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postcards from the road

A few highlights from our trip…

Guillermo climbed Long’s Peak with my dad- North Face/cable route!  They had a beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky

We got to see beautiful aspen trees


We spent time with the Kim family in San Jose, CA

We saw my Grandpa and Great Uncle, whom I hadn’t seen in quite a while.

Farmhouse where my great-great-grandfather was born in Hollister, CA

We from San Jose, down Highway 1, stayed in Morro Bay and ended up in Ventura to stay with the Hodges (no pics with them, sad)



We stayed with Guillermo’s aunt and uncle in Sierra Madre, CA



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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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Monday afternoon in pictures

Do you know what this is?  The beginnings of juice…

Our one and only Christmas decoration

Our 2000 piece puzzle hasn’t made it very far.  Don’t you like our new table?  Made from one big tree in Olancho.

Brownie cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.  I’m using restraint to not try one until after dinner.

Bundled up for a walk- it is cold.

I’ll do the dishes later.


Flame of the Forest, on the ground.

November moon.

“Skreeches to a halt”

Ivy at the nice house.

Re-doing the church

Clouds in the mud.

I’ve always wanted to take a picture of these when we drive by.

Where we live.

Local flower market.

Fading beauties.

The flower lady is kind of mean sometimes.

PS-I have a lovely bunch of these Cala Lilies on my bedside table thanks to the husband!

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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!


Try again

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

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We got away this weekend for our anniversary to Amapala.  We had considered what would be the best destination and decided against the North Coast because it is too far away for just one weekend and also the price.  Amapala is 2 hrs away to the south.  You park your car at the dock and take a 2 minute boat acorss to Isla de la Tigra.  While it was nice to get out of the city and we enjoyed the beautiful natual surroundings of the beach and the islands… Amapala was also a little depressing.  It is an area that is in an extreme economical struggle.  Every person we encountered who worked in the tourism industry was desperate for our business.  We stayed at the “nicest” hotel on the island, yet they didn’t have mantequilla which is a staple of Honduran food and they didn’t have milk for the coffee in the morning.  Sometimes I just want to get away from this reality, for a break, but you can see how that is hard.  This teaches us how to take “inward” breaks and have disciplines like joy, celebration, solitude and rest that we practice in the midst of chaos and poverty.

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Jose and Valerie’s Birthday Party

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Best buds

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A rare Dana smile!

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1,2,3 blow!

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Taking pictures with her camera phone

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Dancing dress

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Dancing with Dad

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Aaron, Milton, Valerie, Bismar

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Norman and Valerie

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Mmmmm, chorizo!

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