Ten Things Found on the Desk of a Future Translator


Matt took the kids swimming this afternoon so, naturally, I decided to go downstairs and take pictures of the items on his desk. That’s normal. Right?

Without further ado, here are ten things found on the desk of a future translator:

  1. Computer – This probably goes without saying, but a computer is quite necessary to most things we do, this blog post included.DSC_0028
  2. A (Heavily Marked) Greek New Testament – Three years of Greek Grammar and Exegesis have not gone unused. When my husband studies a passage–in this case for leading Communion this Sunday–he goes to the Greek. Praise God that He gave Matt a brain that can retain such things. Bonus points to anyone who can successfully identify the passage he’s studying here.                                                                                                                                                                                                           DSC_0023
  3. Sentence Diagrams – Does anyone remember these from school? Me either. It wasn’t until the last few years where I began understanding and using them in my own study of the Bible. I could go into great detail about that, but for the sake of those still wondering what the phrase ‘sentence diagrams’ means, we’ll move on.DSC_0017
  4. One Heartfelt, Handmande, Get Well Soon, Dad Card – About a week ago, Matt was under the weather for a few days. Susanna–our oldest–had originally made these cards to sell at our last garage sale along with birthday cards and Mother’s Day cards (and made out like a BANDIT, by the way! In terms of moving product, she was right there with us. I think she made about $30 by the end of it from her homemade cards and bookmarks). But when Matt got sick, she decided to give him one free of charge and personalize it inside. He’s not sick anymore, but the card remains.                                                    DSC_0024
  5. Headphones – Perhaps if you’re home office is NOT located under the same roof as four rambunctious, crying-prone, and cute-as-all-get-out kids, these might not be the necessity they are.                                                                                                                                                          DSC_0036
  6. Strong Tea in a Special Mug – Interesting fact about Matt Dodd: he loves special mugs. And he drinks tea. The tea is not quite as important as the mug since he’s been known to drink coffee and other beverages from it, but in recent years he’s also grown fond of Tazo black tea. DSC_0035
  7. Church Planting Book – This is required reading for our missions class right now (mine is a biography of John G. Paton–a good topic for a blog post another day).                                                                                                                                                                                                        DSC_0031
  8. Picture of Your Wife – Note the facial hair. On Matt, not me. Come winter time, the groundhogs retire to their burrow, the arctic fox swiftly changes its coat from brown to white, and Matt Dodd grows facial hair. I love this man in all his seasons.                                                                   DSC_0033
  9. At Least One Pilot .38 Black Pen – Please read carefully. We love these pens. In the scope of the good, under-the-sun blessings God has given us to enjoy during our short term on this earth, these pens are the best in the pen categorywe’ve ever met. If you ever want to send us a special something once we’re in PNG, these pens are a sure bet.                                                                                                                                                                                                    DSC_0037
  10. Some Sort of Something Related to Papua New Guinea – Today, it’s packets about our team’s mission to Papua New Guinea for our pastors to hand out to their friends and family. More on those in the next post. 🙂                                                                                           DSC_0038

Whenever I get so caught up in feeding my family and clothing my family and loving my family and homeschooling 3/6ths of my family, I just have to glance at Matt’s desk to know that, yes, our lives are actually moving in a direction filled with change and uncertainty and faith in the God who loved us and sent His Son to pay for our sin.

Many things about our lives in the coming months and years are going to change and look much different than they do now.

And yet.

I take comfort in the knowledge that Matt’s desk–wherever we may be–will look very much the same.


  1. Great post, Cameron! For the bonus points (and without consulting a greek text): Matt is studying Matt. 27:40.

    • Woo-hoo! Great job, Zach! Your Greek education is also bearing fruit!

      • I mean…come on…Cameron is funny! I think I chuckled out loud at least three times during the reading of this blog post. And then my eyes filled with tears…and then my heart filled with the hope that only comes from knowing that my Savior loves me more than my understanding.
        And then I chuckled again when I read Zach’s post. These boys will get the Bible as right as possible! Praise God!


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