Yesterday we celebrated 5 years of living in Thailand!!! It’s hard to believe we have lived away from our family and friends in America that long. It’s also strange that Michael and I have spent more of our marriage in Thailand than in the U.S. How do you sum up 5 years in a short post? I’m not really sure, but I’m going to try because it’s been quite the journey.
The storms of living abroad.
The best way I know how to explain adjusting to life living abroad is through weather. We have enjoyed many sunny days but have also weathered many storms. Sometimes those storms felt like they would never subside as we adjusted to learning another language, eating different food, being together as a couple all the time, suffering health issues, and enduring the heat and all the critters.
Living in Thailand is different than vacationing in Thailand.
While Thailand is a retirement and vacation spot for many, it’s been far from a vacation for us. But even with all of the challenges, we would still say it’s all been worth it. Sometimes fruit is only grown from much sacrifice and hardship. While we don’t always get to see the fruit of our labors, we are confident that we have planted many seeds. We will rejoice one day when we get to see that crop grow.
We love it when people come to visit us!
Since we have only been able to make it back to the states twice, we have been blessed to have a handful of friends and family come to visit. It’s hard to put into words how much those times have meant to us. It is very comforting and encouraging when loved ones can see in person the life you now live. So if you are one of those people, THANK YOU! And if you still want to visit, we would love to host you in the future!
Adjusting to a different way of life.
We always get a kick out of what first time visitors see and think of the food. The reason being that we have forgotten a lot of our first impressions. We’re no longer surprised to see whole families squished on to one motor bike, or dogs wandering through the street with no owner in sight. The smells of Thai food no longer seem strange. Fried rice is now a perfectly normal breakfast food that I eat fairly often. Also, both of us now recognize what a gift God gave mankind when he made the king of all fruits—durian.
Our plan for the future!
When we moved over here, we had no idea what we would be doing in the future or how long we would even live in Thailand. We had said we will just take it year by year. That all changed when we became foster parents. Now, we say we are here for the long haul. So we celebrated yesterday, but now look forward with anticipation to all God will do in the next 5 years of living in Thailand.
Thank you to all of you who support us through prayer and give financially! We truly couldn’t be here without you!
Do you want to read more about our life in Thailand? Check out this post here.