สวัสดีคะ (Hello) From Chiang Mai!

Where do I even begin? Our world has turned upside down in the best of ways the last few months. To say we have been busy with our two little joys would be an understatement. I always laughed when I heard new parents joke about choosing between showering, eating, or taking a few minutes to catch your breath. The last 3 months I have consistently chosen a shower! However, as we become more efficient and learn how to do this whole parenting twins thing, we now: eat food, run errands, take Thai classes again, work, occasionally sleep and also… we write updates (while breast-feeding twins) to the ones we love most (that’s you!)

There are so many things we are excited about in this season! So much has changed and we want to share some major highlights of our world and all that the Lord has been up to.

We have 2 kids!! I am sure you have seen or heard, we welcomed our precious boys into this world January 22, 2018. We can’t believe they are already 3 months old. Twins are a lot of work, but it’s left the posture of our hearts constantly turned to our Father in heaven, and He has met us with His kindness, goodness, joy and the strength we need. Parenting our boys together is the greatest gift God has ever given us. Elijah David has a smile that will turn you to mush, and he is passionate about how he feels and loves telling us about it. Abel Wells will stare into your eyes for hours on end and love every minute of it. He is finding his voice and his endless noises crack us up. We love watching them grow, observing how uniquely God created them, and being a family of 4. We have been blessed by the best family and friends who have already flown across the world to come love on our little family, and let us take a nap. This journey of parenting has been the best, most beautiful and hardest thing we have ever done and we are loving every single second of it. Thank you for all the love and support and prayers for our littles, excited to share it all with you.

 

Our team is here! They joined us here in Chiang Mai shortly after the boys were born, so they have been spending their time getting settled and jumping into language learning. We get together a few times a week, some times for fun, and sometimes to dream and start to figure out what this next transition will look like for all of us as we step into our roles as a base. We are loving having them here and getting to know them. We are all slowly making the transition from culture and language immersion to full-time work over the next 2 months. Yay!

 

Adventures in Missions found a Hostel! There has been a pioneer team on the ground here for the past 9 months working hard to find a property that we as an organization could take over, and we finally found one. We’re fully expectant in the ways the Lord will use the space. The property has been a running hostel for the past few years and now we have the chance to make it our own. We have done few minor renovations and already hosted many World Race teams and even some external customers. There is still a lot of work to be done but excited for the potential this space holds.

 

We love Thailand! The expectation walking into this transition is that we would take the first 6 months to emerge ourselves into the culture and language, and we decided to throw having twins in there as well. As we sit here in our living room, we can hardly believe it has already been six months. Grateful to say it feels like home and, I think a lot of that has to do with the culture, or maybe it’s just our next door neighbors. Either way, we love it here. We have gone from the head nod, to having broken conversations, even if we never understand each other it ends in the biggest smile and a mutual appreciation for the attempt at speaking each others language. We have loved our language tutor, Kruu (means teacher) Yay. She comes over to our home 3 days a week for 2 hours each day, she is patient and kind and laughs with us ( and occasionally at us) a lot. We decided from the beginning to learn all four language skills at once. Which means we are learning how to speak, listen, read, and write all at once. So at times it has felt like we have made minimal progress after months of language when we still can’t fully order our food at the market. However, it is slowly coming together and every day something clicks. We got away to the beach for a few days to rest as a family this past week. As we were leaving I wanted to thank the housekeeping ladies, and I was able to write “Thank you” in Thai on a little note. And throughout our week we were able to ask her a little about her life and how she was everyday. She handmade a diaper bag for boys and gave it to us as a gift as we said good-bye. Learning a language is so much bigger than we realize. It gives us the opportunity to love in a tangible way, it allows us to share the love of Christ.  Some days it seems like we will never fully learn. And other days we are deeply encouraged and grateful to be learning Thai, but more than that we are grateful to have the chance to build relationships with those around us.

Those are the major highlights of all God is up to here in Thailand, and we will definitely be sharing more in-depth as this life continues to unfold. Thank you for your love and support and patience in this season as we navigate parenting, marriage, culture and ministry. We want to share it all with you and will do our best to keep you posted. We also would love to hear how you are doing, so if you have any questions, need prayer or just want to chat, we would love that.

God is good.

We are grateful.

& we love you!

ขอบคุณคะ,

Fjelstad Four

5 Replies to “สวัสดีคะ (Hello) From Chiang Mai!”

  1. Love you all so much!!! I love seeing the daily updates on Instagram and hearing about your lives in your new home! I think of you everyday! xoxo Love, Nik

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  2. Wow, God is so good 🙂 Love this update and love the pictures of you and your boys and the team and your city! We are praying for you. I can’t believe your boys are already 3 months! Wow! 🙂 Ya’ll look great!!

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  3. Great update, you guys! Loved seeing those little boys AND YALL recently. Praying for you all specifically tonight!! Big hugs from Bangkok! XO, Joy & Patrick

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  4. Richelle and I are following your journey. We’re super encouraged by y’all and excited to see you live out this vision with twins :).

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