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April 7, 2013

Can I trust God?

Filed under: Other — Cindy Heine @ 12:59 AM

I recently moved my dance classes to a brand new studio, just finished in March. When I found out that the owner was putting in laminate floors, I asked to put in sprung wood floors (much better for dance) and I would pay for the extra cost. After finding out that we couldn’t afford the extra cost (60,000 baht or $2000), I opted out. But my friend (who has experience putting in floors) offered to put them in for just the cost of the materials, lowering it to 25,000 baht (about $800). How could I refuse his service and the floors I really wanted? And, I had 24 hours to make this decision.  I wasn’t exactly sure where this extra money would come from, but Adam said to go for it.

The floors are now finished and look great, and I just taught my first week of classes there.  But I started to feel discontent.  Did I make a mistake in getting the floors?  I have a huge family to feed and I just spent a lot of money on floors for a dance studio that I don’t even own.  I will never see that money again.  I could have had free floors!  Am I a bad mom, not thinking of providing for my family first?  And on and on the worrying went, until I realized the underlying question:  Can I trust God?  He’s always provided for us out here, and He definitely doesn’t have problems getting money.  But, is He going to provide enough for us, especially if I’ve done something foolish?  Can I really trust Him?

I talked to God about all these things on Wednesday, and I felt some peace just knowing that He has always provided for us in the past, so I tried not to worry anymore.

On Thursday, I received a gift from a dance parent out of the blue.  She just felt she was supposed to give my family 3000 baht.  It was like God said, “Yes you can trust me.”  I was so amazed and grateful.

On Friday, my dad called me and asked, “Do you need money?”  I said no, we’re doing fine (cuz we really are).  He said, “I want to give you 10,000 baht.”  I said no, we don’t need money, and why was he doing this?  He responded, “I just want to.”  What could I say?  I realized it was once again God answering me “Yes, you can trust me.”

So, this is just another piece of evidence that yes, God is trustworthy, He is our provider, and He loves us.  Why do I ever doubt Him?  He does amazing things like this.  He gave Adam his old dream job back, combined with his new passion of writing, while providing a steady source of income.   He gave us 10 kids, all from various backgrounds, some with a difficult past, and we all somehow feel like family.  All this is possible only because we have a God who loves us!   So, yes I can trust You, God!

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January 31, 2012

Did I Just Skip 3 Weeks?

Filed under: Other,Our Work — Adam Heine @ 10:01 AM

Whoops. It would appear I did. In my defense, my family is here to visit and I’ve had my head in revisions in the hopes my agent (dang, that still feels awesome to say) can sell it.

Also not much has happened. I mean, Cindy took the girls to visit what is soon to be Joel’s school, but I wasn’t there and can’t say much about it. Joel starts school in another 5 months or so. Sarah might go with him. Lutiya…we’ll see (she might stay at her current school).

And we keep hitting roadblocks with Lutiya’s citizenship. I’m pretty sure the grace of God is the only way this is going to happen, so please keep praying. Without citizenship, a lot of doors will be closed to her, and while we can help her work around that, it’ll be hard for her, I know. Keep praying.

I’ll try not to let this blog slide like that, if I can help it.

December 12, 2011

I Have an Agent (and What That Means)

Filed under: Other,Personal — Adam Heine @ 10:47 AM

So after three years of trying, I finally have a literary agent. This post is about what that means, for those of you (most of you) unfamiliar with how a book gets published. My other blog will have more details later in the week, if you’re interested.

What is an agent? A literary agent represents my work to publishers and others interested in getting the rights. She will also help negotiate any contracts, suggest revisions, talk about future books, and generally help manage a writing career.

So this is a good thing, yes? Very much. Aside from actually writing a novel, getting a literary agent to represent my work is the first step towards getting published. Most of the major publishers won’t even look at a novel unless it’s represented by an agent.

How hard is it to get an agent? Hard. You send them a one-page query letter about the novel. Out of hundreds of queries per week, the agent might request the first 50-or-so pages of a dozen of them. One in ten of those might be good enough for the agent to ask to see the whole thing. And only one in every fifteen or twenty of those full manuscripts might be strong enough, and fit the market well enough, that the agent considers offering representation.

So we’re talking about odds of one in thousands here. I’ve queried two other novels, to about 50 agents each time, but I’ve never gotten an offer until now.

So what happens next? After I work on some revisions, my agent will pitch it to publishers who may or may not buy it. (I’ve heard the odds here are like 60%).

When can I buy the book? The publishing industry is notoriously slow. I have friends who already have book deals, but whose books won’t come out until 2013. It could be as much as a year or more before I even know if this one sells. So the answer: I don’t know, but I’ll tell you when I do.

Like I said, you can learn more soon at the other blog, and I’m happy to answer any questions here in the comments.

September 6, 2011

Help the Charis Project, Win an iPod

Filed under: Other,Thailand — Adam Heine @ 7:28 PM

Some friends of ours, Aaron and Carrien Blue, have been helping an orphanage in Northern Thailand for a few years now. But they don’t just want to collect money and have to keep collecting money for all time. They plan to make the orphanage self-sustainable.

But they are in need of money at the moment. The Charis home has invested a significant amount into buying land for a proper home. Now they need the rest of it — some $8,000 — by October or they will default on their contract and lose their initial investment.

Why do they need land and a building? Carrien talks about that here. She also talks about an all-too common reason kids end up in homes, and what they’re trying to do about it:

Do you know what happens to a child in South East Asia when her parents separate?

Take the worst step parent story in a fairy tale and multiply it by at least 100 and you will get an idea of what happens to kids in these situations.Stepparents don’t care for stepchildren at all. Children are treated like servants, sent out to beg, or sell flowers, or cigarettes, or their bodies to earn the family money. They are beaten, abused and abandoned.

Read about their plan. Make a donation (everything helps). And maybe even win something cool, like an iPod nano. Go on, it’s worth it.

August 30, 2011

Now’s Your Chance

Filed under: Other — Adam Heine @ 7:12 PM

I’m a little dry for post ideas and our camera’s broken (we have a terrible curse with cameras). So here’s your chance: ask anything in the comments, or tell us something you’d like us to talk about.

Want to know where we are in the adoption process? Who wets the bed the most (or the most powerfully–yeesh)? How we feel parenting 10 kids day in and day out with no break not even when we get sick or want to see a movie or just sleep for more than three hours at a time but NO, SOMEBODY has to come in at one in the morning because their tummy hurts or they had a bad dream or they’re delirious and don’t remember why they knocked on our door but they may or may not have thrown up in their bed and now the smallest one is awake too and we have a headache and the hiccups and…

Oh. I guess I answered my own question.

Seriously though, ask away. We’ll get to them in the coming weeks. Those of you who like to lurk without commenting, now’s your chance, aye?

November 7, 2009

Question Time

Filed under: Other — Adam Heine @ 8:09 PM

There’s no news on Pancake or Nathan or the Young Apprentice. Consequently I’m blanking on post ideas. Fortunately it’s been a few months since I did this one.

Ask us any questions you like in the comments, and we’ll answer them in upcoming posts (well, I’ll answer them, but I’ll call others in as needed). Some topic ideas to get you started: our kids, Thai food/language/politics, games, killing live chickens, terminal velocity and how long it takes to reach it.

Also, we miss you guys. That’s kind of a given though.

April 22, 2009

Talk to Me

Filed under: Other — Adam Heine @ 9:17 PM

I’m committed to posting about once a week here, but there hasn’t been much to talk about lately (summers are slow like that). So you tell me: what do you want to know? You can ask about anything you like – our family, what we do all day, how to order pizza in Thai, whatever. Even religious or political topics are cool (not cuz I’m an expert, but because having long discussions on, say, evolution and the Bible is fun!).

Ask your questions in the comments and I’ll answer them in later posts.

October 15, 2008

Brief Housekeeping

Filed under: Other — Adam Heine @ 5:56 AM

Some of the blog’s files got hacked recently, so I had to do an upgrade Old West style.* Everything looks okay to me, but if you notice something not working the way it should, please let me know.

* A euphemism meant to imply that upgrading WordPress without making a backup or deactivating plugins increases my worth as a man to that of, say, Wyatt Earp or Davy Crockett. See also, hyperbole.**

** On the other hand, I had no choice, and I very nearly lost everything in the process, so I do feel pretty proud of myself.

July 11, 2008

It Means the Study of Music and Culture

Filed under: Other,Religion — Adam Heine @ 4:42 PM

The hearts of people amaze me sometimes. I guess the things God gives us each to do amazes me. Dano has just graduated and is musing on what to do with ethnomusicology. His idea – no, his heart – is to raise up indigenous worshipers and worship music. I don’t know how one does that (I’m not sure he does either yet), but the dream is awesome. Somebody needs to teach the world that Western music isn’t all there is.

June 4, 2008

Fair Warning

Filed under: Other — Adam Heine @ 4:55 PM

We’re moving in two days, if all goes to plan. There are still things unfinished over there, but if we don’t move this Saturday then whatever other day we do it will be very difficult.

But in particular, the phone and internet are not hooked up over there yet. Until they are, posting here and at Author’s Echo will likely be slim. While you’re waiting, read and comment on any posts you’ve missed. It’ll be fun. Really.

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