Journey To Thailand
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.
On the full moon of the 12th lunar month, Thailand celebrates the end of the rainy season with Loi Krathong. This festival of lights is an absolutely beautiful thing to experience. Lanterns, fireworks, and krathongs (little floaty leaf/flower boats) are the main focus of the festival. These activities are enjoyed as a group and there is quite a feeling of togetherness throughout. Families get together and set off fireworks in the evening the entire week of the festival, kids running around with sparklers and cherry bombs are in abundance.
Tonight, we made our way to the bridge where they had a mini fair set up with vendors selling food lanterns, fireworks, and krathongs, as well as game booths such as “Throw the bucket onto the soda bottle.” We thought that one was pretty practical. In case you were wondering, if you win, the prize is the soda bottle your bucket landed on.
Down by the river’s shore there were throngs of people letting off lanterns. It was beautiful! There was a constant trail of lights floating through the sky. Families, couples, and groups of friends were sending off lanterns together. The faces of everyone there were an amazing thing to behold, young and old both gazed in awe at the beauty of their glowing white lanterns floating to the sky. Matt was armed with our Nikon and got some pretty sweet shots.
Some of you may be curious about what I’ve been working on in the last 5 months. Wow… can you believe it’s been that long? Much of Rachel’s work has been highly visible, because of its promotional nature. If you follow Destiny Rescue on Facebook or Twitter, there is a good chance you have seen some of the amazing stuff Rachel has been creating. My work, on the other hand, has been quite secretive. Now that’s not to say that I haven’t been busy – oh boy, have I been busy! The first full day after our arrival, I was whisked away to a meeting for the very project I’ve been coding away at for months.
My work with Destiny Rescue has been a rewarding experience. I did not expect to be stretched as a developer, as I thought my work would be limited to updating copy and small changes to others work. This has not been the case. Instead, I have filled the role of lead-developer on an international e-commerce project (code speak for internet store).
Here’s a compilation of some of what I have been working on for the past 4 months. It’s been an absolute whirlwind, and a few weeks ago I looked through my “Destiny Rescue” folder on my computer and couldn’t believe the number of projects packed into it. I’ve loved every minute of designing so far, and God has really been with me through it all. An idea to make a design better would suddenly pop into my head, and I know it’s not something I would have thought up on my own before.
Thought I’d share a bit of what I’ve done so far, soon we’ll post an update with Matt’s handy work. It has been so fun to be a part of the ground work here in Thailand as the media team has grown. I’m very excited to be joined in January by my good friend, former roommate, and fellow designer Kara Manson! Can’t wait to see what we’ll be able to make with 2 designers in the office!