How’s your coffee?

I haven’t started mine yet… in fact I’m still at hot chocolate but the day is yet young and coffee there shall be!

As I write, the room is still light by the dim glow of the Christmas Tree, largely in silhouette against the patio window-door, but its lights are a warmer white than the natural light filtering in from out of doors. I can’t help but wonder if this will be the last Saturday morning where I write with it’s quiet yet charming oversight. Hmmm….

Let me give you a quick overview of the week.

4th Anniversary

Four years ago today, January 26th, we arrived in France.
Time has flown yet stood still at the same time.
How is it possible?

The Kids … our #Fab3

Life flows on like a meandering brook for them… in a good way. They are really quite entrenched in their French life now… it’s all very normal in many ways.


…is class president which involves him in various decision-making sessions and gives him a voice in his school. His average is the 5th highest for his class and even at that, the difference between #5 and #2 is only a matter of hundredths of points. His fellow students are no longer surprised to see him head to the school chapel to pray once or twice per week.


…for her part was thrilled, this week, to see that her overall average slightly higher than the class average. WHAT!? She still struggles a bit with assignments written in French but because she has three courses in English (literature and culture) those grades help her overall mark significantly.


…continues to be an overall cool cat. Very well liked, his friends sometimes tease him if they think he’s too well dressed…. saying the he looks like he’s aiming for the Principal’s job. 🙂

The kids are doing well on many levels, but never take that for granted. Please keep them covered in prayer. In the absence of on-site Christian friends, they are constantly faced with a world culture which, at its base, does not encourage living for God. We pray that they influence their world and we believe in them!

kids music, church, MKs, Missionary Kids


If you’re wondering about today’s title, it’s from something I began working on this week – though you won’t see it ’til March: A series of posts on 3 daily good things that the Lord has done for me.

3 good things, Three Good Things, The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor

It likely doesn’t always come across on the blog – I try to keep things upbeat – but I can have a tendency to be negative.

Blogging has been a positive thing in that arena because when I sit down to spend time with you, I go back over the week and highlight the good things. By doing so, the more negative stuff tends to just wash away – much like how rainwater collects along the curb and carries small twigs & leaves to the nearest drain grate.

Anyway, Look for those starting in March.

Baptism Tomorrow

Assuming nothing changes between today & tomorrow, we will have the privilege of baptizing someone who’s been attending for a couple of months now and wants to take this step of obedience to God’s word.

We’re thrilled and will spend a good portion of today preparing for that. We have to fill the tank using a hose and leave a heater in it overnight… yeah, we do things old school!

(that’s already better, though, than when we baptized Danielle back in 2016… we had to fill the tank by hand, carrying bucketfulls of water!

Thank you…

…for sharing part of your day with us. God bless you and yours on this, the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it!

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