Sunday, August 14, 2016

Baby Shower For Pamela

Two years ago, when Pamela left, we were so sad.  Now she is married and expecting their first baby in  a month.  We see her and Suami every week at church and she often comes to visitation.  We are glad she is still part of our lives.  She was always the big sister to the other girls and, to some degree, still is.  They all love her.

Today we gave her a baby shower.  All of the Casa girls went and the three oldest boys.  A couple of employees went.  Suami's family.  Yesenia, Marta, Karol and Kelin.  It was small and intimate.  And very sweet.

All week Haley has insisted that she was going to pull the chicken for barbecue.  I worked all day yesterday and finally got the chicken on to boil about 6:00.  The first couple of pans of potatoes went on then too.  Haley and Emma spent the night.  We had our popcorn and coke picnic and played a couple of games of skunk.  When the chicken was cool enough to start pulling, Haley and Emma went to work.  Emma pulled hers into really big pieces.  Haley and I repulled later.  It was her first time and she was so excited to be helping.

I continued to boil potatoes and peel them way into the night.  Until I ran out of gas.  That seemed as good of place as any to stop.  I got the potatoes in the marinade and went to bed.

After church, I began to boil the eggs.  Thankfully, that goes faster than the potatoes.  Nicole and the girls left at 1:30 to go decorate the comedor.  Paige had a blowout and at 2:30 Nicole called asking for more clothes.  I was in shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops and was just putting the potato salad together.  The shower was supposed to start at 3:00.  But, we are in Honduras.

All this food was heavy and I called for reinforcements to get it in the van.

We had put together enough stuff that all of the girls could give Pamela something.  They were so excited as they loaded the van, and I do mean loaded.

Nicole had done an outstanding job decorating. 

Everyone loves Suami.   They want to be where he is every time they see him
I got some really sweet shots

After a couple of fun games, it was time for gifts.  Emma delivered the gifts to Pamela and Suami.  Pamela opened most of them.   Suami opened a couple.  The girls had all written a note to Pamela.  Before she opened each gift, she read the note.  Their words were very endearing.  I felt my eyes wanting to leak, but they did not.

Matt had to load the gifts, Pamela, Suami and his family in the truck and take them home.

This is a picture of all the women.  Jackson and Fernando managed to sneak into the photo as well.

Today was a fun afternoon.  I am tired, but I would have been tired if we did not do this.  We love Pamela and pray for a healthy baby boy next month.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A New Church Building

Today has been a busy day.  For everyone. 

I took my Borger friends to the airport and then to the bank.  I came flying in here so that I could do payroll.  I decided to check my email and facebook.  While I chose not to share, there was a memory from five years ago that showed on my page.  It was a blog titled "The Last Sunday in July".   I read the blog and was reminded that the last Sunday in July in 2003 we worshiped in the brand new church building in Los Pinos.  On the last Sunday in July, 2005 we worshiped in the brand new church building in Santa Ana.

Today, the last Sunday in July, 2016, the Starkville group worshiped in the brand new church building in Tierras del Padre.  These guys have worked hard to get this building finished while they were here.  They were human concrete mixers.  I know they worked hard, but there was no complaining.  Each night in devotional they were tired.  Really tired.  But there was excitement in their voices as they shared of the day's events.

The church in Tierras del Padre was started about a year ago.  With much hard work, there has been steady growth.  With much hard work, there in now a new building in which they can worship. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Youth Rally

Yesterday the teams from Nashville and Baton Rouge had a youth rally for the youth groups of Ojojona and Santa Ana.  It was to start at 1:00 p.m.  I spent most of the morning laughing.  Laughing at our girls.  They regularly go to youth group. They spent hours getting themselves ready for this youth rally.  I found two of them sitting in the sinks shaving their legs.

They were beautiful when they finally finished getting themselves ready at 1:15.  I knew their would be singing and a lesson and games.  Games like water balloon fights, tug-of-war, a slip and slide.
At 1:15, I was trying to rush us out of the door and did not get pictures of the girls in all their beauty.  Trust me.  The boys did not spend that much time getting ready.

We started with the fun song "Hip-Hip-Hippopatumus. And, then some other fun songs.

We did a lot of singing.  A lot of beautiful singing.  First a song in Spanish, then one in English.  Or vice-versa.  We sang many songs in both languages. The singing was so pretty.

After many songs were sung, Jaime Serrano spoke and had a meaningful lesson for everyone.   Nicole translated. 

 I loved the way the kids from Baton Rouge did not just bunch up with each other, but sat with kids from Ojojona and Santa Ana.  Language was no barrier.  It is sometimes hard for teenagers to sit with someone they don't know, when everyone speaks the same language.

After a short break, there were skits.   The youth group from Santa Ana did their skit first.  The kids practiced a couple of weeks on this skit.

 Yes, that is Jackson with the long black hair.  I did not recognize him until he began speaking his lines.  Then the kids from Baton Rouge did their skit.

After the skits were finished, the games started.  There was laughter and squealing for hours. 

Richard really got into the water balloons.

Haley was the first one down the slip and slide.

Emma liked to walk up the slip and slide.

 Jackson tried to surf. 

 Several times, Fernando went down with this little boy.  Finally, the little boy decided to go by himself.

 When Yesenia came to start cooking, Javier was with her.  Someone dragged him onto the slip and slide.  Though, he did not get on willingly, looks like he is having fun.

 Not only did the kids and I get in the van to go home, we asked all the people from Santa Ana to go with us.  There were so many people in that van.  When I looked into the rear view mirror, all I could see was Rosy's eyes.

This was a great day, with beautiful singing, a good lesson and tons of fun.  Many thanks to the Nashville and Baton Rouge groups for hosting this youth rally.  Adults and kids told me how good they thought it was.