living room waiting to be put away.  

The most horrifying thing in the entire house is the towel that covers the chair where the cat sleeps.  Ewww.  She has a habit of going outside and rolling in the dirt and then coming in the house.  So we do a pretty good job of confining her to one or two chairs that are covered with something that can be easily washed.  When we know guests are coming, we snatch it off the chair real quick.

Next is our dining room.  John is working on his doctorate …