I’ve made it to Thailand safe and sound. I’m not nearly as jet lagged as I though I’d be, but my appetite is still synced to America time. We landed and sight saw a bit, visited a few vacation spots, before finally arriving in Bangkok.
I have to say, I’m super excited to be here. It really is like visiting a second home. Attending church for the first time today was so great! Being able to see a bunch of old friends who were basically like family brought back great memories. It’s different to meet people as a regular person and not a missionary. It’s not a bad or good different, just different. Perhaps it shows more of my mindset as a missionary, but it feels like less pressure or stress going to church and meeting people as not a missionary. Now it’s a lot more like an equal and a friend. It’s a mindset that’s new. I really love the people here. It’s still a bit weird having people who seem so excited to see me, but it’s expected when you haven’t seen a friend in a while. We were able to make a few different appointments for the coming up week and the itinerary looks full. I fly to Chiang Mai on Friday to start my internship. Before then, it looks like a pretty full agenda.
We also called the family today and got to see Levi again. He’s still so cute and chubby! I know babies are a handful to take care of, but it also just seems like such a great experience!
The original plan was to stay with a friend here, but their family wasn’t accustomed to received strangers and other than the one member of the family, I didn’t know them. We changed the plan to stay at the house of a different member who was okay with it, but I knew them even less than the family. After decided to stay with the member I didn’t know instead, the family that I didn’t know changed their minds last minute and said it was okay. It was the day before I flew out too. It was such a crazy, amazing mini miracle of sorts. That the original plan would work out on its own was a much blessing and is looking to be way better than the other plan. I feel even more and more blessed and thankful for the way things just plan out. They say those who obey the commandments, worked hard as missionaries, and are diligent are blessed. I’d definitely agree as well. The family is so welcoming and nice. They prepared a lot to receive me. Fixed up a room that was not in a good state for me, replumbed the bathroom, found a small bed to stay on and made sure that there was plenty of food to eat. They are diligent in taking care of me and pretty much refuse to let me do their dishes which is a bit of a hard thing for me. I’m super grateful for their kindness.
Also, I didn’t even realize how much I’ve missed the food! Every dish we eat is so good!
Next week we’ll write from Chiang Mai and we’ll see how the internship goes.
Have a great week!!!