Happy Thanksgiving!

Even though Thanksgiving is not a holiday here in Guatemala, we still celebrated it in style! We started the day by letting the girls sleep in while we prepared a special breakfast for them (French toast and lots of coffee!). Later Jim and I enjoyed a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving meal with the rest of the American staff, complete with turkey and all the trimmings. We shared in the preparation by each bringing a part of the meal. It was a fantastic spread! And we all got totally stuffed! We finished the day by preparing a special meal for the girls’ dinner – chili dogs (picante and mild chili were offered), nacho chips, cheesy mashed potatoes, juice, cake and ice cream (I am definitely not getting on the scale in the morning). Earlier in the week we had each of the girls write 10 things they were thankful for, with the plan of reading excerpts from each one at dinner. Well they all wrote them and handed them in, but we didn’t get a chance to share them, so I will do that during devotions tomorrow evening.

I hope all of you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving celebration!
God bless!
Jim & Kate

Adventures in ice cream land

Praise the Lord! All of our girls are Level 5 this week! This wonderous event has not occurred since the first week we moved to Esperanza back in August. As a reward, Jim decided he wanted to take the girls into town for ice cream. Now that we have a car, and it can hold several girls, this was a great idea to all involved. We broke them into several small groups and took them over the course of 3-4 days. Jim took the first two groups along with one of our leaders, but I got to join him for the last two groups. We took them to Sarita’s in the Paiz mall and then cruised the mall to let them see some of the different shops and just enjoy some time away. Both times the girls wanted their picture taken in front of the giant Christmas tree in the mall, and they had to try out going up and down the escalator! It was so much fun to see the world through their eyes! We really look forward to being able to take them on other small excursions now that we have the ease of our own transportation. God is so good!
God bless!
Jim & Kate

Maiden voyage

Now that Jim and I have a car officially in his name I have no more excuses for not driving here in Guatemala. So it was with some nervousness that I agreed to make my first trip. Sharron and Richard needed a ride to the airport, and, since Sharron had several bags since this was her big move back to the States, it made sense to take our car (Ford Explorer). I made her drive to the airport since I didn’t want to subject any passengers to my first turn behind the wheel here, and then I got to drive home alone. It actually went quite well. I only had one error – I was in the wrong lane for the returno and got sent down a different ramp instead. No biggie – before long I was able to take another returno that got me headed back the way I needed to go, and the rest of the trip was smooth sailing. I’m still not looking forward to the first time I have to do the u-turn to head into San Lucas, but one day I will conquer that fear as well. But that will be another story…

God bless!
Jim & Kate

Ahhh, to be 15…

Turning 15 in the hispanic culture is a big milestone. It is their coming-of-age time and it is a big celebration. We have 9 girls in our house that have turned 15 (or will by the end of the year) and get to participate in the festivities this year. Yesterday they got to choose the dresses (think prom) they will wear. Oh, they are going to be sooo beautiful! As the time gets closer they will help make the bouquets they will carry. The morning of graduation/quinceaneras will be very busy at our house, and start very early in the morning as the girls shower, dress, do make-up, and do their hair! This will be my first year to be in the thick of things (last year I helped with bouquets) and I think I’m as excited as they are!

God bless!
Jim & Kate

Well adjusted

We have been blessed by having a chiropractor from Elevation Church come down to minister to us for 3 weeks! She was part of a team that came down this summer, and she felt called to come back. The kids remember her and will come running up to her to get adjusted. The adults are loving it too. When she adjusted my neck this evening she said, “Oh yeah, you’re the one with the neck like a rock. I remember you.” Yep, that’s me, but it’s my neck, my shoulders, my back…cold, stress, sleeping wrong – it doesn’t take much. Hopefully over the course of the three weeks she’s here we will be able to loosen up the boulders (er, shoulders) and neck a bit.

I was telling her that the next time I’m back in WA I need to bring back my traction bar, etc. to help my neck. I told her I got them from a chiropractor I used to go to. She asked if they were Maximized Living chiropractors, and I said that they were. She asked where I had gone to them and I said in Idaho. She then asked their name, and I said their last name was Main. She said, “Dr. Rosie?” When I said yes, she said she had done her internship under them! (imagine strains of “It’s a Small Word” starting to play). I love our God!

God bless!
Jim & Kate

School’s out…

…well, almost. Regular classes ended yesterday. Our sixth graders, however, still had their special math/science classes today. Most of our Aleluya girls will have remediation classes for one week. Then school will be out! Uniforms have been collected. Today I will go through them to see what needs repair or replacement, what may be missing, and what just needs to be washed and stored until January. We have 8 girls potentially moving from Aleluya to Basico, so it’s a given that they will need new uniforms. Some of their current clothes may be able to replace worn out items of the girls still in Aleluya.

Now that school is (almost) out, I have planned a Minute-to-Win-It tournament for the girls. Each dorm room makes up a team. Members of each team will take turns trying to complete a given challenge in one minute to score points for their team. The team with the most points at the end of the tournament will be treated to McDonald’s (or other food treat of their choice). I demonstrated the challenges to the girls last night and they got a good chuckle out of my attempts, but I hope that this also created interest in the various challenges.

Please pray that the children will use their free time over the vacation wisely, but also have some much-deserved fun time!

God bless!
Jim & Kate

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