How many kids do you have?

We currently have 13 children, by design rather than by plan. Our children range in age from 22 down to 3, eight of whom are biological while 5 are adopted. Three boys (Micah, 22; Nikolas, 21; Alexander, 19), two girls (Hannah, 17; Abigail, 15), followed by three more boys (twins Levi & Quinn, 9; Zachary, 5). And within the past year since arriving in Thailand, we've had three additional boys (Wind, 10; Guav, 7; Jing, 7) and two girls (Sky, 9; Fahsai, 3) join us.

How did you end up in the foreign mission field?

That’s a long, but rather simple, story. Here's the abbreviated version: Robbie and I both felt the nudge in September of 2018. To confirm it was God leading and not our own wild imaginations, we threw out a prayer fleece. We prayed for what we felt was impossible. Impossible unless, that is, God had a hand in it. Turns out He did and we were convicted to be ready to leave for Thailand by September of 2019. Sure enough, all the impossibly impossibles came together and we found ourselves at the airport with our 5 youngest children August 28, 2019. Our oldest three remain stateside. We are seriously thankful for technology to stay connected with them even from across the world!

Do you homeschool?

We have homeschooled our biological children for all except three years. Our oldest three are homeschool graduates and one of them went on to University and earned a 4.0 in his first year. We did absolutely everything wrong as homeschoolers. We've never attended a convention (not saying I wouldn’t enjoy doing so!), we don’t collect curriculum or experience excitement when the catalogs arrive in the mail. We always, always feel like we're failing and never, ever feel like they’re getting enough. And yet, God honors our efforts and stands in the gap. We still homeschool the twins and Zach.

Our older girls just entered the high school here in Thailand which is a HUGE adjustment from homeschooling. But after much prayer and consideration, they were convicted God was calling them into the school.

All of our Thai children are currently required by law to attend the schools, except for Fahsai who is still only 3.

What curriculum do you use?

Firstly, we use the Bible. A relationship with Christ is the cornerstone and character is paramount. We are faithful to gather the children for morning and evening worship where we disciple their hearts to know and love God. We teach them the importance of confessing our wrongs to one another and to Him, and we encourage attitudes of gratitude. We focus on Scripture memorization but also on hearing the voice of the Spirit through the Word of God.

Secondly, we use living books, nature, life skills, and household chores to train them up with the knowledge they will need for life.

Finally, we are using a Bible curriculum this year that incorporates many of the subjects. We supplement arithmetic with CTC Math online.

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