Wednesday, January 19, 2011

New Perspective

A Typical Sunday

So, I guess things are a little different here from the typical Sunday's that we are used to in the states. We began the day with a 45 min. drive to a surrounding village to join some local believers for celebration. There were about 30 people crammed into the second floor of a villagers house where all furniture had been removed to create space. Despite this difference they worshiped with all they had and it was an honor for us to join them.

Us "bule's," white folk, had to have a translator.

Why did the cow cross the road?
Who doesn't enjoy walking their cows after Sunday celebration? Our dog Buddy would have gone nuts!

Ash and Hay cooking by candlelight. 
In a typical week, so far, the electricity goes out three to four times. This Sunday it went out around five o'clock leaving Ash and Hay to cook in the dark while MJ and I played with fire.

Candlelight Cooking.
MJ and I pretended to do things in the kitchen. Actually, our candle placement was imperative to the cooking process.

Watch Out!

Sorry mom. I always told you I would never drive a motorcycle. But it is awesome! However, I had to learn how to drive all over again. Thanks to MJ, who took me to open road to practice. I felt kinda silly, however, when there was a dad there teaching his 12 year old girl how to drive a motorcycle as well! 

Ash getting pumped for the first ride.
This excitement quickly turned to panic and fear when we got on the road! All I heard from her was "oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!" Hilarious!

Here we Go!
Yeah, your prayers are appreciated... It was a completely different feel when someone was on the back. And I have to drive on the left side of the road. "Left is Right, Right is Wrong." I am slowly getting the hang of it as we drive daily to language school and our nearby grocery for a Coke.

First Date

Ashley and I went on our first date here to a nice local restaurant at Hotel Tugu. We were excited that the waiters spoke english, kinda why we chose this place. We didn't stay the night, just partook in their fine cuisine. I had an Australian steak and Ash had pasta. $25 bucks for the best meal in town...not bad.

My Gorgeous Date!

Our only other pic before the camera died...
The hotel and restaurant is the nicest in town. The hotel used to be a Chinese man's house. Side note: Any time your house can be turned into a hotel...your house is too big. Regardless, the place was amazing with antiques, fish ponds, three restaurants, and a Spa. We had fun exploring the place on our date night. 


Ash and Hay getting frozen yogurt.

Maya loves the giggles. 

Sticky rice...Sticky Maya

They have a Hut.
Turns out, Pizza Hut is a big deal around here. The restaurant is really nice, comparable to an Olive Garden in the States. It was kinda weird to be honest, but the pizza tasted the same!

Picture doesn't do it justice, but it was nice.
Maya was a ham, flirting with the waiters and waiving at those who walked by. 

Thanks for checking in on us. We appreciate your prayers! Everything is going great and I am super appreciative of the team members here who are letting us join them. I am learning a lot both through hands on experience and my studies. We ask that you would continue to pray for our guidance, receptiveness of all that we experience, and our ability to learn the language. 




  1. G R E A T pics !! I still like the ones of Maya the best ! !(mom)
    Tom asked . . . is Maya learning the Indonesian language ?
    We want to see pics of Hayley & MJ's street, front of their house, and language school - inside and out . . .
    LOVE YA ! ! ! Mom & Dad

  2. Glad to see pizza and yogurt can continue to be staples in your diet. ;-) Love the updates and the pictures! Hope the book reading and competencies are going well!

  3. It's so neat to see all your adventures! As always, so glad you guys are safe and doing well. Maya is absolutely precious!