Wasting our lives and glorifying God

Wasting our lives and glorifying God
Notice God's unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say - God intends me to be here because I am so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where that is. ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 10

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


If your idea of a vacation is not standing in lines everywhere you go, shopping in kitschy tourist shops or eating at places that boast "We speak English!" then there are plenty of places in Europe that are virtually untouched by the tourism industry.

We had a great time with Gana's family in Rennes (and all the medieval castles), which is about two hours from Paris.  It's beautiful and old and uncrowded.

First of all, this picture goes out to all those men out there whose idea of a good time is a trip to the Home Depot.  This is the French version of Home Depot.  Gana had to take a picture in front of all its do-it-yourself goodness.

Aside from the hardware store, Gana said the good thing about Europe is that you can point your camera almost anywhere and take a phenomenal picture.  Here we are wandering about Rennes at night.  Lots of people out for evening strolls even though nothing was open.  This is something that you never see in Los Angeles--people out walking for no reason!

Gankhuag, Chimgee, me, and Gana
Walking around in the middle of the night is my new favorite thing, something I will probably never get to do because we live in Southern California: 1) we don't live near enough to anywhere to walk to that is pretty.  2) I don't find the So. Cal. midnight drunks nearly as affable as the French ones.

Gantumur and Gankhuag have a lot in common, including that both their nicknames are Gana.  However, Gana the husband can make a cup of tea...if coached.  Gana the brother-in-law is an amazing cook!  We had some fusion meals--a little Frenchie, a little Mongolian.  And he knows how to pick a wine!

Unfortunately, our time in Rennes was too limited.  We had to say good-bye and hop on the train.

 (Chimgee, made a video of the whole visit practically, so we could virtually share it with Gana's mom in Mongolia.)


Anonymous said...

What a beautifully wonderful entry again today, Daja!! I loved reading about your good time & the pictures were touching... it brought tears to my eyes to see all the good-bye pictures. But it looks like it was a visit that will be treasured for a long time. :-) Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us. <3 <3

Claire said...

Got all teary-eyed AGAIN at that last pic. I can't imagine being that far away from family. I'm so thankful you and Gana got to make this trip. Love you.

Melinda said...

I'm here! (You said you wanted to know!) BTW the baby is Beautiful! So glad you got to meet your brother- and sister-in-law. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.

amy k* said...

Simply breath-taking! The pics alone are AMAZING! Castles and cheeses and wines and romance! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

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