Earlier this month, we attended a YWAM retreat in Thailand.    We were joined by other families living all over Asia, and a dozen or so people from our YWAM base in CO Springs flew out to love on us and to pray for us.  I spent the whole week soaking it all in.   Ellis spent the week in his swimsuit and following the big kids around.  We had playgroundS right outside our bungalow, and I could sit on our little patio and watch the little ones roam.  It was a dreamland for kids, and for me: I ate curries every day, drank ridiculous amounts of Thai iced tea, and most importantly, I didn't have to cook for a week.  I'm already planning for next year.

We also received a giant bag of goodies from the US.  Only people who have experience living abroad can know how meaningful Reeces Peanut Butter Cups and Valentines Day candy can be :)

I also wanted to share the books I brought for the trip, because not only are they about Thailand, but they were really fun and would be enjoyed by anyone!  Hush!  A Thai Lullaby by Mingfong Ho is near the top of my favorite picture books.  It's one of those books that I want to order a copy just to tear out the pages and display as art on my walls.  Tua and the Elephant by R.P. Harris is a middle grade novel that I read aloud to Ellis on our trip, about a little Thai girl from Chiang Mai who rescues an elephant.  It taught us some Thai words and culture, and it's an all-around delightful adventure.  The book that I read was Anna and the King by Margaret Landon.  This is based on Anna Leonowens's experience as a governess to the Thai King's children in the late 1800's.  Her legacy as a teacher to the royal heir had far-reaching effects in Thailand, including the eventual abolition of slavery.  We didn't see the Grand Palace on this trip to Bangkok, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading about it in light of all that is happening politically in Thailand right now.  

And last but not least, lanterns!

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