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…

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…

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…

Hanging with Monkeys

It’s Christmas break right now and I’ve taken a week off from helping with the farm, which means much needed family time.  After a quick internet search last night, we discovered there is a gibbon rescue just south of where we live, so we packed up the truck and took a trip. We had a…

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…

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…

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…

Way Beyond Me

I knew that it would be this way when I was in Thailand last October.  The quote from Jesus that became so blindingly obvious to me was this: The Son of Man has no place to rest his head. This was said to someone who had told Jesus that he wanted to be his disciple, and…