New Wheels

We were very pleased to finally get a vehicle a couple weeks ago. Up until now, we had been walking most places (with baby in a backpack) or taking public transportation (with baby on our laps and no seat belt). Sometimes we got a ride with other missionaries but even then there was often no seat belt or car seat for baby. May cars (and especially vans) in this part of the world don't have seatbelts aside from the driver and front passenger.

In any case, we got a 2002 Isuzu Grand Adventure which is basically a four door pick-up truck that has been modified to include an extra bench of seats in the far back that can fold up for extra room. We were looking for a vehicle with a little extra room for people and/or things so that we could be a blessing to others in using the truck for ministry and also in the event of any future family expansion.

We praise God for the generous gifts of our supporting churches and friends back home that have enabled us to get this vehicle. It is rather funny to think about, but this is the newest vehicle that we have ever owned. Up until this point in life, Sun and I have always owned rather old cars with high mileage because we were trying to get through school on a limited budget or whatnot.

A Letter from a Fellow New Missionary

It is never a good idea to toot your own horn, however one of our fellow missionaries here in Lopburi approached us the other day to say that she'd like to toot our horn for us. Judy had it on her heart to write a letter to our supporters to let them know about what she & her husband have observed in the lives of our family since we moved in down the street from them this past year. Both Sun & I think that Judy speaks WAY too kindly of us and that our lives certainly don't live up to the picture that she paints. However, I include below the full text of Judy's letter, for those who would enjoy reading an outsider's perspective on our lives and ministry in Thailand.

February 10, 2007

Dear Friends of Karl & Sun,

It was an amazing Christmas Eve, one we will never forget, and one that is already altering the future.We are so blessed to have Karl & Sun here, living just down the street from us.You see, Christmas approached way too fast this year, and all of us [Thai language] students has so many other outreaches and extra things on the go that we thought, when could we ever do something for our neighbors?

Joshua's First Haircut

The other day Joshua received his first haircut. It was not an enjoyable experience for him as you can see in the following pictures. However, Mom & Dad had a good time lopping off some of his curls in hopes that less people will think that he is a girl. We hope that his next haircut will be less traumatic.

Dad, what are you doing?

Mom, are you just going to stand there and let this happen?

 

No!! My hair!! My precious hair! Get me outta here!

 

Resistance is futile. Joshua submits to having his haircut.

Standing at Every Opportunity

Here are some more standing pics of Joshua. The boy loves to stand up all the time. Yesterday, he begin to stand up in the bath, which makes for a challenging and dangerous bath given that the tub is some what slippery (even with some textured suction cup fish on the bottom of the tub). He loves to show off his skill by hanging on one handed too. However, he has yet to realize that it is near impossible to both hang on to a railing at head level and also grab a toy laying on the bed without falling down. He wants it all and he wants it all right now. But he can't have it. He has much to learn. Next on the agenda is trying to walk. Watch this space.





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