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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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Coming out from blogging absence…

We’ve been busy!  Just got back from 3 weeks in the states.  Just before that, Guillermo was traveling a lot.  He also changed jobs and is now working for Servant Partners.  We are excited, but it is a big change.  We will be working full time in the Los Pinos neighborhood.  We will move there in the first part of next year after the baby is born.

Speaking of baby-time is flying!  I already have 6 months.  We also found out it is a boy and we are naming him Guillermo David.  Now that we are back from our trip and in the 3rd trimester, I feel like my focus is changing.  At work I’m all about tying up all loose ends for smooth transition.  At home I’m all about the nesting-getting his room ready, cleaning etc.  We still have to find/choose a hospital for the birth and we want to take a birth class as well.  We go back and forth between moments of “I can’t wait, I want to meet him now!” and “Oh my gosh, we are having a baby, how will we know what to do?!”

I’ve been feeling quite well- a lot of energy the last week- I’m probably in the window of energy and nesting before I get too big and tired.  Tired/sore back and heartburn are my biggest problems right now.  I did well on the trip, considering we spent 2 weeks at 8,500 ft altitude, traveled on 5 flights, 2 metros, 2 trains, and a rental car.

I’ll post some highlights and photos from the trip soon.

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Amapala

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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he’s back

This is a little overdue, but I am catching up on blogging.  Guillermo made it home from his long trip in South America.  We had a nice Saturday morning on the porch with pineapple, cinnamon raisin breakfast biscuits with spicy honey butter and cafe con leche.

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mysterious

The Call (Regina Spektor)

It started out as a feeling
Which then grew into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a quiet word

And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Til it was a battle cry

I’ll come back
When you call me
No need to say goodbye

Just because everything’s changing
Doesn’t mean it’s never
Been this way before

All you can do is try to know
Who your friends are
As you head off to the war

Pick a star on the dark horizon
And follow the light

You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye

Now we’re back to the beginning
It’s just a feeling and now one knows yet
But just because they can’t feel it too
Doesn’t mean that you have to forget

Let your memories grow stronger ans stronger
‘Til they’re before your eyes

You’ll come back
When it’s over
No need to say good bye

CS Lewis Song (Brooke Fraser)

If I find in myself desires nothing in this world can satisfy,
I can only conclude that I was not made for here
If the flesh that I fight is at best only light and momentary,
then of course I’ll feel nude when to where I’m destined I’m compared

[CHORUS]
Speak to me in the light of the dawn
Mercy comes with the morning
I will sigh and with all creation groan as I wait for hope to come for me

Am I lost or just less found? On the straight or on the roundabout of the wrong way?
Is this a soul that stirs in me, is it breaking free, wanting to come alive?
‘Cause my comfort would prefer for me to be numb
And avoid the impending birth of who I was born to become

For we, we are not long here
Our time is but a breath, so we better breathe it
And I, I was made to live, I was made to love, I was made to know you
Hope is coming for me
Hope, He’s coming

Guillermo comes home tomorrow after being gone for a month!  I have missed him so much and feel so much relief that he will be back home.  Having a month of missing and longing reminds me that there are things in life we long for that will never be satisfied until we are with Jesus.  These songs seem to express what I’m thinking…

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the big splash

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road trip to the wild west

Yesterday was a national holiday so, we went to Olancho to visit Guillermo’s grandparents and to spend some time at the family farm.  We went with friends Walter, Gisela and my sister-in law, Carmen Gabriela.

First we stopped in Punuare, where Guillermo’s dad’s family is from.  For the first time I saw what I had only heard about: men wearing pistols on their belts.  I only saw one, but it was still exciting.  We visited with Guillermo’s grandpa, aunt and uncle.  His Grandma was in Tegucigalpa with another aunt.  I used the bathroom at the house, which they informed me did not have a curtain across the door, but it was fine because it was “just us”.  No problem for me, until I sat down and realized the outside door was wide open and the next door neighbors, anyone on the street etc had full views of the bathroom.  Ni modo.  Oh well.  We were lauging about this later in the car, and Guillermo said, “Are you going to blog about that?”  So here you go.

After we left Punare, we stopped on the road for a picnic lunch next to bridge and a beautiful yellow flowered tree.  20 minutes later, we were in La Vega.  We have a few cows that live there, including some little twins that were recently born.  We napped in the hammocks, had coffee and tortillas with quajada cheese and opened a watermellon.  It was hot, and there were  A LOT of flies, but it was really nice.  Guillermo had gone for a walk down by the river but then Don Chilo brought a couple horses down and so he got on one and was riding through the river and back towards the house.  He had his running shoes on and didn’t want to get them wet when they rode through the river, so he took his feet out of the stirrups and started lifting his feet up… which spooked the horse… in the middle of the river…. which led to Guillerm falling straight into the water!!  Luckily, he had given the little camera (not my baby, the digital SLR) to Walter.  Walter got a picture of the action, which I will post later.  Un-luckily, his wedding ring came off in the river.  😦   I took my turn to ride, on the other horse, of course.   We left La Vega around 4 and had an un-eventful ride back to Teguc.

Here is the day in pictures:

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