Saturday, June 27, 2009

a tooth, a butterfly, celebrations and rewards

Zack lost his first tooth. Well, not lost exactly... He was so excited to have his first loose tooth and he wanted it pulled out immediately! So, I grabbed hold of it and finally on the third pull it came out. I don't know if that's the best way to do things and I don't know if Zack will ever let me do it again! He thought it was cool that it bled though, especially when it grossed out his sisters. Boys...!

Our escapee caterpillar finally came out of its cocoon. We had the caterpillar in a butterfly "cage", but it somehow escaped and built its cocoon on our back door frame. It finally "hatched" and we found it on our floor. Lilian named it "Brisa" since it came out on a misty, rainy afternoon. We kept it overnight and let it go the next morning. Anyone know what kind of butterfly it is?

Angelica's Bible study class had another "reward" event for all those who were able to write their 13 Bible memory verses. Angelica did an excellent job and even wrote about half of them in Spanish! The reward was dinner at a local restaurant with typical Honduran food and then ice cream for desert. Eating out at a restaurant is a rare and special event for most of the Finca kids.

Andrea and Mirian being their "normal" selves. :)

Today, Alessandra went with her class for their reward for saying all of their 13 verses. Ali has also been commended by her teacher, Alonso, for being able to say all 26 verses in a row without any mistakes! I don't have any pictures since I didn't go along, but Ali's class had a special lunch of pizza over at the other finca, as well as ice cream.

On Thursday, June 18th, the new computer lab was "dedicated" and opened. HSBC bank funded the renovation along with the national newspaper, La Tribuna, and a national television station, Channel 10, under the "Donate a Classroom" program. Representatives from all three businesses were here, as well as their reporters and news crews. (We got to get our pictures in the newspaper, as well as Andrea's family who were here to visit :)
The Finca choir sang for everyone, all the representatives gave speeches, and there was a ribbon cutting ceremony. All the kids were happy to show off their computer skills to all the visitors!

Angelica, Ali, and Zack are finished with school for the "summer"! Well, except for some "field trips" that we wanted to wait and do when their cousin, Josh, is here. They also want to have a graduation party for Zack and end of year party for the girls, but they wanted to wait for Josh and their aunt Jodi, uncle Amos and cousin Karissa, who all arrive this Thursday, July 2nd. My sister and her family will stay until the 10th, while Josh, my brother's son, will stay until July 25th.

No school means time to work in the garden!!

And, of course, some more birthdays!! This time it was Jimmy and Javier. Both fairly sweet guys and fairly hard workers. I think they both turned 15 this past week. Some "little brothers" for Andrea to pick on!! :)

Please continue to keep all of us here at the Finca in your prayers, as we struggle with frustrations and feelings of failure from time to time. We know God is our strength and only with His help can we show the love that He has for all of us. We want to show His joy and peace to all who know us. May you feel His presence and peace in the midst of uncertainty and know His joy in the midst of anxious times.


Karen said...

Hi! Always appreciate your updates! Enjoy your summer.

Cathy Chupp said...

Hi toothless! Your such a cutie!! There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of ALL you at the LaFinca. I wear one of the 3 braclets from my time there daily cherishing each one. They remind me of you and say a prayer for you each day. Just this morning before getting ready for work I watched the DVD we did with music to our pictures during our stay in April. I pray for your saftey and family traveling in this week during this political unrest.
Love, Cathy Chupp