I look back at all that happened in 2013 with awe, amazement and trepidation. While I have settled in to a nice routine, there is still the occasional pull on my heart and in my soul for home and I deal with that on a case by case basis when the feelings arrive. It simply amazes me that my life is so much different than it was three months ago. Three months ago… That is another thing that is hard to believe. I have been here for three months. Once again, some days it feels like a lifetime ago while other days it feels like just yesterday.
We will celebrate Christmas here at Promise Home tomorrow evening with dinner, songs and presents. After that, the children will go to their villages to stay with family for a few days and I will head off the Bangkok to deal with Visa business. I will try my very best to stay completely away from the anti-government protests there and simply go about doing my business. I will only need to stay overnight and will return to Chiang Rai on Friday. A friend here is moving so I will go to her house to stay while the others here are gone and while I am there, I will be helping her pack and move. Thank goodness for friends who will help keep me occupied.
In four short months, a group of friends from Colorado will be coming for a 10 day visit which means I will get to see Vannessa as well. Then, there will be three college aged girls who are planning to come at the end of May and stay until the end of July. In June, I am also hoping to see two of my nieces and my oldest nephew's wife for a 10 day visit. I will have enough visitors to make up for the first four months of the year when I will be on my own. I cannot wait for all of the people who will be coming to see me in 2014.
Let me take this last opportunity again to thank all of those who donated money to Promise Home and those who gave other items as well. Thank you as well to those who have sent well wishes and positive thoughts my way during the past three months, Your kindness and support are overwhelming.
Merry Christmas and Happy holidays to all of you. May you have a wonderful day wherever you are and whoever you are with.
Happy New Year! May 2014 bring you peace, love, joy and all the rewards you richly deserve.
|Happy Holidays from our family to yours!|