Yep, it’s true…I’m alive! Some of you have not hear from me in…well…weeks. Some…only a few days, yet you miss me just as much (Mom and Daddy). 🙂
It’s been a busy busy holiday season. A great one…a different one…but a great one. Christmas was wonderful…I had friends to be with nearly the entire time. It was very hard when I was by myself…but luckily that was only for about 2 hours…the rest of the time I had friends and “family” with me…SUCH a blessing.
My teacher, Khruu Panida, is just simply the best. She’s so sweet, and now, she calls me her little sister and herself, big sister. In the past…although she loved me…culturally she couldn’t be anything more than a teacher. I think now, we are past the point of cultural boundaries. She spent Christmas night at my house, we watched a movie, played Uno (A LOT…that’s her favorite game) and then went to a Christmas dinner party together. What a blessing.
The day after Christmas I headed to Penang, Malaysia for a little vacation. Two friends from the east of Thailand met up with me there and one other girl that lives and serves there now. It was GREAT! We went to the beach, we went to little India, and China, the church the girl goes to there in Penang, shopping, TGIFriday’s (yummy) and many other things. Really fun! Too short though.
When I got back (sun burnt and quite tired) I headed out with 6 Thai friends to climb up Doi Chaang. It was a long and tiring hike up the mountain, but worth it. So fun…tons of picture opportunities (soon to come) and fun times with friends. We watched the sun set on 2009 on the top of a mountain and took a truck with 13 other people in the back of the truck back down the mountain to the campground where we stayed. Played lots of Phase 10 and actually had the chance to use my scarf, gloves, and hat in Thailand! WOO HOO! It was freezing up there! Well…not really freezing…but it was coooooooold! YAY!
Oh I had the most ground breaking thing happen on the mountain trip. For the first time…my brain worked in two languages. I no longer have to process what language I’m hearing and translate…the words simply come in and I understand. WOW! My friend told a story in Thai to the others, and then began to translate for me…but I already knew the story and had no idea she was just speaking in Thai! And…later I was talking in English to one person, and Thai words came out in the middle of my sentence! YAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAY! Praise GOD!
That’s all for now…just wanted to say…I’m alive. 🙂 Pictures to come….