One Year in Thailand: A Year in Review

Last week marked one year since we first arrived in Thailand.  If you read our posts from the past year, you’d probably get the impression that we primarily visit waterfalls, struggle with fixing our truck, have had quite of a bit of unfortunate experiences while acclimating to the tropical climate and spend a lot of time…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…