2013 Recap Video

It was a wild year for us. Our infant turned one with all the milestones that go with that age and more. We travelled over 17,000 miles by plane and 3000 by car in the span of four months. Our work here in Thailand saw an upset, but we made the most of the opportunity and we expanded from work at one campus to work at two, with an international reach. In all of this, we packed in some wonderful time with family and a few crazy adventures…oh, and we got pregnant again! Here are two versions of our recap video. The first is the short version. It’s 4 minutes and features the song Lonesome Dreams by Lord Huron. The long version is 7 minutes and features the songs Safe and Sound by Capital Cities and Bloom by the Paper Kites. All three songs come from excellent albums and I highly recommend buying them if you like the music.

Short Version (4 min):

Long Version (7 min):

August’s Hospital Adventure

It has been a crazy week. On Monday night last week, August had a mild fever at 1 am. I gave him half a dose of fever reducer, then went to bed. At 5:30, Jacki and I both vaguely remembered him making a groan/grunting sound and movement starting while we were sleeping. She woke me up with a jerk and a shout (who knows how long after his seizure had started). I flipped over and saw August staring up at the ceiling, body shaking mildly like he was being electrocuted. I checked his tongue to make sure he could breathe, we threw on some clothes, then grabbed him, and jumped in the car. He stopped shaking as I carried him to the car and his body relaxed.

Jacki held him as I blasted to the hospital. We got there, and he woke up from the sleep he had fallen into. They sponge-bathed him, then started a bunch of tests: EKG, blood, urine, stool, etc. So far, nothing unusual has shown up except that his body was battling an infection and the doctor thinks it’s hand, foot, and mouth disease. She spotted a sore in his mouth, and we’ve noticed other ones popping up since we left the hospital. We’ll get the rest of the tests back at the end of this week to see if it could have been something else. No further seizures, though, thank God.

Some children get febrile seizures as the body’s way of dealing with fighting a fever. August has had a few fevers and never a seizure, so I thought it was unusual. It’s possible, however, that he had been dehydrated from playing outside so much the day before, and then his body started battling the hand, foot, and mouth virus, raising his body temperature. We’re guessing that this is what had caused the seizure and are happy to live with that diagnosis unless any other tests or seizures prove otherwise. If so, we will let you know.

Until then, all is well over here and August is running, learning his alphabet, and jumping off of our coffee table. Thank you for all your prayers and encouragement this last week. We are very blessed to have friends like you.

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Jacki being the vigilant, caring mother that she is.

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Giving August a visual treat (Cars) to keep his mind off the IV in his arm and the fact that he couldn’t run around.

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My mom was a life-saver, spending time with August and filling in for me when I had to step out. Ajarn Ling is a teacher at Mae Fah Luang that we have been working alongside.

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August so happy to be back home, he’s writing a song about it.

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Can’t wait to get outside and hit the pool again.

Back in the Land of Smiles

Well, we are back in the land of smiles. What are we smiling about? Reconnecting with the precious students at the Christian Club. We arrived to find out they have recently been under pressure from the university to conform to the Buddhist rituals that the university sponsors. Add to that the fact that the university is not giving them a consistent meeting place, and you’d think they might just give up. These students have shown the resilience of their faith, however, binding together even tighter and digging deep into the Word of God in this time of crisis. I met with one of the few Christian teachers on the campus last night, who broke into tears as she told me how hard it is for these students to persevere against pressure from their family, friends, mentors, school, and culture. They need leaders to come alongside them, to encourage, comfort, and teach them. We are so blessed and grateful to be back in Thailand, filling that deep need. You, as our partner, make it possible for us to be here. Together, we are extending the love and gospel of Christ to the lost in Thailand and building up a healthy and dynamic Thai church. Now that is something to smile about.

 

 

Fun with Family and Friends

It takes nearly twenty-four hours by plane to get to the US from Thailand. Once on the ground, we put around 6,500 miles under our wheels in three months. That’s roughly 130 hours of travel time. People might say, “I thought a furlough was supposed to be a vacation.” Not exactly. So, why go through all that? Because the quality time that we get to spend face to face with our family, friends, and financial partners makes it all worth it. This was August’s first time meeting most of his relatives. The trip was actually filled with a lot of firsts: first swim, birthday, words, steps, toothbrushing, and lots lots more (Check out the highlight video below!). We also were able to make it to both Jacki’s sister Randi’s wedding and my sister Jessica’s wedding too. By the end of the trip, we were both full of joy and ready to return to Thailand. We want to thank all of our partners for faithfully supporting us over the years and continuing to do so as we live and work the fields of the harvest here in Thailand.