Posts by Anne

Enjoying Life!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Living in Thailand kiddos family | 1 comment

Enjoying Life!
We’ve had our share of busy days with visitors coming and going, investing in people, and just simply enjoying the life we have!
Last weekend we were traveling, so we had the joy of sharing a room as a family. These two were so delighted with the king-size bed that they entertained themselves on it for a good two hours. 
This little guy just melts my heart…
Nat and some men were invited to teach in a mountain village… I wish I had taken a picture of the road going up to where Nat parked the car!
In the village.
The evening view outside our room… So pretty, especially during the day!
Hanging out at a kid-friendly coffee shop!
I have a huge fascination with what motorcyclists can carry on their bikes. This passenger definitely got creative!
You can’t see him in the picture, but the driver is actually a motorcycle taxi. I would love to hear that conversation play out, “Can you pick up 10 plastic chairs and bring them to me?”
Family day!
Oh this kid… :-)
… and this one too!
We stopped for a donut on the way home from the store today. The uneaten donut in Paul’s lap is a good indication of just how tired he was!

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At Least I’m Consistent!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Family, Kiddos, Living in Thailand | 3 comments

At Least I’m Consistent!

We’ve been having lots of fun in our new house and city, so here’s a quick update via photos. (Again!)

We bought this rocking horse just before we moved, and now the entertainment is endless around here!

This is the way Ellie drives…

Nat has been busy scrubbing dirt off the walls and ground (the walls in the background show the difference), and Paul has enjoyed “helping” Daddy.  :-)

A couple of weeks ago I took a quick trip to Bangkok to visit with some friends. It sure was fun being in the big city again!

Nat did a great job with the kids while I was away, and he sent me this picture of Ellie’s “daddy-do”.

Apparently the back of our truck is loads of fun too… 

Check out this coffee stand we stopped at… That stepstool was helpful and the coffee was very good!

Our house is in this neighborhood.

These two love playing with each other and have the cutest giggles.

They are also huge daredevils and are constantly finding new heights to explore. 😳 

Paul loves a mango smoothie! That yellow thing in his smoothie? Yeah, that’s NOT a piece of mango, but some kind of jello-like rice glop. Big disappointment when the expectation is a piece of mango. 

There aren’t too many playgrounds here, but there are plenty of kiddie rides at most malls and big stores. The kids were finally bold enough to take their first ride together. They loved it, contrary to the expressions on their faces. 
As always, there’s more to share but it’s back to enjoying life with the kiddos!
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Taking A Breather

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Living in Thailand | 1 comment

Taking A Breather
Last week I took the opportunity to slip away to a nearby coffee shop while the kids were napping. I haven’t quite decided if this particular shop is going to be my new favorite coffee shop or not. For one thing, the name is Pen Da Hug Coffee. I keep forgetting to check the Thai spelling because then I might be able to figure out where they were heading with the name. The word “pen” in Thai is actually pronounced like “Ben” and means is/are. I’m not sure what “da” is supposed to mean, but “hug” sounds pretty comforting, so maybe it will be my new favorite after all!
And come on, this *is* a pretty cute way to serve an iced latte:

So for approximately $1.20, not only did I get a cute-looking mug (great-tasting latte included!), I also had 45 minutes of downtime to sit on someone else’s porch with a wonderful breeze blowing through and I got to read part of a book! Complete win: kids slept, hubby worked on projects, and I enjoyed a breather. :-)
That breather was needed because we’ve packed so much into the last two weeks. The move from Chiang Mai was the first time we’ve ever had to move everything to a new house, and I was grateful we had movers do the job. 
We were very excited to have the opportunity to put together our kitchen the way we wanted to, so we started off with a blank room:

And came up with this:
Can I just say how much I’m enjoying having a big kitchen?!? It was originally the living room, but the kitchen was more important to us than the living room, so we tossed the idea of a living room out. :-) 
We’re still putting a few things together throughout the house, but overall we are completely able to function with lots of little perks along the way. We’re also enjoying a wide porch, whether sitting out there to read my Bible, watching the kids play, or eating dinner. A soft breeze blows often and it’s so quiet. God has been very good to us!

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These Two Little Munchkins.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Family, Kiddos | 1 comment

These Two Little Munchkins.
A quick photo shoot last Sunday morning paused time for a brief moment — one very brief moment!
These two munchkins kick the activity level up a notch around here and their giggles fill our home from before sunup until after dark. Even then, after two little bodies are safely tucked into their beds, we’ll occasionally hear from a little boy adding his two cents to our conversations. Both of them are such adventure-seekers and Ellie delights in having us look for her, and then screams with delight when we find her crawling to the top of the stairs.

Of course dirt and mud beckon Paul’s name and he simply can’t resist. I often find him squatting over a pile of rocks, twigs, or dirt – intently focused on the important task at hand. 
And this girl. Whoa. Ever since her birthday, her little personality has really developed. Gone is “baby” and taking her place is a toddler who can’t quite keep up with big brother yet — but she is determined to try! 
My days are filled with childish laughter (and tears), food smeared on the floor (“oops!” I hear), training and teaching (“please put this away”) and lots and lots of hugs and snuggles. Always, always worth it, although some mornings I don’t hop out of bed with a bright smile on my face when I hear our bedroom door being slammed open by a very awake little boy. πŸ˜‰
Yep, I love my job!
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Emotions.

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Family, Getting to know me, Living in Thailand, Memories, Musings, Purposeful praise | 1 comment

Emotions.
We’re moving in four days. 
It goes without saying my emotions have gone all the way from elation to tears, sometimes within the same hour! What an unreliable indicator of truth.
On the one hand, we are incredibly excited as we take the next step forward in reaching out to people groups in SE Asia. So many brand-new opportunities and connections await us. How thrilling!
And, of course, there’s the other hand. The hand that tugs on my emotional heartstrings. For instance, this picture:
These two little guys are Sunday buddies. As in, they play together each Sunday and have done so for over a year. Us moving four hours north is putting an abrupt end to the adventures in toddler-hood these two share. {Well, it would come to an end soon anyway since the other little boy’s parents are returning to the states for furlough but … I digress.} 
We’ve put down some roots in Chiang Mai – 19 months of roots. We’ve gotten to know and love so many people, visited many unique places, hosted our first visitors here, made memories with Paul, and of course Ellie was born here. We stumbled through language learning (oh wait, I’m still stumbling!), had some cultural boo-boos, and were a source of endless entertainment for our neighborhood.
By focusing on the past though, I’m not going to make forward traction. Instead, I’m going to get sentimental thinking through memories, but not adjusting to a new set of adventures. 
And so…. I choose to be excited about this new step ahead of us. Of course that doesn’t mean part of my heart isn’t being left behind in Chiang Mai. It is. Just like a part of my heart is in Pennsylvania. But I can’t wait to begin putting down some new roots and making new memories in a new place. Oh, and the people we will meet! I want them to come to Heaven with me. So it’s time to dig up those roots and plant them somewhere new. Souls are waiting.
Our new city

Our new house – please come visit us!
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