Schlitterbahn, Cambodian Style (FREE book GIVEAWAY)

June 28, 2010

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The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown: FREE book GIVEAWAY

For those of you who have never heard of Schlitterbahn, it is an enormousness water park that sits in the middle of our small Texas town. It has been deemed the biggest, best, most terrific, most wonderful water park in the world. Well when I was in Cambodia we went to a water park with over 100 children from the Asia’s Hope homes. And ummmmmm, this water park was a little different than Schlitterbahn.

Have you ever been to a water park with roaming chickens scratching the ground for bugs and stray dogs nursing their numerous puppies? The paint was peeling and the water was, let’s just say maybe a wee bit dirty. And yes, I did get sick after this little day at the park.

But the kids were so excited and they didn’t just have fun, they had a blast!

I’m sharing these pictures to simply share a day filled with endless joy. I hope they make your heart smile! As you look as these beautiful smiles remember that these orphans will never know a life living at “The Dump” digging for food, a life begging on the streets, a life as some other family’s slave, or a life in the horrible sex trade.

If you’re wondering what in the heck I was doing at a water park in Cambodia (and why I would share such a lovely picture of myself!) pop over and read my previous posts:

Part I:    Can You Hear Me Now?

Part II:  Oh Cambodia, Land of Sweat and Dreams

Savorn, on the red slide, is the Director of Asia’s Hope Cambodia. Savorn was a child who lived through Pol Pot’s horrific regime.

Do you think he enjoyed the water park? Trust me he did!

Every time I see the smiles on these young girls’ faces, I remember the life that they have been spared! Love those smiles!

What’s a little peeling paint and “pond” scum? The slide is still so much fun!

There were never enough tubes to go around. No worries! No fighting over the tubes. Just lots of sharing and the joy of a little float down the lazy river with friends.

That smile says it all! It was a good day.

In honor of all of the children around the world who need our prayers and love . . .

The Moon Shines Down

We’re giving away one copy of: The Moon Shines Down by Margaret Wise Brown

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Just say hey and in celebration of children everywhere, let us know where you’re writing from today: The United States, Texas, New York, Ohio, California, Australia, Britain . . .

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, July 1, 2010

The winner must be a resident of The United States. (All are welcome to leave a comment! Only those from the U.S. will be included in contest.)

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, July 2, 2010. Check back it might be you!

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. You are welcome to leave a comment! We read all of your messages! :)

Life with Jeannine

We are truly playing around the world this week (all the way from Cambodia) and linking-up at Childhod101: We play

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Tiffany June 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Thank you for sharing your experience. Reading these entries reminds me to soak up the life I have been given here in Texas…

Marita June 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Such beautiful happy smiles. It is wonderful that they have been able to have a happy childhood.

posting from Melbourne, Australia.

Robin June 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm

The water may have been dirty, but the blessing to have fun with children should have out weighed it. What a great day they had! I hope to make it to the water park here in Texas this summer.

Marla Taviano June 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

We’re not sure yet if our team gets to go to the water park or not. Looks like something I don’t want to miss!!

I’m from Ohio, but in 9 days I’ll be on a plane headed to Cambodia via Dallas, San Fran, Taipei to Phnom Penh!!

Maegan June 28, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Their waterpark looks like much more fun than Schlitterbahn and the bright colors are great! Trust me, I’m from New Braunfels and have worked at the bahn!

April June 28, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Thank you for sharing your special journey. I am glad that you shared all those beautiful smiles. Those children know they are truly blessed. I doesn’t matter if the paint is chipping to them, it was the fun they got to have. Im from New Braunfels, TX and Everyone has to start from somewhere. Some of the biggest and best places most likely started out like this.

amandab June 29, 2010 at 6:12 am

What very happy looking children, so glad that they had such an enjoyable day and they get to have a life worth living, from Melbourne, Australia

SquiggleMum June 30, 2010 at 6:41 pm

What gorgeous photos of gorgeous smiles! I’m writing today from Brisbane, Australia :-)

sandra vallance July 1, 2010 at 1:36 am

hey, from Oklahoma

Jackie July 1, 2010 at 6:45 am

Hi, I love the pictures! What a fun day for those kids! I’m stopping by from Missouri.

Salina July 1, 2010 at 7:00 am

What a fantastic story! Thank You for sharing. We are in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina :o)
I hope you have a beautiful day.

Danga July 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I loved these pictures and hearing about the experience you had. We have been wanting to take the family over to Grapewine Tx to the water park there. =) And a big hello from hot and sweaty, water parking needing, Louisiana.

Christie - Childhood 101 July 5, 2010 at 6:37 am

What inspiring photos, a journey of a lifetime, I am sure. September 5, 2017 at 1:51 pm

What a terrible situation. Lucky there are people who care enough to look after abandoned pets. Our puppy died last year and we were heart broken she was a tiny thing 3kgs and escaped during a storm but was found the next day. she had passed away on a nearby driveway most probably of fright so sad.But we are going to get a new pup this year for our little boys birthday.

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