Wednesday, November 30, 2011

flood money

I'm so touched that after watching some youtube videos about Thailand's flooding, Joji and Anna agreed (after a gentle suggestion) to give some of their hard-earned money to those who are struggling to eat due to the floods. Joji gave 127 NT, and Anna gave 12 NT. I congratulated them and told them that God loves cheerful givers. Joji said when he earns more money, he wants to give more. How exciting!

Cultivating a desire to give is something I have puzzled over for a long time. I notice that I don't naturally think about giving on a regular basis. After he had given his money, Joji said with a contented sigh, "I know I'm going to heaven." Oh dear. So I tried to explain God's grace once again. Legalism is instinct. We all need a divine heart overhaul.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


The picture is a bit misleading because Anna seems to be the one most interested in bandaides, ointments and scabs. She grabs the chance at being a doctor whenever possible, for whoever needs medical attention. Her doll and chickie had yellow fever for days.
I think this headband was designed by her, and Joji followed suit (or took over). Joji's main interest at the moment is architecture and construction. I need to post a picture of his two story log cabin when I get a chance.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

We're in!!!

How exciting!
My dear friend, Fang-Shan, and I (plus our kids) just got accepted by the farmer's market to sell our wares on December 18th!!! Come one and all to buy some hair clips, dolls, and goodies. Here is our blog:

It is near 101, across from the AIG building. Hmmm, can't get anymore specific than that. Here is their website:


Friday, November 11, 2011

Homeschooling group

Over ten mothers meet together every Wednesday to talk and pray. This small group is a part of a (one of several in Taiwan) homeschooling association. We prepare activities and short lessons for the kids then let them watch a video and play around while we meet together. Good times! I'm glad we decided to join this semester.

Joji, Anna and Lydia are on the left. No, Lydia does not always sit so attentively the whole way through the lesson. There is a playroom nearby that she sometimes visits, but mostly she likes to wander around.

The playroom

In the background is Joji's good buddy, Wu-di. (His mother, teaching in the first picture, has 4 children - a rare and wonderful thing in this country.) He always brings toys to share with Joseph. But he did warn Joseph that if he didn't bring toys as well, he wouldn't share his toys anymore. Loved hearing Joseph think out loud about which toys would be most fun to take.

On another note, here is Anna doing what she loves best (second best...ballet is first and foremost in her life): being a little mommy to Lydia.