Events

Trip Home to the States and More!

In September, Caleb and I had the opportunity to fly back to the States for a short visit. It was Caleb's first visit to the U.S. and I hadn't been back in over 3yrs! It was my first time traveling with a toddler that distance, so I was so thankful to have Noelle's Dad, Bruce, with me on the first half of the journey. Caleb did so great. I was so impressed by how resilient he was whether it be his capability to function with a lack of sleep or adjusting to new people and places. We both experienced some culture shock. I wish he could have expressed it in words, but even I don't have all the right words to express the different emotions and the way I was feeling after being away for so long. One thing I noticed right away was the amount of space available. There is so much space, everywhere. It blows my mind. Also, I loved driving there. My blood pressure stayed consistent and didn't spike to alarming levels because someone decided to quickly putt across my lane and nearly kill himself. I could spend the next several paragraphs comparing and contrasting the differences in culture, but I won't bore you with that. 

What I cherished the most was spending time with family and friends. It was so rich and I was thankful that, for many of our relationships, we could pick up where we left off so easily. I visited some of my old MILL friends, my home church and of course spent gobs of time with my family and some with Noelle's family as well. I am so grateful for our families and close friends. 

Since Noelle and Aaron weren't traveling home this time, Bruce (Noelle's Dad) came to visit the ten days prior. It was so nice having him here with us again. We had lots of fun - going to the zoo and visiting an ancient ruin on the way, lots of games and books with the kids, special father/daughter time and many other memorable moments. And I will say again how thankful I was that we were able to coordinate our flights so we could all fly back together. It was great having his help with Caleb.

Well, you can probably imagine that I took lots of photos during this trip, and as usual I had a hard time narrowing down which photos to include. I tried to break them down in sections so the blog doesn't seem so lengthy :). Enjoy!

Grandpa is Here!

And the zoo...

And the zoo...

Lots of games!

Lots of games!

Grandpa got to be here for Aaron's first day of school.

Grandpa got to be here for Aaron's first day of school.

Aaron running some last minute errands with me before I left.

Aaron running some last minute errands with me before I left.

The big Plane ride!

Caleb was pretty excited to watch Frozen on the plane. We were so fortunate to have a whole row to ourselves too!

Caleb was pretty excited to watch Frozen on the plane. We were so fortunate to have a whole row to ourselves too!

We made it safe and sound!

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Friends!

Friends from my MILL days now living in Ft. Collins helping with MILL City Church.

Friends from my MILL days now living in Ft. Collins helping with MILL City Church.

Aaron Stern and I

Aaron Stern and I

Love my community there. I was so encouraged and felt so supported during my stay in Ft. Collins.

Love my community there. I was so encouraged and felt so supported during my stay in Ft. Collins.

Good friends -- Kevin and Becca Browning and Maggie Turner. Wonderful people!!

Good friends -- Kevin and Becca Browning and Maggie Turner. Wonderful people!!

Picking my Grandma up from the airport

Picking my Grandma up from the airport is indescribable. This woman is so important to me!! Love her so much!

Picking my Grandma up from the airport is indescribable. This woman is so important to me!! Love her so much!

More Friends, More Family!

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Caleb loved the trains at Grandpa's!

Caleb loved the trains at Grandpa's!

Grandma's Birthday Party!

Last but not least, the zoo!

I found myself taking lots of photos of Caleb sleeping. I thought I'd show you a few :)

Finally, Caleb and his big brother reunited!

A Little Getaway

We enjoyed getting away recently as a family. This past weekend, we had a public holiday called Pchum Ben. It's basically a celebration of the dead. Lovely, huh? Many Cambodians go pay respects to their deceased relatives at the local pagoda (Buddhist Temple) and get together with family. If you drive around in the neighborhood, most homes have food, candles, tea and coffee as a sacrifice to their ancestors. It's a very heavy time.

There aren't too many places that are easy with kids so we decided to go to the beach, which is always a hit with the boys. Traffic wasn't too bad and we made record time! The weather cooperated for a little while, but we came home a day early because it started to rain non-stop and it was FREEZING!! 

To make up for the day, we took the boys to Kid's City (an indoor play center) yesterday and they played on a giant playground indoors.

We hope you enjoy some photos of our time. 

 

 

Our Hotel

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Aaron basically looked for shells the entire weekend. He's such an explorer. 

Caleb on the other hand was obsessed with sand, and threw it, launched it with a shovel and threw it again. 

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On the last day, Caleb refused to walk in the sand. Maybe he was tired of the gritty texture...lol. 

 

 

But then, he had his moments... 

Dark and cloudy... 

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A lady was walking on the beach and offered to take our photo. Love this!

Grandpa and Grandma Visit Cambodia!

A couple of weeks ago, my Dad and Stepmom came to visit us and their grand-kiddos in Cambodia. It was so much fun having them! We kept them busy and made sure they had ample time with the kids. A trip to the beach, Saang, Sak Saum and all around Phnom Penh were some of things we did. My Dad even managed to drive my bike which was eventful. I'll let him fill you in on the details, but it involved several Cambodians laughing hysterically at him. Use your imagination.

We are so thankful to have loving family that spends their precious time/money to make there way over here. It means the world to us.

I can't end this blog without including a ton o' pictures. Enjoy! Remember, you can click on the small ones to make them bigger.

We are loving how confident Aaron is getting!

Caleb wants to do what Aaron does :)

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A trip to Gloria Jeans!

 

A trip to the river front

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They would chase after birds all day if they could.

I love the brotherhood resembled here.

A trip to the beach!

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Look at these two love cakes.

Look at these two love cakes.

A trip to the waterfall on the way home!

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Lastly, a family photo.

Lastly, a family photo.

Caleb Turns 1

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A year has past since Caleb entered the world. The time has gone by so fast! Can't wait for the next one! Here are a few photos from the beginning and some from his recent party. Enjoy!

Party Time!

Eric playing with Caleb. Caleb loves Tha and Yay!

Keriya came over and helped make Dtuk Krochee-ma (Lime Tea). Yummy!

Noelle testing out the tea with Ginny, Theavy and Serey.

Caleb was a little overwhelmed by the loads of people, but he warmed up pretty quick!

Caleb was a little overwhelmed by the loads of people, but he warmed up pretty quick!

Some of the guests!

Some of the guests!

Present time. Caleb was blessed with toys and lots of clothes. 

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Mommy and Caleb having some time together.

Mommy and Caleb having some time together.

Thanks, Eric for capturing this great shot!

And another from Eric.

And one more from Eric. Check out Sokun (left) and Aaron (right) helping Caleb blow out the candles.

And one more from Eric. Check out Sokun (left) and Aaron (right) helping Caleb blow out the candles.

Cake Time!

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Miss our Dessert Event? No Problem!

A couple weeks ago, Noelle and I held a fundraiser to share our heart for Cambodia and to discuss ways in which one can partner with us as we head out.  This past week, we had the opportunity to share at Global Sunday School at New Life Church.  This is a forum for missions minded individuals where missionaries and pastors can come teach on a particular issue or share about their mission.

So we had the fortunate opportunity to replicate our presentation that we shared at our fundraiser event.  It's so much fun working with my wife on these things. I guess that's a good thing since we will be working together on the field.

To watch our presentation, just click on the box below.  Obviously, you won't have our beautiful voices to accompany the slides, but you will get the gist.  Have questions?  Give us a shout.

Jacobg@ihsiONLINE.org

Noelleg@ihsionline.org

Cambodia Presentation from Jacob and Noelle Goodlin on Vimeo.