sit still Mom… just rest

Sometimes I forget to stop & breathe for a while… Do you ever do that? Just run & run until you crash??

Today, I had no choice but to sit still for a bit. All three of our boys are in a Christmas musical this year. I have been sitting here watching, praying & reflecting for almost 5 hours while they rehearse. Ahhh, such a nice break in routine… so why am I still worried about all the things not getting done while I just sit here??? Sigh… praying for all of us busy Mamas that find it hard to rest!!

“Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” -Mark 6:31

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10

While I’m waiting for the guys to finish up, let me share some pics with you from our adventures this week…

Mark took Mr. Cheng, one of our friends living a sub-divided flat, to see his new public housing flat. Afterwards they stopped in to visit Mr. Miu who has already moved in to a flat exactly the same… to get an idea of how it will look/feel with furniture. Here’s the pics. (Story/pics about Mr. Miu’s moving day.)

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Mark took the guys to lunch after.

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Another one of our English students completed the first book we gave her… & came back for another one during class this morning!!

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Pretty cakes in the bakery window.

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Musical practice today. 🙂

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Finally done w rehearsal… grabbed some veggies at the street market, now heading home on the train… rest time over! Until next time, praying you get a break today too!

-JK

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to Market we go… every 2 days!

I’ve been pretty sick with a sinus cold this week. I have plenty to say, but not enough brain power to put it into clear sentences for you… Not much to update on the adoption stuff. (We went to do our final fingerprint cards for the immigration papers today – tomorrow we will mail those in & wait another month or so for the next step.) That’s pretty much it, & now I’m bored, since I’ve been in bed or on the couch for two days.

So I guess it’s as good a time as any to upload all these beautiful pictures of our colorful markets here in HK. We go to the market almost every 2 days, due to the SMALL fridge space, high humidity & lovely FRESH foods. I’ve only been promising to share these for over 3 months… so here they are. This is mostly the fruits/veggies. I need to take more pics of the meat/fish… (I also plan to add a post with various market videos soon… ) I just love shopping here, relatively affordable fresh foods too! It has definitely helped me enjoy cooking & eating, having so many fresh & tasty choices! (Check out our other ‘What’s Cooking’ posts.) Please enjoy a walk through our markets!!!

 

-JK

this N that… expats in HK

Just a few tid-bits & observations of life as an expat in HK…

Happy to see that many younger HK fathers are playing a bigger role in care taking… some need more practice with their ‘football hold’ technique. Need some Americans to teach this one!
#dontdroptheball #baby #fumble

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Literally, 3m after leaving our flat… Dad: “How many times do I need to tell you guys NOT to make a scene?!” Ummm… #rhetorical ???
#AmericansinHK #my3sons #loud

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“Everywhere we go, people want to know… who we are & where we come from.” – Not really. They can tell. 😛
#sorrybabe #marriageisfun

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OK, just to be clear… you took your 2 ankle biters for a walk in their stroller… then let them actually walk… so now one trails behind & weaves under MY feet, & u carry the other??? Still not sure why u need/brought the doggy stroller… -_-

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I love these colorful buildings… if u look near the bottom, you see the support pilings that go deep under every skyscraper here. The early morning pounding of these at nearby construction sites is not a fun wake up call! The pilings are visible BC, due to lack of flat land in HK, these towers are all halfway up a steep hill. So half the building is on the hill & the other half… not. Like a beach house on stilts, only 60-80 floors higher! It might look a bit sketchy, but we’ve seen no damage through the last 2 hurricane seasons! Mark says, “Only half the supports are visible, they go twice that deep. They’ve been building on hills for decades, it’s perfectly safe.”

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On a lunch/errands date w/ Mark… HK is a city of many extremes. This is “Somewhere between have & have-not.”

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*whew* Finished our greenhouses while reading about John Smith’s adventures as a mercenary soldier in France ©1596. Now time for a little badminton at the park while mom makes dinner!
#homeschool #history #science #PE

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Kids: Look Mom! We got you flowers!
Mom: Quick! Put it back before security comes!
#HKlife

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That’s it for today… but I’ll leave you with a bit of encouragement:

Life as an expat, as a Christian, as anybody… can get overwhelming pretty quick. But just when we feel discouraged, HE always brings forth His light & shows us the next step! I’m feeling encouraged, just enough to make it one more week… & hopeful that HE will deposit new strength/courage in me for the next week! I promise He will do the same for you…

When you feel like there’s a target on your back & the enemy is following your every move… keep going! The devil always chases those shining LIGHT on his evil plans. But don’t be afraid – when God sends you out,  HE’s got your back!

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-JK

Upgraded life… 150sq ft > 40sq ft {1×1}

When I met Mr. Miu, he was in his 40’s & sick with cancer. (He is still doing Chemotherapy.) His home was a 40 square foot room in a sub-divided flat in Sai Wan, a very old area of Hong Kong with many Shark Fin shops. For almost 2 years I’ve been visiting him there every Saturday. We talk about life, we swap stories & we talk about how we both got to ‘where we are today’… we’ve walked a while together now, we’ve become friends. When I don’t find my friend at home, I go looking for him just to be sure he’s alright. I usually find him at his favorite haunt around the corner from his building. He goes there to find room to stretch out, even a booth at McDonald’s has more space than his tiny “apartment”.

Mr. Miu & I have lived two very different lives, but we have many things in common. We were both born in Hong Kong, we share our native language & love for HK street food, etc. But most important is our mutual need for spiritual wisdom & guidance in this life. I often tell the cage-home residents I visit about the different ways Father has helped me over the years & how much better things are for my family now that I trust Him with everything. Which is how we find ourselves spending many evenings, discussing the truths revealed in the world around us & taking turns praying for one another.

One of those prayers has been for a Public Housing Flat to open up for Mr. Miu. After 6 years on the waiting list, the call finally came. (Public housing flats are often much larger & cheaper than the cage-homes many of our friends live in.) So last month David , one of my volunteers, went with me to help Mr. Miu move into his brand new flat in a brand new building! My friend was worried about how to furnish his 150 square foot apartment, all he owned was a mini-fridge and a fan. Then, about a week before he had to move, I was able to get an appointment for us to take Mr. Miu to ‘shop’ for furniture at a place called Cornerstone. The warehouse is full of all sorts of donated furniture in excellent condition – all that you can collect in 2 hours is FREE. Like one of those shopping-spree game-shows where you can fill your cart until the time runs out… What a huge blessing that was for Mr. Miu! Watching peoples lives get upgraded… {1×1}

Below are the pictures of Mr. Miu’s old & new flats, he now pays HALF the rent, has almost 4x  the space & 100% privacy, without sharing a bathroom/kitchen with 10+ other renters, etc…. I think you will agree – he certainly got an upgrade!

Unfortunately, I’m not able to visit my friend as often now that he’s living in a new area, but I make a point to at least call him once a week. As long as I’ve known him, he’s been fighting cancer, but the bigger struggle is with his faith. We know God can heal him, & he can live with the hope of Heaven, if he chooses Jesus. Will you pray with me for Mr. Miu to have two more life upgrades, that his body will be healed & that he will find the peace that surpasses understanding? (Philippians 4:7)

-MK

Mr. Miu’s new flat

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Mr. Miu’s old flat

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