I Hate Waiting

Inigo Montoya said it best.  I hate waiting.  Which is odd, really, because our whole modern life is built around providing us with “down time.”  We have developed so much technology meant to stream line our life and give us more free time.  Yet when faced with this mythical free time, most of us, myself…

Anger as a Starting Point

I concluded my last post, a book review of Undaunted, the story of a Karen family escaping the violence of the Burmese army, with a quote that included the sentence,   “I don’t want you to feel sorry for me, I want you to feel angry, and I want you to do something about it….

Book Review: Undaunted

As today dawns in the U.S., our friends in America look forward to a day celebrating the freedom of our nation. I thought this would be an appropriate day to celebrate a book that I recently read about another small nation’s fight for freedom from the absolute despotism of a tyrannical government. As the title…

What It’s Like to Be in Thailand

*This is a guest post from our six year old daughter.  After I wrote our last post, she wanted to write one of her own.  Enjoy this little slice of our life in Thailand through the eyes of a child. We like to do a lot in Thailand, and I am having a lot of…

What about our kids?

Before coming to Thailand, several people asked us, what about our kids?  How would they deal with such a drastic change?  We, of course, had similar thoughts, but it seemed rather a moot point since we believed that God had called us to come here, so we trusted that He had all of our greatest good at…

The Road to Hua Hin: How I Became an Abolitionist

Before we moved to Thailand last June, I had been here once before.  After my Freshman year of college, I went on a Discovery trip to India with Wycliffe Bible Translators.  The eight member team met (as in, literally, met for the very first time) at the LAX airport and then got on a plan…

Grateful Anyway

Two years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at home.  Two days after his birth, we ended up in the hospital for him to undergo surgery to repair a congenital malformation.  You can read the full story of that adventure here.  Today marks the second anniversary of his life-saving surgery.  Yesterday evening…

Minimizing Perfection, Maximizing Joy

At the beginning of the year, I was inspired by some friends back in the States to look into the Whole 30.  I had heard of it before and had always been intrigued.  January seemed a timely season because I had been having some more health issues, and I thought that a change in eating…

Teaching Gratitude to Kids, Beginning with the One in the Mirror

Recently a friend posted a question for fellow parents on facebook.  She wanted to know how they cultivate gratitude in their kids.   I have been forming a response in my head, but it has grown too large for a facebook comment.  I thought it might do better for a long-overdue post just in time…

Treasures in Jars of Clay

I have always valued strength and the ability to cope with stress and pain in myself and others.  In our family lore, my maiden name, Ross, is synonymous with tough, adventurous, fearless. Life brings joy, love, and peace but also challenge, suffering and pain.  I often think that I can handle all these things on…

Little House in the Border Town

We have now been living in our little house for a month.  I know that at the end of my hospitality post,  I suggested that we would choose a three or four bedroom house with plenty of room for guests.  However, as Mike explained in his post, we decided instead on a roughly 830sqft, two…

The Good, the Bad and The I Am

*Disclaimer: this is a PG-13 post, so please be aware.  Also, this is the beginning of a conversation for me and not my life-long dissertation on the nature of good and evil, so please be respectful and kind if you have any comments to share.  I realize I may be opening a can of worms…