Daily review

Daily review

Just a mini-post tonight, due to my commitment that I will finish The Fellowship of the Ring tonight! (It’s been a goal for about a week.) So, two things: 1) Another Khmer word has officially been transferred from my short-term memory to someplace more permanent: “teacher (female)”.  Now I can say “I am a teacher.”  [...]

Learn Khmer!

When we first learned we were coming to Cambodia, Joey’s friend Chris, whose parents are from Cambodia, gave us a very clear warning: “Don’t you dare say ‘Koo-mare.”  He was right. Unfortunately, we had to wait until coming here to learn more about the language.  Some interesting facts: – They use the letter combinations of [...]

All Other Ground is Sinking Sand

I think that the main reason why we haven’t been writing in the blog lately is because we’ve (I, at least) have been doing a lot of growing, a lot of thinking, and a lot of LISTENING.  God has really brought me out into a place where I’ve been challenged and faced to examine lots [...]

Books and Beetles

I know that we have been neglecting the blog, and now our life has “piled up” and will take a while to backlog!  So, I’m going to start small and work from there.   On Friday, I was doing a mini-lesson about asking questions before, during, and after reading.  I was using a book called “Reed’s [...]

Daily review

Daily review

Last week, while talking to my mom, I told her how the water had been spitting out of the pipes brown, if it came out at all.  Her response was “You should write that down! Keep a journal!”  There are two things I got from this response: 1) My mother was trying very hard not [...]

Our New Neighbor

Our New Neighbor

This guy’s been hanging out on our door screen for the past two days… thought you might like to meet him! Joey thought that the back of it’s head? looked like a skull.  It reminded me of some kind of African mask.  In either case, with all of the goings on in my classroom (scorpion [...]

My Classroom!

My Classroom!

Here’s a tour of my Grade 1 classroom at Life International School, in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Khmer language:  My co-teacher’s name is Teacher Sokhon.  She’s a hoot, and keeps me on my toes all day.  She teaches Khmer language, and Social Studies, both in Khmer (and she sings lots of good songs with the kids!).    [...]

Kimchi

Kimchi

When we stopped for a layover in Seoul, we sent out a few postcards.  The one to my mom’s class and my sister were both covered with Warhol-esqe shots of jars of kimchi.  Although my mom was very appreciative, she had no idea what it was.  Truthfully, I didn’t really know either. Joey loves Korean [...]

Joey got a haircut!

Joey got a haircut!

Many of you know that Joey decided, right after our wedding, to start growing his hair.   Here was his progress as of last week:   However, it is HOT here.  And Joey wanted to make sure that he looked professional enough, by Asian standards.  Despite close friends reassurances that long hair was ok, he decided [...]

Bubba Gump

Yesterday reminded me that I am definitely not in Kansas anymore. My class and I were just settling down to work on the sound of /m/ and the short vowel /i/.  We were having a great (focused) morning.  Then, I began to see a wave coming over my students.  First, the kids on the edge [...]