As I sit here getting ready to blog, I smell the almonds I am roasting (and need to remember to keep stirring) and am reminded that most of this blog will revolve around food and/or meals. It does feel that life, no matter where we are, seems to do the same. I pray that, more importantly, our lives actually revolve around the Bread of Life and the Living Water!
Thank you, by the way, to all who have sent us gifts of food and many other things in packages and with visitors. We appreciate every single thing and pray we may be able to bless you with something that you need or want someday. :)
After the team from our church, Metzler's, left on Tuesday, we tried to get used to the void they left and also catch up on our sleep. :) Then Saturday started the food theme. The oldest girls' Bible study class, which Angelica attends (and I help translate for her), received their reward dinner for completing the requirements of the class. Granted it was fairly simple. They just needed to attend all the classes and know the first five Bible memory verses. However, there were still around ten girls who didn't meet the requirements even though all are capable. Please pray that they will feel motivated to try harder this next time around.
The dinner was a "plato tipico." All of you who have
been here to visit should know what I'm talking about. Some of you appreciate it more than others! Michele grilled a lot of marinated beef and we also had rice, refried beans, chismol, cheese and tortillas. We also had a flan/jello/ fruit/whipped cream concoction for dessert as well as some chocolate brownies that Angelica made. Everyone also enjoyed the freshly popped popcorn a la Dwain during the movie, Facing the Giants.
Sunday sometimes means inviting some of the kids for lunch. Since Danilo and Concho were still hanging around after their Sunday school class with Harlan, I put them to work helping with lunch and we also invited Alba and Maria Ilda.
Monday, the 9th, was Karla Patricia's birthday and Angelica decided to make cookies for her and Alonso, whose birthday was the 11th.
Ali's 10th birthday was on Friday, March 13th, and she started by opening some presents sent from home. Ali knows that Nana will buy her Oreos if her mom won't! :)
Later Ali was off to Tegucigalpa with dad to be able to pick out a special gift (she picked books :) and then lunch at Chili's. Later after church and dinner we celebrated by making soft pretzels with Alonso, Michele and family as well as Andrea, Patricia, Rodrigo (who also had a birthday the 13th) and Ali's friend, Norma. Angelica had also made cupcakes for the occasion.
Saturday evening was the older boys' turn to have their reward dinner for Bible study class. Harlan is their teacher so dinner was at our house and prepared by us (meaning me :) We had hotdogs and sausages roasted/burnt over a fire, all the necessary hotdog fixins, mac n cheese, three bean (or in this case, two :) casserole, red beet eggs, and (of course) plenty of raw veggies!
On Sunday, we were invited to our friends, Guillermo and Luz, for lunch to celebrate his birthday which was on Saturday, as well! We always enjoy spending time with them and Zack loved being able to play with their dog, Bobby. They both seem to have an unending fount of energy! We then attended C.C.I.'s evening English service before heading back out to Valle. I always love times of corporate praise and worship, whether in English or Spanish.
Today we were off to Teguc to pick up Dwain and Audrey at the airport after a quick five day trip home for Dwain's brother's wedding. So that means back to school for Angelica, Ali and Zack tomorrow!
Just one more picture. This is one of my favorite and one of the more humorous views out my kitchen window.