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…

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….

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…

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…

Perks of Life in Thailand: Bamboo Furniture

Life has been pretty busy for us since getting back from Chiang Mai two weeks ago.  I’ve been working hard at the farm while the entire family (myself included) has been fighting off colds.  A selfish joy in the midst of the hard work and sickness, though, has been the arrival of our new bamboo…

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…

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…

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…

Taking Thoughts Captive

Much more surprising things can happen to any one who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable determinedly courageous one.  Two things cannot be in one place.  “Where you tend a rose, my lad, a…

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…