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That arrow points to the USA…

That arrow points to the USA...

We are excited to be coming to visit friends, family, and supporting congregations in the USA. 8 days until we fly! But before we go we have Sports day at school, Ka’amatan festival (celebrating tribal heritage in Sabah), and we must find gong music for the dance lessons we will share! It’s hard to find recordings because every town has their own set of gongs which people learn to play before they can walk – so there’s no need to record, and no one needing to buy them, except us!

Today is Caedmon’s birthday so we are busy celebrating (a playdate with friends, blocks, marbles, & harmonicas… perfect!). Tomorrow Dante has an upgrading exam for karate (orange belt), Monday I deliver the books our school collected to a school for undocumented children. When will we find time to pack? Life is full & God is good!

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Images from Islamic Arts Museum

A poetic explanation of the role of natural elements in Islamic Art

A poetic explanation of the role of natural elements in Islamic Art

Ceramic Wall at Museum of Islamic Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ceramic Wall at Museum of Islamic Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mosque at Mecca - miniature plus description
Mosque at Mecca – miniature plus description

 

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A photo that does me so proud

IMG rock climg Dante Artur StanA friend of Dante’s (in the yellow shirt) is moving to Hyderabad, India – something that is a commonplace kind of thing when attending an international school in a quickly developing nation. This picture was taken at his good-bye party (rockclimbing! in Kota Kinabalu!)

When I look at this picture, I see what kind of friend Dante is growing up to be. In an international setting, people are coming and going – moving, attaching, saying good-bye. The kids can’t always articulate it, but it is often a challenging kind of life. Yet a pat on the shoulder, sharing some cake… and everybody gets to live in the moment, for just a little while longer. Friendship, at any age, is such a gift, and it comes from being able to both stand on your own *and* reach out to span the gaps.