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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

She was so impressed at the children’s determination to save up enough money to go to Disneyland that one of Rob’s work colleagues gifted them a handmade-by-her-husband-elephant-bank to keep their savings in. Thanks Mrs S!
We considered saving the elephant for the *raising money for South East Asia volunteer projects* and sticking with their glass jar with Mickey Mouse ears for Disneyland…….but the kiddos decided it would be too hard to know which jar to put their pickings into. They’re honest, our kids. I’ve even overheard them murmuring together about “should we put our Disneyland money into the volunteer fund? but we really want to go to Disneyland…..but what about those kids who have never seen a book?……but Disneyland would be so much fun…..oh it’s so hard……”
So for now the Disneyland fund remains the first goal (so farĀ it’s mostly been the entire contents of their piggy banks supplemented by coins scavengedĀ from Coke machines). When they’ve reached that goal, they’re going to throw their hearts and souls into serious fundraising for the projects we’ll be visiting. You should see the plans they have!

In the meantime, there’s a thank you card with moving trunk and flapping ear to complete.

another thumbs up

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

No, we hadn’t been planning on going to Laos; in fact, we were going to head south from Bangkok. But a colleague at Rob’s work told him about a project there that captured our hearts. So we emailed, trying not to get our hopes up too much. Our restraint was unwarranted:

Thanks for the inquiry and your enthusiasm. certainly
for the two of you (parents), with your backgrounds,
there would be many ways to help.

The kids could all fit in somewhere, including the
language practice as you suggest, but perhaps just a
few hours a day for the older ones, and less for the
younger ones, so you’d need to think about what they
would do if you were volunteering. (We have a play
time for kids, 5-7 pm weekdays, that would be suitable
for some of them – mostly it’s local kids, about 5-10
years old.)

Looks like we’ll head north before going south.

that would be a yes

Saturday, February 9th, 2008
As a family we've been asking God what work He has prepared for us to do while we travel. We've been flicking off emails to a few *projects* that have caught our attention. Mostly we get no reply. Occasionally we ... [Continue reading this entry]

a pack for everyone

Friday, February 8th, 2008
packs First walk with everyone carrying a pack....OK, so the Little One didn't have hers.....can you blame us? It was sweltering hot, backs got sticky, M5 didn't complain again and was as proud of it as last ... [Continue reading this entry]

from expo to embassy

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
I came away from today's Travel Expo with an armful of glossy brochures for the children to cut up (coz there's no way we'll be booking on any of those tours!) and one important piece of information: it is nigh ... [Continue reading this entry]