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Latin and Legos

Latin and Legos

As a reward for finishing all the lessons in his Latin book, Joshua got a (long-awaited) Lego prize.  I say learning Latin is a reward in itself but for Joshua, the hope of Legos sweetened the deal and kept up the motivational level.

 

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Joshua's Homemade Bow and Arrow

Joshua's Homemade Bow and Arrow

Weekend fun: our son made his own bow and arrow that actually fires. He is still working on the aim.

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Cold Kids & Mommy

Here are some photos of Joshua and Caitlin exploring with Mommy the area around the place we are living at the beginning of our home assignment in the U.S. in October 2010. Joshua has never been so cold in his life.

 

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Goodbye Chickens

For the past couple of years, our family has raised chickens as part of homeschooling for the kids.  We have all come to enjoy the chickens, despite the upkeep they require.  Joshua has written his own eBook about chicken raising and had been trying to train one of the chickens (whom he named "Champion").  Unfortunately, we recently had to give up our chickens after our neighbor complained about them to our landlord (who is a relative of our neighbor).  We were all really sad to see them go, as they had become part of our life here.  And they were giving us 6-7 fresh eggs per day. 

We are thankful to God for the opportunity to have the chickens and are all agreed that we'd definitely like to keep them again in the future, if we have the opportunity.  Please see below for several pictures from our last day with our chickens.  

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Joshua and Daddy Riding the Bicycle

Living in Phrabaht, Karl and Joshua have a morning tradition of riding the bicycle to the market to buy grilled pork and sticky rice for breakfast.  Off they go!

 

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Joshua's Trained Chicken

After reading "My Side of the Mountain", where a boy trains a hawk, Joshua decided to train some of our chickens.  In this brief video, Joshua shows how he gets a chicken to lay on its back, motionless.

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Joshua Climbs Khao Lom Muak

In January 2015, Karl took Joshua up Khao Lom Muak (เขาล้อมหมวก), a peak of about 900 feet in Prachuab province during a family vacation.  Joshua did surprisingly well on the hike and thoroughly enjoyed himself.  Here is some footage of Joshua telling about the hike while siting on the peak, as well as some clips from the hike down.  It is a bit hard to hear Joshua sometimes, so turn your computer / phone volume all the way up.

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Joshua's Gift of Many Layers

My son had been waiting for a particular gift for quite some time and I I decided to have a bit of fun with him by wrapping it in about 7 layers of paper. It was rather fun to watch his reactions. Don't worry. He did get to the actual present eventually.

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October 2012 Prayer Letter

October 2012 Prayer Letter

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Some of you may wonder what Sun and the children do while Karl is away teaching at the seminary or helping to translate Christian material. Here is a small glimpse into our lives at home.Raising ChickensAnother missionary family was raising chickens and we thought we would also do that as part of our homeschooling experience. They were going to give us a hen and a Thai pastor was going to give us a couple of chicks. We were happily surprised when we received the hen AND a mother hen with her five 3-day old chickens. We had been building a hen house and preparing the place for months, so the children were ecstatic to finally get the chickens. The chicks have since grown quite big and are shedding their fuzzy feathers. They are starting to spar with each other. Caitlin really enjoys mothering the chickens. She wants to catch and hold the chicks whenever she has an opportunity. The kids also enjoy looking for eggs (we’ve got 4 so far!). Recently, it’s been unusually wet with the monsoon rains which flood our front yard, so the children haven’t been able to be with the chickens very much. We tried putting down some sand, and that helps some. 

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Joshua's Lego Bookies

Joshua's Lego Bookies

Joshua has invented a new species of Lego aliens which he calls "Bookies" (which rhymes with "wookies" from Star Wars).  In the video below, he gives an introduction to the nature and activities of these creatures which have recently consumed much of his time.

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Joshua vs. Termites

You never know what critters you will find in your house in Thailand.  This time it was a massive termite infestation.  Not fun!  But Joshua still had a good time showing the termites who was in charge when we found the nest.  Watch our 1 minute video to get the full report.

 

 

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Penguin Wedding

Inspired by a wedding we went to the other day, our kids decided to put on their own wedding for their stuffed toy penguins

 

 

 

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Our Kids Love Dressing Up

Our Kids Love Dressing Up

With Joshua at 6 years old, and Caitlin at 3 years old, the creative juices are running high.  Both of them love to imagine they are flying, jumping, shooting, or whatever and costumes are great for that.  Recently a missionary friend sent along some costumes for the kids in luggage that was coming this direction and the kids had a blast.  Here's a pic:

 

  

Raising Chickens for Homeschool

Another missionary family was raising chickens and we thought we would also do that as part of our homeschooling experience. They were going to give us a hen and a Thai pastor was going to give us a couple of chicks. We were happily surprised when we received the hen AND a mother hen with her five 3-day old chickens. We had been building a hen house and preparing the place for months, so the children were ecstatic to finally get the chickens. The chicks have since grown quite big and are shedding their fuzzy feathers. They are starting to spar with each other. Caitlin really enjoys mothering the chickens. She wants to catch and hold the chicks whenever she has an opportunity. The kids also enjoy looking for eggs (we’ve got 4 so far!).

 

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Joshua's Dinosaur Museum

Inspired by his dinosaur books, Joshua's creative juices were flowing as he turned out living room into a dinosaur museum. In this video, he gives us a guided tour of the museum:

 

 

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A Christmas Thank You Message

We are really thankful for all the people who love our kids and think of them on birthdays and Christmas.  Here's a short video of Joshua and Caitlin thanking their Uncle James for the gifts he sent for Christmas this year.  We're not sure if they were more impressed with the gifts or the packaging!

 

 

 

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Joshua's Zipline Adventure

On recent trip to Colorado, we visited some friends who had built a zipline for their son in the backyard.  Joshua was hesitant to try it at first, but once he did, he couldn't get enough.  Here's a short video:

 

 

 

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Joshua Rides a Tractor

Just before leaving New Hampshire, a member of one of our supporting churches generously put us up for a few days as we transitioned out of our apartment and got ready to fly to California.  For four year old Joshua, staying with "Uncle" Lloyd was particularly a treat as his house was filled with tractor memorabilia. Joshua loves tractors.  And best of all, there was a 1953 Ford Tractor housed in the garage which was on hand for plowing the driveway.  Lloyd was kind enough to give Joshua a ride on the tractor which just about made his day.  Here's a short video:

 

 

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