Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Our new house, finally!

We moved into this lovely house just over two weeks ago. Today, I have luck with internet again, so here we go...
The house from the outside. Houses around here are seriously lacking in character; they were built for practicality purpose. It has a large basement where I do laundry.

A rainbow on one lovely day... and a little later, a full moon. 

Now a few photos of the inside of our home.

My kitchen. It has a huge cabinet and large pantry. I am getting spoiled.

Dining room. It feels so good to have all our furniture in place again. 

Living room, something that was seriously missing in our small house trailer.

Porch. It is a very breezy area which is something you want in Belize.

This is what I see when I look out my kitchen window where I wash dishes. The mountains are always refreshing to look at, especially after the rain. And the cows belong to our neighbor where we get our milk from. It is such a comfort to be assured that our milk has such a good clean source.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A new baby

There's a new baby in the house. Unfortunately, it's not in my house. My sister-in-law has come here to adopt a baby, and we are all enjoying him. Isn't he just adorable? Cute little Jason Ezra.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Zoo Day

We went to the zoo a few days ago. But, it rained! So most of the animals tried to stay sheltered, and we didn't get to see the jaguar at all, but we did see enough animals to make it fun nonetheless.

A spider monkey.

Boa Constrictor. I still get the shudders...

Tapir, or mountain cow. They stink.

I didn't know that Belize had eagles, but I just learned that this Harpy Eagle, which is perhaps the biggest kind of eagles in the world lives right here. Isn't that something!

I will post better photos when we go back on a sunny day and see more animals.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

More on Bible Camp...

The second day we were going to go to Bible Camp in Belmopan, we had to cross the river, like this. I wasn't sure at first if this was wise, especially since so many cars seemed to park and were unsure of crossing. But, if a cycle can do it, so can a highlander! It sure tickled the children.

These young boys, including mine, are drilled here during Bible bowl, when they are asked questions about the lesson. They have four groups that are competing for prizes.

I have recorded some great songs they sang, but my computer won't upload them today. Maybe some other time.
And then, after camp we went home, and this time the water was- even higher! But not much. No matter, by now I was pretty brave, so it was no big deal.

We might as well wash our bicycles, -we can do it right here on the road! Looks like the poor horse buggy people on the other side, they couldn't' make it across... 

Life in the tropics, certainly not boring!

Monday, August 2, 2010

My Day

This is great! I now have internet at my in-laws. No more needing to go all the way to Belmopan just to update a post!

Here's what's new. Our children started their first Bible Camp ever today! They thoroughly enjoyed it. The subject is on Daniel and his companions. Jessica was saying she wishes they could have Bible Camp every day. I dearly wish I had that enthusiasm when it comes to having Bible study or training. I do need to grow a larger appetite for the Word, just like these precious innocent vessels have. May God use them for His purpose!

Here's what went wrong today; Timothy, little sweetheart, broke my 3 quart canning jar! See, I have this 'thing' about jars, and this was a special jar that I had taken with me all the way from Iowa. I had never seen one just like it before, ever! And I probably will never again.. :(. I was using it to make kombucha, but I have some gallon canning jars that work just as well, so it's not like I'm out of jars. I just like to have a collection of all the different sizes of canning jars I can find. I know the Lord had to remind that I am too attached to some little things in this world that really aren't that important. Thank you Lord.

My cucumbers! They don't want to make it! I wonder if there is any place in the world one can still raise healthy cucumber plants without dousing them with some sort of concoction?... I was hoping to can lots of pickles, and just eat lots of fresh ones. But alas, I must learn that gardening here is not so easy, like I already knew, just didn't want to believe. I tried rescuing the poor plants again today, but if it doesn't work, I will have to try again come winter, or next summer.

But hey, we ate some sweet corn today. It looked a little scrawny to start off with, but it tasted just like sweet corn. It sure was a treat. The corn plants don't get nearly as tall as in Iowa, and the ears are not much more than half the size. Anyway, Jessica took a few bites and said, "I'm back in Iowa." Iowa and corn, that is one thing we will never forget. Two things, I guess.
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