Sunday, January 27, 2008
Hello from dark, quiet, “sound machine running in the background” Thailand. HEHE. Actually, it’s very hot and sunny outside, but I am currently sitting in a dark room while Emma Grace naps. That’s how I’ve been spending a lot of my time. But I don’t mind it. I am doing lots of reading and I love to hear her start “talking” when she wakes up! It’s been a different experience this time around with a babe who still takes 3 naps a day. But she has done GREAT and we’ve had a really good time. I am making a daily run to starbucks for my grande caramel macchiato and reading several books. Just started Marley and Me-a book about a really bad Labrador. It’s cute. I am not sure if I should be reading it or not. Andy and I are thinking of getting a dog in the spring. This might help me know what I am in for, but it also might convince me that a dog is not in the cards for us! We’ll see. Either way, it’s a good read.
Emma Grace is doing well. She and I just got back from a dip in the pool. I tried to get her to wear sunglasses, but as you can see, she wanted to eat them, not wear them. (Sorry they are a bit blurry. She did not want to sit still) The drypers continue to be the bane of my vacation-we have at least one leak per day. (2 today so far) But I am gonna use them til they’re gone. EG is officially a sitter now-she can sit for 20 minutes just playing without falling over. It must be nice to see the world from a new perspective.
Andy is in class from 8-5 this week with an hour break for lunch. Today we tried to go out for lunch but it’s not enough time. This area is so busy so it takes a while to get food. So, we are gonna do sandwiches in the room this week. Yipee. I love sandwiches and there isn’t really good sandwich stuff in our country. Funny that I am excited about sandwiches and chips…of course they are sour cream and onion!
Speaking of food…we’ve had great Thai several days in a row and tonight we are having chicken and steak fajita burritos smothered with enchilada sauce. (that is some serious Mexican fusion going on) Andy’s gone to pick it up now. I’m a bit embarrassed that we are so into food and even more embarrassed that my life is so boring that the only thing I can think of to write about is what we are eating. Oh well. I guess when you spend 6 hours a day in a dark room listening to the sound of running water you can’t really expect to have much to say that will interest the blog reading world!
On a final note, I was encouraged today as I thought about the “east asian” translation of the phrase “my grace is sufficient” It literally says: “my grace is enough for your use” It just shed new light for me on a phrase I’ve heard many times. It encourages me to think that no matter how great my sin of pride or arrogance or harshness (or a gazillion other things), the grace found in Christ Jesus is enough for my use. Thank you Lord, for your “enough for my use” grace that covers me!
Well, Dougy just returned with 8 mexican dishes all rolled into one giant tortilla from heaven, so I gotta go! See you!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
For all you moms, I have a book recommendation: Treasuring God in your traditions by Noel Piper. it's really good. That's what I've been reading while Emma Grace takes her naps. We had pepper poppers, ribs, cornbread slaw and fries and a piece of apple pie last night for dinner! we went with our old buddies Steve and Tamara then had a rematch of settlers (our favorite board game) well, miss you guys. enjoy the pictures
adjusted and loving it...
Emma Grace crying when she got in...
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
We've had a great time so far and we have a good set up in our room. Eg is kinda in a corner with some blankets rigged up to create a litte "closet" of sorts for her. it's really dark and with the sound machine she's sleeping like a baby. I have been in the room quite a bit for her naps but have ambitious reading plans for that time so I am happy to have the time alone! (i really am becoming an introvert!)
The internet here is not running so great, but I will try to posts some pics when I can. Our friends Steve and Tamara are here from the US (they lived in our city for 5 years and are our dear friends) It's been really fun to reconnect with them! We are headed out soon to get some good western food with them. So far I've had swensen's celebrity brownie sunday and an oreo blizzard from DQ and Pizza Company (kinda like Pizza Hut) and some not so good thai food from the hotel. Andy has "MAPPED OUT' (literally) all the places we must eat while here. He really is becoming Doug Heffernen! He went to get a map of our city yesterday afternoon and was gone for an hour. What I didn't realize until he came back was that he had been sitting in the lobby locating all the places we want to eat and circling them on the map for easy access! hehe. I love that man. He and I both share a love for food. He says it's one of the main reasons he married me. Ok, not really, but def an added bonus.
EG took a 3 hour nap yesterday...I think the insane laughing no sleeping from the night before did her in.
well, bum. I am trying to upload some photos but it won't let me. ok, I will try again later. But atleast you got a little update from us!
we love you and miss you lots. PS. we don't have our skype number set to ring our cell phones but if you need to call us you can call our cells:
From america dial:
catch you soon
Saturday, January 19, 2008
We are leaving the winter coats behind and putting on our summer duds! WOO HOO! See you on the blog in sunny Thailand!
Really soon we'll put up some more pics of the Bean (Andy's nickname for EG).
Monday, January 14, 2008
some kind of green leafy veggie being dried on the gate to the track...
Get your chickens...Actually I can't bear to buy my chickens this way. I buy mine in litte styrofoam containers at a grocery store in town (you know the meat that doesn't resemble an animal anymore)
Sugar cane and oranges for sell outside the track
EG looking cute in her new hat from Aunt Marv
this is the main road. I am about a 4 minute walk from my apartment (which is at the back gate of the town) and the building in front of the big hill in this pic are at the front gate. so, you can see our town is quite small
EG's favorite time of day. Going on a puppy hunt
Well, that's about it for our little town. I am growing to love this place and the people. I especially love the slow pace of life here. And this little town has no shortage of puppies so Emma Grace loves it too! thanks for visiting mayberry. come back anytime! we'll leave the light on for you!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Well, as you know, Santa didn't visit us (though many of you voted that he should) But santa didn't have to visit us-WE HAD TIMBO INSTEAD! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who sent gifts for us. It was overwhelming and really fun to have all those special treats from home. (actually a lot of them were made here so you just sent them back to their home! hehe)
Tim and Kathi's bags were late in getting here so we had several frustrating calls with the airlines to figure out where they were. We never acutally figured it out, but after praying, they showed up at the airport here.
It was really fun for us to share the joy of Emma Grace with her grandparents. And they loved it too! We had lots of laughs with Emma Grace and she started "talking" while they were here. She's moved from grunts to the "ba ba ba" sound! Yipee! Which Baba is actually the way you say daddy in our local language here, so Andy is really happy!
Timril the chief did some awesome cooking for us and Xiao Li cooked the local food for us several times! We all gained a little weight. The best part of the trip was just being with them, spending time together, talking, drinking LOTS OF coffee, and just showing them what our life is like here. I am still recovering from their leaving. For the first 2 days I cried everytime I went to the coffee pot! But this is a reminder to me that we were not made for goodbyes and I am so thankful we have the hope of our eternal home where we won't have to say goodbye! Thanks Tim and Kathi for spending the time, energy and money to come see us. It was the highlight of our semester for sure!
Emma Grace loves her grandparents!
We had a great Christmas. Andy and I spent Christmas Eve with our neighbors Matt and Laura. We had pancakes for dinner. We came home and did our final candle on our advent wreath. It was a really peaceful and fun way to celebrate. Here is a pic of Xiao Li with Emma Grace in a Bei Bao (a back pack of sorts) This was Xiao Li's gift to us for Christmas. Her mom actually HAND MADE IT! It is beautiful and is the traditional way to carry children in our country. Emma Grace loves it. The locals think it's really neat that I carry her in it. The embriodery on this thing is really beautiful.
Here are Matt and Julianna enjoying some Christmas lunch at our house. We had a total of 12 guests over for Christmas lunch. We bought all the hubbies remote control helicopters, which they enjoyed. Unfortunately, Andy's broke early on in the day but the other guys were nice to share! WE had a fabulous meal. Unfortunately, I was recovering from a stomach bug and couldnt' eat that much. oh well, it was still a blast. Andy bought me a Kithcen Aid like mixer for Christmas. It's been fun to use. When making your own sour cream, that thing comes in handy. I am pretty sure Andy bought it for me so I would make cookies more often.