From the Front Porch

by Laura on August 8, 2012


And, this?  This is still most definitely true a year and a half later, too . . . ********* Ever believed the lie that you have to be somewhere different to be changed or to change things? Every bought into the false idea that a person needs to do the dramatic in order to become […]



You’d think after living in a place for two years, I would be able to pronounce the name of my neighborhood clearly. Apparently not. The following is a little personal video/vlog, inspired by the boredom which comes from a 20 minute trip taking an hour and a half. Ah, let the good times roll. *********** […]


Our Local Eat-On

by Laura on June 11, 2012

Our Local Eat-On

Here’s a little taste of an average dinner around these parts for us here in SE Asia. I apologize in advance for the differing volume throughout — looks like my thumb loves to cover the microphone. . . . Related Videos from our Asian Experience. How a Kid Gets Lunch | Matt Rides an Ostrich […]


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{Authentic!} Asian Basil Chicken

by Laura on April 23, 2012

I love Asian food. Not the boiled intestines or the congealed blood so much, but on the whole Asian food is pretty amazing. It’s spicy and fresh and has tons of flavor. And it’s about a dollar a plate, typically, which is an added bonus. Two weeks ago, my friend Deb had one of the […]


Saturday Nights are for Fast Food

by Laura on April 15, 2012

In an effort to give you more glimpses of “normal life,” Matt took this short video from the small Saturday night market right across the street from our house. It’s taken a few months now, but we’ve finally figured out how to avoid the section with the raw fish guts {Kelty almost threw up once […]


How {not} to Have a STAYcation

by Laura on April 6, 2012


Ever heard of declaring a last-minute staycation for your family? Especially when you all really need a holiday, but can’t necessarily afford to travel to some exotic-somewhere? I had never heard the term before last week when my friend listened to me whining about how we needed to take a break but didn’t have the […]


Sometimes, we all need a healthy dose of reality– {Subscribers will need to click through to the site to see the video, featuring Rob Bell.} ****************** Related Posts: The River of Human Trafficking.  We Were Wrong {Orphan Care}.   Nights.


Eating Local

by Laura on February 9, 2012

One of the benefits of living in Asia is all the hole-in-the-wall restaurants that serve entire meals for a dollar a plate. Honestly, it takes about the same amount of money to fix a Western meal as it does to buy a Asian one. Now, if I really had it together, I would cook Asian […]


Find Yourself a Rock and Paint It

by Laura on February 6, 2012

My amazing writer-artist-friend Kelley Leigh has begun writing again. Her words are simple and powerful over at her new blog, Forming Sentences, and just recently she posted an inspirational video from a girl she knew several years back. The girl’s name is Katie, and the story of her life screams redemption in the midst of […]


The following is my humble, quick attempt to convince my fellow missionary-types to jump the hurdles of fear, time and know-how and just go ahead and start a blog of some sort.  {That is, of course, unless you are one of those super-amazing people living in a closed country where blogs are illegal or in […]