Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Happy Birthday to me....

We beat the missionary birthday blues! Wahoo! I had a wonderful birthday and thank you so much for all of your birthday wishes. John woke me up by entering the room with guitar in hand with Josiah and Jude following behind singing "Happy Birthday". John is just learning how to play the guitar and he had looked online to find out how to play the happy birthday song that morning...*grin*

Josiah had made a card on behalf of the family and Jude followed behind with a beautiful pink flower. What a way to wake up...then John made breakfast.

Then it was time for me to head off to Thai class. After I returned home it was time to do homeschool with Josiah and right in the middle of a HORRIBLE math lesson I saw the Pruetts pull up. All the kids were whispering...trying to be quiet even though I could, unfortunatly, see them pull up and get out of the car.

It was so sweet - they all came in singing happy birthday...baring a wonderful pan of brownies for all of us to eat. They gave me a hammock from our future home of Naratiwat!! I am very glad to have a hammock...they are one of the most relaxing things in life...if you don't have one...get one...and most important of all...USE IT!

But the best gift they gave me was a night out!! They watched our children from 4 in the afternoon until anytime we chose. So...I got dressed up and we were off. I was able to go to the infamous Night Bazaar for the first time and then we ate at a wonderful restaurant called Dukes. It was SOOOO good...I don't know a restaurant in America that is better.

Afterward we went walking at the market and saw a movie at the theater. I tell you what...I was so giddy it was ridiculous. It wasn't until we had dropped the kids off and we were driving out of the neighborhood that I felt it hit me and I just squeezed John and squeeled a little sqeel.

I really needed to get out of that house!!! Not having a car hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be simply because God has given the grace for it but man it was awesome to be able to get out...alone with John.

We didn't get back home until really really late! I'm zonked today...thai class was crazy...I was about to fall asleep in class. I wanted to share with you my most recent testimony of God's awesomeness.

While I was at the co-op on Monday a missionary couple came up to me and said that the lord told them to give them this money...I put it in my bag and said thank you. I got home and I was shocked to see almost $80 in my hands. We have money in the ministry account but were waiting for it to be put into our personal account. So we weren't going to have any money for my birthday. John was very bummed because he had made plans and he could do them without gas and money.

God is awesome...I've got some pictures from yesterday to share with you. I hope you enjoy.

Yes...this is all 5 of us on the bike...BUT...we were only in our neighborhood and going really slow. Look at Joss's crazy hair and Jude's crazy face! I love my family!!!

Side shot! Josiah is such a good smiler...

Me n my baby before heading out...

28 years old...but I still feel 19...

The awesome...almost unbitable burger John ordered. What a blessing!


Brittany Jones said...

Just wanted to let you know what an inspiration and encouragement you are to me! I read your blogs all the time!

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Barb said...

I'm glad you had a happy birthday, Steph! I think you need to go for the Guinness Book of World Records on the little motorbike though.... I think if you tried, you COULD get more people on it!! HA!