Taiwan, August 2015


We arrived in Taiwan on Gracie’s birthday, and our wonderful friends, that we met when this journey first started in America, went over and beyond to make her feel loved and special.  There was pizza and homemade chocolate cake, a birthday banner, gifts, and singing!  And who wouldn’t feel special with those sweet little smiles directed your way?!taiwan9

We were in Taipei for a week of relaxation, and while we there, we celebrated two pretty big occasions:  Gracie becoming a teenager and 16 years of marriage.  Our anniversary was a gift beyond anything I could have asked for.  Our kids had a sleepover while Cam and I went away for a night.  We had the best time reminiscing about our love story!

Gracie’s big birthday request was dinner at Texas Roadhouse, and it did not disappoint!  While we were there, we looked up on the big tvs and saw one of Chinese surfer friends doing an interview at a surf competition.  It felt like all of our worlds colliding in one fell swoop.taiwan8

Our visit to Texas Roadhouse coincided with some children’s day special event, so we had a magic show table-side.  I think they must have secretly known to make our time there extra special and unforgettable!taiwan7

The peanuts in buckets, the armadillo, the unlimited baskets of rolls…it all felt like home.taiwan6

I think for a minute we pretended we were back in Texas stuffing our faces.  But then when the Asian waiters came by, and the obvious lack of cowboy boots were noticed, we remembered where we were.  Not that we cared one bit!  It was an unbelievable meal!taiwan5

Taipei is a gorgeous city.  We left the city and went into the countryside with our friends for a few days away from the busy-ness, with no agenda other than to relax.  We saw beaches that were breathtaking, and our souls were refreshed from being in the presence of God-given friends.  It didn’t hurt that the home we stayed in had the softest beds we have slept in on this side of the world!  taiwan1

Paddle boats and kayaks were a spur of the moment decision that none of us regret!  taiwan4

Faith and Gracie went out in their own boat and quickly realized that paddling is no joke!  They had a paddle war and came back soaking wet but with the biggest smiles!taiwan3

This beach was full of beautiful rocks!  We went just to look and listen to the waves, and left with Cam’s cargo shorts weighted down with perfectly smooth rocks.  What a great man he is!taiwan2

The girls learned to skip rocks (kind of) and had a throwing battle with Cam to see who could hit a big log the most times.  They are rarely bored and for that I am so thankful!  The whole week was more than we could have asked for.  We felt so loved on when we left…by both our Father and our friends.


One thought on “Taiwan, August 2015

  1. Hi Friends,

    Our neice enjoyed her Taipei years as an English teacher, and is now, in South Korea, working there. I’m so glad to read about your adventures. They brighten our day, and we pray for your work, too, especially with the global reset. Some of our local election issues are heavy, but we press on. With Thanksgiving coming, my grandchildren just found out that Baskin & Robbins makes a frozen turkey treat… ice cream, which I thought the girls might think funny.

    Love to all,

    Marsha & Tom Ramsey

    In Houston


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