Boom boom is 11 years old and has been in a local kids home for about 10 years or so. We have known him the entire time we have lived in Chiang Rai, and John has always had a special relationship with him. Recently it was made known that his kids home were closing their boys prevention program, and we jumped at the chance to take Boom Boom for 2 weeks at the farm during school holidays. 2 weeks turned into 3, and then we asked for permanent guardianship with the hope of adoption. So he moved in last week, and we are hoping to be able to find his mother and follow up on the legal side. Right now anything could happen (like his birth mother could try and take him back etc..), but we are praying through those fears and loving him as if he is our own. And he is an easy boy to love! He talks even more than Charlie, he is smart, a great athlete, easy going, a complete natural on the farm and is already teasing Charlie as a big brother does. He has already enrolled in a new school close to the farm and the term started on Tuesday, so it was perfect timing. He has already made friends and is excited as he may have better chances of playing competitive soccer at this school compared to his last.
In other not so exciting news, the house is coming along amazingly. It shouldn't be too long before we can move up there and I'll have an inside bathroom!!! Its the small things in life... especially now that rainy season has started! I have a few pictures of it, but its hard to take them as the house is quite small (as in miniature), so the pictures only show small areas.
This past few weeks we have had a world race team with us, and as well as helping us out with heaps of farm and house work, they also have a few gifted artists on their team! I love finding out people's passions and then utilising them on the farm, especially when it means I get incredible murals like this!
Otherwise farm is going great. We are excited for the harvests of this year, as our orchards are doing so much better than last year. We are hoping to have the pig enclosure finished by the end of the year, so having that breeding program running will be great for our sustainability.
Ever since we started the farm 2 1/2 years ago, John and I have never once taken an income. I have been praying about this a lot, and I really think it is a good idea to provide John with a wage. Mainly as an encouragement to him as the main farmer, husband, man and boss of the place. So starting from this month, I will give him whatever we can afford, and we will use that to support us as a family. I know that it may not make much difference to the end result, but I believe the action is more important than the money, and I feel that John will feel much more valued this way. Don't know why I put this in here, but I thought you might be interested.
We would really appreciate prayers - for our hearts, the stressors that come with bringing a new person into the family, that the paperwork side will be blessed and that we have no issue getting legal guardianship of Boom Boom. We are also hoping to prepare a proper room for him by the end of the year - so prayer in regards to finances and labour for that would be amazing. And also just general prayers for everyone at the farm. That they will be blessed and find rest in Him when times get hard and that the overall atmosphere of the farm will be one of Joy and Love.