5 years

January 28th, 2014 - No Responses

I don’t think anyone reads this blog anymore, but I’ll write a random update anyway.

This Friday is Chinese New Year — it’s almost the Year of the Horse! This year also marks 5 years since Joe and I got married (our anniversary is May 23). 5 years already!

Every year we try to take a trip to celebrate our anniversary. Early on, we decided that Joe would plan odd-numbered years and I would plan even-numbered years. Here’s how that played out:

2009 – Honeymoon on Vancouver Island

2010 – Kauai, Hawaii

2011 – Kelowna, BC

2012 – San Francisco, CA (this was by default because Joe’s cousin’s wedding was the same weekend as our anniversary!)

2013 – Didn’t take an anniversary trip because Joe’s sister’s wedding was in Vancouver, the same weekend as our anniversary again. Memorial weekend/Victoria Day weekend is a popular wedding time! But we did a lot of traveling in 2013 anyway (Hawaii, Hong Kong, Singapore, Peru).

For 2014, I’m researching these options (from most expensive to least expensive)…
1) New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and south coast? LOTR and Hobbiton tours?)
2) Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown)
3) Northwest Territories (Yellowknife, to see the Aurora Borealis!)
4) Vancouver Island (to commemorate our 5th since that was our first trip as a married couple?)

Hmm…

Lent 2012 – a time for reflection

February 29th, 2012 - No Responses

Wow, I haven’t updated this blog in over 2 years. Time for a resurrection!

I don’t consistently practice Lent, and in fact, had no clue what it was until my college years when I met other Christians from more liturgically-rooted denominations. When I lived in close proximity to Catholic friends, I was more aware of when Ash Wednesday was, but I admit that for the past few years, I haven’t had Lent on the mind unless the topic comes up on say, someone’s Facebook status.

I know lots of people observe Lent by giving up sweets or beverages, but I don’t have a sweet-tooth and I generally stick to drinking water, so it doesn’t feel like I’m surrendering much by giving those up. One year, I attempted to give up Facebook but didn’t do so well with the self-discipline.

Last year, I participated in World Vision ACT:S and I’m doing the same this year. This year’s “program” is a 7-week challenge focused on sacrifice. The first week’s reflection focused on this prompt:

Define what sacrifice means to you and why it’s important for our generation to live a life of sacrifice.

Questions to reflect on (+ my responses):
1) What does sacrifice mean to you?
- putting others’ needs before my own
- giving something up out of love for someone else
- not being selfish
- pain, inconvenience, discomfort, humility

2) How can our generation sacrifice to change ourselves and the world around us, to reflect Christ’s sacrifice for us?
- sacrifice material possessions & the time and money required to keep up an affluent lifestyle
- sacrifice time for others
- Christ sacrificed himself not just for the sake of sacrifice in itself, not for the sake of suffering, but for the sake of giving us life… what can we sacrifice to “speak/breathe life” into the people around us?

Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

things i’ve learned about my husband in the past 7 1/2 months

January 10th, 2010 - No Responses

of marriage:

- he is INCREDIBLY patient and forgiving, and doesn’t seem to be capable of holding a grudge against anyone
- his sense of humor isn’t always dry– sometimes he can be really hilarious
- he really is laid-back, accommodating, and flexible… these qualities are just in his nature.
- he LOVES watching infomercials and is strangely fascinated and amused by them
- he is disciplined about his work– is usually working by 8:30am and often works until 1 or 2am (with breaks for food of course ;) )
- although he is more quiet than I am, he is less shy and is equally content being at a party or being at home
- he can’t touch his toes
- he drives his car like a city boy
- he really doesn’t like vegetables and thinks they all taste the same… but he still eats anything I cook!

married reflections

January 4th, 2010 - No Responses

I saw this meme on Facebook. Answering the questions made me realize how quickly time has passed since our wedding! I’m really grateful for Joe, and even though the transition is still hard, I’m thankful for the opportunity to live and study in Canada.

Marriage Meme

1. How long have you been married?
It will be 8 months on Jan 23!

2. How long have you been together?
3 years, 2 months.

3. Where did you go on your first date?
First unofficial date: dinner at Malaysia Kopitiam in downtown DC and a 3-mile walk– from Farragut North to the National Monument, to the WWII Memorial, to the Capitol!
First official date: dinner at Ray’s the Steaks in Arlington, VA, then spent the evening at Gravelly Point watching airplanes take off and land.

4. Where did you go on your last date?
Lunch at Thai House on Robson and a long walk in the rain. Then grocery shopping. Not sure if that counts as a date though. :) Last one before that: watching Avatar in 3D.

5. What’s your anniversary date?
Wedding: May 23, 2009
Dating: November 3, 2006

6. Where were you married?
In the beautiful backyard of dear church friends in Maryland.

7. What was your best/favorite wedding gift and from whom?
Really good devotional book from Joe’s aunt… Devotions for Couples by David & Teresa Ferguson.

8. Where did you honeymoon?
At the Aerie Resort in Malahat, BC. We went ziplining near Sooke, rock-skipping at a secluded beach that we found by happenstance, fish-n-chips-eating at the pier, garden-traipsing at Butchart Gardens, and watched Star Trek!

9. What food do you like now because of your spouse?
Penang curry and beef rendang.

10. What type of music do you like now because of your spouse?
Passion Band and David Crowder.

11. What movie or television program do you like now because of your spouse?
Battlestar Galactica! When people hear the show’s title, they just think it’s a nerdy sci-fi series, but it’s actually a really deep and moving drama about the human condition, and funny at times too. You get really drawn into the characters and their victories, struggles, loyalties to one another, etc.! Full of honor and even some romance.

12. Favorite thing you like doing together?
Eating! Watching movies. Going on road trips. Talking about tech/info stuff. Playing piano and guitar together. Finding good bargains.

13. Last gift you bought your spouse?
Five bottles of different kinds of hot sauce!

14. Last gift your spouse bought you?
I have a terrible memory when it comes to gifts from other people… I think it was a heart-shaped pendant necklace.

15. Favorite things about your spouse?
I love how steady and calming he is. He has a deeply-rooted trust in God and a security that everything’s going to turn out all right. He’s also hard-working, easy-going, sweet, and a grace-giver.

psalm 121 : 1-8

November 10th, 2009 - No Responses

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;

8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

This is a great promise. I’m thankful for a God who is attentive and watches over us.