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Friday, March 05, 2010

I'll have to take some before and after pictures soon. But for now, I just want to give thanks to God. Background: When my younger DD and her DH , and my DS and DDIL (and baby) were here in 2008, we were hoping they could assume the mortgage so that when I was ready to retire and move to Peru, they could just take over and I wouldn't have to worry about selling. Well, they had all these great plans of what they'd do to the house. The attic was finished off into one insulated room, and one not - my Mom used to occupy them when she lived with us, and then a friend of my kids when we took her in, and then younger DD, and then they were used for visitors. They were nice rooms. But when my kids n their spouses came, they knocked some holes in the walls, thinking of making the 2 rooms into one. BUT THEY DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY OR MATERIALS TO FINISH THE WORK. Then when they found out they couldn't just assume the mortgage, discouraged, they moved out - and left the attic rooms uninhabitable. I was so heartbroken. My DH is on permanent disability and I don't earn much. There was no way we could afford to pay for materials or labor. My older DD and 2 grands moved back in with us (having been forced out by her younger sibs) and her BF (my ALMOST DSIL) We have been praying for the "fixumups" of the house ever since, and I have also prayed that the rooms would be even better. Well, in the fall of last year, my DD suggested I contact this organization called Flower City Work Camp, to see if they could tackle our house. Every spring break, teens from various churches volunteer and are guided by adults with assorted skills, and they choose some houses in the city to do repairs. So, I sent an email and a couple months ago someone came to check the house out.Yesterday we got the call - WE WERE CHOSEN! Tuesday someone will come to see what needs to be done, and next month 3 adults and 10 teens will work over 3 days to answer our prayers. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME. Time for a Happy Dance!

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KAT573 3/8/2010 8:12AM

    This is great news, Shelley! I hope you also get to where you can sell your house and move to Peru because that is where you wish to be! Meanwhile, I know you will do all you need to do to prepare for that eventuality! Never give up!
Keep the faith!

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SJG1953 3/5/2010 4:40PM

    Praise God!! Yes, He IS good all the time! I am so glad for you. Hugs, Shirley

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MYLLWOOD1 3/5/2010 1:10PM

    That is excellent news! I'm so glad to hear that God has answered your prayers! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/5/2010 11:26AM

    Praise God for HE is GOOD ALL THE TIME!!! What a blessing this is to you!! I am doing the happy dance with you!!
May God continue to bless you.

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JANETELIZABETH1 3/5/2010 10:47AM

    That is wonderful news....what a test of your patience eh?
Will your DH be going to Peru with you?

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JODIRICHARDS 3/5/2010 7:55AM

    PTL!! GOD is GOOD ALL THE TIME! Can't wait to see the photos!

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I love New York, because the seasons are temperate. Neither too hot nor too cold for any extended period of time. Nevertheless, I DO tire of winter weather, even though the snow gives me more cardio emoticon. I'd prefer winter in Lima, especially onthose rare days when the sun breaks out. Here's a little video of on such day in 2008.

Now,the day had started cool, as you can see by my sweater...

But as the sun came out, I peeled it off. This is Abel on the left and Esli on the right.

And this is one of my favorite pictures of Abel. He usually has such a serious countenance when he takes pictures, so I actually tickled him to get a smile.

Now, isn't THAT a nice winter day?

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JACKY_1974 3/4/2010 7:43PM

    Me encantó, muy bello el paisaje.

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CAROLYN0107 3/3/2010 10:54PM

    That's the type of "winter" that we have down here in July and August. I rarely even put a sweater on though.

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The Reason For It All

Sunday, February 28, 2010

My favorite spiritual son, Abel, is a real computer whiz. He encouraged me to make a video on my computer, and being computer illiterate as I am, I needed some instruction to use my own machine. So he sent me a link to a program I could download to my computer that would enable him to "hook up" with me and show me what to do. I made a few for fun, but now I have made one that's a little more promotional for what I do. So I put the link here. This is why I am trying to get in shape, so I can continue in the work.

Abel and me at a park in Barranco, Lima

Abel is like my bodyguard, both physically ( he has had actual training) and spiritually (as he keeps me covered in prayer)

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GIRLINBRAZIL 2/28/2010 7:41PM

    I hope you can get back there soon, MamaLlama!!!

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MUJU71 2/28/2010 1:43PM

    Thanks for posting the photos and the link to the video!

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

While I am getting tired of winter, I have to admit snow is very pretty before it gets covered in dirt. And it's appreciated when it gives me a day off from school! Yesterday besides my usual cardio, I also got in some shoveling. Today I shoveled a bit, and I also played in the backyard with my grands. It wasn't too cold, and the snow is perfect for packing. It's funny to see our boxer bounding around in it.

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    BRRRRRR! I think I'll stay in the nice, dry desert!
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SJG1953 2/27/2010 8:00PM

    That's a great attitude to have Shel! The snow is beautiful before it's touched with anything.

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VIOLINLADY3 2/27/2010 1:14PM

    I am so in love with Sparkpeople's calorie calculation for shoveling! It almost made me like shoveling during our two blizzards we had this season! Keep up the good work!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Jhon is one of my many spiritual sons in Peru. I met him in 2004 during my first stay in Lima. He knew some English and practiced a bit with me. He was a regular customer at a the local internet "cabina" ( so much so that the owner would let him in early before official opening) and he was one of the first of my sons to chat with me via messenger. For a couple of years my DH and I supported him to go to a trade school for computer. He was among the 3 "Lima lads" who accompanied me on the mission to visit some jungle churches in 2006, a "Sodado de Barro" (Mud Soldier). When I was in Lima in 2008, my mom passed away, and when I got the news, I was in Jhon's favorite cabina, and he had come along and recognizing my shoe under the door, gave my foot a tap. I told him what happened, and he gave me a comforting hug. Indeed, he had a way of "showing up" online when I felt particularly in need of contact with someone in Peru - hence the nickname of "SuperJhon".
When last we spoke, he was way up north in Tumbes near the border with Ecuador. Monday I had an email from his former pastor that his (Jhon's) mother had passed away on Sunday. I have been praying for him since - I still haven't connected with him, and don't know if his siblings have been able to.
I had just made and sent him a video as a memento of our adventures together. I'm hoping it encourages him during his time of grieving.You may want to see it!

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SJG1953 2/23/2010 10:57PM

    Still praying for Jhon and his siblings. He is a fine looking young man.

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