Some good, some bad, but excitingly for us it has meant two teenage boys moving in with us full time! We have welcomed Nakong and Lijoo into our family with open arms, and they will be living and working supervised at the farm while we are in Australia for the next two months.
Lijoo is turning 18 tomorrow, and we have known him for the past 7-8 years. He will be continuing his Electricians Degree when the school opens up in June/July and will then live at our house in town during the week. Amazingly his College is about 2 minutes from our house so it works out perfectly. He is a really hard worker, funny, great with Charlotte, we love him to bits and are so excited to be able to support him through the rest of his education.
Nakong is a 16 year old who has been with us permanent part-time for the past 8 months. Unfortunately he is one of the "invisible" people in Thailand with no proof of identity. So he will live with us until we can get him some ID and then we want to help him get back into schooling. Mind you getting him ID has been verbalised by others as impossible. But we serve a God that is bigger than any ID issues, and would appreciate prayers for him and his sister's ID issues. Nakong has a dream of doing an apprenticeship in construction, and being on the farm has already taught him many new things. This kid is a hot head, hilarious, also great with charlotte, not so much of a good worker yet but he is learning the ropes and we love him as if we were our own. It will be hard to leave him for 2 months, but we are excited to see him grow and learn to take initiative.
I never once thought that my life over here would involve mothering teenage boys. Like not even a slightest mind drift in that direction. Yet here I am buying soccer boots and baking a cake for the birthday boy! I must say hanging with these kids has been some of the best times I've had in Thailand. They have stretched my heart and caused me more heartache in the past few months than I care to admit, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I love it when we have slapping wars, mud fights, sit around the fire drinking tea, work together and talk about God together. It literally brings my heart JOY. Stef - it makes my HEART SING.