I can’t believe this is my last blog post from Thailand!!!! It’s almost Friday and I am full of so many feelings. BUT about this last week 🙂

Saturday I spent a few hours with Nicole at RICD in the AAC lab. It was nice talking to her as she is leaving for Australia tomorrow and I won’t see her again. She is such a kind hearted woman and I am so lucky to have spent time with her this summer.

We headed to Kingdom Kids early Monday morning, and though I wasn’t feeling the best, I got through the day. The kiddos are still just as great, and I feel just as blessed to be here. It is hot, muggy, and buggy, but I know that while I get to leave in a few short days, these kids don’t. I want to give them a positive experience while I can. I created a core board for one of the students with CP and he seemed happy to have it. I can only hope and pray it will be used when we leave.

Puppy puppets again!

On Wednesday, we went to a restaurant for Lindsay’s birthday. There were really bad storms so our power went out shortly before we left for dinner. The restaurant was outside, but the food was great and the rain was amazing. Luckily when we got back, our power was back! Thursday was a normal day, and that evening we went to dinner with the other missionary couple and their two Thai foster children. It was a Western restaurant, and I had amazing pineapple ham with mashed potatoes…and a great salad! I think out of everything, the potatoes, poppy seed chicken, and all my other favorites….I miss salad the most; I know everyone will find that funny because I’ve only enjoyed salad for a short time. I am wildly excited for a delicious Caesar salad with grilled chicken.

Today (Thursday) I planned a lesson on the five senses. Our largest goal was to teach the kiddos English, so I tried to pick a slightly interesting topic instead of repetitive sight words….which seem to be what they were learning before. We made puppy puppets (no surprise there, dogs are my favorite :)) and the kids loved them! I was so happy they were happy.

Teaching one of our morning groups!

Today was hard, because tomorrow (Friday) is only a half day, so our time here is quickly coming to an end. We had dinner at the founder’s house tonight and spent time with their foster boys. I always enjoy this time and have tried to savor every moment. I have been far from my Bible reading and am struggling to get back into the game. My stress levels were very high and instead of putting myself in His word, I ran out and just watched Netflix. Hopefully during these next few busy days, I can put aside quality time for God and me.

Tomorrow is Friday and we have a half day at the school and then back to the Tell’s in Chiang Mai. We are going out to dinner with some of the wonderful people I’ve come to know and love since I am leaving so soon. I will try to write again, but as tomorrow and Saturday will be SO busy, and then Sunday I leave, I am not sure if I will update before I get to Florida for debrief on Monday.

My heart is heavy knowing I’m leaving Thailand in only hours (Sunday afternoon). This week has been wonderful. Every time I go on a trip or do volunteer work, the children are the best part. I have fallen in love with many of the children here and am constantly reassured of my career choice as well as knowing God gave me an incredible gift. The children here test my patience, make me laugh, frustrate me, and give me hope.

 

Prayers for safe travels. Prayers for peace. Prayers for beneficial reflection time. Prayers that my heart is not too heavy as I leave a place that has taken a piece of my heart. I am so blessed to be here. God put me here for a reason. I know I have a lot to reflect on, maybe during my JFK layover 🙂

I have tried to change the negative aspects of my personality, found peace in many different parts of my life, created hopefully lifelong friendships, and gotten closer to my Lord and Savior. I truly hope my heart is permanently changed for the better.

 

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read my journey and pray and support me. It means the world to me.

Love always,

Elise

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