mmaynor asked: I have been unable to read too much of your posts, until I spoke to your father at therapy the other day. He told me you had lost a student and while that is extremely sad, it is wonderful that you got to participate in the celebration of his life and at least, on some level, witness to him prior to him passing. I guess that is all we can do sometimes and the Lord takes it from there.
It was interesting that when I was receiving therapy, that I was speaking about my father, whom I lost about 16 months ago. My father's life was fascinating as he was a football coach, a decorated WWII veteran and the list could go on. But interestingly enough, your father said that he had met him and had given him therapy. For some reason that was comforting, as your father has been a godsend to me in helping me deal with the effects of chemotherapy treatments that I am receiving. And since this section says I am supposed to ask you something, I will ask this.
What things are you planning to show your parents when they come for a visit?
I just found these messages! sorry I have responded sooner. On the inside internet is slow and I am unable to access this site. Anyways, my parents are currently here and we are having a blast. We visited the beaches in Southern Thailand and then headed to where I work. They were able to see the graduation and all my students. Then we had to head back down to Chiang Mai. In Chiang Mai we have “stimulated the thai economy” (as my father likes to say) by shopping at the markets.
Though I am ready to come home and be with my friends and family and boyfriend of course… these people who I have worked so closely with have changed my life. I have their faces engraved into heart and I will never be able to forget the lessons of survival and perseverance that these beautiful people have taught me. They are able to smile and laugh even when tragedy surrounds them. My prayer has constantly been that the lord will use me to show his love, to shine a light of eternal hope into their hearts. as I left I was surrounded by my students, everyone had tears in their eyes (mine were running down my face) saying goodbye. I am confident that God was present and it is by his grace he broke through the language barrier and spoke individually to each of their hearts. I am blessed to have been used by him in this way.
the next journey is when I come home and find my place back into the american society. I have learned so much and I am excited to see where the Lord leads me next.