Carders in Thailand


May was a great month. Not only did we find out we are having a boy, celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary, and see Brynn turn 5 years old, but we were also blessed to have Rick, Amy, Eva and Ella Carder come for a visit. They stayed almost two weeks, and we enjoyed every minute of it. The girls were beyond excited to have their first cousins come see their home in Phayao. There is no way to tell you all the fun things we did, but maybe some pictures will give you a glimpse of what our time was like. (If you do want to read up on their visit, and laugh a lot, checkout Amy’s recaps on her blog.)

I love this picture of Ella running out of the baggage claim towards Brynn and Meg. Those were four excited girls!

Sporting new jammies from Mimi. I think Brynn and Meg had those smiles on their faces for 10 straight days.

The girls loved the cousin photo shoot, or at least the first 3 minutes of it.

Ann leading the troops into the grocery store, umbrellas and all!

The woman watching them eat lunch through the window is indicative of our lives during their visit. Four blue-eyed girls attract lots of attention in Phayao!

Somehow Ann convinced Amy to jump on the motorcycle for a short trip to the beauty salon. She was a good sport, though I noticed that she didn’t ask to ride it again.

Rick, on the other hand, rode the motorcycle more than he probably ever wanted to.

The girls liked playing in our “yard.” This is what you do in Thailand during the month of May.

It only took Ella a few days to get the “wai” down. She is so adorable.

The Carders even took a ride in the Fikes’ Vespa. Quite a sight, and they got a few laughs and stares as well!

Splashing around in a waterfall outside of Phayao.

A minister’s work is never done, even on vacation! Rick jumped right in and joined our trash clean-up efforts while he was here.

They joined us for church at the Fikes’ house.

Cousins and best of friends.

The Carders were able to get an early tasting of our brick oven pizza.

We spent the last couple of days in Chiang Mai, which included a ride in a tuk tuk.

We took the kids to ride elephants and watch the elephant show. Ann pulled the pregnancy card and didn’t ride. Can’t say I wasn’t jealous. Some of the thrill wears off after the 8th or 9th time. But, the girls loved it.

The fans like the elephant show (Well, look at our faces, the girls’ expressions are a little harder to read 🙂

Four brave little girls.

The girls love their Aunt Amy and Uncle Rick.

We stayed with the Reagans in Chiang Mai and took this picture right before taking the Carders to the airport. It was definitely hard to say goodbye (both girls wailed as we left the airport), but we thank God for the time we spent together and that we could show them our lives here.



  1. SO blessed to read such an amazing report! You all have such gorgeous families! So glad yall got to see each other! I know the Lord will reward you for being so steadfast and diligent to spread the good news of the Kingdom! Give Ann a hug from me! Many Blessings…

  2. So glad Rick and Amy and girls got to come for a visit—-I think Mimi and Pops Ridgell need to come for Herald of Truth!! Will have to work on that one!!!

  3. Loved the pictures and the blessings that came your way with their visit.
    I know how special it was and may the memories you made be a constant
    reminder of how much you are loved!

  4. What fun! I’m so glad you got to have your families together. I can’t believe my college roomies have multiplied into four little beautiful girls! That picture of Brynn and Eva could be a pict of Ann and Amy. Love you guys!

  5. So glad the Carders got to be there! Looks like the trip was awesome. I know actually experiencing your lives there and serving with you for a short time must have been a great blessing for them too! Thanks for the pictures.

    I also bet Rick was begging to ride that motorcycle with you Derran. I can see him having fun with that. 🙂

    Love you guys!

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