We took a quick trip to Europe. Here’s a sampling of the photos Cory took.
Thursday morning we found out our flights to Mongolia were cancelled. We had been increasingly expecting this. So, while it was a disappointment, it was not a surprise. Later Thursday night I saw a news article on a Mongolian news site saying that Turkish Airlines (the carrier for our flight) had cancelled all of their… Read More Hope Deferred
You might have questions about our return, now that it seems imminent. Here’s our attempt to answer them. Feel free to ask (either in the comments or on Facebook) about anything we didn’t answer! What’s your Visa status? Mongolia closed their borders last March, making it impossible for us to return. While stuck in the… Read More All The Boring Info About Returning
We were playing I Spy at a Mexican restaurant here in Michigan because Mexican restaurants, with their brightly decorated chairs, tables, and walls, make for the best I Spy games. It was our daughter’s turn and we’d narrowed it down to something gray or brown, part of a painting, above table level. Then I asked,… Read More “Is It Edible?”
Where are you? We are staying in Michigan. Our home church has a house that is used for displaced people (usually immigrants who are settling in the area or cross-cultural workers like us). It was available when we were heading this way in March for, what we thought, was going to be a few weeks,… Read More 2020 September Update FAQs
Our daughter began her 3rd term at her primary school on Monday, January 6. On Tuesday at 3:23 we got an email with the draft schedule for terms 3 & 4 including holiday breaks and spring break. 18 MINUTES LATER we got an email saying the Minister of Education had told the school they needed… Read More On Being Flexible
You can read about our previous (mis)adventures paying bills here and here. We are over a year in and we’re still learning. Last week we learned you can NOT pay your electric bill for six months with basically no consequences (or notice). Here’s what happend: AS we understand it, our СӨХ (pronounced “suuk” basically, the… Read More Oops (or What Happens When You Don’t Pay Your Electric Bill for Six Months)
We are planning a trip to Singapore over the Christmas holiday. Singapore, like many countries, requires that your passport be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry. Our daughter’s is not. So we are renewing our daughter’s passport overseas. And it turns out is amazingly easy to renew a US passport in… Read More Today We Renewed Our Daughter’s Passport (Overseas)
“Hey, this is an exposed, live wire!” “Can I take a picture of your electrical panel and send it to my friends?” “Oh, I see why this light doesn’t work…it overheated at one point and started burning the ceiling. Also, there’s no light bulb in it. I’ll take it off and cap the wires.” We… Read More Let There Be Light
One of my favorite Authors, Emily P. Freeman, posts quarterly about what’s she’s learned. I thought it’d be fun to share (some of) what I’ve learned this month. #1 Mongolian Embassy in Seoul, South Korea has relocated since March 2019. We’ve gotten used to things in Mongolia moving or disappearing but didn’t expect that to… Read More Things I Learned- July 2019
I love how weddings (and most holiday gatherings) include displays of talent. There were several dancers, a few singers, and some traditional Mongolian music on the horsehead fiddle. After the wedding, Cory was told to grab his camera and get in the car. The wedding party (in the decorated car below) simply pulled over on… Read More Chinbat & Pagma’s Wedding!
Cory’s got a camera and he knows how to use it. Our friend Pagma asked if he could take some pictures of her and her fiance to be used in a slideshow at their wedding. He was happy to. They went outside the city and spent about 10 hours driving around, avoiding rain, finding good… Read More Chinbat & Pagma’s Prewedding Photo Shoot