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Our Community in Cambodia

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Since being in Cambodia, many people have asked us questions like, "Who are your friends?" or "What's your social life look like?" If we had a normal life, I think that would be an easy answer to give and would make sense. We have always leaned towards having mostly Cambodians as our main community here and we LOVE it that way. We are here to love and serve Cambodians, so that's who we choose to spend a lot of our time with. We also have a couple of married couples with kids, and of course the wonderful staff of In His Steps including Eric and Ginny Hanson, our fearless leaders. 

I want to share some photos from our community. These past few weeks, we've been blessed with the opportunity to visit the beach with an outreach team from Woodmen Valley Chapel and take a special trip to the Phnom Penh Water Park where we celebrated Aidan Gibbs' birthday. He's 8 years old and is Ryan and Jessica's son. (Jessica is Eric and Ginny's daughter.) She moved here with her husband and son to serve. It's been wonderful having them here! 

Today was a beautiful picture of godly community (Cambodian and Western) coming together to support Aidan in celebrating his birthday. It was a blast.

Here are a few photos from our community and a few extra bonus shots of the boys.

You can click on the smaller images and view them larger!

The spicy prawn flavored crackers are quite the hit in the Goodlin household. (Photo courtesy: Eric Hanson)

Mama and Caleb! (Photo courtesy: Eric Hanson)


Aaron and I are the Phnom Penh Water Park. (Photo courtesy: Eric Hanson)

Caleb and Boo John.

Ginny and Aidan. Gift time!

Ginny and Aidan. Gift time!

Keriya! Our friend and language tutor. We really love her.

Keriya! Our friend and language tutor. We really love her.

Aaron and his friend, Sokun.

Aaron and his friend, Sokun.

Caleb and I at the Phnom Penh Water Park. ( Photo courtesy: Eric Hanson )

Caleb and I at the Phnom Penh Water Park. (Photo courtesy: Eric Hanson)

At the beach. Caleb and Aaron LOVE the beach. This time we were with staff, an outreach team from Woodmen Valley and Sak Saum.

At the beach. Caleb and Aaron LOVE the beach. This time we were with staff, an outreach team from Woodmen Valley and Sak Saum.

Aaron and his sister, SreyPhea at the zoo with an outreach team last summer.

Aaron and his sister, SreyPhea at the zoo with an outreach team last summer.

Aaron doing his thing at the beach!

Solomon, a good friend of mine and IHSI staff member hanging with Caleb on a Saturday during children's program.

Solomon, a good friend of mine and IHSI staff member hanging with Caleb on a Saturday during children's program.

Caleb and Sreytut from Father's House. 

Caleb and Sreytut from Father's House. 

Love this black and white of Aaron. This was one the way to the beach with the team and Sak Saum.

Love this black and white of Aaron. This was one the way to the beach with the team and Sak Saum.

Heading into the city in common transportation - a tuk tuk.
Heading into the city in common transportation - a tuk tuk.

Pucker up!

Eric hanging with Caleb during his 1yr birthday party. 
Eric hanging with Caleb during his 1yr birthday party. 

Christmas Time at the Goodlins

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Sorry for the delay in posting this! We wanted to share a few pics from our Christmas so that our family and friends could feel a part of our holiday here. Though the new year has come and gone, we hope you will still enjoy!

Christmas in Cambodia this year really lasted almost the entire month of December. There were Sak Saum parties and church parties, In His Steps international staff parties, and In His Steps Cambodian staff parties. It seemed that every week there was a special Christmas event to look forward to. Fun!

We also had some festivities around our house as well. This was the second year we did an advent calendar. Aaron loved being able to count down to Christmas with a little treat or activity each day. And we decorated the Christmas tree. Last year Caleb was still so small so this year it was fun to watch both boys enjoy the process. We also purchased a little nativity set. I (Noelle) was really excited about this because I grew up looking in wonder at my family’s nativity set every Christmas. It was meaningful to watch Aaron talk himself through the real story of Christmas on an almost daily basis as he looked at Mary, Joseph and Jesus. (Caleb was mostly interested in trying to eat them all but he will get there one day. LOL.)

Though a nasty stomach bug decided to visit us right before Christmas day, we were grateful to be able to enjoy the day, albeit with slightly less energy and appetite than normal. Below are a few pics of our day together. Fun to watch the boys open their gifts and enjoy each other!

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Saturday Afternoon

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I love weekends. It's a chance to really be present with family, wind down from the week and gear up for the following week. It's a chance to go grocery shopping, get haircuts and whatever life maintenance that needs to be done. And of course, on Sunday, we go to church with our Khmer community, which we love so much.

This past Saturday afternoon, I wanted to clean up some mold/moss stuff off our courtyard. I think it develops from the rain and the aircon drain from our room. It was getting a bit slimy, so I decided it needed to go. Afterwards, we all played in the water. It was so much fun!  

Leading up to that, Caleb was in a great mood, so I caught some quick shots of him playing.

What a ham.

Aaron headed outside to help clean the courtyard.

So caleb got crabby when we decided to give him a bath outside. Clearly, Aaron is trying to encourage him :)

We do not approve of babies sucking on hose spouts, but I had to capture the moment first!

Aaron doing his thing!

Love, love this shot.