Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Weekend

I normally would post about our weekends on Monday mornings but this particular Monday morning I'll be on a flight headed to Lima, Peru for the week.  I'll be attending a homeschool conference there with other homeschool families who serve with the IMB in Central and South America.  I'm looking forward to networking with the other mothers and getting ideas and encouragement from them.  What a great opportunity it will be for all of us to learn from each other and build a support system with each other.  I'm thankful for the way our organization provides opportunities like this for us and the wonderful resources they make available to us.

But before I go I wanted to share a few photos from our weekend.

I did all of my packing on Friday morning while Cruz was at school.  Ben thought it was fun to "help" me.  I also made sure David had plenty of notes and reminders to help him survive the week without me.  I got all of the laundry washed and the house straightened up.
 Ben helping me pack

That night we met some friends for supper at the mall food court.  When we arrived Cruz lit up with excitement when he saw a little girl from his class there eating and playing.  They spent the whole night together.  It was cute to watch them interacting together.

Afterwards we stopped by the grocery store to pick up some things for David and the boys to eat while I'm gone.  The boys took turns pushing this small cart around the store.  They think it's fun, but they make me a nervous wreck!!!

Saturday we had plans to drive into Guatemala City when we all woke up and got going.  Well, Cruz crawled into our bed wide awake at 5:20 A.M.  Needless to say we got a much earlier start than anticipated. 

Here are the boys playing at a playland after we arrived in the Capital.  It's always good when we get out of the car and stretch our legs.  After a few hours of being strapped in the car they were itching to run and play (and I was itching to let them, ha).

my silly boys

We dropped our things off at our mission house and spent the rest of the afternoon running errands.  First on our agenda was getting them much needed haircuts.  They were looking way to shaggy for me.
my boys all nice and groomed

We also spent some time shopping for their upcoming birthdays.  We found them a few gifts and I made a stop by the Party Land store to get a few decorations. 
Lightning McQueen and Buzz Lightyear are our two themes this year.

For supper we went to our favorite place- TGI Friday's.  I think our boys are starting to like it just as much as we do.

Thankfully Sunday we didn't have much planned. We lacked a few errands that we did that morning and then spent the rest of the day laying low.  It was another early morning for us.  Ben woke up at 5:05 A.M. so our tired bodies were glad for some down time. 
the boys sporting their hats and balloons from KFC in Guatemala City on Sunday

It's now Sunday night and I'm trying to finalize my luggage.  I have to be at the airport around 5ish so it will be another early morning for us tomorrow.  The good side is that for the first time in five years I'll be flying without kids so I should be free to sleep as much and as long as I'd like on the flights.  I'm not going to know how to act not having someone to take care of besides myself for the week.  I've not been away from Ben at night- ever, and I've only been away from Cruz when I was in the hospital pregnant with Ben.  Yes, there have already been lots of tears shed and I haven't even left yet.  Would you pray for us this week.  It's going to be an adjustment for all of us and even though I know we'll all be fine that doesn't mean our hearts will not be sad and wishing we were all together.  Pray especially for my little guys (and David).  I'll be sure to take photos in Lima and share them with you when I get back.

 So I'm off now to get in all the hugs and kisses I can before bedtime and then I hope to catch a few zzz's myself.  The alarm will be sounding early.  I anticipate a fun-filled week ahead!

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Rest Of Our Week

Well, another week has come and gone.  We've had a lot going on this week so I posted separately about our media team visit yesterday and today I'll share about the rest of our week. 

School mornings can get a little crazy around here (as I am sure is the same in most all households around the world).  In the middle of the busyness I had to stop and smile when I walked into the boys room on Monday morning and found them sitting on the floor "reading" a book together.  What a precious sight it was to this frazzled mama's eyes. 
a little story time on Monday morning before school

Later that day we worked on a St. Patrick's Day craft.  We made hats for them to wear.

The bedrooms in our current house do not have closets.   I have been trying to decide what to do with the boys clothes.  After looking around for something to store them in and not finding what we wanted we ended up having a local guy build something for us.  We were not expecting it until the end of the week but he called on Monday afternoon and said it was ready.  He delivered it to our house and I spent some time that evening filling it up.

the boys new "closet"

 Instead of a hanging bar I had it built with all shelves.  I figured I could get more in there that way.  The bottom shelf will hold their shoes but hopefully not always in such a messy fashion. ha  A girl can dream, right?

That evening I baked a cake for our team that was arriving on Tuesday morning.  I wanted us to have something to snack on with our coffee while we worked.  It's a cream cheese pound cake that my little family loves.

Tuesday we celebrated St. Patrick's Day.  I knew the team would be with us most of the day so the majority of our celebration was over breakfast.
Cruz with his shamrock hat and green themed breakfast.

Sweet Ben ready to eat.

I made us each a place-card for the table.  That's something new I've started doing this year for holidays and I think it's a lot of fun.  I'll try to save them to use in the years ahead.

The boys breakfast consisted of green pancakes that I tried to shape like clovers.  They also had green grapes, green clover jello jigglers (we don't normally eat jello for breakfast but I made an exception for the holiday),  and I sprinkled Lucky Charms cereal over their plates.  They thought it was a fun breakfast.

After eating we all dressed in green and took our family holiday picture.  It's my favorite thing to do.

and here we were last year on St. Paddy's Day 2014

my sweet boys later in the day.

We changed from our green because the team was coming and we didn't want to all be dressed alike for our interviews. ha  Most of the day was spent with the media team.

That evening we made a visit to the grocery store to pick up some picnic supplies for our lunch the next day in the village with the team.  My boys love to unload the shopping cart and put everything on the belt.

We ended our holiday night with a pizza supper at the food court in town.

Wednesday morning we got ready to head out to the village but before leaving I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies for our lunch.  When Cruz came into the kitchen and realized what I was doing he said "mama, are you baking cookies?"  When I answered yes he replied with "oh, I loooove you!!!".  ha  He's crazy about cookies.
 my little guy eagerly waiting to taste test the cookies

After a long day in the village we said goodbye to the media team on Wednesday afternoon.  We spent Thursday morning running errands and buying supplies for our next team.  I will be returning from my trip to Lima on Saturday the 28th and the team arrives on Sunday the 29th.  Because of that I want to make sure as much as possible is done before I leave.
picking up some lunch supplies at the grocery store for an upcoming youth team we will be hosting

That afternoon we traveled to the village of Muyurco to lead Bible study.
Cruz took this photo of me and Ben before I began to teach the children.  This week's story was on Noah building the ark.  My focus for the story was on Noah's obedience to God and doing what God asked him to do.  It's hard to follow Christ when others mock you and do not support you.  Noah is a great example for the people in the village that find it hard to break away from tradition and follow Christ.  God always honors obedience.

Here are some of the precious children I get to teach each Thursday afternoon in the village of Muyurco.  I just think I have the best job in the world.

After returning to town from the village we stopped for supper.  This week's Thursday night outing was to the local Chinese restaurant for some shrimp fried rice.  yum!

I've developed a head cold/ chest congestion that has me feeling lousy this morning.  In spite of that I have a million things to get done over the next few days before I leave for my trip.  Today I'm washing laundry, making David some sanity notes (ha), and getting my clothes packed for Lima.   I'm excited about my trip but feeling a little anxious about leaving my guys behind.  It will be a great week though for all of us.  But before I leave we still have the weekend.  I'm going to be sure and do my best to make it a fun one for our little family before I go. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Our Visit From The IMB Media Team

We have spent some time this week hosting a group from the IMB that work in the media department.  They came to do a story on the agriculture work in Honduras and our partnership with it.  They also interviewed us for a possible article in AmericasStories.  In addition to those they were doing a segment on children to learn about life here.  It's been a fun few days for us and we enjoyed our time together with them.

Our group- Ben, Cruz, Jessica, John, me, David, Ann, Kelly, and Dan

Tuesday was spent at our home in Chiquimula.  They set up their equipment in our dining room and interviewed both of us.  It took about an hour each to do the interviews.  The afternoon was spent filming our family interacting and playing.  Thankfully my boys are used to videos and pictures being made of them so they thought nothing of it.  I, on the other hand, felt a little awkward and definitely prefer to be on the other end of the camera, ha. 

David getting ready for his interview

On Wednesday we traveled to the village of Lagunetas.  They wanted to see some of the agriculture projects the people there have been doing.  They also wanted to learn about our Bible study there and  how the agriculture work helped open the door to get it started.  We spent some time visiting a few farms and interviewing the project participants.  They were able to meet and interview the family that hosts us in their home for Bible study.  We also did a short Bible study for them to film and show.  Here are some photos from our day there-
The boys played soccer with Noe while we waited to get started that morning.

I snapped this photo of some locals walking by carrying wood to their homes.  I'm thankful that I do not have to gather wood and carry it long distances to my house in order to cook and provide for my family each day!

doing a little greeting for the camera

John filming Cruz in the tree.  If I can't find him while there I have learned to always look up.

my little monkey

some of the precious kids I get to teach there

hiking to visit a farm

of course my little guys had to stop and do a little rock climbing along the way

Dan being interviewed about some of the crops there

David and Noe talking about the Ag projects there

on the trail again

 beautiful scenery all around

 Stopping along the way to take a break.  It was a hot day but we did have some great breezes.

 a video of us hiking

 David translating an interview with some of the Ag students.

One of the team members took this photo of me while I did a short Bible study with the kids.  Most of the children that attend my Bible study were in school that morning so I had a small crowd but we still had a fun time.  This photo shows what I love doing best- sharing God's Word with the precious children here.  What an awesome privilege I have!

our road back down the mountain

 views along the way

Our time with the team ended on Wednesday afternoon and they will spend the rest of their week in Honduras with Dan and his team.  I cannot wait to see how they piece it all together and edit a week of photos and videos into a few short segments.  I don't remember much of what I said to them in interviews but I hope that my words will reflect my heart and passion for what we do here.  I'll be sure to share with you any footage that they pass along to us. 
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