Journey To Thailand
It’s hard to believe, but it has been one year since we started writing on Life’s An Adventure. As you can imagine, it has been a crazy year of new adventures and growth. Last year at this time we were battling the Indiana winter and working full-time at a marketing agency. Fast-forward three months and we were packing up our apartment organizing storage and raising support.
It would be the understatement of the year to say that living here has been an eye-opening experience. Our earlier post about how Thailand differs from the United States barely touches the surface of how removed these two cultures are from each other. We have come to respect the cultural differences and have grown accustomed to our new way of life. Honestly, we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. It’s true – we miss our families and the work can be quite challenging at times, but we are super blessed and grateful to be doing what we are doing!
One Second Everyday
We recently started a new habit (when we remember) of recording one second of everyday to catalog our year. The short video below is a small taste of this project. Be sure to look for others in the coming months.
Your body is more than the space it takes up. Your body is so much more than that! (Also, we are all so much more than just our body. We are a mind and soul as well, but for now I’m going to focus on the body, just one aspect of us, that we all tend to have a skewed view of.) Your body has more information stored in it than could be contained in books stacked to the moon and back. Your body is an incredibly complex creation that never ceases to amaze science at every turn. Your body can grow, heal, react and adapt.
At any given moment our bodies are going about countless subconscious tasks. We breathe in, we breathe out, our hearts beat, our blood circulates in an efficient pre-determined pattern through our bodies, keeping each part of our body functioning – and that’s just the bare bones of the circulatory system. Don’t get me started on the military-like function of our immune system, or the incredibly efficient digestive system. Our bodies are so complex, doctors dedicate their lives to studying a single aspect of the body to become a specialist.
It’s time we regarded these amazing bodies we have as the subjects that they are instead of merely an object. Our bodies are not merely objects – why do we focus on them in that way? Our eating and exercise habits should not revolve around how much space we want our bodies to take up, or what number we want to see when we step on a scale. As incredible as our bodies are, they deserve more than that.
Recently we watched a movie called Trade of Innocents and were impressed with it. We found it on Netflix and were interested by the description which said it was about human trafficking in Southeast Asia. While it wasn’t going to win awards for the best acting, this film did a very good job of portraying the political and cultural tones of human trafficking in Southeast Asia, specifically Cambodia.
Child trafficking is very different in this area than it is in the US and other parts of the world. The driving force behind the selling of children here is poverty. Families from villages and tribes outside of the cities are usually incredibly poor and face harsh discrimination. Many parents, already living in poverty, suffer from bad health or drug addictions, forcing their children to forsake education and bear the burden of providing for their families. Commitment to elders and family is one of the strongest cultural undertones here.
Christmas is upon us and it is a new season for us. It will be the first time we’ve been away from family for the holidays. We have enjoyed celebrating in our own little ways such as hanging some lights, crafting a paper fireplace, and drinking (far too much) hot cocoa.
We want to thank each of you who have been following us through this year of our lives. We hope you have enjoyed hearing about our adventures, growth and new experiences. Looking forward to the new year and the new adventures it will bring!
A few nights ago we had some rain and were inspired to record a few impromptu Christmas songs. Have a listen and let us know what you think. The songs pair best with a hot beverage, a crackling fire, and loved ones near. Merry Christmas from across the globe!
As you can imagine, living abroad has fostered a thankfulness for things we would not have thought about in the past. We have also recently finished the first lap of married life, which has provided many reasons to be thankful for each other and those that have invested in our lives.
I usually like to rest in the certainty of facts, but the past year has been an exercise in trusting the unknown. Before following God’s call to move across the world, our lives were quite calculated. We had plans for moving closer to family, saving money and working for ourselves. None of those were bad plans, but it was difficult to recognize that those weren’t what God had for us right now. Choosing to accept the fact that our carefully thought out plans did not match with God’s, was a humbling and frightening choice.