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As the holiday season is coming to it's close with Christmas behind and New Year's not far away, the thoughts of home have been more in our minds. Being overseas at these times does make the heart yearn for "home" and the traditions of the season. This season we have experienced some wonderful gifts from "home" that have brought such a joy to our hearts! We are so thankful for all who made these special gifts to us possible. As I am journaling this blog I remember the phrase, "keep the home fires burning". We truly have some incredible people in our lives who created an amazing home fire this year and the warmth was felt over these miles! (Here is a link to the World War 1 song: Keep the Home Fires Burning)
Here are a few photos to share the beauty of our season! And never underestimate the power of a "Merry Christmas" or a "Happy New Year" to someone. Being remembered is an amazing gift that you can give someone this season and in the days ahead!
I remember an experience I had a few years back as I went through a survival training weekend...
We (there were about 20 of us) had to backpack (with full backpacks) into our campsite. We had been hiking about 3-4 hours when we came to a small dam that crossed a small lake. We had to cross this dam on a small ledge in the night. On one side was the lake we could fall into and on the other side was the ravine we could fall down into. Neither scenario seemed very inviting to me (ha!). Nervous, cautious, unsure...so many emotions and thoughts BUT I knew I had to do this! So I focused on Believing and Walking. When we came to one spot on the dam, we had to take a large step around a structure. A couple of people on our team decided to help the rest of us. They stood at the structure and took our hands (and back packs for some) as we streeeetched to step around this structure and NOT fall! At that moment I had to also Trust. At that time, I was so glad I had not made that journey alone. I was thankful for the connections with the team and TOGETHER we all made it without falling!
Here are Some Photos of August
Cindy writes about her adventures, observations, and other nuggets from living in another nation. She and John live in SE Asia. She will also share nuggets from her 58 plus years of life.