So I have brainwashed all our kids into my way of a Christmas celebration. The boys have been on board for months and are already buying each other small gifts. I know its not about the gifts at all really, but it just makes me so happy to see them thinking of others and taking time to buy something they think they would like. AND the financial sacrifice for them is a big step.
Charlie is over the moon. She's wrapping up all her existing toys because she wants to open them on Christmas too. The other day she came up and said "Mum I'm so excited to open my guitar which you wrapped in a jumper". Hey - presents that cost nothing and bring endless joy - I'm not complaining.
The farm is going well. We had an awesome team come and give us a huge helping hand with our earth home. We are working on it slowly as the farm lets us, but are being super mindful that we need to get our winter crops planted before the end of the year.
My new egg nesting box is working a treat. The eggs just roll on out. I'm still struggling to work out the best feed for our ducks and chickens, as the store bought feed isn't organic, but I can't find organic feed anywhere. Ohhh Thailand. I feel like if I ever start a farm back in Australia it will be a breeze just because everything is so easy to find!
The turkey is sitting on about 7 eggs yay!! Turkeys aren't cheap so pretty excited to have some little ones running around soon.
The pineapple plants are looking pretty good (those that the boys didn't whipper snipper the heads off). Lucky for us they are very hardy plants, so most are growing well despite the abuse they receive haha.
The bees seem to be very quiet and the numbers dwindled a bit, so we have increased the feed and are trying to boost their numbers over the winter period.
So the past few months practically broke my heart. Our problem child decided to move out and get into the party scene with a bunch of his like-minded friends. I was pretty much inconsolabe for a while and was terrified for his safety. Also I felt completely rejected by him. Not a great place to be. Anyway - he is still living with his friends but comes to see me at least once a week - even if only for food. We encouraged him to get a few different jobs, but so far he gets bored and leaves after a few days. Doesn't have great work ethic ha. But he does still come to church with us some weeks, and I am praying that he will eventually grow up and we can help him get a proper job, a better place to live and get him back on track. It was really hard to let him go (emotionally), but we always knew that he would have to try it on his own at some point. Please pray for him and his future.
We have 3 World Race teams booked into the farm in January, March and May. I'm really excited for these teams to come and I am hoping that we can do more hill tribe ministry with them and start to use the farm to help more people.
The car is pretty much the fanciest car around and we love it. We still owe about $10,000AUD on it so if anyone wants to help out with that we wouldn't get mad... But it is an absolute lifesaver. Not only for us, but we have been able to use it to help others in the community as well.
In breaking news I got a new apron..... hahahahaha. Watch our Instagram & Facebook as it will be revealed shortly. Basically an apron that changes lives....
-For all our boys especiall Nakong
-For peace and wisdom for John and I in all our decisions
-That we get paperwork for the land soon and that there will be no issues.
-That we will be able to bless many people over the Christmas Holidays.
Thanks for reading.
Be blessed as you celebrate the birth of our King