THAILAND WAS EVERYTHING I HAD HOPED FOR AND MORE!
Read on below to hear about one of the most important goals I've ever accomplished!
I was able to achieve my biggest goal plus more during this trip. My dream was to feed the people of the village I grew up in someday. I pitched my ideas to my Thai family, and honestly, I was afraid to do it because I knew we'd never done it together. I've never done it on my Thailand trips because I somehow thought it'd be more difficult.
To my surprise, they were all quietly and eagerly waiting to board quietly because they initially intensely listened to my ideas and nodded. LOL...
Maybe I've been too Americanized, or maybe it's been too long since I connected with them at this level. I thought ok, I would not bother them as they are busy with work and family life. I told myself, rain or shine, alone or not, I would do this project/dream/goal.
To my shock, everyone and everything quietly came together to make it happen. I was blown away and beyond humbled and grateful that it came together seamlessly! All of my family members, 12 of them, took part and knew what I needed to do without me micromanaging a thing.
Not only did my immediate Thai family help, my cousins, neighbors, and even a Facebook friend came in, pitched in, and we all walked around the village distributing goods, food, and a small gift for the elderly and those in high need.
Lists were made, numbers were counted, and food and drinks were prepped and shopped for. All the details we met, and we had the most beautiful time giving, sharing, bonding, laughing, crying, and joking around with each other.
Neighbors came to help cook, clean, prep food for delivery, wash dishes, and eat.
We had 20 families we helped out, and then we had enough food to feed the entire village. We invited everyone and anyone we saw to come by to eat or grab food to go.
A bigger surprise, we even had enough food to feed more people the next day too!
My heart was and is full. Full of gratitude, love, and joy for such an amazing experience. I wish I had done it sooner!
For now, I know this. It will not be the last time I'm going to feed the people of my village knowing how doable and heartwarming it was.
Thank you for your lovely words! How wonderful that you spent two months in Thailand! It never seems long enough, no matter how long! To me, at least. (:
I have the simpler shrimp cakes, not the fish cakes with curry paste. That recipe is not yet posted, but I can put in on the cue for you if you'd like that? Here is the shrimp cake recipe in the meantime. https://www.simplysuwanee.com/thai-shrimp-cakes-with-sweet-chili-sauce-tod-mun-goong/
I love your recipes and the stories you share! I spent Dec and Jan. In Thailand...loved every minute..I ate so many things! Especially loved the shrimp cakes from " One Beach" in Laem Mae Phim...o you have a recipe for them? I tried...was not sucessful!!
Thank you so much, Heather!
Thank you Heidi! Sounds good!
this is amazing. i love love love that you did it!!! i am coming with you next time. 🙂
You are incredible. It’s a completely beautiful thing to see you join your heart and passion with your talents in both photography and food. Breathtaking!! I can’t wait to hear more!!