Coming Home: I got my hot dogs and I’m eating them too.

Our family made the move back to the States a little over four months ago.  We’re now back in San Diego.  I’ve been working at my old hospital in the ER since late March. The kids enjoying a cool San Diego afternoon at Balboa Park. We’ve been living in our house for the same amount…

Renewed Strength

I am writing from Chiang Mai at the moment.  As the saga of registering my truck will *finally* come to an end today (or so I’ve been assured), I am taking the time I have to focus on our future in Thailand.  Last week, our family took a much needed vacation to Hua Hin, a…

Chiang Mai Hostage Crisis: Day 21

It’s been three weeks since we’ve been home.  It started as a simple trip to Chiang Mai to see friends and do some business.  We never thought this would mean three weeks of captivity. Finally, though, it seems that the hostage release has been negotiated and we’ll be allowed to go home. I suppose you…

Spirited Away (in Thailand)

Some of my favorite movies are those by Hayao Miyazaki.  It was in Spirited Away that I was first introduced to the ideas of “spirits”: little beings with one foot in our physical domain, another foot in the spirit domain.  It seemed very silly to me at first.  How could anyone believe it such things? The irony…

Fun at Waterfalls

In Thailand, if you want a good challenge, I recommend asking for your food “pet mah” (extra spicy).  If you’re looking for something interesting and “genuine”, hit up the markets.  But if you want to find rest and be overwhelmed by beauty, then you have to go to the waterfalls. We hadn’t visited many waterfalls since our arrival up…

Road Trip!

Self-sustainability is one of the primary organizational goals of The Charis Project as we seek to serve the people of Maesot and surrounding areas of Thailand.  Our children’s home, Baan Saeng Sawaan, is the furthest along in this with their farming program, egg production and four new piglets.  After this past weekend they can now…

Tropical DIY Deodorant

Before leaving for Thailand, my excellent wife found a DIY Deodorant recipe from WellnessMama.com.  The main ingredients were coconut oil, baking soda, arrow root/corn starch and essential oil for aroma. I had my hesitancy to exchange my High Endurance Old Spice.  But the sad fact is that deodorants in general just don’t work that well…

Carried Away (the culture shock post)

Friends and family ask us how it is living in Thailand.  I usually say that we’re doing well.  I talk about what we’ve accomplished since being here, the things we’ve learned, maybe a funny situation or two or perhaps some sort of oddity that is normal here but you’d never see in the States.  But this doesn’t…

Landing in Thailand

The last few days have been a blur as we’ve rushed around making lots of things happen, a very non-Thai way of doing things.  After landing in Chiang Mai, our friend, Cindy, picked us up and drove us home where we are currently staying.  We greeted everybody and had a huge meal, about 24 people in all (our…

The Last Leg

There are three nights left before we leave.  We have stayed at a different place the last two nights and this trend will continue for four more nights until we land in Chiang Mai on June 9.  Tonight, we are honored to stay with our longtime friends, the Barons.  This comes after we finally have…

An Update on Our Journey

We have only two weeks left in the states before we make THE big trip to Thailand.  We have put in a lot of preparation to get this far.  It’s been some sacrifice, some heartache and a lot of freedom and joy.  This post will focus on what we’ve actually had to do over the…