Saturday, January 31, 2009
So with this *event* kicking off my birthday, I change the year in my profile from
"25" to "26" and look forward to spending the day in house of the Lord! What better way to spend the day???
And then I have a tiny little cake to look forward to when we come home:).
Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
There is a bridge separating Thailand and Burma (there's also a river separating the two countries -so I'm sure you see why a bridge comes into play:D), so after getting the exit stamp, we walked across the bridge.
On the Thailand side, getting ready to cross the border.
We drive on the left side of the road in Thailand, but not so in Burma! This little sign is there to prevent directional confusional problems!
One of the first things I noticed is the lack of cars and trucks. I mean, there are some, but not like the overflowing abundance there is of motorcycles, bikes, rickshaws (the contraption pictured above - at least, that's what we called it!)
Well, I suppose this proves we were there!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
The testimony for my life can be found in the words of this song:
My soul in sad exile was out on life’s sea,
Refrain: I’ve anchored my soul in the “Haven of Rest,”
I yielded myself to His tender embrace,
The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole,
Oh, come to the Savior, He patiently waits
Friday, January 23, 2009
I'm being vague about the location of this video on purpose, but suffice it to say that these people are so grateful to be living here in this garbage dump. They say it is much better than where they came from. It was a very humbling experience to see these people living here amidst the flies, trash, and disease.
Lamentations 3:51 ~ "Mine affecteth mine heart..."
Hello bloggy land.... I've missed you! I had great intentions to let you know I was leaving on a trip, but I never got around to that... or anything else that I was *supposed* to do! Oh wait, I did get out of bed last Saturday morning, which was a plus, and I even made it to the van with a packed suitcase! *Bonus points for me!*
We had a super-great, super-great trip to northern Thailand (do those words super-great bring back any memories for you former EBAers???) and we pulled in Thursday evening after a very full trip, including going to a new country! But I'll have to share in another post:).
I was fondly (*ahem*) thinking of those good 'ole Pennsylvania roads as we bounced our way down this Thai road... I-78 anyone???
More to come later! But for now, I'm home bloggy land... I'm home!
What have I to ask beside?
Friday, January 16, 2009
1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
3. When you wake up in the morning, complete the following statement: "My purpose is to __________ today."
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, and almonds.
6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
7. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. (Love this one!!!!)
12. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
14. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
19. GOD heals everything.
20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: "I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________."
24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed. (For sure!)
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I just checked the weather and the report said it was 59 degrees here in Bangkok. As Theresa and I walked this morning (we both had sweaters on), she commented that this is the coldest it has ever been in her four years in Thailand.
I'm not complaining, mind you. Throughout the day it will warm up to the mid-80s. But it sure is nice to snuggle under the covers at night!
Ya'll enjoy your 26 degree weather in Pennsylvania, you hear?!?
Friday, January 9, 2009
"I fully expect no one to do it. Exceed my expectations, people!!! :) :) "
Isn't it so nice that I can exceed her expectations??? I've feel like I've accomplished something!
So here are the rules to this little tag:
1. Choose the 4th folder where you store pictures on your computer.
2. Select the 4th picture in the folder.
3. Explain the picture.
4. Tag four people to do the same.
5. No cheating (cropping, editing, etc.)
This is kind of a random picture, but I think that's the point! Deborah and her husband had just arrived in Thailand and we were driving back from Sunday morning church services. Lest you think she always has a goofy grin on her face, I'll put your fears to rest and clue you in. She was sitting next to an inquisitive 18 month old girl who had pulled her hair clip out of her hair (the little girl, not Deborah:D). So there's the fourth picture from the fourth folder. Fascinating, I know:).
Now it's my turn to tag:
Impress me girls! It's your turn to exceed my expectations:) (Don't worry; I've set them very, very low!)
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Two nights ago was one of "those" nights. While I try to be in bed by 10 PM (with tonight being a rare exception since I can't sleep.... gotta love irony!), Pookie doesn't normally make it to bed until after midnight. On this particular night, I was sleeping when Pookie came in. Normally she doesn't wake me up (that's always a plus since I'm not, ahem, at my best when aroused out of a deep sleep!), but this time she unintentionally woke me up. Or rather, her laptop did. Here Pookie was under her covers with her computer on, trying not to wake me up. As you can see, that plan worked out rather well;).
But wait! It gets better!
For Christmas, the girls from my church office sent over a box chock full of items, including Christmas cards. One card in particular plays into this little drama. It was a musical card that proclaimed, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!!!!!!!!!!" You might think those exclamation points are a bit of an exaggeration, but I assure you they are not. Yes, for some reason, this card starts off at 1 AM singing, "It's the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeeeear!!!!!!!!!!"
Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year, but I can guarantee you 1 AM is NOT.
We both ignored the song, and before too long, it stopped. Just as I was about to step back into the land of sleep, I heard, "It's the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeeeear!!!!!!!!!! Ding, dong, Ding! Dong!" Now keep in mind we were both tucked away in our beds. We have no idea how the card started playing; it just did. I hopped out of bed and rather forcefully shut the card. I contemplated throwing it out in the hallway, but that would require being fully awake to perform that function, which I was not. (Have I mentioned how delightful I am when I'm aroused from sleep?!? :D)
I have no idea what time this next incident occurred; all I remember hearing Pookie say is, "Anne! You're talking!" To which I replied, "All I said was blah, blah, blah." By the time I got to the part about what I said, I was already drifting back to sleepy land, so I really have no idea what I actually said.
5:45 my alarm went off - it's a lady with a British accent saying, "The time is 5:45 AM. It's time to get up." - and I always tell my phone to be quiet for pity's sake: Pookie is sleeping! And I'm normally still sleeping myself when this conversation with the phone takes place, hence the reason I'm talking to a phone!
Theresa Lange and I try to walk every morning, but that morning my eye was burning like crazy, to the point I was crying out of one eye (which is very weird, I assure you!). So instead of walking, I decided to go back to bed, hoping that closing my eyes would help. As I crawled into my bed, I had some sounds coming from Pookie's bed. Knowing that I cannot fall back to sleep with background "music" serenading me, I said, "Pookie! You're snoring!" To which she replied, "Oh. Sorry." I eventually drifted back to sleep before Miss British lady woke me up at 7:30.
In telling the story to Carolyn the next day, Carolyn was (and is!) very thankful she is in a room all by herself. Can you imagine if there were three of us in a room? Let's just say ear plugs and eye masks would be passed out at the door:).
Monday, January 5, 2009
Alex, Carolyn, Krinny, Tom, Pookie, and I. Alex is leaving next Monday after being here for three months.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Pookie and her mom:)
So we all jumped at the opportunity to enjoy some honest-to-goodness Thai food, toned down to fit the farang taste buds! It was so delicious! After we were done, Carolyn said, "Now I could go for some chocolate cheesecake." Well, that sealed the deal for us so we hopped on a songtaw - a pickup truck - and went to the mall.
Forty-five minutes later and we were happily at home, munching on our pieces of cheesecake. This afternoon I went to go throw away the box it came in when I glanced at the writing on the side. I am not making any of this up! For your reading pleasure, I give you the top three tips from the Secret Recipe store:
*Store the cake in the fridge immediately for freshness. (Immediately, ya'll, immediately!)
*While carrying the whole cake box, hold the bag with one hand and support the bottom of the cake box. (What do you do if you have to open a door???)
*When on board a vehicle, please lay the whole cake box on the car floor or to hand carry it on the lap to prevent the cake from slanting. (Notice "a vehicle" translates into "car.")
Wow. Can't say I've ever been instructed in the ways of carrying a baked good before. But at least they said please:).
Saturday, January 3, 2009
"My memory is nearly gone; but I remember two things; that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Saviour."
The truth of those words hold much weight. I am a great sinner, but praise the Lord HE is a great Saviour! I don't always know why Christ reached down in His great love and took me out of the miry clay, but I am so, so thankful that He did.
Me? A great sinner.
Christ? My great Saviour!
Friday, January 2, 2009
This is all hypothetically speaking, of course:).