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a look back at 2013


2013. What a year it has been. We’ve been around the world and back, now taking this last opportunity to share with you some of our favorite moments, fun facts, crazy videos and solemn remembrances. Thank you to each and every person who made it what it was – for being a friend and loving us the way you do. We are forever thankful for you!

The above image is a collage of instagrams by both Kevin and myself in chronological order from the top left to the bottom right… Click on the image for a larger version — so many fun moments with people we absolutely adore. And then (and only then), you may read on…

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happy birthday mimi berry!

Today, May 4th, is my mom’s birthday and I just wanted to take this opportunity to love and honor her for the amazing mother and woman that she is.

Mom, you are the most beautiful, courageous, generous, and selfless person I know. I am so thankful that God placed me into your family and under your care. From eating pancakes at midnight in Louisiana to random hangouts with our bus driver’s family in New Zealand to backpacking Europe to hanging with our Watoto kids in Uganda to the day you gave me away, there’s never been a dull moment. You inspire me with your strength and positive outlook on life, despite the challenges it inevitably brings. Thank you for laughing at my jokes (even when they’re not funny) and for chatting with me at any hour about the things that really matter in life. Thank you for believing in me every step of the way. You are the best mom any daughter can ask for.

I love you so much. Always your baby,

Syd the Kyd 🙂

And oh yeah… did I mention she plays bass? Badass.

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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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the big oh-three

Last Wednesday, our nephew Malachi turned 3. He’s such a big boy!

We celebrated at Macca’s [Aussie slang for McDonald’s] along with family, friends, and lots and lots of kiddos. It ended up being such a great time! We headed back to Kev’s parents’ house after the party for the “after-party”… aka dinner, opening of presents, and some solid fellowship with old and new friends. Old for most people there; new to me. Here are a few moments I captured on camera that I’d like to share with you.

Happy Birthday, Malachi! Your QuQu [uncle] and Qu-Mei [auntie] love you lots. 🙂

Kev’s double-cousin [moms are sisters; dads are brothers] Dustin’s little boy, Denzel… I can’t blame Kev for being tempted to eat him up! Such a cutie pie.

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