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a record of events

Pictures coming soon, but for now, here is our whirlwind of a week since I last blogged:

Tuesday: work and then a dinner party at Guillermo’s boss’s house for their team (they are our neighbors and friends from church)

Wednesday: work and then dinner with Guillermo’s small group (teenage boys from Los Pinos) at Pizza Hut.  Traffic was horrible and Guillermo got out way late from a meeting, which means I got to hang out with them for a while and eat bread sticks while we waited.

Thursday: Guillermo worked at the office and I worked from home.  In the morning I went for a walk and had breakfast with some other ladies from our church who live close.  It was great-minus that I got covered in ticks which have been biting and itching all week!  In the evening we went on a surprise last minute date with Anibal and Yadira because Yadira was in town for some errands.  We were going to see a movie but ended up going to dinner instead because that night was the premier of New Moon!

Friday: I had a very short day of work because they were fumigating our office area.  I met up with Yadira for a day of girls shopping-something I haven’t done in a long time.  I picked up some crocks for Guillermo and some new juice glasses.  It was fun but tiring, I hope I don’t have to go to the mall again in December.  In the evening, we went to dinner at our friend’s Charlie and Jenny’s house.  They live far away, so it was another late night.

Saturday: We were up early, me for cooking and Guillermo for soccer.  I made sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and a big apple pie with a crumble top.  We at a quick lunch and then headed down the hill for youth group.  I didn’t go because I had a year end board meeting for work.  After that, we went to the Christmas dinner for our small group (hence the cooking).  It was great fun and we even had the treat of live music.  Several in the group are very talented or professional musicians.  With the addition of Tio Bill, who plays the flute and sax, we had live Jazz and Christmas music.

Sunday: Church, rest and oh wait, more soccer for Guillermo.  Do you see a pattern here?

The good news is that I didn’t have to cook dinner or lunch all week!  It was a rich week with friends and we feel very blessed.

This week is quiet.  Guillermo is away for work until Thursday and I have normal days at the office.  Last night my usual good night call didn’t come until I was asleep.  The culprit, soccer, despite a pending cold and tiredness from all the nights of staying up.

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s’mores

Teaching the fine art of making s’mores: translating s’mores into Spanish, seeing the excitement on their faces when I said they would each get their very own bar of chocolate, teaching them how to roast and make the sandwich, getting to luxuriously hand out marshmellows from the never ending bag thanks the the generosity of the group from Wabash church.  OK- we did cut a few off after like 10, but at least we are not at camp and they had to go home at the end of the night.  So fun doing things for the first time!

Around the fire

Good form!

Singing and watching the fire

We couldn’t get it going with out gas (I am so embarrassed, but fire making is a little harder in humid Honduras than dry Colorado)

Making sandwiches

The horchata crew

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game night

Sometimes at youth group, we deviate from the normal Bible study, prayer etc for an alternative form of growth.  Ever since Guillermo and I read the book Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination and invigorates the soul, we have been looking for ways to incorporate play into youth group.  Most of the youth in the group come from a background that didn’t afford them a lot of time or materials to play.  Some of them lack some important emotional and social skills that will actually be crucial to their success in life.  When I see a 13 year old go up on front of the church to receive a diploma for English class with a BIG SCOWL on his face, I know we have work to do.  Just learning how to win and lose is a good skill.  So…

Chinese Checkers

Pick Up Sticks

This is one of the most popular games

Dutch Blitz

I couldn’t resist

Doing what jovenes do best- playing around!

Not quite!

Regroup

Try again

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soccer

Meet some kids in the ‘hood, invite them to play soccer, bring food, talk about Jesus.

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La Quinceñera

We attended a quinceñera party for Marlen last Saturday night.  It is a special birthday celebration for girls when they turn 15.

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Venus gets ready

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Man to man

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Boys club

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Pretty Denia

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Ready to make an entrance

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Oh the theatrics!

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Open air church with lights of Los Pinos in the background: beauty in the simple

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Birthday princess

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dance party

Once every three months we have a birthday party for the youth group, here are some pics:

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Game time

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DJ Memo and boys who don’t want to participate in the dance game

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Snacks!

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Alex

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Milton

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violence by the numbers

3 taxi drivers murdered by gangs this week in Tegucigalpa

10 people murdered in 2 separate incidents last weekend in Tegucigalpa

9 people murdered in Yoro (up north) today

3 other murder related articles in the “happenings” section of today’s newspaper

12 drug smuggling planes that have been caught or crashed in Honduras this year

40+ reported kidnappings in Honduras so far this year

3 girls escaped to the streets today, fleeing the government run orphanage where my office is located

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