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A Couple of People



They travel almost all the time!



Updated: 2018-03-05T13:49:15.152-06:00

 



acoupleofpeople.com

2009-02-02T09:01:31.463-06:00

It's up and going: our first website ever!It's where you'll find our blog, our podcast, our videos, our pictures, our info, and a few other things. We like to think it looks pretty good, albeit amateur.So enjoy.www.acoupleofpeople.comLater guys,M



So, things have changed.

2009-01-02T11:06:34.212-06:00

2009.Well, for about a month and a half now we've been over at a different site. We've moved away from Blogger, as it is blocked in M, where we live. Anyway, you can see our reasoning, short and sweet, over here.Otherwise, please change whatever settings you may have that help you remember that we're here! Hope to see you soon!Later guys,M & H



Get Engaged

2008-08-27T22:34:49.484-05:00

And speaking of disconnects and connects, my sister is engaged. Woo Hoo!That's something it is kinda hard to miss out on. I secretly hoped they would wait 3 years to get engaged and married, so we could be there for all of it. Of course, I remember how hard it was to be engaged for 6 months, wishing we had set one of only 3 months, so to ask them to wait that long was completely ridiculous. And I



disconnect

2008-08-27T22:30:32.670-05:00

I have been thinking sometimes sad thoughts about our place on the Internet.Unfortunately, the government in M has blocked Blogger.Unfortunately, I have little time to blog.Unfortunately, I have little desire to blog.These excuses are the reason the blog has been dormant, with no changes, no updates, and no responses from our side of the world in almost 3 months. We're in Thailand now, and I've



Ten weeks gone.

2008-06-12T22:03:00.809-05:00

So, we're in Thailand. Our visa for M is only a 10 week visa, so every 2 and a half months, we fly to Thailand, go to the M Embassy and ask them if we can go back. It's actually a really nice little break from the pressure and what we feel like is a very real spiritual oppression in M.So, we're getting a little break. All foreigners in M have to do this. We flew to Thailand on Wednesday morning.



8 Comments

2008-04-27T01:13:25.430-05:00

Hey everybody! Hope things are going great on your side of the world.Things today have cooled off a little bit. We have started getting alittle rain every now and then (the summer is bone dry butsuper-humid, how's that for a riddle?) so we can tell the summer isstarting to wind down. Of course, the winding down process with gountil the end of June, when rainy season will start - and then



Earthquake!

2008-04-19T20:48:32.658-05:00

Seriously? An earthquake in IL? I've always heard that we could haveone, but never really believed it would happen. And I missed it, byonly 3 weeks. What was it like? Was it obvious? Did you even wake upfrom sleep?That's wild!Later guys,M



From the other side of the world!

2008-04-15T07:53:23.641-05:00

Hey everybody. Hope things are going well in the West. Spring shouldhave sprung by now, though we've heard a few nasty rumors about snowin IL in April. Brrr. It's summer here. Full blown summer. There canbe no question about it. We fried an egg on our living room floor thismorning it's so hot! OK, maybe it's not that hot.So, we're here! Today was the 2 week mark. We have moved into ourapartment,



Here we go!

2008-03-30T00:15:53.494-05:00

So we're off today. In 20 hours we board a plane to leave the US. We don't plan to be back for a while. We don't really know what is about to hit us, but we're trusting that we're in the right place. It certainly has been clear to us to this point, and we look forward to how things will look on the other side.Thanks so much for being a part of this journey up to here. We have no idea when we'll



Visa, Mastercard, or American Express?

2008-03-21T23:49:55.840-05:00

Yep, it's true. We're officially VISA'D!!!We received our visa in the mail today. We now have an official leave date of March 30. I've booked almost our whole flight to this point, with only the last leg to finalize. How exciting!So, thanks for your prayers. It looks like it's official, we're moving!Later guys,Matt



Fourth Circle

2008-03-20T10:57:05.559-05:00

For those of you who are fans of the Enter the Worship Circle series...Heather and I bought the recently released Enter the Worship Circle: Fourth Circle album. We've been listening to it for 3 days now, and I must say, I love it. For some songs, I loved them immediately, for others, they've grown on me. I don't think it's anything like that past albums, though. Sometimes more rock, sometimes



Memories Escape

2008-03-15T15:55:11.472-05:00

Deuteronomy 4:9 (NLT) - "But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren."My wife reminded me last night about how we've been really led through the journey we've been on for the last 2 and a half years. Sometimes it's been difficult to



March on!

2008-03-01T00:58:16.604-06:00

Is it really March 1, 2008? What in the world? Where has time gone? I didn't even get to post for Leap Day 2008! And so much has changed since Leap Day 2004! (Did we even have a leap day 2004? Or was that one of those weird years where we have to skip a Leap Day for some super precise reason? I think that was only 2000.) Anyway, March. The month when baseball gets into full swing (or at least



Optimistic Packers

2008-02-27T19:00:18.256-06:00

Well, it's been a couple of weeks since we updated this, and even longer since we put out a new episode of the podcast (hold tight, a new one is coming soon!).We're now in Dallas, TX. We've been here for about 10 days. My wife, if you didn't know, has some really bad allergies. She's been seeing a doctor about them everyday, and hopefully this will be a huge help as we head on out of the US of A.



Grief and Joy

2008-02-13T11:39:24.952-06:00

Hey everybody. Sorry it's been so long. We've now returned to Illinois after our time in the SPLICE program. This was a program focused on helping us to survive the stresses of working in a culture different from our home. I would tell you all about it, but to be honest a lot of it was overshadowed by the beginning of our last week there.The beginning of our last week was supposed to be our time



Add a new Mac to your Mac!

2008-01-30T17:10:43.520-06:00

Well, it's now been a week, and I think we like it, so now we'll tell you about it (Not that you really do or should care...)We've upgraded to Mac OS 10.5, more commonly known as Leopard!We love it. We love Mail, Front Row, Spaces, Cover Flow and definitely Time Machine - the easiest way to back-up our entire computer.This operating system is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I know we're way



PILAT

2008-03-19T11:22:30.297-05:00

No doubt you've probably heard by now that we've completed the PILAT program. We're now prepared to make all sorts of funny sounds withour mouths!The program was led by a very wise and talented couple. We were so grateful to study under them.What did we learn you might ask?So much, but one thing's for sure...I own my language-learning.It was a fantastic two weeks of ear-opening fun, spent with



New and Notable!

2008-02-21T16:11:30.505-06:00

Hey guys, I wanted to share a couple screen shots with you that I took today in iTunes. Notice, this is the Society and Culture page, specifically the section for Personal Journals. Now, look a little closer at this focused screen shot I've taken for ya.That's right! That's us! We're on the New and Notables page on iTunes in the Personal Journals section! If you want to take a look, go to



Heading to Colorado

2008-01-24T23:41:49.952-06:00

Happy New Year!Well, it's been a month since our last post. Of course, we're no longer in Germany. We've been home from Germany for over 3 weeks, we survived the busiest Christmas in our memories (indeed, we enjoyed it with our families!), and we welcomed in the New Year with our cousins. Our good friends the Lasleys are now married (woo hoo!), and tomorrow we leave home for another month of



Almost finished.

2007-12-10T15:22:42.872-06:00

I'm sitting in a room with my colleagues of the Berlin CELTA course. It's nearly over. Crazy to think it's gone so fast. I taught last evening for my last assessed teaching, and I finished up my last assignment yesterday too. Basically, we're finished at this point with just a few more administrative things to sit through. It's been such a good course. Right now, we're just sitting around waiting



Happy Birthday, Heather Mae!

2007-12-11T04:15:09.939-06:00

Yes, just that. Happy 22nd!



2 years worth of Apples

2008-03-19T11:22:51.443-05:00

So today is a special day for me.On this day two years ago, I officially joined the world of Macintosh. Two years ago my incredible friends surprised me with this pretty cool tool I've used nearly every day since then. My iBook has been running for two years, and I'm happy to say I still love using it. Sure, it shows signs of wear. It's a laptop computer! But it is still running great. It's



December Newsletter

2008-02-21T16:11:30.506-06:00

It's that time again. Our newsletter is finished, and is posted on the sidebar down the left. Notice the new style! We like it, and thanks go to the NMSI Publications department!We're nearly finished in Berlin. We have only one week remaining of classes and teaching, then we leave Germany to head home for Christmas on December 12th. It's amazing how fast things have gone here! Thanks for your



Happy Thanksgiving!

2007-11-21T16:06:57.256-06:00

It's crazy to think Thanksgiving is tomorrow. No sign of that anywhere here in Germany. But it's obvious Christmas is coming! Decorations are going up in the train stations everywhere! This city will look so cool decorated for Christmas and covered in snow (hopefully)!Well, Heather and I are almost half-way through the course we're taking in Berlin. This has been a really intensive course. Before



Wir sind in Berlin und Schnee fällt!

2007-12-02T09:55:04.439-06:00

So, I have seen no snowfall since about February 2005. That's about 32 months without snow, and hard to take for an Illinois guy that loves seasons and loves winter. All that has changed today. It's about 2:45 in the afternoon (14:45 for Berliners) in Germany, and I heard the rain coming down hard. Suddenly I heard the rain stop, and I looked outside, and saw it. Finally, I saw snowfall. Oh the