Itsara

January 22, 2013

Geniuses, We Make Them

Filed under: Pictures — Adam Heine @ 8:13 PM

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Yup, that’s Anica and Sam playing chess. The boys all know how to play, and a couple of them are actually pretty good at it. Anica knows you start with 16 pieces on the first two rows, but otherwise she kinda makes up her own rules.

Aw, but look how cute she is when she does it.

I bet she’ll be able to beat them by the time she’s four, though.

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January 16, 2013

God-Given Work

Filed under: Our Work,Personal,Religion — Adam Heine @ 4:24 PM

A couple weeks ago, Cindy mentioned I got some paid writing work. What’s going on is I’m writing and designing a successor to the computer game I helped make 14 years ago. I’m SO excited. But what’s really exciting about this gig is how God brought it about. Let me explain.

A few months ago, we were especially low on funds. Normally, missionaries in this position have to go fundraising. And we were going to go fundraising, because God’s given us a pretty sizable network of online friends, many of whom would gladly help us if we asked.

At the same time, God has always taken care of us. In the past 8 years(!), we’ve only asked for money twice, and both times were very much: “We’re going to do this whether we get support or not. But if you’ve got a heart to help, here’s your chance.” (And even then, it was only because a bunch of people were like, “You better tell me when you move to Thailand/build a house!”)

So I was praying about our funds and I basically told God I wanted him to do something amazing, to provide for us.  I understood if he wanted to provide via this ridiculously awesome network he’d given us, but I wanted to give him space to do something more . . . miraculous than that.

I gave him a month (being the amount of time I thought we could last without extra cash). If nothing happened in that time, and our next deposit from Coast wasn’t unusually large, I would go to the blogs, Twitter, and Facebook to give you guys a chance to help.

The month went by. Some things happened (we got a significant discount for one of our kids’ schools, for example), but nothing hit the target number we needed to reach.

Then THE DAY I HAD MARKED AS OUR DEADLINE, I got an e-mail from a friend I used to work with asking if I wanted to write for this new game. For actual money.

I might have danced that day.

Does this mean we don’t have to worry about money anymore? Heck no, but it definitely helps and has the potential to continue helping down the road. Mostly, though, it reminds me that we serve a God who takes care of the people he calls out to do stuff.

I mean, I know missionaries who go back to their home country every year or two to raise money, and sometimes I wonder if we should be doing that. But I think that’s just the path God called them to. I would be terrible at it, and I’m pretty sure it would be terrible for my family. I like this path, and I’m thankful for the reminders that God really did put me on it in the first place.

January 10, 2013

A Rare Picture

Filed under: Our Work,Personal — Adam Heine @ 8:22 AM

Sarah and Lutiya, feeding the birds at the Night Safari. It’s very rare Lu lets us get a good picture of her, so I’m taking advantage. Sorry, Lu! I love you!

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January 2, 2013

God’s Provision

Filed under: Our Work — Cindy Heine @ 3:47 PM

Sometimes money gets tight, but it’s been amazing to see how God’s providing for our family.  Here’s what’s happened in the past couple of months…
1.  A few weeks ago, my friend won a $250 gift certificate for a grocery store here.  She asked God who to give it to, and He said our family!
2.  A former co-worker of Adam’s asked him if he could do some paid writing work, possibly long term.  Adam’s very excited about this!
3.  My blender broke.  My friend who’s moving back to the US was trying to redeem her points at a store before she left, and the only thing she could get was a blender.  So, she gave it to us!

These were all things that we didn’t ask anyone for, but God is just showing us He will provide.  Thanks God!

December 4, 2012

Painting

Filed under: Our Work,Pictures — Adam Heine @ 2:29 PM

We do it sometimes.

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Clockwise: Me, Anica (with a skirt on her head), Sam, Abigail, Sarah, Eli, Isaac, Joel, Rachel, and Josiah.

November 27, 2012

Mountain Village Pictures

Filed under: Our Work,Pictures — Adam Heine @ 8:46 AM

Sorry for slacking on the posts lately. Life has been ridiculously busy here. I’ll try to make up for it with pictures. These are from our recent trip to Prang’s village.

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November 6, 2012

Village Vacation

Filed under: Our Work — Cindy Heine @ 2:29 PM

Last month, we took a 3 day trip to Prang’s village. It was a great break from normal life, and we had lots of family time together with the Abbotts.  It is our new vacation site! When we arrived, we were amazed at Sean and Prang’s huge house!  They had just doubled the size of their house, adding another room.  We all fit comfortably in the new room, and Josiah, Sam, and Joel were very excited to share a bed with Abby and Rachel.  With the lights out early, Adam and Cindy caught up on much needed sleep.

During the day, all of us visited the farm where Sean and Prang were growing tons of vegetables.  The older girls helped out all day long, and the boys (and even Anica and Asia) helped part of the day.  What a surprise when Prang paid every single one of them for helping out!

At Sean and Prang’s house, we all just hung out, played games, enjoyed the beautiful view, and took a break from our non-mommy and daddy tasks.  It’s just nice to be only parents and not try to accomplish anything else.  When the boys asked if I could play with them, it was so easy to say yes!  Also, the food was excellent.  I was telling Sean that the food always tastes better up there, and he says it’s probably because it’s all fresh.  Prang would pick the vegetables right before we cooked them.  Yum!

We were worried that Asia would have a hard time like she did 6 months ago.  That time, she cried almost the whole weekend and ended up spending all time lying on the floor in the same spot (her safe place).  This time, she barely even complained once or twice the whole time.  She even went up and down the steep and bumpy steps from Prang’s parents house to the Abbott’s house by herself by choice.  We went on an hour long walk on the bumpy dirt roads, filled with holes and rocks, and she only cried towards the end.  She’s growing up so much!

The trip ended with a sad goodbye to the Abbotts.  Eli and Rachel were crying and it really felt like we were leaving our second family.  Good thing we live right next door to them when they visit Chiang Mai!

Our ride back was so fun.  Sam, Isaac, and Lutiya had a spelling bee with English words, and Lu even gave Adam and me some Thai spelling words.  Adam and I had lots of good conversation, and somehow we didn’t have to stop once during the 3.5 hour trip for a potty break.  We did stop to pick up some fried chicken at the market and it was SO GOOD!  I got to feed Adam while he was driving, and it reminded us both of our long trips from San Diego to Cupertino to visit his parents.  It was pretty much the same (except for the 10 kids in the background)!

All in all, it was a fabulous trip and we are excited that our family has a vacation spot during the school breaks!  Thanks God!

October 11, 2012

Boys

Filed under: Our Work,Pictures — Adam Heine @ 2:14 PM

Nathan, Josiah, and Isaac. Submitted without comment.

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October 4, 2012

Our Helper

Filed under: Our Work,Pictures — Adam Heine @ 2:42 PM

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This is Da (and Asia and Pan), and ever since the four kids moved in from Ban Suk Jai, Da has been our helper Monday through Friday. We are often asked how we handle all these kids without going crazy. Da is a large part of our answer.

She was one of the house parents at Ban Suk Jai before it closed, so having her here made the transition much easier for Sarah, Joel, Sam, and Josiah when they came. She made the transition easier for us too, as she took care of tasks we suddenly had no time for (like laundry and cooking lunch). Our house has calmed down a lot since then, and there are times we think we could actually do this without her, but personally I don’t want to even try.

She’s a blessing to us, and we try to be a blessing to her. The kids love her. Anica, in particular, looks forward to her coming everyday (and Anica’s amazing Thai is largely due to Da’s influence).

She’s incredibly thankful just to have a job, but she also loves the kids. She’s ridiculously patient, hard working, and grateful to be here. She recently told me she was really happy to have two bosses as kind and thoughtful as we are, which is weird cuz I don’t think of her as my employee.

Anyway, I just wanted you to know about this member of our family and how awesome she is.

September 27, 2012

Anica is Kung Fu Fighting

Filed under: Geekery,Personal,Pictures — Adam Heine @ 5:05 PM

Don’t blame me if your head explodes from cuteness.

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