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All Quiet on the Eastern Front

I find it quite funny that many of the people who wish to keep up with our travels aren’t on Facebook.  Even funnier is that a few of them, got off off of Facebook around the same time that I back on.  So while those that are on Facebook know that I haven’t been kidnapped by rebels, tortured, and held for ransom, those that aren’t on FB begin to send me emails wondering if all is well.  Lol

Rest easy, all is well.  I generally tend to blog mostly for my mother so she can keep up with our activities.  Truth be told, I think most people, especially my mother, don’t really care about me and Raena as much as they are wanting to know if how the girls are doing.  One of my former coworkers last parting words to me were “you make sure you take care of those two beautiful babies or you will have to answer to me”, or something like that.

And so I’ll reword my previous statement…rest easy, all is well, the girls are fine, and we are two if you were wondering.  J

There hasn’t been too much going on around here really.  Just business as usual, most of which would bore you so I don’t bother telling you about it.  Of course we are still fighting the usual snakes, scorpions, centipedes, bees, stink bugs, mosquitoes, millions of flies, and basically anything else you can imagine.

English classes are in full swing.  However, our student count is down quite a bit from the previous enrollment.  I was curious as to why that was obviously, am I a horrible teacher?  Are the students scared of the tall skinny black guy?  Really, what’s going on here!  Well, as it turns out, it doesn’t have anything to do with me at all.  Lol  It’s the rainy season.  What I mean is the rainy season is almost here.  Where we are located, when the rain starts it makes it very difficult to reach us.  Students would have to travel down a muddy, partially flooded, dark road, on a scooter.  And depending on your class, you might have to do all of that in the dark.  Yeah, I guess I can see why our numbers fell.

Speaking of FB, I had an interesting conversation with an old student on FB last week.  She had mentioned something about her deodorant.  (Don’t ask)  It got me thinking about my own deodorant situation.   I brought a year’s worth of deodorant and razors with me before I came over.  I knew that they wouldn’t carry my brand.  If you are like me, you like to buy the same brands that you know and love.  Well, I’m down to my last deodorant and my last pack of razors.   L  The chances of me going without deodorant or without shaving are about as high as me gaining 5lbs next month.  What in the world am I going to do?!

My wife is trying to talk me into stop wearing deodorant and try some natural methods that people suggest online like baking soda or coconut oil.  She doesn’t like deodorant because it has aluminum in it and it has been suggested that that lead to cancer amongst other things.  Her solution?  She washes up like 50 times a day!  Oh, and she steals my deodorant on occasion in her weak moments.  Lol

I would have my mom ship me some deodorant but that’s kind of a waste of money.  It takes like $100 to send a 20lb package over here.  As it turns out, we found some natural deodorant in the store yesterday.  I am reluctant to try it until I have no other choice. But hopefully it works.  If not…well lets just hope my students don’t have good noses.

The razor situation is much more difficult.  I use a special kind of razor that doesn’t actually cut to the scalp.  So it gives the illusion that I am totally bald, when in fact there is the faintest layer of hair.  This is crucial because it drastically reduces the amount of razor bumps that I end up getting.  (Sorry, this post just turned into a segment about my personal hygiene.  I promise I’ll be done in a minute)

So now what do I do?  I haven’t quite figured out the answer to this one just yet?  If you have any solutions, feel free to let me know in the comments.  AND NO PHIL, I WILL NOT BE GROWING DREADS! J

Like I said, not to much going on here.  When the other family returns and I am no longer the man, we will be taking a small trip up to the north of Thailand. This trip will serve a couple of purposes, but I’ll let you know about that at a later time.

Keep us in prayer, we’ll do the same for you.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 

I’m The Man?

As most of you know, my family and I help ot with an independent ministry here in Thailand.  Visitors come and go continuously, but for the most part we work and live with another family.  Nathan and his family have put a lot of time, money, and sweat equity into this project. God has blessed their eforts and the project has come a long way in a short amount of time.  As things turned out they went back to the states to visit last month.  That left my family here with about 2-7 other people.  Right now there are 7 other people.  Having been here the longest of them all, everyone kind of looksto me for answers.  I didnt imagine it was going to be this way at all. The way that I thought it would work is that everyone would do the things that they normally did and kind of govern themselves.  Yet so many issues have arisen in the month and a half that they have been gone and inevitably I seem to be the one either habdling te issue or helping to handle the issue. I dont mention this to brag or boast by any means, in fact its the exact opposite.  Being “in charge” has opened my eyes to a few things.

1. It is easy to be stressed when you are in charge.  Each day presents new challenges and at each turn people are looking at you to provide the answer.

2. When you are in charge, the decisions that you make can and often do affect more people than you think.

3. Being in charge isnt so much about handling situations but rather how you deal with people in those situations.

4. Working with good people always makes your job easier.

5. As in other areas of life, good communication can help to avoid many issues.

Many of you read my earlier blog about wanting to branch out on my own and start my own ministry project.  I have a feeling that this moment is helping to prepare me for something else.  This experience has proved to be very valuable in teaching me the above things and a few others as well.  Years down the road my time here and this particular adventure will probably prove much more valuable than I can currently quantify.  I can only hope that the lessons learned here won’t be quickly forgotten.

On a side note, if you haven’t checked out our pics recently here is the link.

http://www.picasaweb.google.com/adrielj2 

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 
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Elephant Show!

Unfortunately, Gangam Style has made its way over here as well. smh

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in AJ's Adventures