Missing Laos : Duang / by Joshua P Jacks

This has been one of those weeks where I started out feeling like super mom! I was motivated having come home from 2 weeks on the road and my expectations were high! From potty training Noah, to getting Asa to sleep all night in his crib. Organizing, studying, homeschooling, and even some crafts were all on my tightly packed “To Do” list for this week, along with going to 3 different meetings several hours away to bring awareness to Laos.

Well today is Thursday, and none of those have been accomplished to my liking! The suitcases are still packed, which will save time for the next time we are traveling haha! I feel as if this week has been spent on keeping my head above water rather than conquering Mt. Everest! I really do wonder if other stay at home moms get to shower everyday and ever get their clean clothes put away before they are all dirty again! Also, how in the world does anyone with young children have an empty dishwasher!

All this chaos and craziness sure does make me miss a great friend of mine in Laos! Her name is Duang. She was always such a great help to my family! She watched Noah while I did language school and always helped around the house. She was great company and loved our family! Whether it was helping with laundry, translating when the police came for a friendly visit :) or helping us read our water bill, we could always lean on Duang!

Duang and Peak suprise Tonya for her birthday.

Duang and Peak suprise Tonya for her birthday.

I remember one time she and I were making pancakes for the family. I thought I would be the teacher in this instance. I then realized that all of my pancakes resembled nothing of a cake at all. A pile of crumbs is a more appropriate way to describe my end result! Then Duang took over! She saved the rest of the batter from suffering the same fate and we were able to enjoy the pancakes in their proper form. I was labeled as the "pancrumb" maker from that day forward! She always brought up "pancrumbs" any time she wanted to tease me. I can’t wait to get back to see her again. I sure do miss Laos and Duang! 

Duang and Tonya at a Lao engagment party.

Duang and Tonya at a Lao engagment party.