Surrendering to Hope: A Visit to the Karen

How do you tell a story?

A story that’s probably already been told by dozens, hundreds, maybe even thousands?

One that largely remains hidden from most?

With just one voice and a few photographs?

This is my attempt to tell a story. Really, it is a compilation of stories likely told and shown before, but this time, it comes from my perspective. I should have told it months ago, but perhaps I was not ready… I just didn’t feel what I had was adequate for the task. But I’ve come to realize that in sharing this story, it’s not about my talent for words or whether my photographs will “wow” anyone. It’s simple: I just want to tell what I’ve seen, and I trust that God will do the rest. Continue reading

Walking in His Love

Still Early Morning, Chiang Mai

So I’ve been praying a lot for the Lord to have His way during my time here. I didn’t want this to be simply a fun holiday (although much fun has been had!), but I sensed God’s leading me here to hear Him speak and to surrender each day to whatever He wanted to do in my travel plans, my interactions with those I met, and my heart.

In coming to Chiang Mai, I really wanted to take a cooking class, and yesterday, I got my wish. =) I had a neat opportunity to learn how to cook Thai food in a special one-on-one setting. I’d heard about the school through Iraise since she found it on the Internet after having her original plans upset because it was late in the evening and the school she wanted had already started their last lesson. Iraise loved it and recommended it highly. Continue reading

Such Great Heights

Jan 26, 4p, Somewhere in China

Here I am on the bullet train to Shanghai. Cruising at a cool 303 kilometers an hour.

Really? Is this my life? =)

It has been such a gift to be here in China. From walking around Tianamen Square taking tons of pictures to eating pork dumplings at a table for one while watching locals stroll by to climbing the Great Wall to watching fireworks over the immense frozen lake of the Summer Palace to eating fried silk worms on a stick on Wafujing Street (though I don’t recommend that last bit), this has been such a great adventure, and it’s only day 3. Continue reading

Farewell, Sweet Pea

From the archives – Spring 2007

(Talk about the unexpected – this whole thing came out of left field! I still don’t understand what happened, but I know God was in the midst of it, and this experience was part of the journey that has me right where I am today. I’m still reconciling with the fact that I don’t need to understand, but I’m getting there. Praise God for His trustworthiness so I can lean on Him and not my own understanding…)

Just over three weeks ago, I was involved in a car accident. It was a pretty serious one, but by God’s amazing grace, He led me safely through it with only the aches that come with accidents like that. Praise be to God! Continue reading