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Memory Lane

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Today was a chilly rainy day and I was out in it at an art festival. But I was praying for the people in the earthquake devastated cities south of Lima, where it's winter, and they're left homeless amid rubble. I at least had a warm home and hot soup to return to when I finished at the show.
I imagined how it would be to have my boys Esli and Abel with me there. They'd been such enjoyable companions when we went to visit the churches on the river. So, here are pix from my first week in Peru, including one of Clay (Foreman's brother, my less expensive son!) and his pregnant wife Barbara and their not-quite-3 son Efrain (he was born the day before I went back to Lima from Iquitos in 2004) Their daughter Dara was born the day of the earthquake, Aug 15. Poor Clay was frantic when he couldn't reach her by phone at the hospital that evening, and when he went by cab they were charging double, and there was pandemonium in the streets. But they're doing all right, although due to inflation from the quake and medical costs, they're living with his in-laws.
Then there was the Sunday night when Dany arrived - I'd paid his way to travel from Ecuador to Iquitos with proceeds from a painting my church commissioned - so he could help Foreman with a youth event. We went to Kikiriki's more than once while in Iquitos, which I believe accounts for my higher cholesterol. I couldn't resist eating the skin of that rotisserie style chicken, mmmmmmm!
Then there are some scenes from Port Henry where we waited and waited for our boat (it was actually delayed an entire day taking on more cargo, so Abel and Levy stayed on board overnight to watch our stuff while the rest of us went home)
And there are scenes from the 2 villages we were able to visit, Jorge Chavez and Nuevo Kuwait. Abel and Esli fell in love with the latter, and we're planning on a return trip next year, or whenever the Lord works in my finances to make such a trip possible. Abel and Esli became good friends during that trip, and we became tight knit as the "Soldados de Espera", soldiers of waiting.
I went a bit over my calories today, I'm sure, because of the cold, I wanted some extra carbs. I had a BBQ pulled pork sandwich at the show - oooo, so goooood...Am so glad Abi'd known to make a nice hot soup for when I came home.
I miss my Peruvian sons.

  


Oh, yeah, THEM

Friday, September 07, 2007

I 'm always writing about my spiritual kids, but I DO have some of my own flesh and blood. So today I edited a few pix to stick in some of the natural family - my mom, kids, grands and hubby.
Meanwhile, I'm on day three of staying on track. My aim is 180 or less by my anniversary.

  


Happy Birthday

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Well, my birthday was July 31, but as I change the photos in my gallery today I come upon the surprise party that the church Juan 3:16 threw for me. I'd been expecting to spend the morning with them - actually, since it wasn't the usual time for a service, I thought I'd just be going with the pastors to visit among a few members, as I had with other pastors. After all, my ministry IS visitation. But when we" stopped by the church" ( for what reason, I didn't know; it's something pastors DO), as I opened the door I was greeted with confetti in the face and balloons, and a small congregation of people who could take time away from school and work to honor me with a service, where I was invited to share about my ministry.
I had been to that church once before, last year, and wrote to the pastors a few times, and chatted occasionally with some members online. Wg=hich goes to show that small deeds done in love can have a big impact, and what goes around comes around. I was truly blessed!

  


Sources of Joy

Friday, August 31, 2007

I love the Body of Christ, and have built some wonderful relationships in Peru among the brethren there. In the Spirit there is already a deep connection, especially among other intercessors. But then there are my dear spiritual sons and daughters, who are such a delight to my heart. Anyway, they all account for the "happy faces" depicted in today's selection of photos.

  


More Happy Face

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I can't seem to leave the photo gallery alone. Anyway, here are more
pix of me as I "look so HAPPY " while in Peru.
Last night I was watching some of my digital videos and having a giggle, like when I had Abel and Marcos try the tongue twister Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers. You can see it if you go to my photobucket album, Mumz2you, clik on Peru June July 07, and clik on week 5, videos. It's a hoot!
Recently I have reason for happy face as I had my physical yesterday and my doctor was very pleased with my weight loss progress and overall health. She said if I make it eventually to 160, that would be a good weight for me, given age and kids and surgeries. Still wanna try to get into that wedding dress...

  


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