Sunday, September 21, 2014
Yesterday afternoon after a 6 hour PD seminar, while watching Bones with my coworker, I peeled apples for pie. This morning I endured 4 kids eager to help me make the pies. So, I let them help bring out the flour, shortening, pans, rolling pins, plastic wrap...dump the measured ingredients, take turns cutting in the shortening, each one rolling a crust, peeling some more apples - Only one casualty, Kegan skinned a bit of his knuckle. First pie is the oven, an offering for my coworkers at #4 school; 2nd one is for us. We need more cinnamon. One pie is not enough.
Here are pics of the kids and pies. They had a great time. "We should make pies more often" was their general consensus.
Of course, it's difficult to get a pic of all FOUR without SOMEONE going goofy!
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
I don't recall if it was a Spark Buddy or a Facebook Friend who called her stepkids "BONUS" rather than "STEP" - but I like the term, since "stepmother" has that negative connotation from all those traditional tales.
Anyway, when I first met MY bonus son, Josue, he was rather quiet and reserved.
The second time I was in Pucallpa, he was still quiet, but when I got ready to leave, he commented, "Que pena, no?" as he sat next to me and gave me a little hug.
But this time when I visited, he talked to me about his childhood, about sports, about this and that...and when I began to cry as I said good-bye to my father in law, he joined us in a group hug, and HE was crying - "Te quiero, Mami"
I hate good-byes, but this was sweet.
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
I got home from Peru yesterday, after over 24 hours of time in airports and airplanes. I have to get ready for school, but first I want to say when I got on the scale yesterday (for the first time in two months) I was IN ONEDERLAND (below 200 pounds!) 198.5! And I'm still puffy, so it's probably a few pounds less than that!
This morning I got back on my bike - just 10 minutes for starters. I slacked off on the walking and the resistance band while in Peru, especially due to the heat in Pucallpa. The upside was, the heat also inhibited my appetite. And I'm not much of an "arrozero" (a person who likes to eat a lot of rice) which is served at every meal. So I ate fairly lightly.
Anyway, I presented the kids with their Peru t-shirts and little trinkets, to their great delight. And today as I get ready for MY first day of school, I wear the Peru futbol polo that Levi gave me. Later today I'll see about posting photos. But meanwhile, I'm going to try to get back to Spark tracking.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Melting in Pucallpa, here at Levi's cousin's inernet cafe with my stepdaughter, Levi's youngest. Only one computer available, so I get dibbs. Just checking accounts. Didn't get to church today - Levi wanted to organize things so's I'd have a place to stow my stuff, just as I need to clear space for HIM, for when he eventually makes it stateside. Please be in prayer for my Pucallpino pastor's family who suffered the loss of a family member. No other major news. Be back probably on Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Last night I woke up to the loud noise of a sudden downpour pounding on the corrugated steel roof. Ahh, SELVA! Keeping warm and happy in Pucallpa. Most of my ministry is just spending time with my in-laws, especially Papito, with whom I pass a lot of time studying the scriptures at various times during the day. I also contribute to the cooking, cleaning, and stocking the little bodega. Like today we went to Tottus (the Peruvian equivalent of Wegman's...or maybe not, maybe more like Wal Mart), mostly for makings for pizza, but also for some things for the store. Tuesday night is Bible study at "our" house. Sunday I went with in-laws to church, where Ps. Desimo Flores was delighted to see me again. I will probably not be back on line until next Wednesday, just because it's not as accessible. But while I could feasibly spend many hours online, I think it has been better spending those hours in the Word with Papito! Times with Levi are short due to his work schedule, but we have had some pleasant and animated conversations, as well as devotional time before he has to leave for work.
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