Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, making it bring forth and sprout, .
Jeff and I taught half of the preschool classes today while the new volunteers, Jonas and Emma, taught the other half. It made me realize how much I am going to miss teaching these kids and how much fun I have when I am with them. I am so grateful for the last two months here. At the primary school, both Jeff and I taught as we normally have, and Emma and Jonas taught their own class. This is wonderful because instead of just being able to teach 2 classes in the time we are there, we are actually able to teach 3! I’m so glad we are able to provide more opportunities for these kids to learn English and I realize how nice it is to teach fewer classes–my voice is very grateful for the break.
After school today, we got home to find that Na Na acquired all the necessary materials for us to make our own Krathongs for the Loy (Loi) Krathong festival on Thursday. It is a Siamese festival that pays respects to the water spirits. People make the Krathongs (or floats) made from banana trunks, wrapped in folded banana leaves, and decorated with flowers, candles, and incense. The floats are launched on the local rivers after making a wish. I am so excited to experience this festival and we were talking with Wat trying to decide whether to go to Nan or stay in Wiang Sa. The initial making of the float was a bit tricky, but we quickly got the hang of it, and things went a bit faster. We were able to finish 2 of them and will work on the others after school tomorrow. Lucia took off with Yumi after school, so we ended up working on hers too.
Here are some pictures of our afternoon creating the Krathongs.