phnom penh

Spontaneous Getaway to Kep

Recently, I posted something on Facebook about dreaming. The Lord has reminded me to dream big and not until recently, I would say "dreaming" has been more on the absent side. I'm so thankful for its return! It's been wonderful to have time to meditate and just have space to navigate thoughts going in and out. I say all of this because this week, we spontaneously took a trip to Kep, (pronounced Kgipe) and it has to be one of the most peaceful places in Cambodia I've been -- a perfect place for dreaming! It's about 2.5hrs from Takhmao (where we live) and it's located down the coast from Sihanoukville (where we normally go). The beach isn't worth writing much about, but the lush mountainous (for Cambodia) terrain is surprisingly beautiful and peaceful. It's a quiet town that draws a handful of tourists but has a small local population so it doesn't seem congested. Kep National Park is beautiful and the beachfront is perfect for morning/evening strolls. We stayed at Spring Valley Resort which is tucked in at the base of Kep National Park. Some friends of ours recommended it and we loved it! We couldn't stop saying how peaceful and quiet the town was. It was a bit disturbing at first, because we are both used to the hustle and bustle of a busy city like Phnom Penh, which happens to be disturbingly congested.

Unfortunately, we were only gone three days, but it was a perfect little getaway from the busyness here in the "big city." We also made a wonderful connection at a place called Kep Coffee (highly recommended). We connected with this beautiful couple right away making the trip worth it for this alone. They have set up a coffee shop and do different things to reach out to the Kep community. 

And lastly, I had plenty of time to do something I love -- take photos :). Enjoy.

Spring Valley Resort

Right outside our room

Right outside our room

Driving up the road in Kep National Park

Driving up the road in Kep National Park

Kep Beach

On the hunt for shells...

On the hunt for shells...

Dinner Out

The boys got to eat on a giant mat and watch Annie while they ate.

The boys got to eat on a giant mat and watch Annie while they ate.

The restaurant from the end of the pier.

The restaurant from the end of the pier.

The drive home

The drive home

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 :)


A trip to Gloria Jeans!


A trip to the river front


They would chase after birds all day if they could.

I love the brotherhood resembled here.

A trip to the beach!

Look at these two love cakes.

Look at these two love cakes.

A trip to the waterfall on the way home!

Lastly, a family photo.

Lastly, a family photo.

New Man in the House

Well...Caleb is six weeks old and we are just now getting around to officially introducing him to you. Those of you with children hopefully understand! Time flies. The last few weeks feel like a whirlwind of diapers, naps, bathtimes, spit-up and hours of nursing. Yet it is all, without a doubt, worth it. We love this little man so much. He is an incredible gift to us and we can't imagine how we did life without his little emerging personality.

Here are a few things we have discovered so far.

Caleb loves:

  • People  
  • Noise (His best naps are in busy restaurants, at Sak Saum sales, and during church.)
  • Tuk-Tuks (Our version of the car ride, he falls asleep every time.)
  • Bouncing (A little something Daddy is quite good at.)
  • Eating
  • Bathtime
  • Kicking
  • His hands (He always has them near his face...a habit from the womb?)
  • Staring (He is a very alert baby and wants to be able to see.)

Caleb does not love:

  • Shots
  • Dirty Diapers
  • Mosquitoes
  • Naps in quiet places

We wish you all could meet Caleb in person but this will have to do for now. Enjoy the video!