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Home schooling :)

Today I had the priviledge of home schooling my three children today for the first time!!  It took a bit longer than we expected but we did get a late start.  We started around 10 this morning and we finished around 3:30!  Benjamin and Lizzie had Bible, history, geography, writing, spelling, math, reading, science and PE!  Sophia had a time of Bible, reading, writing and art for her K-4!  The kids all loved it and I had a great time too!  It was easier than I expected, but our curriculum pretty much spells out exactly what I need to do.  It helps to have kids that are eager to learn 🙂  I am excited about this year and this priviledge of teaching my children!  Sophia’s memory verse sums up my prayers for my kids attention span…..Proverbs 4:20 “My child, pay attention to what I say.  Listen carefully to my words.”  She is so cute, by the time we were finished with her time of learning, she almost had it perfectly down!  So sweet!!  If you think about us, please pray for the kids schooling, that all of our days would be as wonderful as today 🙂  Here are pictures of Benja and Lizzie working hard!!

Lizzie working hard!

Lizzie working hard!

Benjamin concentrating on his math!!

Benjamin concentrating on his math!!

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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We have graduated!!

And we have moved out of casa verde.  It has been a year of a lot of work and prayers and we can now speak Spanish!!  Praise the Lord.  It was hard to say goodbye to all of our new friends, but we were ready to be out of language school and on to Irazu!!  I don’t have much time to write a whole lot right now, but here are some pictures of graduation!!

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Joys of No Water….

A couple of weeks ago, we realized that we did not have any water when we went to flush the toilet.  This happens every now and then.  This time we were told it was because they were doing road construction and broke the water line.  Well, we usually have drinking water that we have purchased, depending on the day of the week and how close it is to the time to buy again.  The closer to time, probably we will have less water.  Well, we had plenty of drinking water, so we were prepared for that 🙂  However, the harder part was that with 5 people in the house, we could not flush the toilet!  Not fun….

We took the kids to school that morning, so that was the first blessing of the day!  We could use the bathrooms there!!!  The next blessing was that it is the beginning of the rainy season here, so that afternoon we got a nice downpour!  Why was that a blessing?  Well, I was talking to a friend about how funny it was that we were without water to flush toilets, but there was plenty outside.  He laughed and he said, yea, too bad you could not put buckets outside and collect it and use it to flush your toilets.  See, he and his family have a reservoir at their house, so they always have water.  We however do not.  But I thought, that was exactly what I was going to do.  I only had one bucket, but I had bowls in the kitchen and I could use that!  As I was going to get the bucket from the wash area, I noticed the gutter spout with water pouring out of it!  I decided, we are not going to drink this, so this would be much quicker to collect it from the gutter!!!  So that is exactly what I did!  I have never been so happy to have functioning gutters!!!  Oh, the little things 🙂

It did get me thinking about how quickly each of our situations in life can change.  Are we prepared?  When the water would cut off regularly when we first arrived, we always had wipes handy for cleaning hands and bodies.  We had water stored in what we had on hand at all times, just in case.  Then it quit going away as often, so we dumped the stale water out and lapsed in refilling them.  Then when it went off again unexpectedly, we were not prepared.  It reminds me of the virgins and their lamps with their oil, prepared (or in some cases not prepared) to meet their bridegroom.  The picture is meant to make us realize that we need to be ready to meet our Lord at any moment, because at any moment, our situations can change and our time might be called.  Are you ready to meet your Lord?  Our God is perfect, whose perfection demands that we come before Him white as snow, covered only in the perfection of His son Jesus Christ who died for us on the cross.  It is my prayer that everyone examines their relationship with God.  Make sure that you are prepared, because our situations can change in a heartbeat and we may be called to stand before God.  Are you going to be white as snow before Him?  If not, ask right now for forgiveness of your sins and for Christ to deliver you from them.  He is ready for you to come to Him.

Here are pictures of me collecting water from our gutters, making up for not being prepared……

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Our 10th wedding anniversary!

Friday night, Jacob and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a bunch of friends.  A mission team was visiting the school and offered to keep the children of our school for 3 hours so the adults could have a night out.  It happened to fall on our 10th anniversary.  So we went to this restaurant with our friends.  It was quite an exciting night…Tully ended up needing to do the Heimlich on one of our friends who got chocked on a piece of meat.  Everything ended up fine and she is now okay, but it was scary there for a bit.  God is good.  Dawn (Tully’s wife) was going to sit next to Esther, but for some reason Tully ended up sitting next to her.  God provided, because he responded so quickly and literally saved her life.  We will try not to get chocked up everytime with remember our 10th anniversary! 😉

10th anniversary dinner

10th anniversary dinner

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Friends

Old friends, new friends, far away friends and close by friends.   We have been so blessed by all of the relationships that the Lord has brought our way.  Over the holidays while we spent our first Christmas in Costa Rica, I have been thinking about how blessed we are.  However, being here with most of our friends and family being somewhere else in the world has been a hurdle that we have had to jump over with the Lord’s help.  Being a missionary at this point, we have had to get used to being separateand saying goodbye.  And little by little it is getting a little easier.  Don’t get me wrong, it is still hard, but with the Lord’s help we have endured it.  Some people facing the dilemma of constant goodbyes have the theory that it is easier to not get close to people so that you don’t get hurt with the separation.  However, it seems that that is not God’s theory and that is not what we are capable of doing.  Using Christ as our example, He knew that He would only have a couple of years with His disciples and new He would have to leave them.  But He still loved them and poured His life into theirs.  He loved the people that came into His path and gave them what they needed – whether it was an honest word, a healing touch, a truth kindly taught or love, understanding, forgiveness. 

We are currently in a unique environment where we have to say goodbye every 4 months or so because we are going to a language school where graduates move on to other places and countries to serve the Lord.  We have made wonderful friendships these past 4 months that I hope will last a lifetime.  And all though a couple of weeks ago we had to say goodbye to many missionary friends…it is not the end.  We may not see them again on this earth being that we are each spreading out through out Latin America, but we will see each other again in heaven.  And all of our family and friends that went through the holidays missing us/us missing you…God has been faithful to fill that void.  I was sharing with a friend the other day that I had started to get down while I saw pictures of the holidays happening back in the States without us.  I started focusing on myself and how I was “missing out.”  Praise the Lord that He did not allow me to stay in that spot and get depressed.  I could have easily kept on dwelling on that, but instead I started focusing on Christ.  When He left heaven to come to earth He was “missing out” on many of the glories of heaven and time spent in perfect fellowship with the Heavenly Father would be different for the next 30 odd years.  Did He pout and feel sorry for Himself?  No.  When He was going to the cross, what did He do?  He prayed to the Heavenly Father and said, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”  As I focused on this and spent time praying to our Lord, He took this pouty/selfish feelings away.  I felt joy in the Lord and His peace.  It is not easy to follow what the Lord tells you to do, but it is important to do what He says.  And we are so blessed by the family and friends that support us and love us.  We do miss you guys, but we rest in the Lord.  Here are some pictures of some of our friends here in Costa Rica that many of you might not know….but we have grown to love despite the fact that it will hurt when we have to tell them goodbye.  Some of them we already have had to say goodbye to…

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Christmas Party for the Kinder!

Okay, so this happened a couple of weeks ago.  I am a little behind on blogging about everything that has been happening.  But I thought everyone would like to see this fabulous experience that Lizzie Grace, Sophia and I had.  The school took the kids ages 5 years and younger to the Museo de los Ninos (The Children’s Museum) in San Jose for their Christmas party.  I volunteered to go with Sophia’s class and we had a blast.  Lizzie class went as well, but only one parent could go, so we figured me going with Sophia’s class would be the best idea.  So the school chartered 2 tour buses and we arrived at what looked like a big yellow, medieval castle.  Apparently, this used to be a prison for the worst criminals in Costa Rica and then they made it into a children’s museum.  It was awesome.

The Museo de los Ninos
The Museo de los Ninos

We walked into this massive building to a reserved party room where the kids were given popcorn and could play.  Then we divided into classes and were given tours around the museum.  It was so big that we did not even get to see most of it.  We were able to get on the earth quake simulator, so Sophia was able to feel the earthquake, since we slept through the real one 🙂  We also learned about banana and coffee plantations and the history of Costa Rica.  It was really neat.  We hope to go back on a Saturday and spend the day there as a family to see everything.  After our tour we went back to the party area and had pizza and cake and were entertained by a clown.  Then we hopped back on the buses for the trip back to the school.  This was such a fun day for the kids, and I had a great time too 🙂  We will go back again for sure.  Here are some pictures…

 

 
 
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Posted by on December 6, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Memoria, Memoria, Memoria

This learning Spanish thing is very time consuming.  It takes a lot of memoria (or memory) to keep up with what is what.  Basically we just have to sit down each night and work on memorizing the information that we have been taught.  So tomorrow I have a test on 50 verbs that I have to know.  It takes a lot of time to memorize that many verbs.  One of the verbs that, as of last night, I was struggling to memorize was “llorar” or in English it is “to cry.”  No matter what I did I could not remember the verb.  I would look at the picture and my mind would go blank.  I knew that it was similar to “llover” or “to rain.”  But that was all I could remember.  Well yesterday a classmate said that word is similar to “orar.”   It did not hit me then what he meant because I did not remember the word, so I just let it slide.  Then last night as I was working on my verbs I noticed what my friend was talking about.  “Llorar” or “to cry” is similar to the verb “orar” or “to pray.”   How beautiful is that?  To cry out to our God in song, praise, pain, love…is to pray to Him or to talk to him; “llorar” and “orar” are similar in sound and in meaning to the Christian.   So last night I cried out in prayer to our Heavenly Father about our ability to learn Spanish.  I cried out that He would make it stick in my head and flow off of my tongue.  All for His glory that we learn this language and take the message of GRACE or GRACIA to the people on Volcano Irazu.  And amazingly today I had such a great day of recall.  My teachers would say a word and I would remember the meaning!  It was so exciting.  It also brought a huge amount of peace to me.  I know that I am not learning Spanish and living in Costa Rica for my own gain, but for that glorious day when we will all be praising the Lord in Heaven and every language.  There are people here that need to know about God’s grace and Jesus’ finished work on the cross.  We are learning Spanish so that we can take that message to the people in their own language and love them.  All for God’s glory. 

Filipenses 2:9-11

9 Por eso Dios lo exaltó hasta lo sumo
      y le otorgó el nombre
      que está sobre todo nombre,
10 para que ante el nombre de Jesús
      se doble toda rodilla
   en el cielo y en la tierra
      y debajo de la tierra,
11 y toda lengua confiese que Jesucristo es el Señor,
      para gloria de Dios Padre.

Philippians 2:9-11 

  9For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,  10so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  11and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Won’t that be a glorious day?  Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we work hard to learn Spanish. 
 
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Posted by on September 23, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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