Living in this foreign developing land, I am keen on searching for and making beauty.
We moved into our first home in 2001 -- a little Canadian townhouse.
In 2004 almost everything we owned fit into a couple of crates and 8 suitcases.
Later that year we began our Indonesian life in a Javanese village rental house with our newborn, a two-year-old, and a host of cockroaches!
From 2005 to 2010 we created 'home' out of a warehouse-like house on Borneo, and then moved to
another Indonesian island where we renovated a house that would have maybe been better excavated?
For about 2 years we were blessed to live in Canada in a huge 2400 square foot house, but then sold, sorted, and packed things up again to fit into 2 crates and 10 suitcases.
We now have lived for over 3 years a 1960's mission's base house on the very far eastern part of Indonesia: Papua!
We have made 3 moves across the ocean in the past 15 years. I have organized and purged and packed 15 years of STUFF ... across the ocean, along narrow winding streets, through pot-holes and layers of dust, and amidst staring eyes of those in need. Trying not to own too much. And yet needing enough. Seeing dirt. And yet searching for beauty.
And so I share with you some of the things I have discovered. Beauty discovered, refining experience, moments caught on film, and experiences remembered.
Jules in Indonesia