Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Worldwide Bond

As we bumped along the dusty roads on the way to the Cambodian airport I felt strangely alone. Just me and my boy.

Oh yeah, and Mop too, of course, the faithful friend/tuk-tuk driver who always is smiling and never fails to sport a shirt inside-out.

But I wasn't lonely for long.

God's provisions have come in beautiful packages of friendship the last few months. Tim and Rhianna graciously invited me to stay with them while I was in Bangkok. After long days at the hospital it was heart-warming to go to a welcoming home and dear family; much better than sitting in a hotel room by myself!

Rhianna was always busy whipping up something delicious in the kitchen. She even grinds her own wheat, impressive, eh?

Emmy, Asa, and Julian are their three (very sweet) kids and are nearly the same ages as our kids. It was fun to get to know them better. Calvin was giving them some big grins here.
One evening (and it just so happened to be the evening of the CT scan) Tim and Rhianna had friends over to sing old folk gospel songs. The music was beautiful to my ears and soothing to my heart. I should have taken more video, but I was too busy enjoying the music. Tim is the one playing the guitar.

Listen in if you'd like!

Back in Phnom Penh, our teammates Dale and Nancy Knutson stopped by. We were so encouraged by their visit. It is good to hear words of encouragement and understanding from friends, isn't it? Dale is a pediatrician and they have been an invaluable source of information and guidance for our family.
AND, they even brought us two Krispy Kreme donuts straight from they got the donuts is a whole 'nother story.

Align CenterHere's Calvin after round one of therapy. So far, so good.


Christy said...

Oh, the Mills are such fun! Loved listening in to the gospel night.

What sort of therapy is your little Calvin doing at this point?

Kara said...

Christy-it even sounded better in real life! We are doing lots of stretches with him so just PT at this point. His little arms and legs are getting a bit stiff and hard to bend.

Anonymous said...

I love the last shot of Calvin's chubby arms and legs. (Looks like he is stretching after his work-out.) Just wondering if anyone has mentioned doing infant massage with him too?

DadnMomZev said...

Thanks Tim and Rhianna for taking such good care of our 'little girl'. It really was nice knowing that when we couldn't be there to help she was able to be with you. God bless you and your family.
With love,
Brian and Lil Zevenbergen
(Kara's dad and mom)

trmills said...

Well, thanks Mr. and Mrs. Zevenbergen (what a neat name, Kara!). These pictures (and the video) are fun; I think we sound like Hee Haw...

My favorite quote from late in the week, as we were coming home from school...Asa said, "I wish Miss Ka-wa would come back" :) We're continuing to pray for you, and thinking on the visit possibility, too. I'll be in touch about that.

Kara said...

Liz, I don't know anything about infant massage. Do you have some tips? I'd be interested...

Rhianna- I don't think you sound hee-haw, people emailed me saying they loved it! Have you thought more about visiting? Coming up soon!