Monday, August 27, 2012

Celebrating 8 Years of Ella Kathryn!

Yesterday, our little girl turned 8 years old!  We've watched her grow and blossom in so many ways this year.  She maintains the strength of personality that we saw from minute one after birth. She is a bright child who can corner you with her questions.  She has a great aptitude for math--which is her favorite subject.  She has recently developed an interest in sewing and for her birthday received a crocheting kit...which she worked on until she mastered the basic stitch yesterday.  We've seen her grow in her awareness and care for others; as well as her desire to understand the mysterious things of God. 

We celebrated all weekend!  She and a couple of friends and their moms joined us for burgers and milkshakes at a local 50s style diner.  We enjoyed a family lunch on Sunday and some key lime pie for a birthday dessert! 

Enjoy the snapshots from the celebration!

Fun at the Fifties Diner!
"My very own wrist watch!"

8 Candles!!!!!!!!
Our Sweet Ella Kate

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nothing Super Special...Just Random Stories with S's

Sistema Solar

Ella had a science project to complete this weekend.  The Solar System.  I still remember doing a solar system model in elementary favorite planet was Saturn. Of course, now instead of looking information up in an encyclopedia, we looked up the information on a website designed by NASA for kids. Ella took great care to color each planet according to NASA's description.  Although, when it came time to label all the planets...we had to find the names in Spanish.  My daughter knows her Spanish.

Science Fair

This past Friday, Andrew participated in his school's annual Science Fair.  The younger grades are doing projects for the sake of learning science.  The higher grades are looking at how to impact the world.  It is a great event and Andrew enjoyed the experience. 

Surgery Saturday

We had another Surgery Saturday here this past weekend.  It went from 7am to 6pm.  11 long hours.  We are so thankful for our fabulous assistant and almost official veterinarian, Cristell. She does a great job and we really couldn't manage the surgery schedule without her.  Thanks Cristell!

For the squeamish viewers (and the poster of the blog), we've "blacked out" the super gross parts.

Sunday Service

We had the privilege this Sunday to attend the inaguaration service of a friend's church.  This has been a many, many month process and we are excited to see the ways his church will grow as he seeks to serve his community.  As a side note, as we approached the service, a chicken walked by holding a little snake in its beak...a little snake snack.  There always seems to be a little but obvious reminder that we are in a different "world".

Sam, the Second Iguana

Perhaps you caught this news on Facebook...but another little green iguana was "captured" and "named" recently.  This little creature, named Sam (the Second) by Noah, escaped multiple times in the house.  Noah would pray for his safe return and we'd find him in the strangest places within 24 hours of Noah's prayer plea. The oddest place (primarily because it was on the second floor) was inside Noah's mosquito net.  Noah awoke to the sight of Sam hanging inside his netting.  What a great way to wake up...if you are Noah.  However, we did release Sam into the wild of our front yard.  Noah is sure he'll come back to visit.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Take the Time

I know this will come as a surprise...[insert sarcastic tone of voice]....but I am a very task-oriented person.  Living here, in a very relational culture, has been challenging at times AND a huge point of needed growth in my life.  It's not that I don't like people or dislike being 'relational'...but I will sacrifice a conversation for the sake of getting something done. 

I was reading a bit of the book of Matthew the other morning.  I noticed something that I have likely glossed over many times.  As the account in Scripture goes, a 'vast' crowd comes to Jesus to be healed of various diseases and Jesus heals them all.  In verse 32 of Chapter 15 (NLT) it says...."Then Jesus called His disciples and told them, 'I feel sorry for these people.  They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat.  I don't want to send them away hungry, or they will faint along the way.'"

What struck me was that Jesus says the crowd had been with him for three days.  Being that Jesus was already doing one miracle after another...he could have healed everyone in one big wave of his hand....ya know, "Be Healed!!!" Done.  But since he tells the disciples that the people had been with him there for three days, it makes me think that he spent individual time with people as he healed them.  He was far more people-oriented than task-oriented.  Efficiency wasn't his top goal like it so often is mine.  This was an excellent reminder for me. 

The three little people that I am the most tempted to sacrifice relationship time with  for the sake of getting something done.  And yet, these are the three little people that I should be pouring the most into right now.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Much Ado About Everything in Nica!

We recently had the pleasure of hosting a team from our church family in the States. What an amazing week. We learned much, shared much, listened much, ate much (well...some more than others and you know who you are), laughed much, played much, explored much, encouraged much, challenged much and loved much. Here are "much" photos for you all to enjoy.
Matt, Jessica, Ray, Cami, Debbi, Bruce