It’s time for my documentation of the month of October in pictures, and I’ll just be honest–I really didn’t do so amazing with the documentation this month. Most of my pics are from my vacation in Malaysia, but they’re pretty cool pictures, so hopefully that will make up for my lack of motivation elsewhere. Let’s just say life is full and good and busy, so taking pictures has taken somewhat of a back-seat these days. 🙂
There’s something I’ve been thinking about saying on this blog, kind of as a disclaimer, kind of as an explanation. I honestly don’t know how many people even read this blog–and I’m not doing it for the numbers anyway– but I do know that there are some of you who read mostly because I’m living overseas and involved in mission work. Sometimes you may wonder why you don’t see more pictures of that kind of thing on here (i.e, mission life, ect.). There are several reasons for that. For one thing, life does settle into a normal routine (even though it has the usual ebbs and flows) and when you live somewhere for more than 6 months or so at a time, you don’t exactly want to go around looking like a tourist, with a camera slung over your shoulder. For another thing, and probably more importantly, because of the nature of the work that I’m involved in, I often don’t want to post too many pictures or too much information. It’s not unlike if you are involved in any given ministry anywhere. Where the work involves people, it involves sensitive information that is privy to those particular people and whomever they decide to share it with. It’s not to be shared with the public, or you risk breaking confidence.
When it comes to missions, often we struggle with finding a balance in this sort of thing, because people support missionaries, and people support missions. They want to know what’s going on, and how they can pray. In most cases it’s with the sincerest of motives that people ask lots of questions and generally want to know lots of details about the people you work with and the progress that’s being made. And it’s hard when we have to be vague for the sake of guarding the confidence of those whom we work with. And sometimes we can risk offending people who sincerely want to help or know details. This year I made a commitment to do one of these photo posts every month, to keep people updated back home in what my life looks like here. But to be honest, I’ve struggled with it because it can be a rather dishonest representation of what life here really looks like. Maybe there’s a bit of me that is seeking to vindicate myself when I say this, but contrary to what it may sometimes look like, my life is not all about drinking coffee, and hanging out with friends. What the majority of my day-to-day life looks like is something that cannot be documented or even relayed verbally in a lot of cases. If you do want to know more about what it looks like, get on my email newsletter list. But even then, there are things that can’t be shared.
So there’s a bit of honesty for you. 🙂 yeah, sometimes I can quite easily get on a soapbox—just ask my siblings. 😉
So. Onto October. One of the highlights was my getaway with my dear friend Katelyn. Our birthdays are about a week apart, born the same year, so we got the brilliant idea to celebrate by taking a trip to somewhere special. We picked a spot, Penang Malaysia, and started scouring Agoda for the rest. 🙂 Twas grand, and lovely, and all things amazing.
Once we got there, we decided the best plan of action would be to rent a motorbike and show ourselves around. So we did. 🙂 She navigated, and I drove, and we made a pretty awesome team that way, if I do say so myself.
I have now discovered Old Town White Coffee. I would go back to Malaysia just for this–it was really that good. 🙂 I just had to take this pic to document for all of you folks back in the states what Asian desserts often look like (on the left side of the menu). Here we have red beans, corn, and some type of jello type stuff served on top of ice cream, for just a few examples. 🙂 Still haven’t developed much of a taste for that kind of thing. 😉
We were wanting Indian, but stumbled upon this little place that sold Chinese food. So we thought it might be cool to get a dish at each place. Broadens the experiences. 🙂
This was our trusty bike that got us around. In spite of the fact that it was an automatic, (not my preference) it served us quite well and we had fun. 😉
Rest stop by a little water fall–and selfies. haha…we both have an aversion the them, but when it’s only two of you, what do you do? 🙂
God gave me an incredible gift when He gave me the friendship of this girl. Can’t even say how much I’m going to miss her when she leaves. The opportunity to do this trip together was yet another big gift from God.
I never get tired of the beach. Although we did have some rain to contend with, we also had some nice sunshine too, so it was all good.
I told Katelyn I wanted to see a jellyfish, and then soon after found a dead one in the sand. So behold, the jellyfish. 🙂
Our last night at a cute little Malaysian place.
Life changing Bible study–Believing God, by Beth Moore. So thankful for how God has been revamping some of my beliefs about Him and Who He is. Believe it or not, He really is Who He says He is. 😉
So that’s my October. I’ve got another post marinating…:) So I’ll be back soon.
Hope everyone is having a lovely Autumn.