After four and a half weeks, the ceiling in the girls’ room is finally fixed. We will spare you all the drama behind why it took so long and just enjoy the fact that it is repaired. The girls haven’t slept in there yet because it still smells like paint, but their furniture is out of our room and the hallway and its rightful place. We have never enjoyed a slab of sheet rock more than we do right now.

And here are some recent pictures to show you what we have been up to lately.

Ann and I are so grateful that we were able to get away for one night on our 10th anniversary. We went to Chiang Rai for a night. Ning stayed at our house with the girls and the rest of the team helped coordinate meals and getting to school. We are so thankful to our team for making this happen. We are blessed to be surrounded by such great friends.

Here is the view from our hotel.

We enjoyed good steaks (there is no such thing in Phayao) at a nice restaurant. We were the only ones there, thus we had to take pictures of ourselves.

The next day was Esan’s birthday. He had a Star Wars theme. It was a great party. Princess Leia and R2D2 showed up for the festivities and especially enjoyed the light-saber popsicles.

And Meg loved blowing bubbles.

The other day we went out and bought helmets for the girls. I then took Brynn on an inaugural ride down the street to 7/11. She cried at first but then loved it once we got going.

Meg, on the other hand, was not too excited. Thus, we never made it out of the driveway. But, she loved wearing her ladybug helmet.

One day Brynn didn’t want to go to school, so we enticed her with a motorcycle ride to school. It worked. And now she loves going to school on Daddy’s motorcycle. (Grandparents, I am being extremely careful, I promise.)

Since we enjoyed getting away for one night so much, we told the Fikes and Binkleys that they need to do the same. So, a couple of nights ago the Fikes boys spent 24 hours at the Reese house. I actually got all five kids to sit and read a book together a few minutes.

And then things got crazy with the markers.

On a different note, I would love prayers for my grandparents. They are not doing very well, especially my grandmother after having multiple surgeries in recent weeks. It is surreal being so far away and hearing periodic reports about how they are doing. A huge part of me wants to head that way so I can be with them. Please pray for healing and peace for both of them. Thank you.



  1. Great pictures and I can’t wait to get a ride myself!
    Praying for peace in your heart.

  2. great pictures! love seeing the smiles on your faces! you both look the exact same as your wedding picture you posted! Not a day older!!!
    love you so much and I am going to kiss memom & daddad for you both~ miss you!

  3. Thanks for the laughs! Especially love the marker pictures! We certainly understand why Haley loves your girls and both of you so much. Thanks for sharing her with us these past few weeks. It will be hard letting her go…

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