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…

Digging in Deep

Last week, I took my older son to the Charis Teaching Farm with me.  We had researched a natural farming practice called “Banana Circles” and we were anxious to implement it. Banana Circles are essentially a 1 meter wide pit dug 1 meter deep.  The excess dirt is piled on the rim of the pit….

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…

My Son the Farmer

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to bring my son to the Charis Teaching Farm.  We had a great time together, exerted ourselves physically and learned about vermaculture. We started by harvesting morning glory, called Pak Boong in Thai (Pak means vegetable in Thai, so most vegetables are called Pak _______; FYI).  In the States, this is…

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…

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Now that we have landed in a more settled space, I feel I can breath enough to finally write my own post. Mike has been doing a great job of taking up my slack, but this morning I awoke ready to hammer out some of my thoughts. I’ve got two or three posts knocking around…

The Joy of Nomadic Minimalism

Minimalism is quickly becoming our closest friend. We moved out of our house four days ago into my mother-in-law’s house. The move went as well as could be expected. We cleaned the house and packed up all the belongings (those we still had not sold, those we will take with us or those we will store while we are…

The Rains of March

See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. -James, brother of Jesus The Good Life is not always easy. It comes with seasons as well.  Sometimes life is abundant with rain.  Other times, we experience drought and famine.  We get sick. Resources are…

A Life Hack Post

How Does One Prepare to Move a Family of Five to Another Country? This post is my life hack for the day. I have found it difficult to motivate myself to write recently. Most topics on my mind seem a little TMI for this platform. Until I figure out how to write about what I…