Happy Moments Baba Ganoush

I had a wonderful and busy weekend playing ultimate with my club team, Jughandle. We finished 4th out of 16, which was way above our 9th place seeding. My wonderful weekend continued into Monday, and I was able to take my 7th grade students on a service trip to Baldpate Mountain, a nature preserve in New Jersey. We cleared trails, removed invasive species, and helped maintain the garden and meadow.

While hiking, I noticed my students singing a song…

I couldn’t help but ask more about this song.

The kids proceeded to tell me that Baba Ganoush was not a food. A baba ganoush is a mythical creature that lives in the woods under old pieces of fence and wood. The baba ganoush can either be good or evil, and their morality is determined by the color bubble they incubate in. Whoa.

I asked what they look like, and the baby ganoush has the head of a cat, the body of a hawk, the tail of a snake, and the end of the tail has a spiny ball that is used to kill its prey. Well, only the bad baba ganoushes use their tail because the good ones are herbivores.

I love middle school.


Love Dare – Day 38

This challenge is all about making your spouse’s dreams and desires come true. There were a lot of small suggestions provided such as buying flowers or gifts to commemorate something or cooking a special meal and making it romantic. However, the dare also pushed readers to think bigger. For example, it asked me to think about what my wife’s long-term goals and dreams and try to initiate steps towards accomplishing one or more dreams.

I spent a fair amount of time pondering Kristin’s big dreams and desires before the truth dawned on me – I’m currently helping her achieve her current, most important dream!

We’ve closed up our life in Hong Kong, and we’re moving to Princeton, New Jersey so that she can complete a Masters of Divinity degree at Princeton’s Theological Seminary.

In many ways, I have changed on behalf of my wife. A new country. A new home. A new job. A new set of friends. A new routine. Numerous people have also told me that I’m quite the good husband to be able to do this. On the other hand, I don’t feel like it is a burden at all! In fact, I’m happy to make all of these changes and adjustments. The reason for this is simple and two-fold: I love my wife, and I know that we are following God’s plan for our lives (at least we hope so!).

August 27 will mark day 01 of our new life in Princeton, and I hope it’ll be a wonderful start in helping Kristin accomplish her dreams.