April 10, 2006

Tom Ka Gai (Thai Cocnut/Ginger/Lime Soup) Recipe

Tom Ka Gai

Recipe from Thailand Tracey

1 - 1/2 lb. diced chicken
1 small onion, diced
1 1/2 pkg.
Tom Ka Paste
2 cans
coconut milk
1 can water
2 cans
straw mushrooms
3/4 c. (1 stalk) lemongrass , diced in 1 inch chunks
1 1/2 limes, juiced
1 Tbsp.
Thai Fish Sauce
4 Kaffir Lime Leaves (if you can find them in the store)
3 Tbsp.
dried kachai/galangal root (dried ginger - looks like wood)

In a large, 4-6 qt. stockpot, saute chicken in 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil. When chicken is browned, add onion, 1 can coconut milk, 1 can water, lime leaves, galangal root, Tom Ka paste and simmer 5 min.

Add 1/2 of 2nd can of coconut, fish sauce and 1 lime. Taste. You may add rest of coconut milk if too limey and 1/2-1Tbsp. sugar if still too limey after adding remaining coconut milk. Simmer 15 more min.

*If you like your soup spicey, add 4 dried red thai chilis right before serving.

**DO NOT EAT the galangal root or lemongrass. You may chew on both, but do not eat. I always serve it in the soup so people can chew on it if they wish or remove it. You may also eat around it.

Serve over
Jasmine rice. Cook it in your rice cooker.

Here are pictures of some of the products you will need.

April 06, 2006

Feet are Ready to Go!

Today we were shopping @ Wal-Mart for rubber boots and Hope noticed these adorable Thailand-ish slippers. We just HAD to get them and tried to get a large enough size that they will still fit next January.

We love them, think they are beauty-mous and help keep us busy as we are finding ourselves soooo excited about going and have to wait sooo sooo long!

Today we were going to make Thai Coconut-Lime Soup (Tom Ka Gai) but since I had a headache, we will wait a few days. Hope and I are really looking forward to making this together. There is a lady at Papa D's work who is retiring and has requested Thai food as a going -away present. Her wish is our command! Actually, we were wanting to make this soon anyway. Stay tuned in the next week, we will have that recipe and picture up and loaded!!

March 26, 2006

Hope Hears the Big News!!!

Today was the BiG DaY!!

Hope's Birthday party was today, so we got to tell her about the trip we are taking her on to Thailand.

I bought a beautiful, Asian-inspired scrapbook and wrote the following:

Do you dream of far off exotic places?
Get your: camera
Save your: $$
Ready your: suitcase
Gather your: summer clothes (it will be warm there)
Because....in January 2007 Mom & Dad are taking YOU on a missionary trip to Thailand!!

Here's what Hope has to say about this BIG news:
"At first I thought, 'Were is the trip to???'...I didn't have any guesses about it. I turned the page, and I couldn't believe what I was reading. 'How far away is it?' I thought. It took a few minutes for it to make sense.
Then, I wondered if everyone else in the room was as surprised as ME! For a second, I even thought that maybe mom & dad were trying to trick me or something. I really did think that! After I realized they weren't joking, I was just so surprised.

I'm starting to have a lot of questions about this trip:
1. How warm will it be?
2. How long will we be gone? (That was the biggie!)
3. Am I the only kid going?
4. What things or animals will we see?
5. Will any of the kids we visit know English?
6. Will it be weird talking to someone using a translator?

*It will be hard to wait, but when its time I'll be SO EXCITED!"

I'm not sure when we will be able to answer all of Hope's questions, but that's what this blog is for. To search out the answers that we can find on the internet and put them here, and write about everything we learn as we go.

I hope you check over the next 10 months to follow our journey!

March 25, 2006

Start Spreading The News

Monday is Hope's Birthday, so tomorrow we will announce the big news at her Birthday Party. I am so excited, I can't wait. Many times I have thought about telling her about the trip. I realized that doing so would spoil the specialness of finding out at her party with all of her friends and family. So I held my tongue, and anyone who knows me knows what a hard time I have doing that!!

I bought her a special scrapbook that she can document her trip in. The first two pages tell her that we are going!! When she reads this, that's how she will find out. And then, of course, she will see this blog. I will have her add her own thoughts and feelings about going on a missions trip to Thailand, and I'll put pictures of her Birthday up.

So, wish us luck!! It should be exciting tomorrow. This photo of her that I included is when she was a week old!

March 16, 2006

Thailand Tracey

This photo is of my good friend Tracey (I will now call her T.T. for Thailand Tracey). She lived in Thailand as a missionary with YWAM -Youth with a Mission- for a few years. She will probably read this and correct me on the exact number!!

She immersed herself in the culture as much as she could, learning to speak and write the language. She also became a pretty good cook of Thai cuisine.

When she came back home for visits, and back to live, she showed me how to make a few wonderful dishes: satay, peanut curry, and Tom Ka Gai which is coconut lime soup. One of these days I will make the soup and post the directions and pictures here. But for now, you can wait and wonder...

T.T. loved being in Thailand. She didn't like Bangkok's polution, but she fell in love with the Thai people. She shared many stories with me of how warm, gracious, kind and friendly the people she met there were.

She hopes one day to return there, with her husband and three children to live and work amongst the people. There is no doubt in my mind that will happen, unless God calls them to another place!

T.T. also introduced me to Steve Gumer who started a ministry program called Partners is about People. He is based in Thailand, but works in Burma with the people of the Karen tribe, who are refugees in their own country.

To learn more about the plight of the Karen people and Burma's own people living as refugees watch this video of Steve's that I downloaded to Snapfish.com. Two choices will pop up, select movie. Please let me know how you liked the video if you watched it by commenting here or commenting on Snapfish.com

Steve is a wonderful man, with a great heart, and I so enjoyed meeting him and learning about things you don't often hear on the news. Also, you can learn more about Partners by going to to their website. It is a fantastic website and very professionally done.

Steve is on the right hand side, in the blue shirt. Papa D and S.D.D. are in the canoe as well. When Steve came to visit T.T. a group of us went kayaking down the Elochamon River in Cathlamet, Wa.

I'll leave you with a photo of the group of us.

March 12, 2006

Rocket Man!

"I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3

Would you trust this Rocket Man?? Trust him to fly you far, far away to a strange land where jungles grow thick and wild beasts abound?

I would!! This is our Pastor. I think I will now stop calling him Pastor and call him Rocket Man. He really does look too at home here trying to blow up this cake! I was rummaging through old photos today and came across this. It's at least a 15 year old photo, taken sometime in the mid-1980's. This little girl is his daughter and she is now in her second year of college. My, how time flies! So there you have it, a face to put with the letter.

He does look a little too at home here blowing stuff up! It was 4th of July and it must have been somebody's Birthday, hence the cake. His attire for Sunday service isn't too much fancier than these t-shirt and running shorts. As you can tell, we're a pretty laid back group!

Here's my babtism photo. I was fourteen years old and this was at some congregation member's apartment swimming pool. Rocket Man was getting down to some serious business this day!

I'm hoping to get some photos of Khaodee Children's Home, Mercy House and the area of Northern Thailand that we are going to....soon! Please check back for an update. And, your continued prayers for my health and our finances would be appreciated. Please leave a comment and let us know that you are following our journey. God Bless!

March 11, 2006

Please pray for us & information on Chiang Mai

Here is some info on Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is one of the places we will be goig to on our trip. The photos were not taken by me or anyone that I know. I found them on this cool webiste. Hope you enjoy these, they really make me excited about our journey and the things we will see/ do there.

This picture is of some of the children we could see like these....from the hill country we are going to. They are in tribal dress. There are 5+ tribal peoples in Northern Thailand where we are going and all of the children in the orphanages we'll be at will be from one of these tribes. The website I linked to has info on the tribal peoples.

This photo also is from the website. I love the beautiful architecture and can't imagine us seeing something like this for ourselves.

If this is not the first time you've visited here and are excited for us to take this journey, please pray for us. I suffer from severe migraines and have had them somewhat under control for a few months. I never would have decided to go on this trip if I didn't think I could enjoy myself and not hold others back from doing their work.

This week has not been good for me. I've had 4 migraines and this is more than the 3 a week I usually had. My imitrex shots that normally "solve" the episode are only working a few hours or a day. I know this is only one week out of 12-16 that has been unsuccessful, but I need your prayers about this matter. I don't want to let fear stop me from going on what will be a life-changing experience for our daughter, and I certainly don't want her to go w/ my husband and personally miss witnessing the joy on her face and the Hope that she will bring to the children.

Please pray for us. Pray that they will become manageable again. Better yet, pray that they would all but disappear. Now that would be a miracle 26 years in the making (that's how long I've had the problem).

If you are willing to pray even once-in-a-while for us, please post a comment here and be an encouragement to me.

Here's another link that was encouraging to me.