Another Coup?

Sun and I went down to Bangkok last week to shop for some baby items that we couldn't get up country and everything seemed "business as usual" in the capital but as I have been reading the Thai newspapers recently, there is talk about internal dissention in the current interim administration and maybe more bombings or another coop. Please be in prayer with us for the Thai nation and people. Below is a brief update from the our mission's field director here in Thailand.

"OMF Thailand is presently monitoring the unrest in Thailand. These struggles are political, and not against foreigners, or religious based. There are rumors of another coup, and the army has stepped up it's presence in Bangkok and other major cities across the nation. OMFer's are staying away from large group gatherings, and government/military offices and bases. Please pray for God's daily protection and also for His peace. Even though most Western countries are advising their citizens not to travel to Thailand at this time, OMF leadership believes that it is still safe to come and to be here."

Joshua Stands Up For Himself

Joshua has got the crawling thing mostly down and now he is working on pulling himself up and standing. If you push his bum a little or pull him by his arms a tad, then he can come up and grab the bars on the head of the bed (or anything else at the right height) to stand by himself. We took this picture with Sun's cell phone while Joshua was playing on the bed. He likes to stand there for a while, hanging on often with two hands, some times with one hand. We suspect that it will be only a short time before he'll try taking his first steps.

Bangkok Bombings

Last night in Bangkok, on New Year's Eve, there were a number of bomb blasts in Bangkok, killing three and injury several others. We are in the city of Lopburi, a couple hours north of the city, and so we were well away from what might be called the "danger zone". Funnily enough, we didn't find out what happened until my Mom called us on Skype this morning and told us the news. I had been out to the market already this morning and hadn't seen or heard anything out of the ordinary but then again we live quite a distance away from Bangkok and it is not so easy to accidentally overhear things in a second language.

I went back out around noon to pick up some noodles for lunch and decided to get a Thai newspaper to read about what happened in Thai before I got online to check it out in English. Sitting in our living room with the newspaper and my Thai-English dictionary, I learned several new Thai words and phrases, like "die on the spot", "critical injured", and "sniff out evidence". Language learning aside, it appears that several small bombs went off at eight locations throughout the city, bringing New Year's festivities to an anti-climactic halt as people who had gathered for "Times Square" type celebrations headed home well before midnight as a safety precaution.

Play Time

Here are some recent play time pics for all you Joshua-philes out there. As you 'll see from the following photos, Joshua loves both animals and books.... mostly in his mouth.

Chewing on Winnie the Pooh

Joshua relaxes admist his books as he ponders what important task to tackle next

 

"Don't you look at me like that, Pooh. I'll come over there and get you."

 

The Hippo Hunter and his prey

 

Joshua and Mr. Hippo shake hands in a brief moment of mutual accord...

 

...before Joshua breaks the peace and decides to gnaw on one of Mr. Hippo's limbs

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