Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independence Day

I hope you are having a wonderful Independence day. Sure miss BBQ and fireworks! And we miss you... Actually, living in Thailand has given me a new appreciation for America. America isn't perfect, but I think I took my freedoms for granted, not because I wanted to or because I never thought about it, but because I had never experienced living without them. Thailand is a tolerant place, but it is a country that still tolerates a coup. Countries rise and fall, so it will happen to America and Thailand as well. Yet God will always be in control. I guess I just want to be thankful wherever God puts me.

Today, Pun left for boot camp. Yep, boot camp. CPAC (the company he works for) hires the Thai army to "host" a boot camp for new employees to "encourage" teamwork. To say the least, Pun was not looking forward to it. From what others have told him, it will be like a real boot camp --waking up at an ungodly hour, being yelled at, strenuous physical labor all day until you fall into bed exhausted at night. His co-worker's advice was to take Ben-Gay with him! Poor guy...

Helen is growing up in so many ways. She has gone from not being interested in learning Thai at all to knowing the alphabet better than me. Today, she asked me to write a certain letter and when I couldn't recall it she took the paper and wrote it herself. Then she said," Don't worry, Mom, I will teach you."

Daniel is all boy. His current interests are guns and Spiderman. Everything becomes a gun in his hand! I'm just not sure where he got this love affair with guns! :) And he can watch Spiderman everyday ( I am ready to throw out that dvd!)

I am growing larger and feel the baby kick all the time now. I have managed to pass my second Thai class so I am now in book 3. This is the last of the speaking/listening classes. I have come so far, but I can also see now that I have so far to go.

Happy Independence Day...Enjoy your day, enjoy your family, enjoy your food, enjoy your freedom.


karen said...

Good post, Merri! It's good to hear how you all are doing. I'll be praying for Pun at boot camp. That doesn't sound like a great way to start a new job. . .but praise God for the job.

When are you due? Are you having this baby at home?

Merri said...

Boot camp actually turned out to be fun for him. It was tough physically
but he enjoyed it.

I am due in November. This time I don't think it will be possible to have the baby at home, but we have found a hospital that does water births, so I am thankful for that.

karen said...

I'm glad Pun had a good time. Sounds much better than he thought.

I am glad you found something at a hospital that you prefer! That's a blessing. Do you know what you are having or is it a surprise?

Jill said...

Hi Merri --- I love your blog. It has inspired me to become more consistent in my blogging again! Great pictures, too!

Anonymous said...

I missed watching fireworks with you this year. I am so excited for Helen to be able to teach her mom. What a blessing for your children to know two different languages and lifestyles at such a young age. Thanks for all the updates

Walter said...

Doctor Pun, We've been trying to reach you for ages. This has to be you. Our e mail is Please write back. Merri, we don't know you yet, but you've married a pretty special man. The children are beautiful (I am somewhat of an expert). Love Walter

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