Since Last I Wrote…

A lot has happened since I last had the time and presence of mind to write a blog post. These are some of the highlights (and lowlights?) of the last few months.

My middle sister (who lives in China) had an ectopic pregnancy that almost took her life because she was bleeding internally for 2-3 days before she realized there was a problem. God was gracious and gave her friends to get her to the hospital, a surgeon who was willing to perform a lifesaving operation on a foreigner without the necessary paperwork, a husband who took exceptional care of her in the hospital and as she convalesced at home, and a loving mom who traveled halfway around the world to care for her in the weeks after surgery.  Continue reading “Since Last I Wrote…”

Tropical Oasis in a Concrete Jungle

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really like living in the city. Yes, I’ve learned to truly appreciate the convenience of being able to walk most places, but I will never get used to gazing out our living room windows at the tile facade of another high rise. I miss the green of trees and grass and the blue of an open sky.

Last year when my parents were visiting us in Taiwan, they took a walk one afternoon by themselves and ventured into a beautiful park about a mile from our apartment. Charles and I had driven past the location many times, but since the park is surrounded by a high wall, we didn’t know what was inside. My parents described it as a small tropical oasis in the midst of our concrete jungle. Until today, Charles and I never took Mom and Dad’s advice that we should visit this little pocket of nature. Oh, how I wish we had gone sooner! Continue reading “Tropical Oasis in a Concrete Jungle”

Where Two or Three are Gathered

Not Teaching–Now What?

I’m not teaching this year (except for some tutoring and substituting), and though I’ve always enjoyed teaching, I’m actually not missing it that much. *Gasp* Is it even okay to admit that?! Honestly, I’m thankful for rest and a very flexible schedule, and I’m blessed because God has provided enough financially for my husband and me from just Charles’ salary and my little bits of supplemental income. I am also grateful that I can actually recognize the healing happening in my life after over a-year-and-a-half of relatively severe anxiety and depression. For those of you who have been following my journey, I am doing much better. There are still down moments or even days, but I can see God using my struggle for His good purpose. Continue reading “Where Two or Three are Gathered”

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (A Book Review)

The Woman in WhiteThe Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Woman in White is one of my favorite novels of all time! I first read it about 8-10 years ago when my best friend recommended it to me. At the time, I had never heard of Wilkie Collins (what a shame that he is so relatively unknown today!), and I knew nothing about his pioneering career in the mystery genre. Continue reading “The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (A Book Review)”