A pet peeve of a few of the missionaries we know, is that people always want to know what they are doing and seem to forget that they (the missionaries) would love to know what's happening back in the states...or wherever in the world you are.
So let's see... What's going on? Well our Thai lessons are going nicely. We just finished our first book, which now means that we can order stuff at restaurants, ask directions, talk about our families, and...you get the picture. It's not to the point where we can understand a normal conversation, but we can at least pull out the words we know here and there.
It's very different trying to listen for the vocabulary words you've learned when you hear them spoken in a long sentence and spoken three times faster than you would imagine they should be. I'm sure people who learn English experience the same thing though, and, wow, but I have much greater respect for all the immigrants who have moved to the US and succeeded in learning English...cause language learning isn't easy...at least for me.
This week we're starting to learn how to read and write Thai. So far we have been just learning how to speak it phonetically using English, so we are super excited to finally be learning how to read it. (Maria has a head-start as she can already read basic Thai, so I'll be playing catch-up.)
The boys are growing up quickly! Jabez can ride a two-wheeler now and no sooner did he learn than he crashed and ended up getting three stitches under his eye. He was a big boy though and was super excited to get ice cream afterwards.
Jesse is making serious attempts at crawling. And even though he's not quite there yet, he spends a lot of his day up on his hands and knees rocking back and forth and he somehow manages to scoot anywhere he wants to at a pretty good pace. Which necessitated the need for me to build a gate so he can't fall down the stairs into our kitchen area.
On a more FYI note, our attic is inhabited by rats...we don't think you will find a house in Thailand that doesn't have rats. Anyway, we've tried trapping them with steel traps and glue traps, but nothing seems to work. We've tried to refrain from poison because we're told that they really stink if they end up dying somewhere in the walls.
Cool season is just starting and we are looking forward to it. There's nothing like blue sky everyday, temperatures down in the 40's at night and 80's during the day. It's perfect. We've been enjoying exploring our local area here and have found all kinds of cool waterfalls and Caves. Turns out there is some amazing rock climbing an hour from us and I have really enjoyed getting to teach Maria and the boys to rock climb on the occasional weekend.
We thank you all for your prayers and continued support.
Jordan, Maria, Jabez, and Jesse