Tag Archives: christmas

Christmas Quiet

Do you hear what I hear? Unless you’ve got dub-step “Jingle Bells” coming at you from one side, and “We Wish You a Reggae Christmas” from the other, then probably not.

It’s Christmas season in Papua, which means Peak Noise, particularly in the form of Pondok Natal, or Christmas booths, which blast almost nonstop Christmas music […]

Partners in Ministry

Burton Family Christmas Photo

When we lived stateside, we visited family at Christmas, shopped for gifts til we dropped, and baked more than any family could eat. We also tried our best to make sure our kids understood that while those things were fun additions to our holiday, Christmas is really about the gift of […]

Wishing My Oven a Very Merry Christmas

Pizza on the stove top.

All I wanted for Christmas this year was an oven that works.

It may not look like much, but believe me, my oven is quite a character with quite a history. Some friends of ours bought it for us way back when we still lived in America and way back when […]

Treasure in the Tropics

The palm tree bathing in the hot tropical sun. The mango tree decorated full with its own delicious ornaments. The desire for an ice-cold Coke to cool oneself off from the blazing heat.

Yep, it’s Christmastime in the tropics!

The first Christmas that my family spent over here was a bit rough. A bit sad. My mind […]

Homesick During The Holidays

Tim, Liz, Jacob, and Benjamin Schandorff serving with MAF in Haiti.

I adore the holiday season in the United States. In October, I love drinking hot cider and taking the kids trick-or-treating. In November, I look forward to eating my sister’s sausage and cornbread dressing and my mother-in-law’s pie on Thanksgiving Day. In December, I […]