How do I begin?

We have arrived! A month ago.

It’s true.  My main focus has been on Charlie, which means I haven’t allowed my mind much time to think about much else!  That little guy changes everything about how one goes about settling into life in a new culture.  You know this is true whether you’ve relocated across town or on the other side of the world.

All in all, our family has had a wonderful first month of living here in Bangkok.  Each day we have to encourage one another and push each other to be “present” and focused on who we are and what in the world we are doing.  For example:

Charlie – let’s learn to keep our shoes on and not eat them.

Jay – let’s be excited about taking one step at a time of settling into home.

Melissa – let’s stay positive after a long day and focus on where we can find some dinner.

Seriously, most days, it is the small things that count.  Charlie ate something new for dinner and loved it, or Jay fixed the shower head  so only a small river runs over the edge of the tub and into the drain, or we finally got the entire floor scrubbed down (because Mel shattered a glass and plate in one blow).

As one can imagine, life in Bangkok so far has been a roller-coaster of thankfulness and relief, challenge and frustration, discovery and adventure, and most of all dependence.  Those are the best words I can think of right now to help define this past month.  That said, I’ll work hard in the coming weeks to help illustrate what those words have meant to me on a day to day basis.

I leave you with the scripture that has carried me through at work and is applicable to all of life.  It is 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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