Psalm 96:4

"For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise..."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Lost for a year"

Today I was so happy to find something that has been "lost" for this whole past year. Well, actually it was right where I had put it but I had not marked my packing box clearly ............

and safely stored away in a little basket in the bottom of the box under a lot of books...........

 was the collection of figurines I had "lost".

I was happy to put them all together again.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Prayer Calendar

TWR's Project Hannah Prayer Calendar is used in 50 languages and one of them is in Thai.

This past week I folded many calendars that our team can share with friends and in their churches.

If you are not familiar with this wonderful opportunity to pray for women around the world please go to the website and join us each day in prayer. Many of the prayer items for the month of January focus on the needs of Thailand and bordering countries as we are "Praying for Women Refugees".

The beautiful pink carpet...

We are enjoying the beautiful pink carpet of petals under the Rose Apple tree in our yard.

The blossoms are amazing and so beautiful.

The wonders of God's beautiful creation.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thai treats

One of our neighbors brought this boxful of Thai treats over to us for a New Years Day gift last week.

We are slowly finishing them off. They are not loaded with sugar like most of my baked goods:) and some don't really have much flavor but it is fun to try them.

The "funny thing" was... there were a few ants crawling around in the box when I opened it so I did
major "ant removal"
before we considered sampling them.

We are so thankful for the neighborhood we live in and the nice people living nearby.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

"Doi Inthanon National Park"

The last week of December we drove to the northwest of Thailand to attend a friend's wedding which was in a small rural village near the Myanmar border.

The "Doi Inthanon National Park" was along the way so we stopped for the afternoon to enjoy this area.

This is the highest mountain peak in Thailand
and is 2,142 meters above sea level.

The area is quite beautiful and is well known for the cool temperatures and the fog that settles in on the mountains. We enjoyed a pleasant and cool walk through the beautiful garden area near the stupas sitting high on the mountain.

These "trumpet" flowers are so cool.
This was the first time I had seen yellow ones.

These heart shaped flower beds had a well-worn path from people wanting their picture taken by them.

The flowers were so beautiful and I of course stopped to smell
and take way too many photographs.....

The whole upper part of this picture is white with fog....not the easist to photograph but was nice to see.

Even the stair steps throughout the garden area are quite unique
with a leaf pattern.

As we were driving out of the park area you could see across the country side and notice the stupas high on the mountain peak.   

We stayed here for the night and then drove about 6 miles in the morning to the village where the wedding was held.

"A Karen Wedding"

What a blessing to attend the wedding of Tam and Pay.

They wore the traditional Karen clothing of her tribal people group and they both looked so happy.

After the wedding everyone in attendance comes up and gets their picture taken with the new bride and groom.

So we were privileged to get a picture with them too.

"Kaeo Komon Cave"

After we left the village of the wedding we drove to a nearby cave and enjoyed going inside it. I expected it to be nice and cool but it was actually quite hot.

They did not allow photos to be taken inside so this is all you get :-)

There was a guest book and I wrote in it....

"To God be the glory for His wonderful creation.
 The cave is beautiful."

A farmer working his field near the cave area.

The next stop was to be the Salawin River but the distance in was about 20 miles and the rough road required a higher vehicle clearance than our little rental car.

We would like to return though and see this area another time.

The Salawin River separates Myanmar and Thailand and has some interesting ancient history according to our friends.