Joshua and Connor

Here are a few pics of Joshua visiting with his friend baby Connor at Grace PCA's Reformation Day Picnic shortly before we left the States. Connor is the son of our friends Matt & Kathy.



The Ferber Method

Joshua is sleeping quite well in his new tropical environment. We were so busy in the weeks before we left the States that it was difficult to get him into a regular sleep routine but now that we have a more regular schedule (and more free time), we have found much success with the Ferber method. The first night, he screamed for more than an hour but since then he will go down to sleep in about 10-20 minutes, or sometimes 30 minutes. This is awesome because rocking him to sleep for an hour multiple times a day gets old really quickly. We praise God that he is sleeping well. Other than a bit of heat rash, Joshua is adjusting quite well. Thank God for a happy baby.

Arrival in Singapore

We arrived in Singapore around midnight on Nov 1st and have been catching up on sleep ever since. Joshua did well in the airplane and more than one fellow passenger remarked on how good our baby was. We are relaxing for a few days at the OMF guest home and have had some extra time to read the Bible, pray, and talk which has been very good after our busy final weeks in the States. Our orientation course starts next Wednesday, I think. Until them, we are enjoying a little bit of down time as a family.

God was really good to us in the final weeks leading up to departure and provided so many friends to help us with packing, moving, and so forth. The night before we moved out of our apartment, the doorbell rang and UPS had a surprise gift for us. Someone had sent an anonymous gift of a full set of Calvin's Commentaries. Awesome. So I put them right into the pile to ship via ocean freight and will get much use from them starting in a couple months when all our possesions catch up with us in Thailand.

We've been learning about the city/nation of Singapore. It only takes an hour to go from one end to the other and it is super clean and highly regulated. It feels a lot like Thailand in some ways, but different in others. Maybe I'll write more about Singapore later, but in the meantime, here's a map of Asia to show where we are right now. You'll see Singapore at the tip of the Malaysian penninsula.

Departure Immanent

We fly out to Singapore for a month of training this coming Tuesday 10/31 (LAX, 11:25am Cathay Pacific) and then on to Thailand on Dec 4th. We are busy finishing up last minute details - packing, selling the car, buying last minute items, turning in apartment keys, meeting with family and friends one last time, and so forth. Look like we can pick up our visas at Thai embassy in Sinapore. Praise God! We are finally here and it is time to go.

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