Three of us traveling have had the joy of meeting and being with the children before so we introduced them to Tess who is now officially another big sister to all of them. One of the greatest things about the kids is their openness and joy in welcoming new people into the family. They greet new visitors as if they have known them all their lives. Tess was immediately enveloped in their love and their activities.
Everyone greeted us at the airport and we often get looks from others because we have the largest greeting group of all. They also marvel at the children joyously greeting us foreigners... I simply bask in their love.
|Everyone greeting us at the airport|
|Tin and his big nose|
|Nittaya and her big nose|
|All the kids and their big noses- they came in gift bags from Honey and Tess|
Friday evening we had dinner with our friends Jermsak and Da and we updated them on Care, who is still in Niwot studying for school. Care experienced her first snow on the Monday that we left and we shared pictures of her in the snow on her way to school.
The weekend was spent entirely with the children doing many things- the two newest did not have bicycles and Ahmorntep had outgrown the first one- he is getting so big now. They also needed new towels and other clothing items and thanks to the generosity of Joan's husband, Denny and her dear friends Vicki and Gar, we were able to get many things. The two newest children; Wiwat and Nery needed more clothes, especially warmer shirts and jackets. All of the children needed new towels and underwear. It was a fun shopping expedition. We did not use all of the money so we left the rest with Big to use for additional items.
|Patiently waiting for presents|
|With their little stuffed animals from Joan|
|Some of the kids in their new outfits|
Before we headed out shopping, I gave all of the children gifts. They are all pros at this and they know when I ask them to sit around me on the floor, they will be getting surprises. I teased Tin by telling him I didn't have anything for him but he knew better. There was one blue gift bag left over and he was sure it was his. Indeed it was....
One of our board members also had several clothing items from her daughters, they were all laid out for Fon and Big to select the right sizes and items for the children.
Joan had purchased some small stuffed animals from the gift shop at the hospital where she works so she laid them all out on the floor and let the children pick one each. They each picked one and then some decided they wanted something different.
|Fon and her new bike|
|All the new bicycles|
|Nery and the ladies|
|Joan and Wiwat|
After we shopped we went back to the hotel to freshen up before meeting the family for the Chiang Rai United futbol game. We had VIP seats and those of us from CWR got the meet Agnes and Tim who have been helping us with tutoring the children in English twice a week. Agnes works with the kids and Tim simply has conversations in English with Big. Everyone's English has improved g great deal.
The evening was so much fun- CRU won the match and the rain held off until the end.
|Everyone along with Agnes and Tim who are teaching the family English|
|You know who and Wandee|
|Our young CRU supporters|
|CRU and Chon Buri|
|Nery and Wandee in their new tops|
|Pastor Prathuan and Ngow leading worship|
|Wit and Nok- lovely Faith Home parents|
|All of us with Faith Home|
Tuesday and Wednesday we went to Mae Salong and spent the afternoon with the Lisu Hilltribe where Wiwat and Nery came from. Had a most delicious lunch and then listened to the children sing and we even joined their games. You should have seen me doing musical chairs with the teeny, tiny kids chairs. Couldn't sit down so I always grabbed one and brought it to my hind end. Did this two or three times, then decided to lose so the kids could continue. Slightly unfair advantage on my part. :) Then Honey, Tess and I did the Hippo dance. That is indeed fun. We also gave each child notebooks, colored pencils, color books and crayons. After games and singing it was shopping at the 32 "stalls" set up by the women and children. We have to go through and buy something from each to make it fair. The items we pick up are used for the Thailand Sale for our fundraiser and this also helps the hill tribe families as well. That took just a bit. That all done, we went off to Little Home and spent a delightful afternoon and evening there.
|Traditional Lisu dance|
|Just one of the 32 stalls|
|Grand mamma and a friend|
|Tess teaching the kids a song|
|Handing out notebooks and color books|
|The three cards that I got|
|The whole gang- Little hearts|
Till next time...
Heather, Big, Fon, Palita, Nittaya, Nom, Tin, Teerledat, Wandee, Wiwat, Nery, Ahmonrtep and Yim