Tuesday, December 30, 2008
After one year in Costa Rica without a car..........the moment finally came. We received keys to our loaner vehicle. I thought I was going to cry. I think this was the best Christmas gift I could have received.
Although I am extremely excited about the renewed freedom of the road I need to explain to all my North American friends about driving in Buenos Aires. Imagine driving your car with a school of fish. Now, imagine that you have 13.5 million of those fish jocking for position around you. It is awesome!!!
A few differences from driving in the States.
- This is the land of the one way street. Literally 90% or more of the streets are one ways.
- Forget the lines in the road that promote an orderly approach to your leisurely drive. The few roads that have lines here are merely a suggestion. How many cars can fit side by side at 60KM per hour. Come to Argentina and I'll show you.
- Oh Yes I almost forgot. On the main avenues which can be 6 or 8 lanes wide according to the paint. You can only make a left hand turn with a arrow........one problem......they don't ever seem to appear when I'm looking for one. So, in such a case three rights truly make a left.
Those few driving rules to say it may be a little different but I sure am glad to have keys in my pocket again.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Remember that we don't have internet so or vonage so any contact or responses will be slow.
Thanks for your prayers. The girls are better but we are still trying comfortable here.
I will post again when I can.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Also, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
It was an interesting cultural experience to say the least but all joking aside, the Lord provided people to be nice and help us every step of the way. I am sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I promised they would NEVER AGAIN have to hear my Spanish if we could only get these documents today. HA!
Now.....about that broom?
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Anyway, thought that I would share some of our favorite Christmas songs in the hopes that it would bring on some holiday flavor......vamos a ver (we'll see?)!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
We took the girls to see High School Musical 3 tonight at a really nice mall about 15 minutes from our house and the mall sits up close to the mountains with a beautiful view. The perk is that we bought "VIP" tickets which means you go to a different part of the theatre with separate bathrooms, a sushi bar, coffee bar, and a regular movie theater food bar. Our seats were overstuffed leather RECLINING seats with cup holders and side tables ....AND here is the kicker...the waiters took our order and delivered our snack food and coffee!!!
It was awesome!!!! All for the low price of about $7.50 US dollar per ticket.
Sorry, but after walking for 1 year and in the rain for two months now....just had to brag about this one!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Tonight at bedtime, Claire was scratching and I asked "Claire, what are you scratching?"
Claire replied, " my bug bites".
Olivia says, "hum, you gotta plague!" without ever missing a bite of her bedtime snack.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
"As I believe I am now nearing my departure from this world, I have but a few things to rejoice in. They are these:
1. That God called me to China, and I went in spite of utmost opposition from all my loved ones.
2. That I joyfully acted as God told that rich young man to act.
3. That I deliberately at the call of God, when alone on the Bibbly liner in 1910, gave up my life for this work, which was to be henceforth not for the Sudan only, but for the whole unevangelized World.
My only joys therefore are that when God has given me a work to do, I have not refused it."
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Note: To much Apollo 13 in the Hobson House!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Claire, well she if fine...now! Claire decided to go head first into a concrete wall last Friday and for several days now she has looked like she went 12 rounds with Ali but thankfully now, the bruising under her eyes is fading and her head looks better. That's our Claire....we love her!
Monday, September 22, 2008
This is dated in my Bible "December 2007" because I had so much trouble resting (and sometimes still do:)...see my post a few days ago!
"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."
We will pray for you...all of you.
Monday, September 15, 2008
So the little ones at school had a parade which is part of the celebration every year. They parade in the streets and beat drums. I am posting a video piece of Claire in the parade, you will notice she is way more concerned with her look than her march timing!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
when Mark is trying to figure out how to do the butterfly-stroke AND breathe at the same time.
when Claire "rewards" everything we do with "a gold medal and roses".
when Olivia is "Michael Phelps winning the gold" with her pool floaties on and swimming 2 feet away from the wall.
Today, I am thankful for closing ceremonies!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The video is from the museum...they have one exhibit that simulates an earthquake so that children learn what it feels like...important info for Costa Rica!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
We ate nachos and cheese dip from my VERY, ALL TIME FAVORITE place in Pine Bluff to eat....that's right baby, I had EL SOL last night!!! They transported the food in an insulated bag all the way from White Hall and Miguel sent it all free of charge! Thanks Miguel...we miss you!
Support El Sol restaurant and thank Miguel and Gloria for supporting your missionaries with nachos and cheese dip!
By the way when Mark called Miguel to say "thanks and hello" he started out with a complaint of receiving cold food (obviously just teasing with Miguel)!
The girls ripped into packages and cards and goodies until they were worn out. Mark and I dug into presents and treats like it was Christmas morning. Thank you!
Marilyn, I baked a chocolate cake last night in my very own pan...thank you. I couldn't possibly name every person that was involved but collectively we so appreciate the love you have shown our family....thank a million.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Not excuses....just reality!
Anyway, we watched a ton of Olympics last night after we found them in ENGLISH and it was a great time. We cheered for the USA team and teared up when we heard OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM. Funny how you take those simple things for granted but it has been months, I suppose, since we heard our national anthem. Sure sounded good!
My take is that we all really need a nice long break......
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I also was able to ask how did your week go (meaning are you still clean....remember this is a house for addicts, prostitutes, alcoholics, etc.)? On the way home, I begin to think about how my week had gone. Could I answer that for one more week I was clean ...spiritually speaking? Sure, my addictions and strongholds are not the same sins but sins all the same! They have a victory when they make it one day, one week, one month clean from their particular flavor of "sin that so easily entangles" but what is my flavor? Did I have the victory of a "clean"week?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Yes, we do have bandaids in Costa Rica but just in case you are wondering WHY I would put that on our wish list......here goes.....my girls are totally into bandaids right now for every scratch or nick in the skin. We must have a bandaid on it! My girls decided that I didn't have any cool bandaids...I only have the regular bandaids ...SSSSOOO at the mall we stopped by the pharmacy to pick up a box of bandaids to their liking. I thought I would break my bill for smaller change for the cab ride home and pick up their bandaids all at once......that's a Mom thinking huh?
At the checkout...for 2 boxes of bandaids (one Mickey and one Princess) the bill was $10!!!!
Trust me when I say I needed a bandaid for my feelings after that.....needless to say the girls asked for donuts from the little donut shop just outside the pharmacy and my response ......"no donuts.....enjoy your bandaids"
Thursday, July 24, 2008
As much of a failure as I felt with my ability to communicate both culturally and verbally, if we had not had the Bible Study then this woman may not have had the opportunity to testify about how good God is.
I have to remind myself that God can use obedience above skill.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
It was like Christmas because I found Corned beef hash so that I can make stuffed bell peppers!!! God is so good! :) You don't always find the same items every time, for example today I didn't find any pepper jack cheese so no stuffed Mexican chicken at least until after next payday. This store is a once a "payday store":(
OK, here goes the drama of the day.....I spotted them (background music starts).....only 3 cans left of Pillsbury Crescent rolls. PAUSE: do you have any idea how many different ways I can use crescent rolls?! Ok, the ex-pat "ex-patriot" man is standing in front of me right in front of the crescent rolls!!! YIKES......he could be some insane ex-pat that would buy ALL 3 CANS!!! What do I do? Do I bump him with my buggy? Do I yell "immigration"? I HAVE to have crescent rolls! It turns out, he didn't buy any of them and I got all 3 cans! Turns out I probably would have gotten them without the "Jet Li" move but why take chances?!
It's the simple things in life that we have found God uses to show us his touch sometimes......little girls without head injuries, crescent rolls and corned beef hash!
As if that wasn't enough........"big sister" goes to get a drink in the waiting room of the xray department and I turn around only to see my daughter drinking from some plastic cup that she found sitting on TOP OF THE WATER COOLER BOTTLE.........YIKES!!! If you know me very well you know how much of a germ freak I am.....of course this sent me into overload!! I begin to think of every communicable disease known to man that she could possibly get and don't think I didn't at least consider HOW I might could disinfect her mouth!!!!!!
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thank you Tony, Susan and the kidos (Resingers) for your friendship. You may never know how important you all have been to us. Thanks for calling, writing, praying and listening.
We love you guys!
We have not had water consistently now for 3 days and probably will not tomorrow either. We miss our American food, BBQ, friends, patriotism.....I could go on and on but I won't. I missed Dad's Birthday. You name it and we had reason to cry about it this weekend, or so we thought.
My friend, Tessa has not had a shower in 4 days!!! Today her husband Bob actually took a shower in the rain in the backyard soap and all! And I do mean ALL! Fortunately none of their neighbors can see into their yard!
On a lighter note, Mark actually got to DRIVE tonight! He was so excited. He got behind the wheel of a 1986 Nissan Sentra and was lovin it. It is our friends car and he drove us home from the party and let Mark drive. Mark hasn't driven since December 27!
I am trying to fix food for the BBQ and my chocolate cake has fallen apart in the middle while removing it from a BORROWED pan (just have to add that because I miss my stuff). Of course, I can't fix more than one thing at a time being that I am boiling MORE WATER to have for later.
AND I LIVE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY!!!!!! (drama queen enter stage right)
Today I guess the Lord gave me this verse because He already knew about the cake and every other train wreck of this day.....Eccl 7:14
"When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider God has made the one as well as the other".
Friday, July 4, 2008
Sorry we couldn't be there Dad but we thought about you, talked about you and wished you a very happy day....you deserve it.
Thanks for being the absolute best Dad ever and Happy Birthday!
Ok, you and Mom go eat a buffet on us.
We love you all the way around.
Cultural note: This theatre has a "VIP" entrance and 3 "VIP" theatres. Cost a little more but the seats are leather recliner-like and they bring you your food!!!
About our July 4th BBQ...hopefully tomorrow......if we have water!
P.S. It just wouldn't be July 4th WITHOUT hearing Lee Greenwood so I posted it to my playlist.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I will have to try to be more entertaining now that I know people are looking in on us HAHA....which I guess means more stories about Mark and his Spanish.....always a joke in the making there!
Thanks so much for watching our life. This is one of the easiest and most efficient ways of staying in touch with you all and we really appreciate the interest you take to see what is going on here in CR. My girls are always asking me to take pictures and post them and THEY check in as well to see who is looking at our notes. It means alot to them to know people are interested in our family life. GRACIAS!!!