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meet josiah tiger

After 38 weeks and 5 days of anticipation, we are proud to introduce to you the newest Lingberry:

JTL

Josiah Tiger Ling
Born at 2:03PM on Sunday, the 31st of August, 2014, at Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Weight: 3.12kg (6lbs 8oz)
Length: 49.5cm (19.48 inches)

Sydney was incredible through it all. I am just blown away about how well she handled the whole pregnancy & delivery. Her contractions started around 3:40am Sunday morning, then active labor started at 11:30am. He officially arrived at 2:03pm. She is feeling great and we are beyond excited to finally have him with us.

There is much more to say, but we’ll leave it at that for now.

With love,

Kevin, Sydney & Josiah Ling

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Feliz Navidad 2013

Merry Christmas! From our family to yours. With Love, The Lingberries

Lingberries Christmas Card

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LVTW: Sweden

If I had to choose one word to describe our time in Sweden, it would be family. I have endless memories of summer adventures driving up the coast, when my Dad would drive for hours. That time on the road was always a bit rough, but once we arrived to our destination, we would have the best time. Sweden felt a bit like that. A long journey getting there, but completely worth it.

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LVTW: England

England [aka the Motherland] was a fitting start to our 8-week European adventure. I mean, where would the world be without the British Empire? I certainly couldn’t call Australia home if it weren’t for the clever chaps in the 18th century that sent Captain James Cook on his quest to find new lands. To boldly go where no man has gone before… or something like that.

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We, of course, have other reasons for visiting Europe. Being part of a global church has brought about some amazing friendships with people from all over the world, who you’ll start to see more of in our ‘Lingberries vs The World’ posts. London and the surrounding areas seemed like the perfect launching pad. Continue reading

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Lingberries vs The World: South Africa

Just last week, Sydney & I launched on our 15-week journey around the world, which we’re calling our ‘Lingberries vs. The World’ trip. What better place to start than the beautiful continent of Africa? Our first stop – Johannesburg, South Africa.

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The lovely Harwood family hosted us during our stay in Jo’burg. Sydney first met Sue & Gary in Uganda 4 years ago and they have maintained a great friendship ever since. We were so blessed by their hospitality and cannot thank them enough for opening their home and hearts to us.

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In memory of Uncle Jhonny

This post is dedicated to one of my most beloved Uncles, Jhonny Massie

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He passed away at the age of 51 on Saturday 18th of May, 2013. It happened to be his birthday and for someone who gave his life to Jesus, I could not think of a more fitting date to mark him entering eternity.

As I am still overseas and unable to make it to his funeral, my family asked if I could put together a Eulogy. Continue reading

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an invitation

Syd and I have been married now for 15 months! It’s pretty incredible and we’re back here again in Gulf Shores, Alabama, celebrating Easter with Sydney’s family.

Before the trip, I saw Mom Berry putting together a list of all the great-grandchildren. Every year, she prints t-shirts for ALL the kids at Easter. It’s so inclusive. She makes sure not to miss anyone and double checks so that all of them get a shirt. It reminded me about the list of people we had invited to our wedding day.

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Father

Father,

I am very blessed.

From before I was even born God had you in mind for me. He knew that your character, your physique, your upbringing, and your DNA construction combined with Mum’s was exactly what was needed to create me.

He knew the decisions that you were going to make. To give up the life you wanted, the career you had in mind & the dreams you had. You gave it all up for our family to raise 3 little Indonesian kids in a foreign land which you would adopt as your own.

You took on all the challenges that life threw at you. You took on bills that couldn’t be paid. Worked over time and double shifts. Worked willingly and unwillingly. You battled doubts, fears, frustrations and anxiety. Putting the family first and sacrificing so much, even your own health, for the sake of our family.

It was you who welcomed me into this world. It was you who loved me unconditionally when I could do nothing for myself [and you love me still]. You watched me as I took my first steps, when I rode my first bike. When I stumbled and fell, you would clean me up and get me back up again. You would spoil me with games & lavish gifts on my birthday and Christmas time [and you do still ;)].

He purposely chose you to be the man I needed most in my life. He chose you to be my example. He chose you to be my protector, my comforter, my rock. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for always encouraging me. Thank you for loving me unconditionally – especially when I didn’t deserve it.

In John 14, Jesus talks about how He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. I am glad to be a reflection of you. I am thankful that there are things about you that are in me. I pray that I will continue to make you proud and be an example of love to others & to my own family, just as you have loved me.

Happy Birthday Dad. This first blog post of mine is dedicated to you. I want you to know that you are so loved and appreciated. I could not think of a better way of declaring this then by letting the rest of the world know. 🙂

I love you always. With all my heart.

Your Son,

Kevin Hezekiah Ling

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