For now we are staying at a retreat center as we get over jet lag and begin to start getting the basics done of establishing yourselves in a new location. We are thankful that we have had some great progress in our search for a car and have found one! We are just waiting for it to arrive (its coming from Bangkok) and checked out, but we should have it soon! We have also been to quite a few stores learning where to shop and what kinds of things we are (and are not) able to get here.
Our kids are doing well. The first week of jet lag with a 2 year old and a 4 year old are, well, rough, to say the least. There was a lot of waking in the middle of the night, a lot of crying, and a lot of eating breakfast at 4 am, but thankfully, I think they are finally almost over it. We have actually gotten both of them to sleep through the night, well, once so far, but it was glorious and hope to have more sleeping through the night in the near future. Our goal was to get everyone over jet lag before we starting CLI (Cultural Learning Institute), and I think we will reach that goal. Or at least be close enough.
Our finances are well, what they are. We are still lacking about $700 a month, which is a stretch to say the least. We are really trying to trust God with our finances and that God would place us on the right people's hearts at the right times as we continue to do His work here. It's all God's money anyway. We truly believe that He will provide each month, though our human eyes have a hard time seeing. I know He is faithful. There is something about trusting God for your EVERY need, and not being dependent on yourself that well, brings faith to a whole new level, and, it's hard. It's hard to not just depend on that paycheck we got very regularly when Rob was working for a contractor. It's hard to have no clue how much money you will have to live off of each month. Not really sure how to budget for a budget that fluctuates so much. I guess we will figure that out. There are seasoned missionaries that continue to affirm to us of God's provision over and over again. Their faith is so obvious, I can only pray to have faith like that one day. I guess that's the journey I'm on now. There's no way I can have that kind of faith without the journey.]
Well, here are a few pics of our travels thus far...
They love tigers here!