Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Favorite Things

Watching my girls have fun is one of my favorite things!! We all love this time of year and the girls love doing any kind of craft. Especially the kind they can eat afterwards. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Faucett Family

Monday, November 29, 2010

Twas the day after Thanksgiving

Need I say more!! I think Anna's choreography speaks for itself.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mud fight

It was almost too quiet for the longest time until I heard peals of laughter and screaming. I should of known something was going on. Acacia had a school friend over and I don't think Micaiah expected a mud fight. It was good ol' fashion tom foolery. Mommy finally got out the hose in an attempt to clean them up. They seemed to like it. I know I enjoyed it and I hope you do too!

Friday, November 12, 2010

To Bee or not to Bee

That is the question!

We've recently been noticing lots of bees around our place and especially around our front entrance area. Just 2 weeks ago I was stung in the right calf by a hornet while jogging. That was a first.
Unfortunately, the point of entry of said hornet stinger caused a small abcess in my calf.
I spent the following 2 weeks draining pus and blood from my calf. Sorry about that for those of you who get queasy at the mention of such things. Since becoming a Nurse nothing fazes me now. I am able to look at really gross things while eating my lunch at the same time. It is amazing how desensitized one can get.

We noticed this massive beehive/hornets nest up on one of the high branches on the tree in our front yard. The picture really doesn't do it justice because that thing was gigantic.

We called our landlord to see what he could do and he sent out his handyman. We heard from our landlord that the handyman said it was the biggest nest/hive he has ever seen.

Fortunately, none of the girls were stung and the situation was taken care of. If Shelly had been stung she would of had a huge welt. She doesn't react very well to bee stings.

I can't believe we didn't notice that hive before. I must have taken awhile to get that big. The handy man removed the nest during the night and used fire to get rid of the bees. Shelly and the girls were here to see it, but I was at a meeting. I was bummed out that I didn't get to see it.

You don't get to see something like that everyday!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Acacia's first swim meet

Actually Acacia and Anna are on the swim team. I am also one of three coaches that teach the elementary team. I coach the 10-12year olds and the other 2 coaches have Acacia and Anna in their groups.

I have also been coaching the girls on the off days to help them with their stroke technique.

I was very impressed with Acacia's performance. She came in Third in the 25m freestyle. Unfortunately the swim meet was stopped at the half way point due to a torrential downpour.

They have their final meet of the season on November 3rd. Hopefully Anna will get to swim too.

The girls have been very excited about me teaching them the different strokes. Acacia especially has taken it real serious.

Good Job!!! I think I may have a Acacia Phelps on my hands. Maybe even an Anna Phelps. Anna has got some crazy strong legs and can motor across the pool.
I will try to get pictures of Anna on our final meet. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Anna's 7th Birthday

Tradition dictates that I make a pancake in the shape of the girls age, so I oblige. I feel it is my duty to keep this tradition going. Besides, pancakes are delicious.

One of the many presents Anna opened on the morning of her birthday. Wow!!!! I can't believe she is 7 years old already. Where is the time going?

Anna wanted a pool party at her favorite slide pool. It was a nice little intimate party with 4 of her school friends.

The kids spent hours in the pool. Great times for the parents too. Unfortunately both girls got pretty bad sunburns. Anna and Acacia must have pretty crappy parents.

The girls enjoyed icecream sundaes at the pool side. We sang happy birthday to Anna and punched the air in jubilation.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart. Love you more than words can say!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Goodbye Dad

Fred C. Faucett 1926 ~ 2010 Fred Faucett lived a long, full life, which came to a peaceful end on September 5, 2010. He was 83. Fred was born on Oct. 23, 1926 in Provo to Joseph Carl Faucett and Eliza Whiting Faucett. He overcame polio and graduated from West High School in 1944. During World War II he enlisted in the Navy and was stationed on an aircraft carrier in Okinawa. He witnessed the devastation of the Nagasaki bombing before returning home to Utah in 1946.
When he met Audrey "Mickey" Bailey, they were engaged by the end of their first date. Their courtship lasted all of three weeks before he put a ring on the finger of the love of his life. Married March 18, 1949, their partnership lasted 49 years. Audrey Faucett passed away in 1998 at the age of 71. Fred is survived by their eight children: Terry ("Milo") Leonard, Michael (Julie) Faucett, Kim (Kaye Lynne) Faucett, Sandy (Lynn) Faucett, Pam (Kale) Timothy, Lisa (Steve) Canham, Brett (Shelly) Faucett, and Trisha (Michael) Cottrell. He had 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grand-children. Fred is also survived by three sisters, Evelyn (John) Langton, Helen (Maurice) Lee, and Bet (Robert) Backus. Fred lived life simply. He walked to work at the Midwest Casket Company every day for 48 years, enjoyed British comedies, Tom and Jerry Cartoons, and fishing (his buddies nicknamed him Killer).

He ate whatever was put in front of him and couldn't get enough of his Werther's Originals. He was born with a silly sense of humor and generously passed that "gene" onto his children. He was a character and will be missed. A viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Memorial Estates, 6500 South Redwood Road. A graveside service at the same location will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 11, with a viewing one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests an online donation to Fred's youngest son, Brett and his family, who are serving a humanitarian mission for Children with HIV/AIDS. Select "Partner Support" and designate "FAUCETT" as recipient at the following website Special thanks to everyone at Christus St. Joseph Villa for their loving care and kindness.

I read this obituary of my Dad at his funeral with tear filled eyes and a cracked voice. I'm going to really miss you Dad! I love you and will see you on the other side.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

Acacia's 9th Birthday

Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday I was changing Acacia's diaper and now she is already 9! That means I must be getting older too, but that can't be right, could it? Pretty soon Acacia will be changing my diaper. Not looking forward to that day. We continue the tradition of number shaped pancakes for the birthday breakfast. I think for my birthday we will have to make a double batch of batter.

Acacia posing with her plethora of gifts. She was a happy camper this morning. She woke to a number 9 pancake, presents on the table and a room full of balloons.

One of Acacia's presents proved to be quite popular. She has been wanting in-line skates for some time now. Here she is demonstrating her prowess.

This year Acacia wanted to have a bowling party with a few of her friends for her birthday party. 2hrs of non-stop bowling fun!!! Here is Anna showing her excellent form for delivering her numerous strikes. It helps to have bumper guards too.

Acacia would literally run up to the line and throw the bowling ball down the lane. She was pretty darn accurate sometimes. On her 3rd game she broke the 100 barrier. Sweet!!!!! Great job honey!

Bowling is exhausting! If you don't believe me just ask Anna.

One of the coolest presents Acacia got was this Goliath beetle. Her friend Jonathan gave it to her. They are sold everywhere this time of year in Chiang Mai. They are huge, hence the name Goliath. He is tethered to a stick of sugar cane, his constant food source. The Thai's often have the male Goliath beetles fight with each other and they bet on the outcome. Good times! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Another Life

I spent the better part of the day with an amazing woman named Dodo, who showed me what true compassion and selflessness looks like. Dodo is Burmese and lives on the border of Thailand and Burma in a town called Sangkhlaburi. Dodo is a medical worker that has started an HIV/AIDS project in this small border town and has been here since 2003. She takes care of 62 adults and 14 children all with HIV and all are living on the edge of society. We visited a small home where Dodo takes care of 3 boys and a 12 year old girl living with HIV. Dodo was on her way to the hospital with a little boy and I was lucky enough to tag along. The little boy has been sick lately with diarrhea and nausea. Dodo takes all of her patients to this hospital since she has built up a rapore with the Doctors and Nurses and can trust them to take good care of her marginalized loved ones. The main reason for this visit was to get a CD4 count to better assess his HIV status. If he drops below 200 he will be started on anti-retro viral medications that he will have to take for the rest of his life. We won't know the results for a couple of weeks, so we are praying and crossing our fingers.
The poor little guy was set up on the chair to have his arm outstretched and have his blood taken. He was trying to maintain a brave face, but his dirty little chin was quivering and his eyes were starting to tear up. Dodo promptly started to distract our sick little one and I threw my two cents in to help create a diversion away from the needle stick. We were pretty successful and it was short lived.

I am often amazed at the resiliency of the people that I am walking on this journey with. I don't know if I would have as much grace and understanding as they have shown. I don't know what the sick little boy's future holds, but I do know he has someone that cares for him deeply. Thank God for people like Dodo. Please pray for Dodo and all the people that she has dedicated her life to helping.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Memorial to Mai

A Time of Tears and a Time to Trust
It is with great sadness that we tell you about the death of Mai. Mai was the young boy with cerebral palsy that lived in a bamboo cage for 12 years before coming to Hope Home. Mai was a special boy whose smile could light up the room. Although this past year he lived in a new home for boys with special needs, I still continued to visit Mai, take him on outings and bring him to special events held at Hope Home. Mai taught us all so much about unconditional love. No matter what kind of day I was having, whether I was stressed out or worried or had a headache, after spending time with Mai I always had a smile on my face and my burdens were lifted and seemed insignificant. Last Sunday Mai suffered a seizure and died in his sleep. Although our hearts are mourning his passing, I trust that Mai is safe in God’s loving arms. Mai was a sweet, sweet boy who will hold a special place in our hearts forever.
~Shelly and Brett

Please click on the link below

Memorial to Mai

Friday, August 6, 2010

What dreams are made of

I woke up at about 6am this morning and stumbled downstairs and made my way to the kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee. I sat in front of the computer for a few minutes and went through some emails. Morning's are the only time I get to myself and I like to savor the quietness and calm before the storm. I heard Acacia strolling down the stairs and plop down on the couch at about 6:30

I got up from my desk and joined her on the couch. I started to joke with her a little bit. Acacia unfortunately acquired my sarcastic sense of humor and we love to go back and forth with the jokes. However, this morning when I was talking to her I noticed that her eyes were welling up and her little chin was quivering. "What's wrong honey"? "Nothing Dad", as she turns to try to hide her face and avoids all eye contact. "Hey Acacia, I want to show some pictures of the kitties we saw yesterday on the computer".

She follows me to the office and climbs onto my lap to look at the pictures. I ask again, "Acacia, what's wrong sweetie". She covers her eyes and keeps trying to change the subject. My interest is really peaked. "Are you sad about something or have a bad dream"? Her bottom lip and chin start to quiver and her eyes are getting glassy and moist. "I dreamed of a wonderful place, but I am so sad it will never really happen." "What kind of place honey." She begins to describe the dream all the while on the verge of tears. I cradle her in my arms and I encourage her to tell me more about this dream.

In Acacia's own words.

My dream started when I woke up in a small tent it was bigger inside than outside. I was going to a special camp in heaven. The first day at camp we swam in the ocean, it was wonderful. Then we went to a cabin and played go-fish in the cabin. Day 2, we went surfing on whales and I heard God's voice trying to tell me something, I tried to figure it out then the door opened. It was a big treat...My family: Anna, Shelly and Brett were there. I gave them a seashell made of rainbow gold. Then we kissed and hugged and I went to my tent.

Day 3: I went mountain climbing and saw God's face (I can't remember what it looked like) I was shocked, then I went to a cove where God's face was carved in the stone. Then I woke up startled.

She seemed relieved to talk about it and I asked her to draw some pictures of what she saw and experienced in her dream. This dream seemed to profoundly affect her and I felt it was an incredible bonding experience with my little girl. Did she see heaven? I don't know, but I saw heaven in her. Love you with all my heart honey!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday Afternoon

We are back! It has been 5 1/2 long months since we've been back in the "Land of Smiles." We like to spend some of our Sunday mornings going to the Wawee Coffee and then walking across the bridge to the Warorot Market. Warorot is a huge flower market and they have great outdoor food stalls as well. It is a very chaotic place teeming with masses of people and vehicles of all kinds. I don't know how I lived without Wawee coffee before coming to Thailand. It is very addicting! Must be the caffiene.

The girls aren't too adventourous when it comes to Thai food. However, Anna will try most Thai foods. We ordered "Kow Phak Gai" - translation- fried rice with chicken. Can't go wrong with fried rice. While we are eating we just try to blend in with the rest of Thailand. Occasionally people will realize we are foreigners and Anna will usually get her chubby cheeks pinched. The Thai people can't seem to help themselves. For some reason they don't get too excited about pinching my cheeks. I don't get it! Maybe it is the cute factor and apparently I don't have it.

We feel so at home here and it is wonderful to be back. The girls are getting back into somewhat of a routine and our sleep patterns have started to become regular. I think it is safe to say that we are over our jet lag. It still seems so surreal that we are actually back in Thailand. We have been back only 11 days, but sometimes I have to pinch myself, usually on the cheek, since nobody else will.

The girls seem to be adjusting well to being back here, although the heat and humidity is draining us of energy. I forgot how hot and humid it can get here. I have to take 2-3 showers a day just keep me from feeling sticky all the time. I had heard from my friends that we were gone back to the States during one of the hottest years on record for Chiang Mai. Thank God for that one. Even the Thais were complaining of the heat. If they were complaining, then you know it was hot.

I also wanted to appologize to all who follow this blog that I haven't kept up on the posts regularly. The time spent in the States doing fundraising was an all consuming job in itself. I do appreciate your patience.

It was just about to rain as we headed back to our car to go home. Great timing. This is the Monsoon season, so it rains practically everyday. The girls love this season and look forward to playing in the rain every chance they get.

We will keep you all posted on this next chapter in our lives and hope you can walk this journey of faith with us. Until next time Acacia and Anna would like to say "Sawat dii Kaa"

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Thailand Commissioning

This is a 3 minute video of our work in Thailand with HIV/AIDS, Disabled children and Human trafficking.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Committed to the Calling

This is an interview that Shelly and I did with We were able to share with Norm Nelson what we are doing in Thailand as followers of Jesus.

Click below on "Committed to the calling" to hear our radio interview.

Committed to the Calling

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Thursday, March 4, 2010


Life is one continuous transition. Big transitions and small ones that all have an impact on which direction one's life is headed. We are on home assignment from serving 2 1/2 years in Chiang Mai. As you may or may not know we are transitioning to a new Mission Organization. We will now be a part of "Interserve". Which is often called the best Mission sending organization you've never heard of. We spent about 10 days in the city of brotherly love (Philly) to participate in the Interserve Candidate School. Basically orientation and training.

So far, we've been back for about a month and a half and I still feel out of whack. The girls have their routine which is great and Shelly and I have the monumental task of trying to raise support to go back to Thailand. It is proving much more difficult than we thought. We are trying to follow God's path, but it has a lot of twists and turns and I can't see what is around the next bend. I trust He will show us the way. I want to say thank you to all the people that helped us, supported us and prayed for us during this difficult transition. I love you all dearly. We look forward to returning to Thailand and continuing what God has placed in our hearts.

Acacia and Annapurna with Mrs Debbie (Leader of the kids program for Interserve)