Thursday, August 31, 2006

One Week and Counting

Well, actually it is only 5 days. Boy, you should see how excited Pun is!! Me, too, for that matter. He is really ready to go home, and I am ready for him to take me.

Last weekend our shipping company dropped off a rather large shipping container. We had 3 days to get it packed and ready to ship out. Thank you to all of you who helped us load up. If it hadn't been for many friends from church and our family, we wouldn't have made it in time. And I just can't tell you how glad I am it is all gone. I hope it gets to Thailand eventually!

The rest of this time has been spent saying goodbye. My dear friend LaVonne came all the way across the country to spend one last weekend with me. We had the best time together. Thanks, LaVonne, for coming so far to to say goodbye. Thanks for all the good memories and for your friendship. I will truly miss you.

Another highlight has been the chance to spend many evenings with the families from our church. We have been to so many special dinners with friends. It's just making it more difficult to say goodbye. But we wouldn't trade any of the memories.

On Monday night our church had a surprise party to send us off. We all ended up the canyon at a park where Pun and I had our wedding rehearsal dinner. It was an evening we will never forget! To our church body: You will never know how much you have come to mean to us. We will sorely miss you... And we won't forget all of you who promised to come see us in Thailand, too! We are holding you to it!! Thank you everyone -- We love you soo much!!

You know, Pun and I have talked about many things we will miss here like the seasons of the year (especially fall time), the mountains, snow, certain types of food, but we always end with talking about the people we will miss. Your friendships have been our true treasures.

PS I had planned to put more pictures in of our party and gatherings with friends, but none seemed to capture the essence of the events without too much explanation so I decided to add a couple other of my favorite pictures!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

So much to say...

I am painfully aware at the time that has lapsed sense I last wrote. When I started this blog, I knew there wouldn't be too much to say until we actually moved but 5 weeks have passed since my last post and I never intended to go that long!

Thank you to those who still check up on us during this time. I know you keep coming back, I see it on the stats (although I don't know who you are.) Just a few things have kept me preoccupied: taking care of mom (more on that later), taking care of sick babies, computer problems that kept me off-line, being sick myself, company for a week, and family camp with our church to name a few.

As I write, Mom is off to her first check-up since the surgery. She is doing really well at this point. It has taken time to recover, but her headaches and nausea are finally subsiding. She is rarely sick, and her headaches are manageable. Thank you so much to all of you who prayed for her. I think she is finally seeing the good results we were hoping for.

We have finally purchased our tickets. We leave on September 5th. It seems like we have been standing at the edge of the cliff for so long, that to think we are actually going to jump seems surreal. There are several hurdles to cross before that time. We have yet to ship our things. It looks like that will happen the next weekend. Pun may have to make a trip to the Thai embassy before he leaves to clear up a problem with his passport. And of course, we want to spend these last days with family and friends.

Some of my family made special trips out to visit us one last time this summer. Earlier this summer my, mom's youngest brother and his family came for a week, and just last week my mom's oldest brother and his wife came. We had such a wonderful time with all of them, and felt so loved that would come so far to say goodbye. We will miss each one of them...

I have pictures to post, but the website is not working right. Pun somehow was able to get me in so I could at least write a quick update. I will post more when the website is up again.
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