Monday, December 28, 2009

Week 34, Project 365

Wasn't sure I'd be able to do Project 365 this Sunday. I uploaded the photos last night, or rather this morning around 1:15 a.m. (yes, another midnight supper). Now it's 1:15 p.m. and lunch is either cooking or chilling so I thought I'd grab a few minutes and write the text to go with the photos before the crowd descends for almuerzo.

It's been the busiest week I can remember in a long time. Starting with Monday when we made the trip to Sta. Rosa to pick up all the twin size mattresses we have out there, plus the props for Mufa Pufa (more about that later). I swear all we need is a rocking chair on top, and I could sit up there just like Granny Clampett. We are SO GLAD we brought that trailer with us! It has been extremely useful and such a blessing.

Tuesday I received not one, but TWO packages in the mail! When Ivan came out of the post office and I saw two big envelopes I grabbed the camera :-) Between my sister and my friend Katie I'm set with vitamins, moisturizer, Puffs tissues, cider mix, gorgeous ribbon I'm going to use in our bedroom... Muchas gracias Beth and Katie!

This next photo shows a tiny little amusement park right smack dab in the middle of town. It's not open now but in the summer it's a hoppin' place. Wednesday the group from Palabra de Vida arrived. And Thursday they spent the whole day (literally -- from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m.) showing films and doing programs in an area high school. [I think I've mentioned the crowded conditions in schools and how they run two and sometimes three sessions a day: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; and 6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.] The other big event Thursday was the arrival of our friend who will be here for three months. I was so flustered by the incident I forgot to take a photo of her but I'll be sure to include her smiling face next week (yes, she's smiling in spite of what I did!). She's also been a HUGE help with the cooking and cleaning. I'm sure she never realized she'd signed on to wash mountains and mountains of dishes when she came, but she's been a trooper.

Friday the PdeV group organized soccer and other games at public playing fields on the costanera, just across the street from Centro Esperanza. Saturday (and today): Mufa Pufa on the costanera. It's a bunch of crazy, competitive games with props like these. The kids LOVE it! There's also plenty of time spent talking to the kids and sharing the Gospel with them in different ways. Seeds are being planted. We've appreciated all the work and enthusiasm of both the Palabra de Vida students and a couple from Cordoba city who came with all the equipment to show the movies and have stayed on to help with the other activities.

Y'all are the best! THANK YOU for all your encouragement.

I'd better hurry up and finish this. It's now after lunch and the Mufa Pufa has begun!

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