If you’re curious about our life in Thailand, check out our Q & A for some of the most common questions we‘ve been asked lately. If you have a questin that we haven’t answered, please ask! We would love to share about our experiences.
#1 How do you greet people?
We say “sa-wat-dii ka/krap and place our hands in a prayer position. According to my son, everyone says this including Ronald McDonald and the tree frog in our backyard.
#2 How do you communicate with people?
We are learning Thai slowly, and quite a few Thai’s that we encounter know a little English. Most major establishments have someone who can speak a little English, and in Burma, English is taught as a second language. There is a large number of Burmese people in our area. However, I usually just rely on my amazing miming skills. One time, I was looking for a weighing scale to check baby Bellamy’s growth. I went into a store similar to a Lowe’s or Home Depot and gave my best silent comedic performance. I pretended to draw a square scale on the floor, hop on, and puff my cheeks out while holding my arms out from my body like I was a marshmallow. The sales attendant laughed called more people over to watch my act, and then proceeded to tell me I should go to the bank. Apparently, they use antique balance scales at the bank, and I should just place Bellamy in the bucket.
#3 What do you eat?
Rice, rice, and more rice. And, sometimes the accidental ant. Thailand is the second largest producer of rice in the world. Fortunately, I have discovered a cookies and cream frappuccino, and it’s like a little cup of heaven. We’ve also learned cleanliness is not a top priority. So, when we found a baby cockroach inside a ketchup bottle at a restaurant, it wasn’t necessary to say anything to the waiter. Thailand is known for eating insects. It’s a gastronomic delight and a culinary heritage in this country. Just check out these giant water bugs (maeng da). I won’t eat one. I JUST. CAN’T. DO IT.
#4 What is it like driving in Thailand?
Initially I was nervous about driving on the other side of the road and the other side of the car, but it really didn’t take long to adjust. But, almost everyday I hit the windshield wipers instead of the blinker… I just can’t get use to that one. I have never seen a speed limit sign, and basically, everyone drives how they want. Sometimes that means driving on the yellow line rather than a lane and definitely making a U turn at any point.
It’s the rainy season now so it’s typically 85 degrees and rains almost every day. I usually wear short sleeves and pants, but the Thai and Burmese wear jackets and sweaters. Something is telling me that I might melt when the warm season rolls around, especially if I’m sweating while they are cold.
#6 How do people react to Declan and Bellamy (my children)?
Bellamy is so fair skinned that he automatically draws a crowd. People love to put their arm up to his and laugh, laugh, laugh. Almost all of the skin care products here have whitening creams in them, so they love him. Strangers always want to hold him, and they will intentionally wake him up just to see his eye color. Declan is very timid around strangers, and unfortunately for him, Thai people are very affectionate. Strangers play with his hair or try to have a conversation with him, and he just hides his face. He does enjoy showing off by counting in Thai, but that’s usually the most he’s willing to give them.
#7 How are the rescued children?
They are so beautiful! I mostly spend time at the daycare so I see the little ones. They are happy and healthy. They are learning Thai, Burmese, and English., and when they go to elementary school, they are typically more advanced than the other students. The older children are so loving and helpful, and worship with them is amazing!
Since May, the experimental garden has progressed into a production garden, two houses have been built, we connected the canal so water can flow freely through the land, a water source has been established for consistent, clean “wash“ water, approximately 700 trees have been pruned, we repaired damage from the flood in August, and we have completed several murals. We are growing successfully, loads of organic food that the families do not have to purchase elsewhere.
#9 How are we adjusting to our new home?
We are really blessed with the home we are renting. God has provided exceedingly abundantly more than we could imagine. The only major hiccup was the 5” spider I found in my living room. In the moment, I wish I had just claimed my authority through Jesus Christ, but unfortunately I screamed like a little girl, frantically tiptoed around, had an anxiety attack, and then almost puked. It was a shameful sight that my 3 year old had to witness. He was very brave. I have something to learn from him. You can click on the link below for his dramatic retelling of the encounter. It’s hilarious!