One Day

I participated in the One Day party on Instagram again this year, hosted by Laura of HollyWood HouseWife. Every year that I do this I think to myself I will follow up by making it into a blog post so that readers who aren't on IG can see what goes on in a typical day here. This year, it's the third year, I'm actually doing it ....more

False Alarms and Energy Drinks

She hands me a little plastic bag through the driver window. “Ah Sayama, jesu tin b deh.” (Teacher, thank you, in Burmese.) I let my surprise show on my face. Not over the drinks, the ladies have taken to giving me these little gratitude tokens every week, almost always an energy drink ....more

So I did the ice bucket challenge....

I really didn't think the ice bucket challenge would make it to me. It wasn't a big thing in Thailand at all. But then Brenda did it, and challenged me.So I played along, sort of, and made this little video ....more

42 photos/reasons why I love my husband - Celebrating 14 years

Moving overseas, they say, can be one of the hardest things to put a marriage through. I'd have to say that they are right. Aaron and I have probably had more fights this past year since moving to Thailand than in the previous 6 years combined ....more

Home - #1000gifts

Our hostess, her son, and his bride during the ceremony. The groom's father speaking. A marriage blessing from the oldest man in the community ....more

Small town livin' - Village Life

Beema is here!!! For more than 2 weeks we are enjoying a visit from Aaron's mom and we are loving it. She's spoiling all of us ....more

We Are Small

Sometimes I want to quit. Pack it in. Go home.Sometimes I feel like all our work, all my efforts, are just a drop in a bucket or worse, completely futile ....more

Please, No Photos

I probably shouldn't have tried to go to the mall after art class yesterday. (Hooray, homeschool coop has an art teacher now!) Dek was doing that early stages of fussy thing he does when he needs a nap and clouds were gathering in the distance. But it's been weeks since I took the kids to the store ....more

Dek is 1

Dear little boy, The day you were born. ...more

My Dad's Example

When I was younger I went to one of those church leadership types of schools that had no grades and was basically a series of week long seminars. There were people of all ages, from many different parts of the world, and we lived in a motel near the church, 3 to a suite. (In my later years I think that money would have been better spent on a plane ticket over seas, but that would ignore the fact that I did experience a great deal of personal growth during this time, mostly through my interaction with some of the people who were there.)One of the things that we did as part of our "ministry training" was go out and spend time talking to all the street kids that flocked to that city in the summer ....more