Monday, August 24, 2009

My mother in Thailand

" And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life."

Today, I took my baby blanket downstairs to work on it. Mae Wahn had said she wanted to help me finish it. Of course, she can sew faster and neater than I can.

And after a while Dru came home and I began to get tired--nap time you know--so she sent me back upstairs to rest, and wouldn't even let me pick up my mess of blanket batting, etc. She wanted to know if it was okay if she'd take it home with her tonight and finish it. I let her.

I told her that these pictures were for my mom in America. I explained to her how my mom is glad for her because she can't be here to mother me herself. She said, "Tell her it's okay." Mae Wahn loves to mother me.

Friday, August 21, 2009


Dru and I went on a babymoon the other week. These are mostly zoo pics--the zoo came as part of the package at our motel. It was lovely to have all that time with my man and just plain relax. The lions were sufficiently fierce looking for my satisfaction. My smart man figured out how to pay the Thai price to see the panda bear family rather than the farong price because he read the Thai and whipped out our driver's licenses. We paid half of the price we would have otherwise. Papa panda bear was quite lazy. Mama panda bear disappeared very soon and we saw the baby on a TV screen. (He was in a human baby crib--the same brand as my baby's, but it was newer. I found this to be shocking.) The aquarium was very amazing and we took our time walking through. We didn't bother paying to see fake snow for 20 minutes at the snow dome because we know what real snow looks like and there was a very long line of people waiting to get in.

Other than "zooing" we went to the "other" mall which is bigger. And we ate out a couple times. And read books. And went swimming--the pool was about 10 steps out our back door. We found this to be very convenient and I hope nobody minds that we just hopped over the shrubs and rocks to get there rather than go around on the sidewalks. Oh, and we ate peanut butter, nutella, and cheese on crackers. We didn't watch any movies because we couldn't and I don't care a bit.

Sigh...what a lovely 3 days. All who are jealous say "I."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

His Wisdom...

This is just a snitch of a posting to say that I’m feeling blessed. I got to spend a lot of time this morning talking to my sisters, moms, and church sisters. I got to join the ladies' meeting. I got to have my heart tuned into them again. It was such a blessing. Thanks to each one of you for sharing, loving me, and praying for me.

They prayed for me as I want to be able to have the energy and health I needed to get stuff done before baby time. I realized tonight that the answer to both of those prayers just might be different than I thought they’d be—but that will be best anyway. For example: I had a whole bunch of food I needed processed and put in the freezer for meals for my man and I when the baby was here and I wasn’t always up to cooking. I was thinking hot dishes to pull out of the freezer. This afternoon I asked my man to help with the project. As usual, he was happy to help. He had a relatively “free” afternoon so spent half of it working on class prep for November and then gave me some time too. Everything hit the freezer like I wanted it to—but not in finished hot dish form. But it’s there, and I occurred to me that now my man is free to throw together whatever concoction he wants to and he’ll even enjoy it that way. So, why all the fretting?

They prayed for me and my frustrating ants. Dru came home with three different forms of ant killer. We had fun killing ants in the bathroom. Now I’m wondering if some of the ants that were bugging me in the kitchen were living behind the tile in the bathroom. I don’t know, but hey, we started on the project and I think if we keep after them consistently, we’ll be okay.

I’m very much feeling these days like I’ll be happy when the baby comes, but tonight I’m happy with him being in his little “hole” for another month. It’s my one last month with just me and my man until they’re all married and gone again. Long ways away, but from everything I hear, time flies and “they’re grown before you know it.”

God bless you all so much. Thanks again to those of you I got to hear again and see on webcam. Thanks Clark for adjusting the camera on that end so I could see faces better.

And here’s something to leave you all with. It’s been a huge blessing to read out of Proverbs the last couple of days. I’ve been reading the chapter with the day and making sure I don’t cheat and read the next day’s chapter…

Dear God,
I ask for wisdom. I confess that I am all weakness without You. I desire wisdom though it may bring shame to find what is true; wisdom when it hurts to understand and hard to obey.
I ask for wisdom to use the mind You have given me—for Your thoughts are higher than mine.
I ask for wisdom to live in the fear of You; to daily abide.
I ask for wisdom to walk humbly; yet wisdom that I might be a blessing.
I ask for wisdom for without it I am lost and am only folly and self-gratification.
I ask for wisdom so I can glorify You.
Wisdom: to live, to speak, to walk, to share, to be, to die. To glorify you.

And I guess that truly is where I’m at and what I need in my life right now. Thank God for His wisdom!

Once again, I had a collage of pictures to upload and the internet is bad... :(

Thursday, August 6, 2009


I’m sure that as a responsible adult I should be able to refrain from spending a half hour on face book a day—I really have no clue how much time I spent on it yesterday, which is a good sign that I spent too much time on it. Today I have decided that I simply will not go there. I have refrained so far from signing in and will continue to do so. There, now I’m accountable; I won’t be going on facebook today.

I have this theory that my temptation wouldn’t be so great if I would hear from my friends more often. I haven’t got a real, live, decent, newsy email from anyone since the 18th of July except for from Melinda. Thank you, dear, that was very nice of you. And I suppose it’s mostly my fault because I haven’t been very faithful about personal emails either. So I’ve brought the temptation upon myself. Sigh.

Anyway, I love you all. Part of the reason that I don’t write is that I never feel like I have anything to write. My life feels like a rather normal life. For me that is—I mean, I’m getting used to the heat in Thailand, strange fruits in my fridge that go bad after while, riding around on a motorbike and narrowly missing accidents, a baby kicking my ribs, and all those sorts of things that make my world go round. So now you all know what is going on in my life.

But what’s going on in your lives? Please?