Tuesday, December 30, 2014

the asian in them…

what do all of these photos have in common?  the peace sign.  they love it.  it ruins so many photos.  "mary, please put your fingers down for our fancy christmas picture!"  "luke, i don't want to see the peace sign in every photo of your 4 year old shoot!"  sometimes i wonder why in the world that is so engrained in them.  i mean, i know we live in asia and for some reason all asian countries like through up their two fingers for photos but still?  then, i scroll through pictures of our friends… 

my kids and their obsession with the peace sign fit right in here.  but we may really need an intervention when we see danny's two fingers in every picture, like his buddies here...  

okay, we don't actually know these guys.  but i think they look like pretty fun guys and they also are obviously very happy to be doing the peace sign. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

our ballerina

mary had her first ballet performance last week.  it was at the mall and i think it's basically a ploy by My Little Pony to get 200 little kids in front of their merchandise right before christmas.  :)  it was sponsored by them and their stuff was everywhere… but don't worry, we walked away empty handed.  

i thought mary may freak out and not want to go on stage once she saw it (and the people that would be watching her) but she did awesome!  i was so proud of her.  the little girl next to her is our buddy, chaira.  mary was happy to be on stage with a friend.

she didn't quite have the count down though… she kept her eyes covered for WAY longer than she was supposed to.  it was cute! 

and here she almost looks like she's actually doing ballet… on her toes and stuff.  :)

we were told it was christmas theme so mary wore a red tutu… seemed "christmasy" enough to me.  she was way underdressed, obviously!  :)  look at these get-ups!  

merry christmas from our little ballerina.  

Thursday, December 25, 2014

merry christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Pierces!  

here are a few photos i got of the kids on our way to a christmas eve service.  i love how their little personalities are captured and their obsession with the peace sign and posing are also seen (thank you asia).  

he is such a ham… serious face...

almost laughing… 

"man, i'm so funny!"

my sweet girl.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining 
till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth. 
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices 
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

may we all experience the thrill of HOPE that Jesus brought to this broken world and long a bit more for our His return.  

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

our humble savior

i had a bit of a rough night.  i got home at 5:30 and hadn't started dinner.  i quickly started some home made mac and cheese.  then flying termites showed up in my kitchen and all things went downhill.  they come out a few days a year and fly around lights until their wings fall off and then they crawl all over the ground.  they come up from the ground and out of the walls.  it's not my favorite thing about living here!

i was cooking dinner and they were flying into my cheese sauce, crawling up my legs and down my back.  i was about to loose my mind.  i was hot and sweaty, which made the bugs stick to me,  and i saw them coming out of every corner.  i was just dreading the clean up that comes-- dead bugs everywhere tomorrow morning and ants coming out of every crack to eat the dead bugs.  i was also praying that we would not have a repeat of last year (thousands invading every bedroom).

i was having a full pity party.  it was time to put the kids to bed.  i read them a book and then prayed with them.  as i was praying i felt the presence of God come in my heart… don't imagine some magical, majestic moment with my kids, this is real life.  i was repenting of my bad attitude and thanking Jesus that He came to earth and luke was shining a flashlight in my face and asking me why my voice was getting funny (i was getting emotional).

as i prayed i was reminded of the incarnation-- that wonderful truth that Jesus, though being God, "did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage, but instead He made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  and being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross."  Jesus came to earth to live among sinful humans.  this is the very thing that we are preparing to celebrate this week.

i know this seems lame, but tonight as i was lamenting living in a place that bugs crawl out of our walls, i was filled with thankfulness.  thankfulness that i have a Savior, that though He was deserving of all perfection and glory, chose to come to earth to live in a fallen world, like me… a world with sin, a world that longs for the redemption of heaven and a world with bugs.  in fact bugs were probably crawling all over Him in the manger He was placed in after He was born-- the manger that most of us have perfectly placed on our decorated mantels for Christmas.  our King and Savior had bugs on Him as an infant.  i am thankful that that is the kind of King i serve and am saved by.  though He is deserving of all things, He made Himself nothing… His entire life on earth.  i am frequently thankful for what Jesus did on the cross, but tonight i was just thankful that He came to earth.

the humility of Jesus displayed in the Christmas story is one of my favorite things about it.  look for it as your read the account of Jesus' birth in Luke and worship our humble Savior King.

Monday, December 15, 2014

rowdy boys

last week i went down to the town center during friday prayer time to take some photos.  i was drawn to these rowdy boys.  i'm beginning to think this is my favorite demographic of indonesian people… maybe not for close friends (i'd probably prefer women in their 30's of course) but for people to randomly meet, chat with and laugh with.  i sat at a distance and said little (though my remarks did catch them off guard and make them laugh… they assumed i didn't speak indonesian) but i made a lot of faces and interacted from behind my camera.  these kind of rough around the edges, rowdy little boys just make me smile.  theres also a group of little boys near my house that we play with at the court sometimes.  they're just fun.

anyways, here are some boys just being boys… 

clearly the little guy in the orange hat is the clown… and i liked him.  :)

for those of you who can't picture indonesia and situation i'm was in… i'm at the town center which is like a big park.  there is a huge mosque across the street that is presumably full for friday prayer so men (and boys) just pick a spot on the grass and put their mat down.  there were little groups of men praying all around.  there were also women, families, food sellers, balloon/toy sellers, beggars, students… there was a lot of life.  these are some of the situations i love most in indonesia, even if i'm just observing.