A place where the weather is sizzling hot, the traffic is crazy scary and the food is a choice of rice or rice noodles in many different varieties.
A place where I feel the sun on my face and my shoulders in January instead of bundling up to survive against the harsh Iowa winter. A place where motorbikes are the main form of transportation and there are millions of them, everywhere! A place that has mastered what they know, rice. They have found so many things to do with rice, it blows my mind. Sometimes you are eating rice and you don’t know it! They are just that creative.
I miss home, but at the same time I love it here. I love living in a city that literally never sleeps. I love walking out of my apartment and stopping at the smoothie stand on the corner and ordering my favorite, Mango+Banana+Passion Fruit. The results are amazing! Did I mention they use sweetened condensed milk in their smoothies? Yeah, they know how to do it right.
In the short time I’ve been here I have quickly moved away from the tiny purse I flung across my shoulders to carrying a backpack and my helmet everywhere I go. I never know when I will end up on the back of a motorbike zooming off toward some new adventure.
When I sit back and pay attention to my surrounding I’m amazed. This city is so diverse in the fact that everyone just coexists. You will see a brand new beautiful House with a privacy gate but right next door is a small house made out of Metal panels. A house that to a foreigner would look like a tool shed but yet a family lives there. Everything is just what it is, no matter where it is. There is brand new businesses next to store fronts that are rather run down and scary. There is not a high-class part of town and a poor part of town, they all seem to just be in this great big crazy life together. It’s beautiful.
The Vietnamese people I’ve met have all welcomed me with open arms. I have formed so many relationships in the short time that I’ve been here, It will be difficult to go home to America when my stay here is done.
So as for living in a foreign land, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
We have all made bad choices in life and all too often as a result we don’t end up where we imagine. Sometimes we look back over our lives and focus on the dips and curves in our journey and feel like a failure.
I’ve been reading A Confident Heart Devotional by Renee Swope. In one of her devotions she used the term “Damaged goods”, that term really stuck with me. Why do we allow the dips and the curves to define us? We have a God who sent his son to die for our sins so that we may be freely forgiven. When we come to the cross and lay our sins at his feet and ask for forgiveness He wipes our slate clean. Why is it then we pick the slate up and write those sins down again?
Look back at your Journey and focus on the beauty along the way because when you knelt at the cross Jesus removed all the dips and curves. Your slate is clean, you are not “damaged goods”
You’ve made mistakes, we all have.
Jesus loves you and when you kneel at His feet and give it all to him He washes you white as snow. You deserve the best out of life, don’t sell yourself short just because of a past that has been forgiven and wiped clean. God has a plan for you, to use you and to bless you. Embrace it.
Oh praise the one who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!
Sorry for neglecting you, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. Did you miss me? I’ve missed my blogging time that’s for sure! I have managed to keep up with reading the blogs I subscribe to but even that has been a struggle. Life has been a little hectic, valid excuse?? … ok, maybe not but it’s all I’ve got. 😉
I’m in the process of moving which is always a chore in itself. At the same time I’m packing and moving out, my friend’s daughter who is taking over my apartment is moving in. So we have things coming and going at almost an organize chaotic rate.
Now, my main focus in moving is to help this wonderful lady out who is 100 years old and wishes to stay in her home as long as possible. Even though that is the why of me moving, it doesn’t change the fact that I’m a woman. I like things to match and look lovely.
Where I am moving I will have two rooms upstairs. I want to be able to decorate and work with what is already there so there will be no painting and such. The smaller room I will use as my bedroom and has wallpaper of yellow and green flowers as seen in the picture. Being the Pinterest fan that I am I went looking for different DIY craft ideas to work with these colors. I made a flower from my scrapbook paper in greens and yellows in a shadow box to hang on the wall. Sorry I didn’t get a picture of it before it got moved over there. Maybe I will be able to post a picture of it at a later time.
As for the bigger room, it has light blue walls and bright blue carpet. I want to make this into a den, my current living room is red and black. I would like to incorporate my black and red in with the blue so once again I turn to pinterest.com.
I do have black furniture, a red chair and a few red bookshelves. I would like to avoid it looking like a little boys room decorated with legos so I needed to get crafty. I bought some photo albums (that I needed anyway) in red, blue and black. I also have my dad’s memorial veteran’s flag in a black flag shadow box. Those two things will help along with the crafts that I made. One of the crafts was monograms made with buttons in a shadow box. I figured this would be a great way to get in all the colors I wanted. So I bought two smaller shadow boxes at the local dollar store and got busy. I had to paint the frame red and black and decided to use a background of blue. I went to the second-hand store and bought some buttons to make my initials. I was happy with how they turned out and think they will looked good up against the blue walls. The next project was a tree…of sorts. I started with the clear red vase I had and then went and picked up sticks and stuck them in the vase. I used scrapbook paper to make leaves and flower wire to connect them to the branches. Sounds weird but the finished product looks awesome! I also found two small glass jars that are blue and will sit on either side of the vase and will complement it very nicely! The next thing I did was I bought a piece of scrapbook paper that was black starry night design and a stencil. I painted a variegated design that changed gradually from blue to red. I bought this picture at the dollar store that had an awesome black frame and took the picture out and put my painting in its place. It looks awesome if I do say so myself. 😉 Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the painting before it got packed away so that will have to be a p.s. blog at a later date also.
I love Pinterest and all the ideas that I’ve gotten from there. I am really looking forward to getting moved and putting this room together!
Have you found any Pinterest DIY’s that you’ve done or want to do? I am surely not the only Pinterest addict around.
Hopefully I will be able to keep up with my blog now even though I’m still in the midst of moving. Have I mentioned moving is a lot of work?