Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thought For The Day

So I'm sitting in Pacific Coast Coffee (okay, not really sitting but chasing Josiah around the coffee shop- he is now strapped in his stroller devouring a cookie) and they have a chalk board with a "Thought for the day posted". Today's is

Pay as if everything depended on God
Act as if everything depended on you

I thought this was a very telling freudian slip. HK people think they can buy everything; peace, joy and salvation included. Lord, may this city fall on its face before you crying out in dependence for your grace and love. How's that for a thought of the day?

Monday, June 8, 2009

By popular request

Okay, here is the hair picture some of your were asking for. (: I used the timer and am not sure why it came out a little burry. Only 3 days til we leave!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

That's what I get. . .

for using the words "subtle" and "natural" with my Cantonese speaking hair dresser. He energetically nodded and repeated the word "lowlights, lowlights, can do" and proceded to dye my entire head a gray, greenish, slightly purplish color. This is a nightmare. Of course I cried. It has taken me two years to grow my hair to the length I like and I am afraid I will have to cut it off now. Does anyone know how many times you can dye your hair before it falls out? I'm going to wear hats and pony tails for a week and then have a professional try to fix in when we're in CA next week.
Ahh, California where there are no cockroaches and everyone speaks English (almost). Right now I'm off to the shower to see if 10 shampoos will drain out some of the color.

Friday, June 5, 2009


This blog has no picture, for which you will be grateful as you start reading. Over the last year I have been stretched by a new experience in my life- cockroaches. We started to notice them after returning from CA last summer and I have made it my mission to banish them from our house. After poison, traps, covering all drains, and countless bottles of bleach- I have still failed. Most Hong Kongers accept these critters as part of living in a cramped city in a sub- tropical climate (I'm feeling the need to justify that I am normal) but I just can't get used to them. I still squeal and feel uneasy every time I see one scurry away (and I am starting to scare Josiah with my theatrics).

I finally have hired professionals to take over. They assessed that we indeed have a problem and found a nest under the oven. They offered to show me (I declined). I also declined their estimate of how many they think are in our house- I like to sleep at night. What surprised me however was their discovery that we also have termites eating our wood floors and baseboards (the walls are concrete). It turns out our neighbors just sprayed for termites last month. So, while we are in the states next week men will be spaying and fogging the life out of the little suckers. Can't wait!!

All of this ickiness has made me think of sin. I believe Satan is real and he is the prince of lies. He desires to kill and destroy. Sin is like an infestation of cockroaches. It is disgusting. It is repulsive to God. Like my little situation, we cannot get rid of sin on our own. Some sin, like the termites, we don't even know is there! We cannot cleanse ourselves, regardless of our efforts. If we have a victory in our own strength and squash one cockroach, there are still hundreds lurching out of sight. Praise Jesus for his cleansing power. For removing sin and clothing us in righteousness. When Jesus sees me he sees no icky sin- but the resurrected Christ living in me. That is the most freeing feeling in the world.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Ocean Park

Josiah and I got to tag along with Jason's group of 6th graders on their trip to Ocean Park. I LOVE this place! It has fantastic aquariums and beautiful views of the ocean. Josiah loved the fish ("ffff") and panda bears. I even got to go on the "Dragon" the wildest roller coaster- so fun!