Thai Noodles – November 2012

How do you prepare a move to Asia?

Hi friends! We’re now in the pre-launch phase of our move to Thailand. In just a little less than three weeks we will be pulling a trailer out the gates of beautiful Restenäs where Veronica and I have served the Lord for 13 good years of our lives. We’ll spend the Christmas holiday with Veronica’s parents in the north and then fly out to Thailand in the beginning of January. There are a lot of emotions swimming in our hearts these days. After 13 years, a place can do that to you! We’ll miss Restenäs, its people, and the memories that we’ve created together.

moving boxes
Moving boxes wait in our guest room, ready to be shipped to the north

Heading into the great unknown

This is the first time our family has ‘really’ moved. And so far it’s been a bit like herding cats, with many things to consider. Here are just a few: applying for school for the boys, getting vaccinations, finding a house to rent, choosing a language school, raising more support, deciding what is and isn’t available in another land, like cheese slicers? But, so far, it’s gone pretty well. My last day of work in the media office went so smoothly, I had to pinch myself to see if I was only dreaming. And I wonder how many lessons we’ll take with us into this new culture. I moved to Sweden 13 years ago, and I feel I’m only still a baby when it comes to understanding the culture that has become my home! And what about the spiritual stuff? What sorts of challenges will we confront in the coming years? At least after reading this entry, you’ll have a small idea of how to pray for us!

Three weeks & 3,000 miles

Private ranch road on J59 road to Merced
J59 is one of my all-time favorite roads in California. And this is one of my favorite views facing the Sierra Neveda foothills.
View pictures from my trip!

I just returned from the USA after three weeks of non-stop meetings in preparation for our move to Thailand. As usual, my parents graciously loaned me one of their cars so I could travel up and down the Golden State and touch bases with family, friends and supporters. The car was not the only one in overdrive! I set up appointments, meals and coffee meetings with as many people as possible. One of the reasons was to raise money for our upcoming move. And of course the other reason was simply to spend some time, if only a few hours, with friends. Looking back, I can say that I had an excellent time! I only wish I had more of it. So a big ‘Thank you!’ to everybody for freeing up your busy schedules to meet with me. Mostly, thank you Mom and Dad for allowing me to use most of my visit to do what a volunteer worker needs to do to keep doing what he does. Your sacrifice of not having your son around as much as you would have liked did not go unseen. I love and appreciate you both!
More pictures from my trip!

A really awesome Christmas gift!

Waiting for Spring book coverHave you checked out my photo book called Waiting for Spring? I made it this summer and it’s for sale now at blurb.com. I hope you’ll order a few copies and pass them out to your family and friends for Christmas 🙂 FYI I’m not making a bundle of profit on this book, it being my first and all. I just want to see it get into peoples’ hands who might need an encouragement, or who might enjoy some pretty landscape pictures.
Blurb thumbnailAnd don’t forget, if you don’t want to spend the money on the paper version, there’s always the eBook for $4.99!
Waiting For Spring would make a nice stocking or iPad stuffer, just in time for Christmas!
Note! Only currently available for iPad, iPhone or iTouch

Pray with us

Darby Family

Preparing for our move to Thailand – We have lots of details to sort out before our departure. We found a house and health insurance! Thank you God! But we still need to: buy a car and a motorcycle, choose a language school, pack our things and move to the north, and raise more funds for our move.

Family health – Please pray for good health during this super-busy time. Especially for the boys during cold and flu season.

Heart surgery news – Just think; It’s already been a year since my surgery! My back is doing much better, but it still has a way to go. I continue to have tight muscles in my back and shoulders and between my shoulder blades. The good news, I no longer need to take Metoprolol! The medicine I was told I have to take for the rest of my life.

CAUTION! DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU ARE EASILY SWAYED!

Now, if you chose the dangerous path to keep on reading, we invite you to consider helping us in our move to Thailand by either joining our support team (by donating regularly to our ministry), or by giving a one-time donation towards our move. The cost of our move is approximately $20,000US. That sounds like a lot and it is. But before you gulp too loudly, let me explain that some of that raw cost is already covered by things like potentially selling our car before we leave Sweden, and some gifts that have already come in.

Here’s how you can help support our ministry:

We love what we do, serving God with our gifts and talents as volunteers in YWAM. But we can’t do it alone.

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Would you consider making a donation to our ministry?
$10, $50, $100 or another amount

Here are some things we need to raise money for:
car
A car and motorcycle
for getting around town, going to work and transporting the boys to a from school
plane
Flight tickets
We’ll be doing travel for work and furlough trips on regular intervals.
plane
PAID!! Boys’ school fees

Do you have questions?
We’ll be happy to share with you if you’re interested. Just drop us an email.
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Haircuts and Heart valves

new haircuts
Dad and the boys after getting their haircuts

I took this picture yesterday. Do you like it? Actually, Veronica took it, but I set up the camera for her. Did I mention that her calling in life is NOT to hold my reflectors and assist me on photo shoots? Anyhow, where was I? Oh, yes, haircuts… Veronica… she took this picture of the boys and me yesterday evening after we cut our hair.

It works like this: I bring the hair-cutting tools out to the back lawn, set up the laptop and pop in a kids movie. This time it was Bolt. Then I sit Lucas in the chair first and start clipping away. I have to use scissors because the electric clippers tickle his neck. Have you ever tried to clip hair from a three year old’s ticklish neck? I think maybe the only thing harder to do is replace a heart valve! Oops, more on that later. Then, when I finish with Lucas, we trade out Rasmus and clip away. By age five, Rasmus is a pro at letting me cut his hair. But he still makes the occasional move and jerk, which is a challenge. then we throw them, literally, in the bath tub, dry them off and let them finish watching the film, then send them to bed.

After their in bed, I go into the bathroom and clip my own hair using scissors, electric clippers, a mirror and stealth-like accuracy. It saves me around 290 kronor ($44). Not a bad deal for the results I get. Funny story, it took me about a year to figure out that if I tilt my head to the far right, I can clip my left side of my head evenly! Don’t know why it took me that long to figure it out! Oh well, we live and learn.

What was I saying about a heart valve replacement? Well, in case you subscribe to our Swedish Meatballs newsletter (subscribe here!!!), but missed it in the previous four years, I am having an aortic heart valve replacement surgery sometime in September. I have had a leaky valve my entire life, but only recently (5 years ago) did the doctors recognise that I had a leaky valve. They have been monitoring it ever since, as well as giving me BP medication, until the heart and valve have reached a certain stage where it is optimal to replace the valve. That time is now here. I go in for an angiogram on the 24th of August. the reason is to check out if there are any other issues the surgeons may have to deal with while they’ve got me opened up. Routine procedure. After that,m the surgeons will meet and decide when to do the surgery. I am told it will be sometime near the end of September.

So, there are two prayer points. 1. my heart surgery and 2. my steathly hair-cutting skills. Pray that God will have his eye on both sets of hands.