Posts by Anne

More Visitors!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Ministry Blog | 0 comments

My mom and Mary Ann (a friend from church) arrived this past week, and Paul was very excited to greet them: 

 

Of course we got down to business right away doing the important things, like playing:

  
And then we just had to share our second favorite place to play:

  
Today we enjoyed visiting Doi Tung Villa and Gardens with Mom and Mary Ann:

   
  (I don’t know why, but Paul loves to sit in Ellie’s stroller instead of his own. 😁)

  
 (The Villa in the distance)

   
 
Now we are all sunburnt and ready to tumble into bed. Happy Saturday!

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Hug.

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Living in Thailand | 1 comment

Hug.

I feel like God gave me a hug this week, just to remind me that He loves and cares for me. What a kind Father! So here are some of my hugs:

Our weather on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday stayed in the mid-60s and it was glorious! I love the cozy feel of being in a warm house on a cold day. The sky had that overcast look when it’s going to snow (not that it did!), I had some music playing, candles burning, and comfort food cooking on the stove. We pulled out the slippers and socks, and the kids enjoyed wearing long-sleeves again. Why is this a hug? I grew up in Pennsylvania, where I enjoyed having four seasons. Thailand is the land of perpetual summer, so I was thrilled to have some cool weather, particularly since my brain knows it’s October. 😉

Hug.
Earlier this year we stopped by a yard sale in Chiang Mai. A family was moving back to the states and wanted to get rid of some stuff. The yard sale was well attended, but somehow this little gem was overlooked by everyone! Not only do I love Yankee Candles, one of my favorites is Sparkling Cinnamon. Sure, the candle was half-used, but I didn’t mind paying $1.00 for it! And now I have it as a reminder that God truly cares about the little things.
Hug.

Most evenings we go for a bike ride and usually catch a beautiful sunset. By the time I took this picture, the sun was just about gone, but God has given amazing scenery as a backdrop to our neighborhood!

Hug.
Any parent can tell you kids are a lot of work, but these two really do bring me so much joy! It’s so fun to hear them giggling together. I love watching them play together. I pray they grow up being best friends. I have such great memories with my siblings, and I want these two to experience that.
Hug. 
And then this morning? My brother called me.
Big hug!
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What a Friend…

Posted by on Sep 27, 2015 in Sunday Hymns | 1 comment

We sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” during our time of Bible study this morning, and the words ministered to my heart in such a sweet way. I’m not discouraged at the moment or going through a trial (watch out, Anne! right?), but sometimes home and friends seem very far away from my little corner of the world. But what a precious thought that Jesus is my friend and I can take everything to Him in prayer – right here. Let the words of this song minister to your heart like they did to mine today…

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged –
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge –
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.
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Where Did The Week Go?

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Living in Thailand | 1 comment

Where Did The Week Go?
The days just fly be here, so let’s have a week in review via pictures, shall we?
We took our friends out to eat at a Chinese restaurant and I decided this is the biggest plate of pork fried rice I have ever seen! Oh, and the mushroom platter??? That was for my husband. :-)
Discovered an amazing view from a nearby mountain. We can’t wait to go back and explore on a clear day!
That’s a LOT of hay!
I loved having my friend and her husband here for a visit. What an enjoyable time sharing Thailand with them!
We have our ups and downs, but when my little guy smiles like this, he completely melts my heart.

A friend gave me Cadbury hot chocolate mix, so the first night that was even remotely chilly, I made some up and enjoyed it in my new mug.

Discovered a new cafe and restaurant or, as they label it, cafe and meal. 😉
This little girl takes smoothies very seriously!
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Fun Visitors!

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Family, Kiddos, Living in Thailand, Spending Time With Friends | 2 comments

Fun Visitors!
We have absolutely loved having friends of ours visit for the last week or so! It’s been so much fun hanging out together, talking and laughing long after our kiddos are in bed. We’ve also enjoyed a couple of game nights, one of our favorite ways to spend an evening. :-) 
Our friends tend to be more explorers and adventurers than, shall we say, shoppers, so between the four of us, we discovered plenty of cool things to see in nature.
{The Readers and Nat explored a cave}
{Ellie experienced her first elephant ride near this river}

{Took a hike that led to twin waterfalls}

{New pictures were needed for a prayer card/Christmas card, so we snagged a few mommy & baby poses as well}

{Such happy smiles}

I’m so thankful for sweet fellowship and precious friendship. We’re sad to see our friends leave in the morning, but we are so grateful they came and spent the time with us!

(Photo credit: Ilona Reader)

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