Things have been pretty calm and quiet around here lately. Beginning last Sunday, a good number of kids have been leaving to spend vacation time with relatives until the end of this month. We do appreciate the "tranquilo" atmosphere but it seems almost a little too quiet. I can't believe I just wrote that!
Our past week began with the final push to get Dwain and Audrey's house livable before their arrival on Tues. I think we were reasonably successful in doing that, so long as you don't define the term "livable" too strenuously. We certainly had some great help from the kids here at La Finca. Wednesday dinner at our house turned into a "thank you" meal for the older kids who helped out with this project, Concho, Danilo, Patricia and Eliuth. Also we wanted to have Danilo and Concho for a meal before they left to visit family. Danilo left on Thurs. traveling to San Pedro Sula with his sister Adela who also grew up at La Finca. This will be the first time he has visited his family in San Pedro. Concho left on Fri. traveling by himself to visit family in the Lempira region.
Pray for Dwain and Audrey as they adjust to many new things here. Audrey will begin school tomorrow with Angelica, Ali, and Zack. It might be a bit difficult for them to get back into the school routine again but I think it will be a very good thing for them. Dwain has already started planting some garden and is working on other farm related projects.
Zackery and I (Harlan) had a interesting little hike today. We walked over to the other finca where the soccer field is. We thought Jimmy and Jorge were over there, but they were not so we decided to explore a new path in the woods above the soccer field. I was hoping to see some wildlife but wasn't too surprised to instead hear mooing sounds coming out of the brush. A neighbor grazes a couple of cows on this hill. I was, however, a bit surprised to see a very small calf, probably just a few days old, come down the hill and walk right up to us. We expected to see the mother show up especially since the calf was making good use of its vocal cords. But there was no sign of the other cows and normally they stayed on the other side of the hill. I wasn't quite sure what to do. By now I was pretty sure the calf was lost and very hungry. I decided to hike over to the other side of the hill to see if the other cows were there. As I started out, the calf followed me and Zack followed behind the calf. I wished I would have had a camera, it was an interesting sight. A wobbly legged, bawling calf on the side of a hill following me while Zack brought up the rear. Eventually we sighted the other cattle and one of the cows responded back to the calf's bellowing. After helping the calf find it's way through a wooded gully it finally made its way up the hill to mother cow for a drink. We were glad to see they belonged together!
Here's Ali hanging out in the "mandarina" tree in our back yard. It is one of the most popular tree around here. All the kids would like to get their hands on those mandarinas! We usually give them away anyway 'cause the fruit is small and generally quite tart.
More next time!