Monday November 19, 2018

Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Happy 10th Birthday David!

Not sure what else to say, but Happy 10th Birthday to my son. We are so proud of how flexible you have been on this journey so far. You have been our steady rock and have learned how to just go with the flow of life. Even when your sisters are going absolutely bonkers, you just seem to sit back and enjoy the ride. This is a huge change for all of us, and you are facing with such grace. We are so thankful for you and so proud of the young man you are becoming.

I am so glad we had the opportunity to celebrate yesterday because today was such a busy day of teaching. We were able to get 2 of the preschool classes to sing Happy Birthday to David, which was pretty awesome and David seemed to enjoy it. The kids were so excited and basically tackled David as we were leaving the classrooms. It was really fun. I do hope we were able to make it special for him despite the limited resources we have at our disposal. After dinner, we all walked down to the 7-11 so the kids could pick out ice cream for dessert, which is always a fun treat for them.

We also learned that Thursday is Loy Krathong (Festival of Lights) on Thursday. We talked with Rinya and with Wat about the festival, as well as did a bit of internet research. We learned that Loy Krathong dates back approximately 800 years and the idea behind it is to put all of your misfortunes, anger, sins, etc. into the handmade “float” (made from a banana tree trunk, banana leaves, flowers, 3 candles, and 3 incense, etc) and send it down the river, sea, lake, or any body of water. It is believed that the boat will carry away your ‘bad luck’ and bless you in the new year.

Here is a sample image of what the Krathongs look like.

Na Na is going to help us locate the materials to make these floats for ourselves and then we will go either to Nan or to the Nan River here in Wiang Sa to set off our Krathongs.

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